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I’ll be presenting an online session titled “Can Your Library Provide the Electronic Content That People Want and Need?” this Wednesday at the “PLA Virtual Spring Symposium“. Hope “see” some of you there! Here’s a description of my session (with even more quotation marks! :) ):

“When it comes to content and libraries, people want what they want; when they want it; in the format they want. But services like Netflix, iTunes, Hulu, and Amazon offer electronic content much more effectively than libraries. As larger consumption patterns shift more and more away from physical formats (print, CD, DVD), to electronic formats, and as libraries struggle financially, how can we possibly offer access in competitive ways? In this session we’ll look at the electronic content access environment we inhabit and the directions we are headed. We’ll then look to our competition, our history, and our institutional missions for ways libraries can take solid, practical action to remain relevant in the rapidly impending world where electronic content accounts for the most of library’s “circulation”.”

2011 PLA Spring Symposium Logo

Lots has happened (of course) with the Task Force and I wanted to provide a live update about where we are. I’m co-chairing the meeting atm so pls pardon typos.:

Yesterday we spent the afternoon breaking into our Working Groups, coming back to report and adjust ideas and plans, and then breaking out and coming together again to refine plans for each group. As a reminder and a way to understand the approach that seems to be forming, here are those working groups again:
Working Groups:
-Environmental Scan
-Electronic content and accessibility
-Model Projects
-Perpetual Licensing
-Public Relations Campaign

During the course of the day, the necessity to communicate what we are working on in a way that is timely and also allows for questions and feedback became something that (very happily) overtook part of our scheduled plan for the day. We unanimously agreed and insisted that we must create a blog/web page very quickly (days NOT weeks). Our plan is to ensure that this page allows for regular updates, allows feedback and can also give folks a chance to be informed, looped in, ask questions, and be heard in a public forum we are all engaged in. It does take time to monitor and respond to all of this and we have much work to do, but we all felt very strongly that even in the face of the being unpaid volunteers in this work, that there is simply no way to do our work effectively without this wider forum.

After we wrapped our work for the day, we all went out for dinner (and, ok, maybe a drink) and talked well into the evening about our working groups and next steps. ALA President Roberta Stevens joined us at dinner and was sure to talk to folks as they needed or wanted to.

In the next days you’ll hear more details and communications as a result of our work. Meantime, on behalf of my fellow Task Force co-chair Linda Crowe and the rest of the Task Force I wanted to thank all of you for the conversations and emails and texts and thoughts you have shared and sent to me and or to the group. We are trying hard to do the best, most wise and productive things we can here and appreciate your input and attention. We believe this issue will shape the future of libraries in the country and the world and we are committed to doing all we can to ensure libraries remain viable, vibrant and integral to society, Democracy and the lives of everyday people the world over.

One last thing to note in this post is that in today’s USA Today, the work of ALA’s Electronic Content Access Task Force was highlighted briefly by ALA President Roberta Stevens.
(Roberta Stevens)”hopes the librarians’ new task force on “equitable access to electronic content” can work collaboratively with publishers: “It’s ultimately in their interests to make books available in libraries — in all formats.”

*update*
-Web site for our task force will likely have:
1. A blog
2. A list of each TF member including their email (this includes eBook Task Force Members as well)
3. A conversation forum on specific topics (likely, though we have to poke around a bit on this idea)
4. May have a Twitter scrolling feed for a hashtag we ask any interested party to use when sharing issues or or links with the Task Force, ALA or anyone interested in the topics attached to the work of the Task Force.

-We will be having a session at ALA Annual on our work. Likely two hours…first hour to update on our work, second hour to break into working groups and talk with individuals.

Libraryman

On Speaking in Montreal

Last Friday’s “Web 2.You” event at McGill University was crammed full of interesting speakers and attendees. The sessions were useful and thought provoking, the crowd was smart and engaged, the egg salad at lunch was even magnifique’. ;) On top of that, they even hosted a reception after, where we got to get into some meatier conversations (a perfect follow-up to a heady, info packed, full day of material). They even had a cheese ball, twice the size of your head! Seriously though, all around this was a great event, one I was very honored to be a part of it.

So if you are in Montreal around this time next year try and get your ticket (before they sell out of them again). And to Amanda, Adrienne, Amy, Brianne and the many, many other capable volunteers who made this student run event work so well, kudos to you all, as well as to McGill University for supporting this fine student effort. Very impressive work!

