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Jun 20 13

Facebook Unveils Video for Instagram

by Joe Murphy Librarian

Facebook just announced  video for Instagram and it is available now as an update in the app store.

This addition of video to Facebook’s popular Instagram picture app is noteworthy because it means the social value of micro video is expanding to the biggest player in the social landscape.

It also means competition with Twitter’s Vine in two new arenas -slightly longer and slightly shorter user generated video, whose possibilities users will play with.

Details of Instagram Video:

  • 13 video filters: parallels the filters that have made Instagram the icon that it is.
  • A thumbnail for the video is created for sharing.
  • Can record 15 secs of video: this 15 secs, Vine allows 6 secs, may be the leap frog that makes Vine-like micro videos more accessible just as the iPad opened up mobile reading broader than the iPhone could.
  • Minimum video is 3 seconds: so it tries to beat Vine at both extremes while possibly opening up the platform for new user crafted directions with the micro micro format.
  • Videos do not loop: Play once, to counter Vine’s approach, maybe less annoying, different model of consumption and may drive different type of creation – Vine seems to facilitate Gif like video.
  • Video stabilization: “Cinema,” a video stabilization tech keeps hand shot videos from being wobbly.
  • Everything else is the same, ”everything we love about Instagram, but it moves”: hashtags to connect related videos, the same simple Instagram experience that is the real key to its success.
  • The famously iOS first app has switched gears as this update is available immediately on Android, iOS, and the web.
  • Instagram videos are already popping up and they look great.
Vine, really Twitter’s ecosystem as the owner of Vine, is the major competitor to Video for Instagram and it is the tool that made this tech vector into a tech direction with its 13 million users.
In another example of how the social tech giants have to follow each other, Twitter/Vineinstagram video update joe murphy library tried to try to preempt some of Facebook’s thunder by announcing, “Over the next few weeks, we’ll be introducing some exciting new parts of Vine.”

Instagram’s Stats and drive:

Instagram has had 16 billion photos shared, a billion likes every day, and 130 million monthly active users. So even if you have not been motivated by Vine’s success there is now no choice but to take note now as Facebook’s Instagram brings micro social videos to a much larger audience.
The Power of image Instagram itself is of note because it allows everyone to contribute to a visual narrative and harnesses the power of images in connecting . Instagram CEO Kevin Systrom explained in the press conference that visual is in Instagram’s “DNA.” As humans, we are “on a quest to take a moment in time and record it,” so like other subtle aspects of social media tools, Instagram is about remembering.
Instagram CEO again, “when I think about Instagram, I think about moments.” (Social is still about ‘The Moment’).

Where the library will be sharing micro videos:

Vine will continue to be relevant just as Twitter and Facebook can coexist. But Instagram has the ability to reach your Facebook social graph which is larger and more connected than rival ecosystems.
I think this may be the moment when micro social video hits the mainstream and impacts/provides opportunities for libraries and content.

I am @joelibraryfuture on Instagram

– Joe Murphy, Librarian

Jun 13 13

Handheld Librarian Online Conference: Encouraging Innovation #HHLIB

by Joe Murphy Librarian

Handheld Librarian (HHLIB), the top online tech conference for librarians, returns June 19-20 to once again bring high impact learning content with an innovation emphasis


Exciting sessions feature a motivation provoking keynote, panels on current tech area applications, and an in-depth workshop on library makerspaces.

This year’s iteration of the online conference begins a switch away from a mobile tech focus towards a broader discussion of library tech innovation with an “Encouraging Innovation” theme.

The basic info:

June 19 and 20 2013. June 19: 11am–4:15pm Central Time. June 20 workshop: 11am-2pm CDT.
Register starting at $65
Keynote by Michael Edson – “Faking the Internet.”
Panels 6/19: Responsive Web Design, Mobile Reference, Creating Videos at Your Library.
Workshop June 20: Library Makerspaces

Register and be part of the next stages in libraries and technology

  • Individual registration for first day (keynote & tech panels June 19) – US $65.00.
  • Individual registration for full 2 day conference including workshop – additional $45.
  • Reduced pricing for groups – US $95 (first day of conference) + $75 for workshop.
  • Site Licenses go for just – US $175+$125.
  • Registration includes access to the program archive.


