My New Year’s Resolution

Reading about the crucial trends in libraries I will try to find out what we can do this year. Keeping an eye on the horizon and the [past year’s] top ten trends in academic libraries.

All this data we generate in the libraries and try to use in different ways is a good source to express ourselves. We need to find new ways to show to our users what we do and who we are.

Past year was an important year for OpenData and freedom. We learned a few things about how to work for free Internet. Another thing we learned was that we need to show what we are doing and who we are, to build trust and for our service improvement as well.

Data on our Christmas tree’ by Chris Kennedy

Data on our Christmas tree’ by Chris Kennedy

Publishing our data in an understandable way, we offer an opportunity to our users to know what’s happening in everyday library life. It will be a great tool for library services managers to follow up on what is happening out there.

We can see on the Horizon that Infographics will become crucial in the next 4-5 years. This is the only way to make all the data we generate understandable. But data alone, just because… is not the right way to use it.

Finding different ways to exhibit the data is a tool for discovering patterns and behaviours and predicting our user’s needs.  By exposing all data we build trust among our users. And to explore new graphic ways (God Save CSS3!) to make our data understandable.

This year I will work on how to exhibit all our library’s data.


Original posted by Gerard Pagès i Camps on Monday, January 10, 2011 on #LibTechNotes a blog from the LibraryLabs at Universitat Oberta de Catalunya Library