For the closing session, Erin Gallagher, Director of Collection Services, Reed College Library, returned to conduct the 5th “Poll-a-Palooza”. (According to the Urban Dictionary, a Palooza is “an all-out crazy party, partying at one place with a ton of people like there’s no tomorrow”.)
At last year’s Poll-a-Palooza, attendees were asked to predict the hot topics for this year’s conference, and here is what they said:
Here are screenshots of the questions asked at the Poll-A-Palooza and the audience responses. Click images for a larger view.
Following the Poll-a-Palooza, Stephen Rhind-Tutt, CEO, Alexander Street Press, presented an excellent information packed summary of the conference. Here are the numbers:
These are some of the major trends at the conference, primarily drawn from the Trend Spotting workshop held on the first day following the preconferences.
Here are some trends that Rhind-Tutt identified. He gave a special mention of Joris van Rossum’s presentation on blockchain, saying that it was one of the best he had heard and made the concept very clear and understandable.
Rind-Tutt also identified the rise of open and OA as one of the most pervasive trends of the conference, with many presentations, some of which are listed here.
The concept of open also comes into education and training with open educational resources (OER).
Rhind-Tutt quoted Dr. Garry Henley, Director of MERLOT, who said in 2016, “Materials students might need are available in the library; those they definitely need must be purchased from the bookstore. Openness enables us to build on other people’s work, materials, and expertise with appropriate attribution.” And finally he mentioned the issue of affordable textbooks and libraries’ opportunities, with savings to students served by the OHIOLink system estimated to be as much as $50 million/year.
In summary, Rhind-Tutt mentioned the following takeaways:
- Rise and rise of open. Its tone is becoming more strident, and no part of the ecosystem is unaffected.
- Importance of learning; for example,SUNY’s journey to OER
- An inclusive model for textbooks, which constitute the core of all course-material adoptions. Open textbooks are massively important.
- The ever increasing importance of analytics.
- Expanding the role of libraries. Core roles include standards, metadata, social functions, supporting academic research
- Print vs. electronic resources.
He urged us to get involved before outsiders make decisions for you that you don’t like.
Following Rhind-Tutt, Barbara Myers Ford, President of Myers Consulting Service described “A Journal Carol in 3 Parts”, which is coming in November 2019. Three journal editors-in-chief will look at the journal across three time periods:
- Past: 1665-1965, print exclusively, only internal improvements, no technology improvements, first peer review in 1733.
- Present: 1966-2019, application of computers to the publishing process producing print + online. Journals read in print and on screen. Challenge of degree of online availability. The sciences took to online; other disciplines not so much.
- Future: 2020-2025, connectivity and everything accessible around the world. The biggest challenge is not technical but economics.
Auditions for editor-in-chief of the project will begin in early 2019.
Don Hawkins blogs about conferences for Information Today and Against The Grain. He also maintains the Conference Calendar on the Information Today website and is the Editor of Personal Archiving: Preserving Our Digital Heritage, published by Information Today in 2013, and Co-Editor of Public Knowledge: Access and Benefits, published by Information Today in 2016. He received his Ph.D. degree from the University of California, Berkeley, and has worked in the information industry for over 45 years.