So, librarians and those library-ish, my class attended a presentation by Jay Jordan today, the CEO and President of OCLC this afternoon.
Let me tell you: it was a treat. He’s bound to be an impressive man, but I was taken by the practical application of his six-point presentation and his absolute, genuine humility as he shared what his company has done during his tenure.
Briefly, he reviewed six points libraries/librarians should get on board with: student-produced applications, mobile devices, evolution of search engines, cloud-sourcing collections (Google Books, Haithi, etc), cloud services (WorldCat Local) and linked open data.
With each point, Mr. Jordan offered simple examples exhibited by OCLC/WorldCat and other innovators.
A couple points I found particularly useful were:
-Student Apps, cooperative app devlopement (which led directly to mobile devices)
-Search engines with tailored relevancy rankings: Wolfram Alpha (computational knowledge) and Yebol (semantics based, tracks librarian search terms/patterns)
-Espresso Book Machines (yeah, sorry all, I just didn’t know about it before!)
-WorldCat Local (solution for small libraries) and WorldShare
-DBpedia, an example of link based data, DBpedia mines Wikipedia pages
It was a lot. It was fun. There was beer afterwards. More tomorrow, perhaps?