MP @ Web2.You

Finally, here is some commentary from Montreal librarian Lora Baiocco, who attended the event. This is from her “infinite digressions” blog. Thank you, Lora!

“Michael Porter, aka Libraryman, uncensored, live at Thompson House, one day only”…”what are the right tools for us? Do we have them? Are we using them? Who are we trusting to build what we need? What started off as leisurely stroll through the tech park grew into a frantic facing of the facts. Where is the infrastructure to support libraries and, more importantly, library users’ needs (what, when, where they want it) and why are we not real players in the infrastructure game…that so directly impacts access? that so directly impacts service? that so directly determines our relevance? I can put it down here as a few reasonable questions, but the effect in the room was like running in heels while being chased by zombies through that tech park with only a gum wrapper, a salad spinner and dead AA battery for protection. The presentation also reminded me of that distinct Montreal music sound – it starts off soft and then builds and builds to a cacophony. All of a sudden, Arcade Fire’s Régine is screaming over 15 instruments. So in the spirit Arcade Fire let’s ask “Who’s gonna throw the very first stone?” and then, why can’t it be us?”

Best…review…ever. :)

Stats of note for libraries in todays iPad launch slides: Apple stats: “75 million iPhone users”, “iBookstore”, “over 125 million accounts with credit cards”, over 12 billion downloads”…These brief notes say more about what the things Apple is doing to pieces of library business than any hype or buzz ever will.
iPad Full Keybaord On Screen

I’ll be doing a free webinar March 3rd with my pal Jeff Dawson (Director of the Lester Public Library in Two Rivers, Wisconsin). You should come! “Library Images and Video: Engage, Inspire and Tell Your Story” is the title. Here is a registration link with more details.

Session description:
“In this entertaining and heartwarming presentation you will learn how two librarians teamed up to advocate more effectively (and boldly) while staying true to the personality of the communities, the libraries and the staff they serve. You and your library really can market your services and engage more effectively, and images, video and authenticity can be a key! Learn how you too can use images and video creatively and effectively to inspire Libraryland, engage the communities you serve boost staff morale and get more enjoyment from your job. The stories and lessons in this session will be presented by Jeff Dawson from the Lester Public Library in Two Rivers Wisconsin and by Michael Porter from WebJunction.”

I’ve also got a slew of presentations coming up, including two international presentations next month, which are pretty exciting!

Also, I wrote a summary post for WebJunction about ALA Midwinter, (which was an exhausting blast btw). You can find that post here.

Libraryman

Library 101.. ON BOING BOING!!!

WOW WOW WOW!!! The Library 101 Project made it to Boing Boing!!! So cool! Huge thanks to Cory and to Boing Boing, and again, thanks mostly to everyone that joined in the project so far (and still will). Libraries rock!!

David and I also want to thank the other librarians who sent this in to them too. As with this entire project, it has been a massive group effort, proving what astounding collaborators modern library staff are.

PS- If you don’t know Boing Boing you might give it a shot beyong scoping out Library 101. Of all the interweb sites out there on the tubes, this is one of my personal favorites.

Library 101 Made It To Boing Boing!!!

Libraryman

Four Days In Topeka? Record Library 101!

Last Thursday I left sunny (yes, it was sunny!) Seattle to head to Topeka, KS and record both the audio AND the video for the new library/technology song/video porject called “Library 101″ with David (Lee King). So how did it?

Well, did set up on Thursday in David’s basement, we recorded audio on Friday, then recorded video (in that basement) Friday, late into the night. Then on Saturday moved to another location (a church gym in fact) to set up some special backdrops and lighting and do some more video shooting. It’s hard to quickly describe all that we did, and all the careful thought and planning that went into that. Suffice it to say that it was a HUGE amount of effort this was the physical culmination of months of research, conversation and collaboration (on top of several thousand dollars of materials, software, production and travel expenses).

So, you know, no pressure!

Still, we managed to pull it all off, despite it being brutally hot and crunched for time. Sure, we had to recruit assistance from David’s family (huge thanks to Nathan for his long hours of assistance, L. for painting nails black for the punk scene and D. for doing our eyeliner…yes, eyeliner). And we couldn’t have don it without our friend Jen Waller, who drove in from a trip she was on to spend time with family in Oklahoma. But we did it! We got our audio recorded (even the screaming punk part and the silly, funky boy band part or the song) and all 6 sets and two dozen plus costume/wardrobe changes were successfully filmed during the lip synch sections.