“Faking the Internet,” by Michael Edson (Smithsonian Institution’s Director of Web and New Media Strategy). michael Edson

Why don’t libraries get better the more they are used? Not just a little better—exponentially better, like the Internet. They could, and, in a society facing colossal challenges, they must, but we won’t get there without confronting a few taboos about what a library is, who it’s for, and who’s in charge. [Twitter: @mpedson]

Workshop – Library Makerspaces: Encouraging Creation Culture:

Makerspaces – all the angles from a variety of perspectives Panel style in-depth and hands on workshop led by Tod Colegrove. June 20 11am-2pm CDT. Register for this workshop.

Speakers, diverse experts:

  • Tod Colegrove, University of Nevada Reno, Director of the DeLaMare Science & Engineering Library.
  • Tara Radniecki, Loyola Marymount University, Emerging Technologies Librarian.
  • Bill Derry, Westport Library, Assistant Director for Innovation & User Experience.
  • Natalie Bortoli, Chicago Children’s Museum, Vice President of Educational Programming and Experience Development.
  • Lauren Britton, Fayetteville Free Library, Transliteracy Development Director.

All the needed information and inspiration about library makerspaces in one workshop. This online panel/workshop catches library practice up with discourse in bringing makerspaces to the promised next stage of librarianship – facilitating creation and creativity. Designed for all audiences: beginners, those just curious, and those with their own established makerspaces, all attendees will gain value from this workshop as experts guide each level from starting out to adapting programs for the future. Tod Colegrove (University of Nevada, Reno) leads this session and moderates a diverse and very experienced group who will teach you everything you need to know. Let’s work together to make this future work as Makerspaces expand the traditional role of the library as we build community and feed the culture of innovation.

Panel Sessions – in depth look at tech areas and implementation cases:

Responsive Web Design + Mobile Reference + Creating Videos at Your Library

Responsive Web Design:  Responsive websites “respond” making it possible for them to anticipate and then adapt to various screen dimensions — meaning web designers only need to create one website!

  • Jason A. Clark, Montana State University Libraries
  • Douglas Furiato,
  • Matthew Reidsma, Grand Valley State University
  • Chad Mairn, St. Petersburg College

Mobile Reference:  Learn from four librarians representing libraries from small or large, academic and public how to implement a successful text reference service in your library.

  • Laura Kohl, Bryant University
  • Beth Fuseler Avery, University fo North Texas
  • Nancy Huling, University of Washington Libraries
  • Heather Westhaver, Burlington Public Library
  • Ann S. Owens, Sacramento Public Library

Creating Videos at Your Library: Hear from extraordinarily creative librarians who have been working with video, including content, what the production team is like, what challenges they run into, how to overcome them, and ultimately the awesome benefits of creating videos for your library.

  • Anali Maughan Perry, Arizona State University
  • Matthew Harp, ASU Libraries
  • Angela Nolet, King County Library System
  • Toby Greenwalt, Skokie (IL) Public Library
  • Amy Vecchione, Boise State University
  • Meagan Kinsley, American University

The HHLIB Conference Committee:
-Joe Murphy
-Beth Avery
-Chad Mairn
-Amy Vecchione
-Hosted by LearningTimes

Participate and earn badges!
HHLIB Badges

– Joe Murphy Librarian

Jun 10 13

Apple’s WWDC News Translated for Libraries– Big Mobile Operating System Changes with iOS7

by Joe Murphy Librarian

Apple’s iOS7 brings in some current directions in tech and makes users smile with updates.

Apple unveiled a lot today at its WWDC (World Wide Developers Conference) keynote including updates to iOS, its mobile operating system, with its “biggest change since the original iPhone.”  As usual, Apple takes in, competes with, or drowns out existing players in current trend areas. The iOS7 updates come this fall and will include iTunes radio, proximity based social sharing, major design changes, messaging updates and features, Siri updates, bringing the Apple ecosystem into the car, and a lot more. Changes in iOS7 reflect and will likely guide mobile tech directions.

