Archive for September, 2009

Library services for the future

Thursday, September 10th, 2009

Today I delivered an opening keynote at Developing Public Library Services for the Future at Ministry of Education, Finland. The audience consisted of library directors and specialists from all around Europe.

Here are the slides, a nice remix of some new, recent and past work:

Some of my advice for libraries:

  • Focus on the end-user and customer experience, not just the information.
  • Look beyond first hand metadata, to second party recommendations and third-party metadata.
  • Utilize open data more, build interfaces for people to do mashups with.
  • Transform the library facility to something that encourages participation or new reasons to go to a library.
  • Build mobile applications to locate books and get instant social navigation to library books on-location and online.
  • Understand the changing framework, not just the the (changing) content.
  • Don’t do the mistake of replicating libraries online as it is. They already did the mistake of replicating the classroom online.
  • The web is not a destination, but a network of decentralized components. Harness the network properties.
  • Look at QR-codes or similar cheap technologies and stamp them into every book for contextual information.
  • Look into mass-customization: how to customize the library experience to each individual regarding recommendations etc.
  • Understand the technological, social and economical drivers for future developments.
  • Rethink the virtual visit to complement physical visits.
  • Look into user-generated taxonomies (folksonomies), information visualization and new ways for “putting the same book in multiple shelves”.
  • Understand contextuality provided by the web and how to tap into it from the library perspective.
  • Stop watching TV and work on (the next) wikipedia.
  • What augmented reality applications could libraries develop/use?
  • Involve the net generation or experts from outside your own field for rethinking the justification for your existence.

Google’s mission is the same as libraries have had for centuries. It’s time to understand digital convergence in new ways.

Teemu becomes a student

Monday, September 7th, 2009

poplogo Teemu becomes a student

10 years ago I started my company as my personal learning environment. Traditional schooling was inadequate to fulfill what I wanted to achieve in life. I’ve learned a lot from my customers, from the blogosphere, from the visionaries I’ve met on the road, from the books I’ve ordered from the web, from the students in my audiences and from the ability to look beyond the box (the course syllabus, the curriculum, the degree, the university, the company, the framework, you name it).

I haven’t had much of a need to subscribe to a traditional course. None have been capable of convincing me so far to join for one, other than as someone who rethinks how the whole thing is run or leads one of the participative workshops.

As a learning technology professional, I have seen a lot of online learning environments and I have to say that Robin Good has the best one I’ve seen so far from the technology perspective, the content is spot on to my current professional needs and he promises to coach me one-on-one for weeks with my pressing needs in my professional life. I also see other top colleagues like Jay Cross at Robin Good’s university, claiming to be a novice.

pop screen1 300x167 Teemu becomes a student

Today, people ask you what university you went to or what degree you have. In the past before the Average Grading Point, people questioned who was your teacher. Today on the Internet, we go back to those days and claim our teachers. They are online, and the best for me is Robin Good regarding Professional Online Publishing (POP). I will be one of the 25 who are first to join this autumn the one and only Robin Good’s University.

Social media in numbers

Saturday, September 5th, 2009

Regarding text-based animations depicting the impact of social technologies on our lives, some of my favourites include Did you know by Karl Fisch & Scott Mcleod, We Think by Charles Leadbeater and The Machine is Us/ing Us, Information R/evolution & A Vision of Students Today by Michael Wesch.

Taking presentations to a new level in this way is a powerful way to spread a message. See any of the viewing stats for the aforementioned videos.

Another came out recently along with the Socialnomics book, talking about social media in numbers:

Social Media Revolution

10 interestings statistics from the video:

  1. Social Media has overtaken porn as the #1 activity on the Web.
  2. 1 out of 8 couples married in the U.S. last year met via social media.
  3. Years to Reach 50 millions Users:  Radio (38 Years), TV (13 Years), Internet (4 Years), iPod (3 Years)…Facebook added 100 million users in less than 9 months…iPhone applications hit 1 billion in 9 months.
  4. 2009 US Department of Education study revealed that on average, online students out performed those receiving face-to-face instruction.
  5. The fastest growing segment on Facebook is 55-65 year-old females.
  6. The #2 largest search engine in the world is YouTube.
  7. 25% of search results for the World’s Top 20 largest brands are links to user-generated content.
  8. 34% of bloggers post opinions about products & brands, 78% of consumers trust peer recommendations. Only 14% trust advertisements.
  9. According to Jeff Bezos 35% of book sales on Amazon are for the Kindle when available.
  10. More than 1.5 million pieces of content (web links, news stories, blog posts, notes, photos, etc.) are shared on Facebook…daily.

Exciting times.