Keynote: Lee Rainie, Pew Internet and American Life Project
1. What is the future of knowlege? how created and diseeminated
2. What future of reference expertise: literacy, search?
3. What is the future of public technology: knowledge containers, divides, access/lending models?
4. What is the future of learning spaces: collaboration, alliances, ownership?
5. What is the future of community anchor institutions: knowledge economy/ecology?
Revolution 1: 78% of US adults use internet, 62% have broadband at home
Became content creators (e.g., social networking, photo sharing)
Stuff that we care about is coming at a faster clip: volume, velocity, valence/relevance
People are filtering more: RSS feeds, alerts, social networks
Social networking and sharing photos most popular, then tagging/ranking/commenting, last blogging and Twitter
People often don’t realize they are reading blogs: amateur ones look very good; official sites have blog pages
Revolution 2: 84% of US adults use mobile phones; number of phones (327 million) is greater than population.
59% of US adults connect to Internet mobilely (includes laptops carried outside home)
35% own smartphones
12% e-book readers; 9% tablets
Consequences for learning ecosystem: anywhere, anytime, any device
Book: Alone together
Revolution 2: Social networking: 50% of adults, 77% of teenagers
Social networks more influential: some people check it before they check the news.
Sentries (pointing it out), evaluators (advising them whether it’s true and how important it is), audience (for others
in your network)
1. What is the future of knowledge? Learning as transaction -> Learning as a process. Knowledge becomes subjective and provisional. Learners now create, rather than just receive knowledge. Knowledge disciplines are more integrated, less stable and hierarchical. Learn more actively, managing our own learning. Intelligence based on learning communities, rather than individual abilities.
2. What is the future of reference expertise? “Embedded librarians” in learning communities. Librarian as scout for relevant material. (Blog: embeddelibrarian.wordpress.com) Reviewer and synthesizer. Organizers and taxonomy creators. “On call” for just-in-time information. Organizational steward of bonding (social) capital. Organizational steward of bridging capital (connections with outside experts). Serendipity agents.
Another model: knowledge concierge or valet. Librarian as teacher of social media. (www.informationvalet.org) Librarian as fact checker, transparency assessor, relevance arbiter. Librarian as aggregator and curator. Jeff Jarvis rule: “Do what you do best and link to the rest.” Librarians as nodes in networks attuned to perpetual learning.
3. What is the future of public technology? Asked experts whether the “savviest innovators” could predict the hot new gadgets in 2020. 84% said no. Wouldn’t have predicted the iPhone. Bandwidth and processing power will keep increasing. Internet of things/sensors, mobile connectivity, location-based services, better/3D screens, all-purpose gadgets and apps.
4. Learning spaces. People are more likely to be self-starters; they don’t feel they need to sit in a classroom and absorb knowledge. They work in communities, rather than individually. The value of amateur experts. Scientists taking observations from non-scientists. Peer-to-peer health networks: advising others with illnesses.
5. Libraries as anchors of communities. ALA report came out in June. How much do you help individuals vs. communities? Are libraries places for solitary study or group study? Are you a collection libary or a creation library? Portal or archive? Pew will do study on libraries’ place in their community: who are users and non-users?