  • iTunes Radio {the most eagerly awaited news}
    • Will be built into iOS7 on mobile devices as well as in iTunes on PCs/Macs/Apple TV.
    • Create and share your own stations and follow featured stations (ongoing trends of be the curator or follow the curator whether she is a peer or an expert). Will customize to suit your choices.
    • Model: Free with ads, ad free with subscription. No info yet on extent of licensing access.
    • Is a near Songza kills, competes with Pandora, and depending on licensing, it could drown Google’s new Google Play Music All Access. iTunes Radio plays off big media trends, streaming, freemium model, curation.
  • AirDrop – proximity-based cloud sharing with your nearby connections via peer to peer wifi. This new feature is a major move on competitors in the real world interaction game: no more touching devices to share (even a direct putdown of Bump by name in the WWDC keynote), peer to peer sharing as selected in app instead of NFC or generating QR Codes.
  • Siri has a new interface and new male and female voices. Siri can also now do more by voice including actions within the iPhone like controlling brightness etc. This reflects the ongoing trend of porting out the control point from our finger point taps. Siri also will integrate with more services like Bing and Wikipedia which means can ask more questions in more contexts.
  • iOS in the car: Apple takes on the next megatrend of the connected car. iOS on the screen in your car includes eyes-free with Siri activation and dictation.
  • The App store will be organized by age range to answer child specific browsing and safe app store searching.
  • App proximity discovery – Find nearby popular apps (resource discovery can be impacted by location context and this update reflects the extension of resource discovery to mobile apps).
  • Camera updates include swiping to launch video instead of touch button (wider penetration of the swipe), and live filtering instead of just post picture taking (more against Instagram and Google+ with its recent approach of auto filtering for you).
  • The Photos app now supports organization to address the chaos in the photo stream. This organization come in a very telling way, by where and when, calling it “Moments.” [See my piece from Jan 2013 about the moment as social trend]. This categorizing of photos in folders that are based on location and time reflects again the trend of context (proximity as context in sharing above). Instagram added a similar location grouping feature last year (Apple competing with Instagram/Facebook). Photos also adds a “Scrub” touch navigation feature, further adding to our navigation lexicon alongside swipe with iOS7.
  • iBooks completes the circle from mobile by coming back to the big screen on Macs including Apple’s interactive textbooks, includes progress synching (as with Kindle).
  • Multitasking taken to new level: updates apps in background, now available for all apps, supports learning from personal habits (Google Now competition), fetches info especially when good data coverage is detected (smart objects), background updating so when a notification is launched the app has already been updated.
  • New control panel to centralize and make readily accessible basic features.
  • Safari browser: no longer limited to 8 tabs, simplifies bookmarks/read later/shared links, carousel pages browsing, swiping to close pages, iCloud keychain integration (new security tool for managing account passwords and credit cards).
  • iOS7 also features the longed for automatic app updates. No longer will we have to see the red digit of apps to be updated. (In answer to Senator McCain’s question/complaint to the Apple CEO on Capitol Hill).
  • The Music app has some updates beyond iTunes radio: artist images visible now for image based music browsing, view music library by album by tilting to landscape mode (navigation for content engagement).
  • FaceTime audio: now lets you place voice calls over Apple’s Facetime video conference calling feature. This is big because it uses data (the ongoing transition to data for communication), it further pushes out traditional communication just as iMessage replaces/supplements SMS, it is free between Apple users.
  • For the enterprise – neat per app VPN.
  • Find My Phone activation log aims to stop would be thieves with by requiring an Apple id sign in.
  • Integration with China’s Tencent Weibo (clever/necessary as Apple pushes into the massive Chinese market) just as Twitter and Facebook have previously been integrated.

These navigation tweaks may continue to impact the ways we control our mobile world and expect to control the rest of our computing experience: Slightly new navigation (landscape mode for viewing different content, and adding ‘scrub’ to Swipe, iMessages gets swipe navigation to exit a thread.

Look for more info (There were many many other new features and updates announced across the wider Apple ecosystem, including continuous scrolling and scroll through in the Mac browser (which is a big direction in mobile content reading), the integration of location data into the calendar, that I did not address but is of interest, and sending map directions from a Mac to the iPhone maps app.

This news is important to libraries as service and content providers because these updates will impact how people do and expect to interact with content and services.

– Joe Murphy

May 18 13

TBLC Expert Series Talk in Florida- Social Tech Analysis & Inspiration

by Joe Murphy Librarian

I explore the impacts of current technology and social media directions in this talk for the Tampa Bay Library Consortium’s Expert Series in Sarasota. The knowledge and inspiration librarians need to navigate the current technological landscape.

