Will we see the importance of virtual services and spaces reinforced, or will there be an analog backlash? Will we see further political polarisation and undermining of expertise, or will information literacy finally be recognized and valued? Will we see meaningful action in favor of equity and diversity, or just watch as inequalities grow? The 2021 Trend Report Update shares trends suggested by emerging library leaders from across the world, and ideas for how you can work with them![…]
The pandemic has created a ripple effect – a stone thrown into the library pond – that is re-shaping the work, collections, and engagement experiences in libraries. In turn, changes to these experiences have been rippling out to communities and organizations that libraries have relationships with, like publishers, other agencies, institutions, community members and groups, and system providers. But of course, the ripples work both ways. As these communities and organizations make their own changes and adaptations, new ripple effects have developed that must also be absorbed by all.[…]
Six years ago, in response to a Knight Foundation challenge program, we put in a proposal entitled “10,000 Creative Commons Ebooks”. We had compiled a list of 2,300 Creative Commons Licensed ebooks, and we thought that with some more resources we could identify as many as eight thousand more. We didn’t get the grant, but we kept on adding free ebooks to the Unglue.it catalogs using automated processes and by individual discernment. We added Public Domain ebooks from Project Gutenberg, over 60,000 of them. We added over 30,000 Creative Commons licensed books from the Directory of Open Access books. We added computer books and textbooks, about 5,000 total. By the end of 2021, we had 102,692 open access books in our catalog and had distributed 6.45 million ebooks.
Along the way, we’ve been able to help our not-for-profit peers (Project Gutenberg, DOAB, etc.) improve their software, processes, and metadata in small ways and big ways. There’s still a lot of work to be done. Our search facility could be 10x faster and smarter. We need to figure out how to make the collection more useful, by curation, cataloging, and distribution ( by “we” I mean our community as a whole!).