Friday, January 31, 2014

Global BHL meeting under way in Lorne, Australia

All nodes but Egypt represented plus some guests from Atlas of Living Australia and Melbourne Museum

Good morning, or should I say G'day? Melbourne

John la Salle, of the Atlas of Living Australia, provocateur on recent literature at #BHLDay

Thursday, January 30, 2014

@AnneLise33 from @BioDivLibrary Africa the African node at #BHLDay at the Melbourne Museum

Abel Packer from @BioDivLibrary Brazil/SciELO at #bhlday in Melbourne

@JiriFrank of @Biodivlibrary Europe at #BHLDay at Melbourne Museum

Fenghong Liu of #BHLib China speaking at #BHLDay at Melbourne Museum

@ElyWallis speaking on #BHLib Australia at #BHLDay at Melbourne Museum

BHL Day at Melbourne Museum #bhlib #museunvictoria

Tim Hart and Ely Wallis welcome global @BioDivLibrary to Melbourne

Good morning Melbourne

Friday, January 24, 2014

@BryanAlexander on The Hope and the Hype of MOOCs at #ALAMW14 from @OCLC

The Hope and the Hype of MOOCs

Speaker: Bryan Alexander, Senior Fellow of NITLE; Skip Prichard (OCLC, moderator)
Panel: Anya Kamentz (Fast Company); Ray Schroeder (University of Illinois, Springfield); Audrey Watters (Hack Education); Cathy De Rosa (OCLC)
Performed a live poll of audience and webcaster audience (using text and website); most (small majority) said MOOCs were more hope than hype; most also never participated in a MOOC.

Bryan Alexander
Gave a quick overview and history of MOOCs; began roughly in 2008 in Canada, these are the cMOOCs; later, around 2010, the xMOOCs were formed at the large universities (Standford, MIT). 2012 is the start of the MOOC boom as they started to turn into a business (Udacity); NYTimes declared 2013 the year of the MOOC and now 2014 is the year of great disillusion.

  • cMOOCs are more ground up; more open; rarely licensed; remixable. Still trying to figure that out; “freemium” not proven yet.
  • What is the business model for MOOCs?
  • CP Snow's “Two Cultures” divide is heavily played out in MOOCs; lots of work and acceptance in science, but less so in the humanities.
  • cMOOCs are more ground up; more open; rarely licensed; remixable. Still trying to figure that out; “freemium” not proven yet. Coursera, Udemy; edX; Khan Academy; Uudactiy) are still looking for a model; many turning to corporate education (easier money) and many of them may crash.
  • MOOCs are likely to follow the Gartner Hype Cycle curve: excitement, Trough of Disillusionment, Slope of Enlightenment; Plateau of Productivity
  • MOOCs may become “Just part of life” or become MOCs (turned soley towards for profit); lastly, we may see a xMOOC / cMOOC fusion where the connective nature of cMOOCs is co-opted to make xMOOCs more interactive.

@OCLC CEO Skip Pritchard at the Americas Regional Council meeting at #ALAMW14

OCLC Americas Regional Council Business Meeting
24 January 2014

Jean Treadwell, OCLC Americas Regional Council Chair
Quick overview of the OCLC ARC council; elections are coming up for ARC officers and delegates. Council delegates are now broken into subsets (public, academic, museums and archives); voting is open from 24 January to 14 March 2014. Each OCLC member gets a vote, SIL's voting members should vote soon!

Sandy Yee, OCLC Board of Trustees Chair (Dean, Wayne State)
“Shared Governance”

Yee discussed the overall governance and management of OCLC. Pointed out that we are in times where things are changing very quickly. Libraries need to be built knowing that “the future is the platform” and to be able to make quick pivots to reflect changing needs of the library user community. Libraries must build collaborative partnerships, and seek partnerships that

Areas of responsibility for the OCLC Board:
  • Leadership. Work with “new” OCLC CEO Skip Prichard on direction for OCLC
  • Fiduciary. Board works for strategic allocation of OCLC resources. Oversee financial and business plans prepared by management. Does not seek profit, but aims for 2-4% contribution over revenue for reinvestment for the cooperative. OCLC seeks to maintain fees in bad times and have small increases in good years.
  • Mission points.
    • Leverage cooperation and efficiences of scale;
    • Deliver services that support the ways libraries and user work (cloud, mobile, social)
    • Lead (provide leading-edge library research and promote libraries)

Skip Prichard, OCLC CEO
Has been at OCLC for about seven months; has been busy looking around the world of OCLC membership travelling to understand what is happening among all the pots OCLC is involved in. Key element remains that OCLC is here for libraries and especially member libraries.

Attended 2014 International CES this year. CES increasingly about information as well as gadgets. Prichard did a review of Issac Asimov's predictions for the 2014. (from 1964) and many of them are right on (big screen TV, self-driving cars, algae bars, etc.).

Prichard's predictions for 2014? He won't give any because he doesn't want to see them appear in his performance plan. He will share questions he's heard on his tour:
  • Where is OCLC headed?
  • Why is OCLC moving so slow?
  • Why is OCLC moving so fast?
  • Does a cooperative model work in the 21st century?
  • What is the CEO's role?

So, how will the cooperative work:
  • Explore. Look at new trends through symposia, publications, and other meetings.
  • Share. OCLC moving seriously into cloud solutions; cloud will provide lower IT costs and lower service delivery costs; it is all about efficiency AND effectiveness. OCLC is looking at the following steps in cloud migration: 1) create global data netword; 2) migrate services; 3) power this through global library cooperation
  • Magnify. New study “Understanding the Collective Collection” (just out); Cathy De Rosa is finalizing the report on “Mooc and Libraries.” Key thing to magnify is cooperation among libraries. [short short video of OSU professor who studies coops. 1 billion people belong to coops; many things are coops that you don't know (Best Western Hotels, REI); coops are formed by people/institutions with affinities, that have a common problem, and can't find an existing market solution.

Some new suites of tools/services:
  • WorldCat Discovery Services. FirstSearch and WorldCat local coming together; creates one central index of link resolvers and A-Z list. Also includes synidation services that will integrate Google, Yelp, Goodreads, etc.
  • WorldShare Interlibrary Loan is currently in migration to cloud platforms
  • Global Data Network. WorldCat has 2.1 billion holdings and 3.1 million records

Wednesday, January 15, 2014

N Gwinn & @Smithsonian Sec Clough starting Q&A send yrs 2 @silibraries at #lamfutures

@dpla & @eol examples of great @smithsonian collaborations by @smithsonian 's Clough

Shout out to @BioDivLibrary by @Smithsonian Sec Clough

"an exemplar collaborative project"

@smithsonian Sec Clough and @silibraries S Hurts ( on screen) at #lamfutures

Sec. Clough of @smithsonian talking about digital at #LAMFutures event

Lecture aeries sponsored by Smithsonian Libraries, Smithsonian Archives and Office of the Chief Information Officer

Ghostly view of the fog hidden Capitol

Sunday, January 12, 2014

QotD: "I am a HAL 9000 computer. I became operational at the H.A.L. plant in Urbana, Illinois on the 12th of January 1992" - HAL 9000

2012.06.29-IMG_4841As I've noted in an earlier post, this date marks the birthday of the HAL 9000 computer. One of the great anti-heroes of 20th century film, HAL was by far the most vivid character in the Kubrick/Clarke film.

2007-02-17-dscn7183And so, here's to HAL and what would have been "his" 22nd birthday.

Here is a different type of aircraft, my flight leaving from Urbana-Champaign (birthplace of HAL)