Murphy TBLC talk slides

Slides linked here

  • A vision for libraries in an era of change
  • inspiration to face the challenges
  • Explanation of what is happening in tech that affects libraries

At the Fruitville Public Library on 05/21/2013.

I digest the nonstop tech news and synthesize it for libraries. This session follows the general outline of: Why grow, how grow, which direction to grow. Some of what I cover includes:

  • The most inspiring recent tech news stories that challenge our self imposed barriers to learning.
  • The most impactful recent or ongoing changes in technology and content.
  • Why the most innovative are not the youngest.
  • Tumblr and understanding the social landscape.
  • The Internet of Things.
  • Google Glass and Wearable Tech.
  • Outdated concepts of content and ownership.
  • Reasons to still be excited about libraries.
  • My pet peeves about libraries
  • A new approach to defining what a library is.
  • Taking the reins as innovators.
tblc murphy slides

Slides linked here

- – Joe Murphy, Librarian

About your speaker: Joe Murphy is a librarian who consults and speaks on technology trends, analyzing the meaning of technology changes for libraries and culture. Joe previously worked as a Science Librarian for 5 years in the Yale University Libraries and earned a Masters degree in Library & Information Science from the University of Hawaii in 2006.

Apr 9 13

Content Tech Changes presentation at CIL in DC

by Joe Murphy Librarian

Content change is a story in which technology is the character who moves the plot along and culture is the page which the story unfolds around.

I presented this morning about New Trends in Content & Resource-Sharing Tech at the Computers in Libraries conference in Washington, DC. I shared the stage with Marshall breeding in this the first session of the Content Management track moderated by Nancy Dowd.

move - presentation

Slides from my talk linked here

Content is a technology issue. Technology is a culture issue. We deal here with cultural impact of content tech advancements.

Some of the tech areas i covered included predicted impacts of the upcoming Google Glass, the internet of things, self publishing, wearable tech, self and collaborative curation, Amazon + Goodreads, cross format synching, and more.

My expertise in regards to content is the impacts of new technology. I’d love to share more details of my analysis in this area.

Slides from this presentation are online

- Joe Murphy Librarian

Apr 4 13

Facebook “Home”: Mobile Best & Social Phones

by Joe Murphy Librarian

Facebook announces a new mobile presence, “Facebook Home,” which diffuses social across the mobile Android experience. Here are some angles to consider.

It is not an operating system and is not the rumored Facebook phone. It is anfb home extension of the mobile app to create a social (via Facebook) experience that permeates the mobile device.

Home is Facebook’s new front end for Android devices. The news reveals some interesting tech trend areas and brings some implications for libraries that deserves some of our thought.

The What (the details before we can get to the important meanings below):

Partially about content, partially about connections, and all about screen real estate. Home can serve as the first portal for engaging the device starting from a social perspective instead of a task perspective. Facebook says that Home uses the Android operating system because Android is architecturally open.

With Home’s Coverfeed feature, Facebook can literally reside on the phone’s home screen and lock screen. This brings stories from your Facebook ecosystem (linkshares, status updates, instagram pics etc) to the forefront. These can be commented on and liked from with double taps without having to open Facebook.

Home features a messaging function called Chatheads which works with both Facebook messages and Android SMSs. Message streams are collapsed in the UX because in this design it shouldn’t matter which app you are using to chat in attempting a seamless communication experience. Chatheads also allows for chatting regardless of what app you are using or where you are on your device.

Facebook Home will be available on April 12 and can be installed via Google Play. It will be coming to Android tablets in the future with plans to maximize the tablets’ tactile visual interfaces.

Mark Z’s “One more thing” moment was an announcement of a direct partnership with AT&T and HTC for phones designed with Facebook Home built in. HTC CEO Peter Chou (correctly) said that mobile is fundamentally social as he introduced “HTC First.” HTC devices that come with Home preloaded and optimized in a “social phone” with a significantly accessible $99 price point. There will also be a FB “Home Program” set of guidelines made available.

For Facebook, Home is about our eyes and our connections in their world via more deeply being in ours via our always on devices.

Facebook’s info page abut Home.

Tech Meanings:

There are a lot of interesting technology directions reflected in and revealed through Facebook Home. First of all is the redirection of Facebook’s “Mobile First” directive to the next step as “Mobile Best.” This, along with the concept of the social phone instead of the mobile phone, are arguably the real sizeable impact of this news.

