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The time for Libraries is NOW

This is a call to arms for libraries, inspired loosely by the famous SHIFT HAPPENS deck. Feel free to embed it anywhere and everywhere, with attribution.

Come on people! This is libraries' time!

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The time for Libraries is NOW

  1. the time for libraries is<br />NOW<br />thewikiman<br />
  2. first, <br />some info <br />about<br />THE <br />WORLD <br />First <br />Some info about the world. <br />
  3. We already know Shift Happens<br />we already know that <br />shifthappens<br />
  4. What does this mean for the information profession?<br />
  5. What does this mean for the information profession?<br />People of the world<br /> you need us now more than ever.<br />
  6. consider this<br />
  7. THERE ARE MORE PEOPLE ALIVE<br />
  8. THERE ARE MORE PEOPLE ALIVE<br />THERE ARE MORE PEOPLE ALIVE THAN DEAD<br />
  9. WTF?<br />WTF?<br />
  10. More people are alive now, than have lived and died in the entirety of human history put together<br />
  11. More than 150 million people will be born this year...<br />More than 150 million people <br />will be born this year…<br />
  12. More than 150 million people will be born this year...<br />More than 150 million people <br />will be born this year…<br />…they will be born into<br />aninformation economy<br />
  13. Never has information been so important.<br />
  14. Never has technology been so focused on the access of information.<br />
  15. The world has <br />never changed <br />so quickly<br />
  16. The top 10 jobs <br />of 2010 didn’t <br />exist in 2004.<br />
  17. Who can provide<br />up to date info on<br />these roles for <br />which none of us <br />are educated<br />
  18. because the <br />jobs didn’t exist <br />when we were <br />educated?<br />
  19. Correct! <br />
  20. Libraries<br />can.<br />
  21. Over 2 billion <br />people use the <br />Internet now<br />
  22. Libraries can <br />help people use it safely<br />
  23. Libraries can <br />help people use it safely<br />and use it <br />well<br />
  24. Libraries can <br />provide accessto it<br />
  25. Libraries can <br />provide <br />accessto it<br />across the <br />digitial divide <br />
  26. Take a look at http://www.worldometers.info<br />
  27. Take a look at http://www.worldometers.info<br />(It’s okay, I’ll wait.)<br />
  28. How many<br /> have there been today?<br />searches<br />
  29. How many<br />1 billion?<br />2 billion?<br /> have there been today?<br />searches<br />
  30. By the end of the day<br />it’ll be over<br />3 billion<br />
  31. Want to know <br />a secret?<br />
  32. Librarians used to be <br />a bit scared <br />
  33. Librarians used to be <br />a bit scared <br />of <br />
  34. But now we are<br />evolving<br />
  35. The evolution of library man<br />Before: Threatened by / dismissive of Google >>>>><br />Before: threatened by / dismissive of Google <br />the three ages of library man<br />
  36. The evolution of library man<br />Before: Threatened by / dismissive of Google >>>>><br />Now: yes Google is useful, but you need libraries too<br />the three ages of library man<br />
  37. The evolution of library man<br />Before: Threatened by / dismissive of Google >>>>><br />Next: you know what, just let us help you use Google better... <br />the three ages of library man<br />
  38. Because we live in a world of<br />INFORMATION <br />OVERLOAD<br />
  39. If a week’s worth of the New York Times<br />
  40. Contains more information than a person was likely to come across in a lifetime in the 18th century...<br />
  41. Then now more than EVER the world needs information <br />professionals to sort, assess, <br />collate and present information<br />
  42. If a we’re to generate more unique information this year<br />we<br />
  43. If a we’re to generate more unique information this year<br />we<br />000<br />Than in the previous 5000 YEARS put together<br />
