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Delivered by Kristin Anderson, Winding Rivers Library System, West Salem; Jocelyne Sansing, Middleton Public Library; Jessica Schoonover, Shirley M. Wright Memorial Library, Trempealeau; Rachel Arndt, Milwaukee Public Library for WAPL 2019 on May 2nd in Rothschild, Wisconsin. Back again by popular demand! Each year, a number of new reports for and about public libraries are produced by organizations like Pew, OCLC, ALA, Library Journal, The Aspen Institute and others. These reports contain valuable information that can help us do our jobs better, but, unfortunately, few of us have the time to read every single one. The goal of this session is to help attendees get an overview of some of those reports and their potential impact on library work. Each panelist will share a summary of a report they believe is significant and discuss the broad and practical implications for libraries.
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  • 1. WAPL 2019 Notable Reports Panel Jessica Schoonover, Shirley M. Wright Memorial Library (Trempealeau) Rachel Arndt, Milwaukee Public Library Jocelyne Sansing, Middleton Public Library Kristen Anderson, Winding Rivers Library System
  • 2. Jessica Schoonover, Director Shirley M. Wright Memorial Library of Trempealeau IFLA 2018 Trend Report https://bit.ly/2ws1FVu
  • 3. What is IFLA? The International Federation of Library Associations and Institutions (IFLA) is the leading international body representing the interests of library and information services and their users. IFLA is an independent, non-governmental, not-for-profit organization with over 1400 members in nearly 150 countries.
  • 4. 2013 IFLA Trend Report Trend #1: New technologies will both expand and limit who has access to information Trend #2: Online education will democratize and disrupt global learning Trend #3: The boundaries of privacy and data protection will be redefined Trend #4: Hyper-connected societies will listen to and empower new voices and groups Trend #5: The global information economy will be transformed by new technologies
  • 5. 2018 The 2018 Update of the IFLA Trend Report offers four more expert perspectives to the collection; providing libraries, library associations and others with key insights and reflections on the issues facing our field today.
  • 6. ● How can libraries prepare better for an uncertain future shaped by various trends? Can Scenario Planning help?● How can libraries prepare better for an uncertain future shaped by various trends? Can Scenario Planning help? Rafael Ramirez, Director of the Oxford Scenarios Programme ● What can libraries do to resist the onset of a new digital dark age, marked by attacks on privacy, access, and truth itself? Glyn Moody, journalist and author of the book, “Rebel Code: Linux and the Open Source Revolution” ● Are libraries limited to providing content, or can they also form part of the information infrastructure through community networks? Roger Baig, Guifi.net ● In the light of growing unease with the power of major Internet companies, how can libraries respond? Cassie Robinson, Strategic Design Director at Doteveryone 2018 Reflections:
  • 7. Accountability Gap Doteveryone.org.uk ● Around the world, the Internet is facing a crisis of confidence, due to a lack of understanding, a lack of trust, and, a general unease about the wieldy power held by the Internet giants
  • 8. Curated Information ● Rather than falling victim to the web, libraries have the potential to make the Internet more useful, more accountable and more inclusive
  • 9. An Accountable Internet ● Libraries should use this opportunity to redefine their offerings, underline their values, their public interest mission, and take a central role in building the accountability of the Internet
  • 10. What is Digital Understanding?
  • 11. Our Role: ● Continue to provide safe and secure access ● Empower the public to understand technology ● Giving the public basic tools to access the internet ● Help separate fact from fiction ● Libraries can strengthen communities by creating virtual hubs to position ourselves at the center of distributing community information ● Talk more about ourselves
  • 12. Rachel Arndt, Central Public Services Area Manager Milwaukee Public Library State of American Libraries 2018 (ALA, April 2018) https://bit.ly/2LZIsoz
  • 13. What is The State of America’s Libraries? American Library Association (ALA) , the oldest and largest library association in the world. Report released annually during National Library Week. Reviews trends, statistics, and issues affecting libraries. Affirms valuable roles libraries and library workers play within their communities to transform lives through education and lifelong learning.
