Wednesday, March 17, 2010

Webwise Conference 2010

This year Webwise meetings focused on digital media use for 21th century. As library turn to transitional technology and face the user initiated services requests, librarian suddenly found them behind users and face digital media literacy issues.

Here are some of the examples:
  • users create youtube video and share them in their social network as part of their calibration for social, learning, research or teaching need; we usually do not think to create stream video and put it on youtube is part of library's job.
  • more than 82% content shared online is video and pictures; we still only take text based content as the primary resources, even when we develop digital repository, the requirements being considered are still text based.
  • while text is the only content type used in the past for human knowledge preservation, today, video has been widely used to record the process of teaching and research, therefore carry more context and knowledge that is not captured by text document.
Here are more on the new concept of library contents development
  • user = content; user and contents are more close related with the help of social network tools.
  • user calibration = knowledge; users calibration by sharing media enabled content from research and learn, and by online discussion and recommendation, quickly turn content into knowledge, such share and discussion are often cross organizations and cross the board of countries, and cultures.
  • the challenger to library that "do not provide user what (we think) they need, give them what they want" become hard to meet, because now that user is also part of "content"
  • library work is not about cataloging and store items, it is about what users do with your resources
Library had to change because the society in 21st century are different from the past century
  • School is no long the single exclusive place for learn, library therefore is not the single exclusive place for geting scholarly information. Digital media and social network will become the life long learn tool, therefore learn to master the skill of the tool become important
  • Among three places, online become the most important one for kid to learn than school and family, MacArthur Foundation researcher report (kids may be missing out on life if they don't spend enough time online)
  • Adult include teachers, researchers, and librarians, must learn how to use social network tools to continue improve their skill and knowledge in order to perform their duties as needed by the society
the comparison of 20th and 21st century work environment
  • Number jobs/lifetime: 1-2 jobs vs 10-15 jobs (US Department of Labor 2004)
  • Job requirement: mastery of one field vs simultaneous mastery of many rapidly changing fields
  • Job competition: local vs global
  • Work model: Routine; hands-on; fact based vs Non-routine; technical; creative; interactive
  • Education model: institution centered; formal degree attainment is primary goal vs learner centered; self-directed, lifelong learning is primary goal
  • Organization culture: Top down vs multi-directional (bottom-up, top down, side to side, etc)
Those are the points I was able to collect during the pre-conference and 6 sessions of the main conference. This year, WebWise Conference brought together approximately 400 representatives of museums, libraries, archives, information and systems science, and other fields interested in the future of high-quality online content for inquiry and education.

Three people from Hopkins attended the conference, Phyllis Hecht, Associate Program Chair of Museum Studies, Dr. Baocheng Wang, a visiting scholar at Welch from the library of China Academy of Science, and me. Prof. Phyllis Hecht and me worked together since last year to turn on some museum study related contents and e-reserves in Sakai, and this is the first time we meet face to face in Denver!

Some of the presentations will be online from the following link:

Link to the study of 21st century skill:

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