While the editing still awaits, we are feeling grateful to have been able to get so much done in such a tight time and are so looking forward to getting the message of Library 101 out there to Libraryland at large. Watch for the video launch in October, coinciding with a live session at Internet Librarian in Monterrey next month. Oh, and if you are inclined and interested in sponsoring part of the video, drop us a line. Otherwise, just kick back and get ready to rock out, have fun and learn together.

Here are some pictures of the last few days Library 101 events:

Way over in the right corner, is the drum set, the mics, the bass, guitar, banjo and a few other recording devices (David used to work in the recording industry don’t you know!):
Library 101 Audio Recording Session

This is a part of the “boy band” section of the song. It only lasts about 30 seconds, but it had two sets and four costume changes!
Boy Band 1

Yep, this is David ready to $&%*#@!ing punk rock:
David Lee King Library 101 Punk

And, I’m right there with him on that:
MP Punk Library 101

And here we are in that gym, with me in front of the backdrop, the lights and one of the three video cameras. This is one of three multicolored backdrops we shot in front of in the gym:
Hello from the Library 101 set

We hope when the song/video comes out next month that you’ll check it out and join in the Library 101 movement. We’ve got a new set of basics to follow in libraries if we want to stay relevant and useful and we are hoping to advance that with this project. Really, if libraries weren’t so amazing and important, we wouldn’t even try to do all this. Go, go Library 101!

My heart goes out to Greg Schwartz and the rest of the folks (staff and patrons) at the LFPL. Greg posted these pretty shocking pictures of the damage just s few minutes ago:
That's my office back there on Twitpic

One more image for you on Twitpic

As I write this entry their site is down (as their machines are under water), but once things are back up and running I am sure they will have a way for you to donate to the repair and rebuilding on their web site: www.lfpl.org/

Libraryman

Jeff Bezos Can Teach Us Something

Today Zappos.com announced that they were becoming a part of (though still separate from) Amazon.com. Jeff Bezos made this video to accompany the video announcement of the partnership that you see below. It is definitely worth watching and thinking about from the perspective of a library, as the library industry and also to imagine how vendors would would see this too.

In the video, Jeff says he knows four thing.
1. Obsess over customers
2. Invent (on behalf of customers)
3. Think long term (5-7 year time frames)
4. Its always Day 1.

Jeff is right about Zappos by the way. They rock customer service, plain and simple. I bought almost all of these shoes there, in large part because zappos just does it right as a web business. Anyway, there is a lot of good food for thought here for libraries!

You, yes YOU are officially invited to be in our new, inspiring, yet lovably goofy nerdcore music video, “Library 101″!!!!
Hundreds of librarians, technologists and library lovers are already signed up to be in our next big video and we now need YOU join in as well! And it is EASY to do! More info can be found here, but please read on for more details:

Our previous song and video, "hi-fi sci-fi library" was a big hit in Libraryland and beyond in 2008 and now we are at it again. (pssst…you can watch that video below). Getting into this video is actually really easy. Simply take and share a picture of YOU posing with a 0 and a 1! (Tagging it with library101 on flickr will be really helpful). We even have the flickr group linked above where you can put your 101 pictures. So c’mon! Do it and get just a little bit famous! Your family and friends will love finding you pop up in the video (and maybe even your coworkers?)! Put your kids in it! How about the family dog!? And you know grandma loves the library too, riiight? :) The most interesting your submission the more it will be featured, so get creative!

Look for the song and video in October of 2009 (debuting at a special “Connecting Through “Lights, Cameras & Action” session at the Internet Librarian Conference in Monterrey, California).

Click on these two pictures to get your own "1" and "0" to print out and use as a prop in the picture of video you send in for the "Library 101" video! Join in the library fun with us!! (Be sure to use the large size!:)

Here is the "1":
For our new song/video: 8 1/2 X 11 One

Here is the "0":
For our new song/video: 8 1/2 X 11 Oh

Finally, here is that link to the song and video that David and I made last year called “hi-fi sci-fi library”. Watch it and we hope you’ll want to be in this one too!:

PS- You can submit videos for us to include too!!
PPS- If you have any questions please ask away here.
PPPS- Want proof you’ll be in good company if you join in? Check this out!
Library 101 Mosiaic- So far

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