Here’s a wrap up of articles of interest from t’internet I’ve read recently.
A blog post via the International Librarians Network about trends in libraries piqued my interest. The super-cool sounding DaVinci Institute (an American think tank) has published an article on the future of libraries that is fascinating. One prediction: the days of using keyboards as an interface with technology are numbered.
Another neat trend report on the future of librarianship qualifications (a debate which will keep raging for many more years to come I’m sure). The University of Maryland envisions a degree that trains ‘disruptive’ leaders with a strong emphasis on business/management skills (e.g. project management) and empowering your community.
Visitors and Residents
I’ve been reading about a new model for digital engagement called “visitors and residents”. The visitors and residents model was developed in response to the perceived failings of existing models, namely digital natives / digital immigrants. Basically the model presumes that a digital native is someone born after about 1990 who since they’ve grown up with the Internet is presumed to have an innate understanding of technology. A digital immigrant is the term used to refer to the rest of us who had to learn technologies as adults, therefore we “immigrated” into digital culture rather than being a tech “native”. There are lots of problems with this, mainly that age is no determinant of technological savvy as proven by several studies.
Visitors and residents is understood as a continuum of online engagement where the residents, to a greater or less extent, live online. They engage and interact with others, and leave records of this in the form of tweets, Facebook posts, blog posts, comments etc. On the other hand, visitors, view the Internet more like a garden shed, you go in and get the tool you need or complete a task, then leave. Obviously we’ll all shift between these at times, and the point of the continuum is it’s not a fixed label. To learn more about V & R, here is some info with links to the original paper by LeCornu and White (2011) and here’s a presentation by Ned Potter about V & R in a library context.
New UK Sound Directory for all you audiophiles
The British Library project Save our Sounds recently announced they have published a UK Sound Directory with information about 3,000 collections of sound recordings held all across the country. The wider aim of the project is to digitise historic British sound recordings because otherwise they will be lost in a few decades since many are in fragile formats and the technology used to play them is increasingly rare.
 See for example the studies by Rowlands et. al on the ‘Google Generation’ (Rowlands, I., Nicholas, D., Williams, P., Huntington, P., Fieldhouse, M., Gunter, B.,Withey, R., Jamali, H.R., Dobrowolski, T. and Tenopir, C. (2008) ‘The Google generation: the information behaviour of the researcher of the future,’ Aslib Proceedings, 60(4), pp. 290–310. Doi: 10.1108/00012530810887953).