NYLA Academic Librarians Conference 2010
"Faster than the Speed of Bytes: Technology, Cognition, and the Academic Librarian"

My notes:

Session 1: This is your Brain on Technology: The technology exposure effect (TEE)
Dr. Deborah Gagnon, Wells College
Her "summer reading list"
1. Intersectionalities – Synergistic: brain, cognitive, technology, library/information science
2. Does technology change our brains: Yes, but so does reading running creating pottery etc.
Brain changes: Cellular and structural levels, Hippocampus
DTD: developmental topographical disorientation
Baront, Laue et al Neuropsychologia
Nucleus accumbens is activated – yes
TEE : Cognition – do new ways change our cognitive processes?
--3 types of Attention: focused, divided, vigilant
Divided attention—does not really work, can’t switch as fast as thought (multitasking doesn’t work)
Ophir, Nas, and Wagner (2009) PNAS,
Hi multitaskers were worse than lo multitaskers
Hooked on gadgets and paying a mental price – NYTimes ,6/7/10 – Less is more…
Forede, Knowlton, & Poldrack, 2007,
The Shallows (Carr, 2010), Lin (2009)
Enhances our cognition (working memory – think about it like RAM)
3. Librarians – Nudge, choice architecture
Information Literacy
4. Individual Differences: diversity – cognitive styles
Narrow vs. broad-based focusing
Generational differences
Memory—are we losing more? Not putting as much in our long term memory, too much in our short term memory,
iBrain (Small 2008)

Session 2: Hyperlinked users: How academic librarians can respond

Dr. Michael Stephens, Dominican University gslis.com.edu mstepehens7
--“Tame the web” blog www.tametheweb.com
--Tv was a solitary activity, but now we spend time online collaborating, sharing, connecting.
--READ: Born Digital
--Informing Innovation (report about student interest in emerging tech)
1Let go of control.
2Perform a kindness Audit.
3Stand on our core values.
Gardner Campbell and librarian
4ask the right questions (Blink)
5Create participatory environments
Do a Learning 2.0 program in the library.
Helps staff feel better helping users and feel better about themselves, more confident, better for the human element

LOOK UP: KY learning space… very cool ref desk….
The Uncommon Commons Blog from KY librarian
Twitter posts on the screen in the library (tell Logan? Pam?)
6Encourage creativity
See his conclusions (online)
WE DON”T have TIME to form committees to rollout everything!
--It is OK to UNPLUG.

Session 3: Over the horizon: Connecting technology trends with the library of tomorrow
Mark Smith, College of Ceramics
Harry Pence, SUNY Oswego
Joan Getman, Cornell University

Library role as interdisciplinary culture, bring the two sides of the brain together.


Henry Jenkins, Project New Media Literacies

Harry Pence: Mobile Computing and Open Content
Mobile computing is a “library in your hand.”
Library is being disintermediated

Joan Getman : Electronic Books & Visual Data Analysis
UVA (Darden) and Princeton pilots for Kindles
Penn State pilot with the SONY reader
The Kno, a tablet for the College Market, LINUX open source
Sophie – software to create books with media and feedback/conversation
Deepdyve, research, rent, read.
Littman and Conaway, Duke study about ebooks, YES they get used and are justified.
RefViz, oSkope, TimeGlider, AmazType, Wordle, IBM Many Eyes, GapMinder, Google Chart Tools, Visual Complexity, WorldMapper BUT need to make sure the content is good, all the glittery stuff is not helpful if content bad.
Harry Pence: Augmented Reality
Fragmentation, Fatigue, Fluidity
Mark Smith: Gesture based computing
Key Pomise: Will libraries be the place for interacting with Information?
Two types: Touch/Surface and Gesture Imitation/Recognition
Microsoft surface at Ball State University
Virtual keyboards are here, handtracking, Sixth Sense (MIT)
LITA Top Tech Trends 2009 LJ 1/19/2010

Session 4: Geotagging, Geolocation, and Augmented Reality: Opportunities for libraries to create in situ Learning experiences
Tito Sierra and Markus West, NCSU
Tito created a way to generate research guides to courses.
BeaverTracks at OR State

Session 5: The brief wondrous life of the Syracuse Kindle

Melinda Dermody, Suzanne Preate, Scott Warren, Nancy Turner

3 driving “needs” : New technology, patron reactions
Curricular resource support
Kindle “back-end” / Data/Statistics à Inform Changes

--Book selection – checked the top 50 titles from ILL (they limited to the engineering, but maybe we could pick ones that are most popularly requested)
Also ask Pat which titles circulated the most in the past two years.

--Melinda – Head of Access Services -- Implementation: Devil is in More Details
Acquisitions: Opened a separate amazon account in acq – buying was trickier because it was harder to verify (don’t get it mixed up with your print book account)
Cataloging: Ind titles but tied together in a bound width (?)
New item type and location
ILS, Access, Policy (external), Procedural (internal)
They had circ make sure all the titles were still on the Kindle when it came back.

--Their Data gathered – much less than what we have!

--Ask or LOOK up the screenshot of their survey.

Session 6: Text Reference in Action

Virginia Cole, Cornell
Joe Murphy, Yale Science Libraries
Participants of QuestionPoint/Text-a-Librarian & My Info Quest

-- Most number of questions still at physical reference desk
--102 over 17 mths – got most when it was promoted.
--biggest category was questions about research/resources, esp. related to a course where it was advertised heavily