ALA 2010: Libraries Wanted: Dead or Alive with Eppo Van Nispen tot Sevenaer

Intro by the President

  • her two initiatives
    • front-line library advocacy; different from legislative advocacy.  Advocacy with friends, relatives, neighbors, library users. ala.org -> advocacy university -> front line advocacy.  Have info to train front line staff for all types of libraries.  [2 librarians who came here with me did this train the trainer on Friday]
    • literacy advocacy for minorities – family literacy projects on each of the ethnicity-related ALA sections to combat the huge & horrible stats on how many people in the US read below a basic literacy level
  • introduction for our speaker, Eppo Van Nispen tot Sevenaer
    • he started DOK in Delft near Amsternam, The Netherlands
    • they have one of the best tech unis in the world
    • DOK is the world’s most modern library
    • [if you don’t know about DOK…you need to do look at it.  Try Flickr for a start – A]
  • He’s a librarian. We never get invited to parties.  When he was important – in TV – oh, he got lots of party
  • The big questions
  • Library is the No 1 company for information.  We have more $, more people.  We are less than 10th place in people’s mind
  • The awareness test with the moonwalking bear [Heh… that’s always a good one – A]
  • The US has a drive to make dreams come true; not so much in Europe
  • The American Dream is still possible here
  • He passed the Fed, the Washington Monument, the White House on the way here, like in a movie
  • Yes!  Football is Football!  Not soccer!
  • People love books, not don’t want to become librarians [funny video! -A]
  • [embarassing video – funny! – A]
  • So are libraries wanted dead or alive?
  • Carl Sagan talking about all thats left of the Library of Alexanderia.
  • Isn’t it strange no one had the idea to rebuild this when it was destroyed
  • He was the CEO a public broadcaster – his co was big – interested in an interactivity
  • Then he wanted to give back to society – he says we understand this more in the US than Europe
  • Someone suggested, what about the library?
  • Nobody knows this big secret that everyone is going to the library
  • DOK – library concept center.  They’re up to 4.0.  6.0 (when drunk!)
  • all kinds of companies are coming to them to see what they’re up to–from Apple & Google on out
  • Most libraries are designed by architects who are friends of politicians, not experts at building libraries for people
  • They wanted a real mission, not a gray one.  He wanted to Infinity & Beyond  “a better friend than Google”
  • “there is nothing more beautiful than a beautiful story” – Eppo’s Dad
  • Its about what the medium says & does
  • DOK is a video of a MJ spot on Britain’s Got Talent.  Everyone liked the music & moonwalk guy.  But the act starts when the fat man comes in & joins it.  He makes the act the act.  He is the added value.  THAT’s what they try to do with DOK.  They call it “the fat man”
  • F to the 5th power: look for the fat man.  The Fact. Fing (in Dutch, quotes the German for the tummy-your gut feeling), FTS (f–k the system) because it will suprise people, Last F? Fun!!
  • Life is all about having FUN
  • They researched libraries world wide and well, we’re that Bean sketch where he’s tiptoeing around a library for 9 minutes
  • Work serious on serious things, but it doesn’t have to be serious all the time!  People are allowed to have things their way, not the library way
  • You can’t predict everything…but you can predict how the information society is going to go.
  • a video of online shopping on the Net, with a webcam on the kids, online banking with debit transactions
  • Here we are, more connected than ever, with 24-7 info
  • There are phones everywhere.  60% of people have cellphones around the world.  It’s their library…use it for school, cricket score, boiling water
  • pic of the 1st hard disk at IBM
  • The first gig he bought is $76,000
  • And a photo of a human hair with a microchip in it.  And it’s more than 10x the size.  The hair that is!
  • And his kids are darling!
  • How smart was it that someone designed a phone with a camera in it?
  • Think about the library: let’s design a book with sound & pictures in it.
  • Kids can’t care less about the digital world.  It’s not digital for them; it’s analog…has been there, always been there, will always been there.  They don’t understand it.
  • Here’s the 2 yr old using the iPad
  • And the cat
  • It’s not about the ipad, about the way we use the world.  
  • Library’s image it’s nice & there’s a lady who will help you
  • We should be a little bit about ipads
  • Must be book smart, read 1000s, and with the Net, the libraries are getting played out.  It’s like my job with A/C.  The library is like a caveman – video shot on the streets of DC
  • Would we invent a library today?  [I would hope so!]
  • Trends : ebooks & mobile phones are the library of the future.  Let’s be honest.  Ebooks will come.
  • Typical Dutch household: I see 3 screens in the household.  You now normally sit in front of the tv with the cellphone & laptop
  • ebooks are now where mp3s were a few years ago
  • 3 million iPads so far
  • Problem? A new era: No digital second hand.  The library is a second hand business model.  Ruh-oh!!!
  • search technology will grow in rapid ways. going to the library to ask a question at some point will be outdated
  • Geolocation – lots of discussion about this. We don’t need a paper map
  • Apps – 3 billion d/l on iphones. There are only 17 iPhone apps on libraries , the best visited public institution
  • We’re all connected.  About 1 billion earthlings are connected to social networks.  Connect as fast & as well as you can
  • Brit research: social networking is critical to employee satisfaction.  Some libs don’t allow it.  Um, Stop doing that! Like people & people will like you
