I attended my first Internet LibrarianÂ conference this year (which surprised a lot of people, but I have tended to go to the Computers in Libraries conference). I blogged the whole conference — the sessions I attended — and those notes are listed at the bottom of this post, if you only wantÂ to jump to them.
Tools — extracts perfect info and meaning, doesn’t exist 🙂
Not here to necessarily talk about big data, but focus on data to communicate and tell a story;Â Understanding it. Then looking for errors. Or asking question about anomalies.
Why use different types of viz tools?
Word clouds — frequency of words are visually represented. tagul.com (?) not right…..
Great for decoration — but not powerful.
How do you get meaning from data? Pull different viewpoints
Word cloud vs this viewpoint — not much can be told at a glance with this one; tells those who are invested in the data what’s going on, but not those outside the audience.
Big Picture Question: How might we empower people to make informed decisions about online privacy issues?Â Came out of Knight Foundation challenge
Lots of online data privacy issues & needs going on
Need for being privacy literate; patrons asking about this issue
Shift from Fear-based to fun & education
Received Knight Prototype Fund — rapidly iterate and create prototype (Luma Institute training)
Their beginning researchÂ found that learning about online privacy can be scary, overwhelming (way too many results–where to get started), and boring (droll, dry, no interactivity, no personalization, one-size-fits-all)
Yet people are thinking about their privacy
93% of adults that being in control of who can get info about them is impt
69% of adults say they are not confident that records of their activity maintained by online sites..
Gretchen Rings, Univ of Chicago; Emily Clasper, Suffolk Coop. Library Sys; Michelle Zaffino, In the Stacks; Philip Gunderson, San Diego PL
Launching a Mobile Hotspot Lending Program @ Your Library — Oak Public Library — Gretchen Rings
Disclaimer at beginning: Wildly successful program but its being discontinued due to circumstances beyond their control;Â Mobile Beacon nonprofit and issues there. #stopSprint
Experimental Budget money –> Li-Fi: Your Library’s Mobile Hotspot: scope, partnerships, budgets, branding discovery, deployment
What is a mobile hotspot? “Clever little boxes” that provide Mobile broadband wireless Internet; connects wi-fi enabled device to a 4G mobile high-speed network; small, portable; easy to use; connects up to eight devices. Great for traveling.
TechSoup for Libraries project — how library found about Mobile Beacon — a nonprofit to providing affordable, mobile, high-speed Interent access to other nonprofits so they can better carry out their missions ($10/ month (prepaid, $120 per year), unlimited 4G data plans… Device was $45 + the subscription
The Widening Gap, Large Urban Public Libraries and Small Rural Public Libraries — Final Report
“The gap bw services provided by large, urban Canadian public libraries and those offers by small, rural library systems is growing. The Panel is concerned that many of Canada’s rural public library boards may lose their ability to provide even minimal services.” -Expert Panel on the Future of Canada’s Libraries and Archives
Provential and Territorial Public Library Directors group (I think that’s what it was called)
Small Libraries Project: All Canadian Provinces & Territories, Main Issues
Huge land mass makes provision of bandwidth difficult