  • 14. 3 Themes 21st Century Literacy Community Connections Programs & Services
  • 15. 21st Century Literacy Is this about holograms? ● Develop proficiency with the tools of technology; ● Build intentional cross-cultural relationships with others to solve problems collaboratively; ● Design and share information for global communities; ● Manage, analyze, and synthesize multiple streams of simultaneous information; ● Create, critique, analyze, and evaluate multimedia texts; ● Attend to ethical responsibilities required by these complex environments; ● NCTE Executive Committee http://www2.ncte.org/statement/21stcentdefinition/
  • 16. 21st Century Literacy Survey Says... ● Privacy ○ “Big Data is Watching You” ○ Collection, use, and analysis ○ Consequences for patron privacy ● Media Mentorship ○ Guidance ○ Research ○ Modeling ● Connected Learning ○ Participatory ○ New & emerging technologies ○ Classroom & real world experiences ● Digital Divide ● Health Literacy
  • 17. Community Connections Who are the people in your neighborhood? ● Brookings Institution on librarians: “ad hoc social workers and navigators [who] help local people figure out the complexities of life.” ● Intellectual freedom fighters ○ Challenges to remove/restrict materials rose from 45 instances to 91. ● Diversity & Inclusion ○ Creating welcoming spaces ○ Representative programming ○ Equity, Diversity, Inclusion joint statement ● Crisis Response ● Aging workforce and population
  • 18. Programs & Services AKA Everything beyond the books. ● 5 Year Trend: Program growth ⇑ twice the rate of circulation decline ⇓. ○ Digital circulation ⇑ increases are not enough to offset ⇓ of physical materials. ● Staff impacts: staff expenditures ⇑ 7 % while staff per patron ⇓1.5 %. ● Services are changing to reflect an outward, community focus. ● Measurements of overall impacts?
  • 19. Takeaways Connected learning is critical to student achievement. The library has a role in tech and media instruction. The American population is diverse and aging, impacting the workforce, family life, and leisure time. The profession is shifting to community-focused librarianship. Physical spaces of the library require more technology and flexibility for engagement and collaboration.
  • 20. Jocelyne Sansing, Director Middleton Public Library Reimagining the Civic Commons http://civiccommons.us/ Palaces for the People (2018) https://www.ericklinenberg.com/books
  • 21. SCa Scaling & Application
  • 22. Kristen Anderson, Director Winding Rivers Library System Millennials Are the Most Likely Generation of Americans to Use Public Libraries (Pew, June 2017) https://pewrsr.ch/2ttUY2V
  • 23. Breakdown of Generations
  • 24. 56% Why should we care?
  • 25. Millennials in the Workforce
  • 26. Pew Report “Millennials in American are more likely to have visited a public library in the past year than any other adult generation.”
  • 27. Library visits % in each generation who visited a library in the past 12 months (2016) 46% of adults ages 18 and older say they have visited a public library in the past 12 months
  • 28. Library Website Visits % in each generation who visited a library website in the past 12 months (2016)
  • 29. Pew suggests Millennial library use is high because of these services ● Computers and internet connections ● Literacy programs for young children ● Meeting spaces for community groups ● Technology “petting zoos”
  • 30. How do we use this information?
  • 31. Unscientific poll of 8 Millennials I know: ● Environment ● US National & Foreign policy ● Saving for a secure financial future ● Student loan debt ● The economy and not having a good quality of life ● Social security and wondering if retirement will ever be an option ● Finding a better paying job with benefits ● Figuring out if higher ed is a good investment What is the most important issue facing you and friends your age?
  • 32. One shoe doesn’t fit all...
  • 33. Questions? Thank you to our presenters! Jocelyne Sansing, Director, Middleton Public Library Jessica Schoonover, Director, Shirley M. Wright Memorial Library of Trempealeau Rachel Arndt, Central Public Services Area Manager, Milwaukee Public Library Kristen Anderson, Director, Winding Rivers Library System
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