  • Everything will be visualized.  Went from 2 TV stations to hundreds
  • Insert avatar ad here
  • We don’t talk about Avatar….why not?
  • Librarians are Text based learners.  We like books.  Even the smell of stinky ones!
  • But in our times, our brains love images, not text.  People chose TV over books – TV is easier [Fact]
  • Our aging. Libraries do NOT have a good future in helping old people.  In 10 years, Eppo will be old. Ruh-oh!
  • A lot of companies play library
  • World’s most repultable cos? Google.  It’s not a library.  We’ve done a bad job about our image.  We believe in books.  Books are not the collection.  No book is available when we’re closed.  THE PEOPLE ARE OUR COLLECTION.
  • If you keep people focused on books, the future leaders will decide we are irrelevant
  • Make libraries easy, plug & play, lose the rules
  • No food & drink in the library…but we let people check them out.  They take them home!  Do we check their house?
  • Rules do not make you popular place.
  • Outside in – get partners into your library, like the city archive = can we digitize your digital picutres?  They took the pics, and a Surface table.  Put your card on the table, then all the pics that belong to their home address are retrieved.  Woah!
  • Inside out – why are libraries always inside yourself.  Go out there!  Go to places people come to.  They built a thing, tanku, that if you walk by it & your phone is recognized, you get a freebie put on your phone…like a free book or song.
  • video of future library…I Can see this is going to make me cry.  It did.  
  • We are the ones who will decide if libraries will be dead or alive.  Our choices will make it happen.
  • Most stuff is now born digital.  Libraries can be the strongest keeper of stuff born digital & local.
  • E-inclusion & media literacy are future tasks
  • we need ity more than ever…like creativity
  • He’s pretty sure that we have it better than our kids will.
  • LBI – Library Bureau of Investigation
  • Something wrong with libraries?  We don’t invent new tech stuff.  We should really cooperate.  Find the users.
  • Europe & America needs to work together – we have almost no position in the copyright debate
  • To be able to read is a gift, but so is liking to play a game and to watch TV
  • The Next Librarian – be proud to tell it & claim your position.  CLAIM.  We are the library. We are the best thing.  No one else has the same traffic & connects the same amount of people
  • We are obligated to your country to make something of your library.
And now for questions:
  • Will he put slides up?  No, it’s 4 gigs.  Eeek!
  • Do you need a lot of IT support?  Yep, you need ppl who understand it.  People who look for things that can be done, not that can’t be done. There’s a lot of knowledge out & inside the library.  Ask users for help getting things done
  • Creative ownership in the digital world? Creative Commons.  India.  Knowledge is for free.  Indian govt decided they could grow faster if knowledge can spread faster.  We think we need a biz model for it, which is understandable that we don’t want our work taken.  CC lets every get acknowledgement.  
  • Which cos are the best tech cos to partner with?  It’s about the people in the co, not which co.  The one who has the Buzz Lightyear idea of bringing thing further.
  • MS are everywhere, but you won’t see XBoxes in libraries.  They have XBox places b.c he said to them, Let’s prove it to you that our lending games will improve your sales.  2 years later–IT DID.
  • Always say Yes, not No.  You can at least keep conversations going
  • Courage to change & take risks. GO to the mirror & say Yes! I can do it!  😉  If you decide you can…you can.  If you decide you can’t, you can’t.  Have more faith in yourself
  • Q: how can you get Goog to help you?  Lesson 2: never begin over money.  Just talk about the idea.  Money comes at the end.  If you do it right, it will not cost you what it will bring you.  Email & phones are like that. People are reachable.  Takes 2 people to get to the biggest names on earth.  Just do it, like Nike!
  • What would you tell architects of a new library if you could?  1) Get out! 2) Sit will all ages of users & see what it’s like & say what they want.  Involve users from the start. 3) Talk about bookshelves.  Make the bookshelves smaller so you can see through them.  Make it livable & useable, not stylish
  • Wow…he’s a librarian without a library degree.  Um, I think he can join the “club” because he gets it.  Your staff need to get it, they don’t necessarily have the degree to interact & connect & bring people together with things.  Need men, women, youngsters, and a wide variety of qualifications.
  • The Dutch just split things in half.  He thinks our free library system is great.  They don’t do more service if people pay for stuff.  They are in a position that if all public funds goes, there’s at least 40% left.  If you have good services, people will pay.  If you don’t have money enough in The Netherlands, the govt will supply you with a card
I enjoyed this presentation very much!  If you ever have a chance to hear Eppo talk, or if prevailing tech ever allows that slideshow to go online, definitely check him out!

4 thoughts on “ALA 2010: Libraries Wanted: Dead or Alive with Eppo Van Nispen tot Sevenaer

  1. I am trying to identify the video Eppo showed of the augmented reality glasses in use at a library. The video showed information emerging from the shelves, and then a 3D rendering of images within a book. Unless I missed it, I don’t see this video on the TED talk. Any suggestions? Thanks for the great bulleted recap of the ALA presentation. The whole thing blew my mind and I forgot to take notes!

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