  44. Then now more than EVER the world needs information <br />professionals to sort, assess, <br />collate and present information<br />
  45. If things move so fast thatthe stuff studentslearn in their first year of University<br />
  46. If things move so fast thatthe stuff studentslearn in their first year of University<br />is outdated by the time they graduate…<br />
  47. Then now more than EVER the world needs information <br />professionals to sort, assess, <br />collate and present information<br />
  48. Then now more than EVER the world needs information <br />professionals to sort, assess, <br />collate and present information<br />EDUCATION IS ONGOING<br />
  49. It has never been easier to access information without libraries <br />
  50. Yet information professionals have never been so vital<br />
  51. TOO MUCH INFORMATION<br />
  52. is as bad as too little<br />
  53. We’ll help you with either. <br />
  54. We can help you navigate through <br />the tyranny of choice. <br />
  55. We can help you navigate through <br />the tyranny of choice. <br />Information overload is your enemy.<br />
  56. Librarians are your<br />friend… <br />
  57. Librarians are no longer the gatekeepers of information <br />
  58. The gates are wide open. <br />We’ll show you the path once you’re through them.<br />
  59. We used to be the information vault<br />
  60. Now we’ve become the launchpad<br />
  61. We will subscribe to e-journals, purchase e-booksand audio-books, and pay for access to databaseson your behalf<br />
  62. We will subscribe to e-journals, purchase e-booksand audio-books, and pay for access to databaseson your behalf<br />
  63. We will give your communitysomewhere safe and comfortable to go<br />
  64. (We’ll even let you drink coffee in the library now…)<br />
  65. We’ll entertain your kids<br />
  66. We can teach you about all kinds of stuff<br />
  67. We will help you find<br />a job<br />
  68. And we still have, you know, books, too. <br />
  69. Sometimes, people knock libraries<br />“The demise of libraries is well overdue” <br />- Frank Skinner, The Times, September 2010 <br />
  70. Then they actually go to one…<br />“Why I’m on a new page with local libraries – it was my ideas that were dog-eared, not the places themselves.” <br />- Frank Skinner, The Times, October 2010 <br />
  71. Have you been to yours recently?<br />
  72. Have you been to yours recently?I bet it is way cooler than you imagine.<br />Vancouver public library<br />
  73. Have you been to yours recently?I bet it is way cooler than you imagine.<br />Humbolt University Library, Berlin<br />
  74. Have you been to yours recently?I bet it is way cooler than you imagine.<br />Seattle Public Library<br />
  75. Have you been to yours recently?I bet it is way cooler than you imagine.<br />Stockholm Library<br />
  76. Have you been to yours recently?I bet it is way cooler than you imagine.<br />National Library of Spain<br />
  77. Have you been to yours recently?I bet it is way cooler than you imagine.<br />Vancouver Public Library (interior)<br />
  78. Maybe it has changed its name. But don’t get too caught up in that.<br />
  79. Libraries are changing to suit you. <br />
  80. We’ve always been about providing information. <br />That information used to be mainly in books.<br />
  81. We’ve always been about providing information. <br />That information used to be mainly in books.<br /> Now it’s in all kinds of things. <br />
  82. We’ve always been about providing information. <br />That information used to be mainly in books.<br /> Now it’s in all kinds of things. <br />We try and give you access to all of ‘em. <br />
  83. So.<br />
  84. Come on in.<br />
  85. NOW<br />The time for libraries is <br />Ned Potter<br />
  86. NOW<br />The time for libraries is <br />Ned Potter<br />For ideas about information, go to thewikiman.org/blog<br />
