Tuesday, October 18, 2016
Future-Proofing Libraries8:45 a.m. - 9:45 a.m.
Our speaker, a journalist, screenwriter, and library advocate, shines a light on a number of projects of direct benefit to libraries seeking to “future-proof” themselves against digital disruption and the prospect of diminished funding through increased community engagement/library advocacy. He shares the Library Digital Relevancy Index. which contextualizes the results of the first industry-wide pilot of libraries examining the degree of digital future-proofing. He describes the PXI: Patron Experience Index—a dashboard platform which weighs and displays multiple strategic community key performance indicators involving libraries in community cultural/prosperity/entrepreneurship initiatives—in order to identify programming, partnership, and learning opportunities for library staff and engage library staff in “begin with the end in mind” creative media and programming processes in support of those identified opportunities. Howley discusses the OpenMedia- Desk (OMD). which pre-validates media prior to publishing online (Facebook, Twitter, Instagram) in order to maximize engagement with target communities. He also talks about an open app publishing platform to support “cultural destination tourism,” in which the physical experience of exploring the “community icons” within Hamilton’s central Gore Park is digitally reproduced indoors at Hamilton Public Library’s Central Branch in a high-engagement iPhone experience using beacons—Wi-Fi transducers which trigger, via Bluetooth LTE, “proximity storytelling experiences.” This talk is sure to propel your thinking and insights into action with impact!
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