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Wednesday, September 22, 2010

The Future

To know the future of libraries, one needs insight and inspiration. That is what Ideo is all about. They have opened a conversation about the future of the book:

"As more people consume pages in pixels, we wondered why does society still adhere, quite literally, to the analog, page-turning model? What happens when the reading experience catches up with new technologies? What opportunities might arise for authors, publishers, and retailers with major structural changes in the industry? What is the future of the book?"

The Future of the Book. from IDEO on Vimeo.

Meet Nelson, Coupland, and Alice — the faces of tomorrow’s book. Watch IDEO’s vision for the future of the book. What new experiences might be created by linking diverse discussions, what additional value could be created by connected readers to one another, and what innovative ways we might use to tell our favorite stories and build community around books?

It's time we had this conversation about the future of libraries.

1 comment:

Liz said...

One of the things that struck me while watching the bit on 'Alice' was how authors themselves will have to change if we want to present texts in such an interactive way. To accommodate the various additions, we'd either need tech-savvy and technologically innovative authors (I'm sure they're there, but the skills haven't been demanded before) or else the act of writing will become a collaborative process between web designers and authors...

As for the first two designs - librarians, especially academic librarians, are already involved to a certain extent in drawing connections between subject-related works and building reading lists around various debates. As studies are showing that people skim more and take in a narrower ('flatter'?) field of information when they read digitally, providing a broad range of ideas and writings becomes more and more important - and there's no reason libraries/librarians couldn't become a part of this sort of digital information curating!