  87. Clock: http://www.flickr.com/photos/96029652@N00/3788686103<br />Globe: http://www.flickr.com/photos/97177054@N00/5051447015<br />Robot: http://www.flickr.com/photos/83346641@N00/4091338317<br />I: http://www.flickr.com/photos/21450297@N06/3887131006<br />world: http://www.flickr.com/photos/98411817@N00/1573881106<br />Tree: http://www.flickr.com/photos/27958543@N05/3092524101<br />Wtf: http://www.flickr.com/photos/9910344@N05/3990318649<br />Crowd: http://www.flickr.com/photos/14228046@N03/4986559809<br />Baby foot: http://www.flickr.com/photos/24794616@N05/3983693696<br />Computer: http://www.flickr.com/photos/61444548@N00/118999076<br />Highway: http://www.flickr.com/photos/91351004@N00/452412873<br />Tick: http://www.flickr.com/photos/17731548@N00/3190757194<br />Seatle Library: http://www.flickr.com/photos/75905404@N00/371038175<br />Computer hands: http://www.flickr.com/photos/43698630@N00/839984821<br />Latop: http://www.flickr.com/photos/37182073@N06/4441387125<br />Google: http://www.flickr.com/photos/31991771@N00/2856173673<br />Secret: http://www.flickr.com/photos/pricklebush/224674200/sizes/l/in/photostream/<br />Google in a box: http://www.flickr.com/photos/16429872@N04/4670747540/sizes/m/in/photostream/<br />Web 2 icons: http://www.flickr.com/photos/zipckr/3925513417/sizes/l/in/photostream/<br />NY times building: http://www.flickr.com/photos/scallop_holden/2330962137/sizes/z/in/photostream/<br />18th century pic: http://www.flickr.com/photos/30432726@N05/2860104097/sizes/z/in/photostream/<br />5: http://www.flickr.com/photos/simax/3390895249/sizes/l/in/photostream/<br />Iphone: http://www.flickr.com/photos/xraijs/3474643866/sizes/o/in/photostream/<br />Broken shelves: http://www.flickr.com/photos/library_mistress/1248479255/sizes/o/in/photostream/<br />Empty shelves: http://www.flickr.com/photos/create_up/1478123817/sizes/o/in/photostream/<br />Help: http://www.flickr.com/photos/81398303@N00/1878956841<br />Compass: http://www.flickr.com/photos/7542997@N03/2473782602/sizes/z/in/photostream/<br />Present: http://www.flickr.com/photos/7542997@N03/2544359467/sizes/z/in/photostream/<br />Lock: http://www.flickr.com/photos/mamchenkov/300476203/sizes/l/in/photostream/<br />Path: http://www.flickr.com/photos/schmollmolch/4242099982/sizes/l/in/photostream/<br />Vault: http://www.flickr.com/photos/anonymouscollective/2291896028/sizes/l/in/photostream/<br />Rocket: http://www.flickr.com/photos/jonathancohen/3997542246/sizes/l/in/photostream/<br />Laptop: http://www.flickr.com/photos/79031953@N00/1185371542<br />NYPL: http://www.flickr.com/photos/thomashawk/76170826/sizes/l/in/photostream/<br />Coffee: http://www.flickr.com/photos/30928442@N08/3668169284<br />Job poster: http://www.flickr.com/photos/topekalibrary/3348784725/sizes/l/in/photostream/<br />Kids: http://www.flickr.com/photos/usag-yongsan/3655186371/sizes/l/in/photostream/<br />Ask Us: http://www.flickr.com/photos/shiplibrary/3873257790/sizes/l/in/photostream/<br />Books: http://www.flickr.com/photos/87603889@N00/87885327<br />Vancouver: http://www.flickr.com/photos/selva/90046278/sizes/l/in/photostream/<br />Spain: http://www.flickr.com/photos/30982194@N05/4147356245<br />Berlin: http://www.flickr.com/photos/67499195@N00/4119691598<br />Seattle: http://www.flickr.com/photos/vs/29582361/sizes/l/in/photostream/<br />Stockholm: http://www.flickr.com/photos/94852245@N00/530293086<br />Vancouver interior: http://www.flickr.com/photos/ecstaticist/3458914518/sizes/o/in/photostream/<br />Leafy hand : http://www.flickr.com/photos/45818813@N05/4820372712/sizes/l/in/photostream/<br />Hand on book: http://www.flickr.com/photos/nakrnsm/3493038584/sizes/z/in/photostream/<br />Readers: http://www.flickr.com/photos/36813960@N00/4505413539<br />Old clock: http://farm4.static.flickr.com/3399/4647649703_0f23f82eee_b.jpg<br />Old camera: http://farm5.static.flickr.com/4090/4995727284_648d77fd29_b.jpg<br />All photographss are from flickr creative commons <br />

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