The GRL 2020 meeting began in the cool,
There are risks, opportunities, and impediments in the topography of the global research library, complicated by shifting business models, changes in research paradigms and scholarship, and disruptive cultural and technological infrastructure. And the users just aren't the users we were. They are of the digital tribes who think email is archaic, a pre-social-web dinosaur. So 20th century!
Peter Young, director of the National Agricultural Library, spoke to me at the reception on Sunday night about the need to move effort away from simply resource description towards a better understanding of user characterization, so connections can be more easily made between the resources and those who need them [my characterization... Peter would no doubt put it more succinctly]. User-centric libraries. Imagine. Talk of Web 2.0 reverberates in most of the talks and discussions thus far, but can the greybeards (us) really grok the way things need to change to make library services (information services more generally) meet the needs?
Betsy Wilson is white-boarding the question... "My time here will be worthwhile if..." phrases that characterize the responses:
- emerge with a vision
- concrete steps to be taken towards an envisioned future
- a set of research questions
- road map for progress
- understand technological obstructions
- ideas for increasing cross cultural and socioeconomic inclusivity
- cross sector pilots
- alignment among funding agencies to tackle problems
- intellectual deliverables to share the ideas emerging (and preserve them)
- opened channels for community feedback (and push-back)
- framing and scoping of problems (structural, political, leadership problems)
- needed infrastructure to support solutions global research
- new collaborations
Whew. We have till Wednesday.
Image: the Sulle Pagoda, at the center of Yangon, and one of the focus points of recent demonstrations in Myanmar