Occupying the home and lock screen means the best layer for promoting Facebook engagement, forget pushes to set it as your homepage. Mark Zuckerberg referred to the home screen as “the soul of the phone” – which we look at 100 times a day. It’s a functional move too, semi meeting Apple’s iOS notifications feature with the double tap to like and comment from home screen instead of the swipe down.

Coverfeed is visually rich (reflection of Pinterest and Instagram’s impact and value of the visual). Basic navigation gestures remove points between you and your content (impact: the simple swipe to actualize actions supplanting the click or tap). Facebook stream being the first view when phone is turned on provides social value in the first moment of engaging the device. Coverfeed filters the most important social streams applying filtering and currating and notifications can be docked/assigned till later like the much hyped MailBox app.

I wonder if Facebook making a home on Android and immersing its experience across that platform on some devices is anything like Amazon building Kindle Fire over Android?

Mark Z talked about Home as flipping the mobile model to one that is about people first over apps and tasks. Designing a mobile experience around people (or at least FB connections) not around apps and actions. This includes specific person notifications instead of app badge notifications. It’s a mobile platform world, but it wouldn’t mean anything without the people.

The people centric design reminds me of aspects of the internet of connected everything. A people centered nexus might be a symbolic shift in approach to the internet of things. Only symbolic as it uses the phone as the portal still and not the people themselves. I think that what Facebook is doing is trying to design the social mobile experience as the connection experience.

Messaging: Chatehad helps to humanizes (or anthropomorphicizes) the entrance to messages with a tap on a face of your friend. Takes chatting one step further from being a series of clicks and closer to reflecting a real engagement.

Chatheads also takes pains not to disrupt your mobile phone activity and not to silo chatting by allowing you to enter conversations regardless of where in your phone you are and allowing conversations to tag along as you navigate around your device. Conversely, chats following us across our phone activities means that friends are always a possible part of the device experience.

This reflects major aims prevalent across the trend of wearable technology. Smart watches allow you to see incoming data without stopping to pull out your device, Google Glass allows you to snap pics and view information in the same stream of your normal behavior. They help to maintain the context. In the instance, FB Home is another example of Facebook incorporating some prevailing current tech engagement areas much as they do with their updates (Facebook Messenger app, location, Poke) and that Apple does in its software updates. The big companies bring in the new techs to stay current and we can watch which ones these big players pull in to see which tech trend areas have staying power and influence.

I can see a bit of the second screen concept here as well. Just as we keep our gadgets with us as we engage content, now too can we stay within our gadgets as we engage social or stay with our connections as we use our gadgets in the reversal of the second screen idea.

This does not disrupt the hand centric state of engaging socially. We’ll see if wearable tech’s big debut with Google Glass later this week can shake that up.

Home makes the Facebook experience diffuse and gives strength to the centrality of social.

What Facebook Home Means for Libraries:

One major impact is that social content gets the most possible exposure with prime real estate on the phone home and lock screen. This will mean a further increase of social information and more need for skills to leverage that as consumers and facilitators of info.

This also means a new platform for the real value area of Facebook for libraries: connections. Facebook is about connections, and not just between people or between people and services, but as a platform between people and resources via apps. This is the area of interest to libraries and this immersion of the Facebook ecosystem into a mobile platform means increased impact for information centers.

Of course this also applies to libraries using Facebook as service and marketing platform.

Remember Facebook is also a content player and Home puts more than your friends at the forefront, it places the entirety of the Facebook ecosystem with its tendrils into resources at a primary view.

Warning and take away:

Facebook Home is only for Android for now. This update is for Facebook’s marketing and to better monetize their mobile product. The best things to take away from this are the tech trend areas we see impacted: social dispersed across the mobile experience and “mobile best.”

- Joe Murphy Librarian

Apr 1 13

My Presentations at CIL 2013: Tech, content, leadership, enterprise, and mobile

by Joe Murphy Librarian

Tech, content, and mobile: My sessions at CIL this year.

I have the joy of contributing at the Computers in Libraries (CIL) conference in DC next week. CIL is the top conference on Libraries and technology and I look forward to giving a few talks, serving on the conference board, meeting innovative professionals, and learning more than a few things. My contributions at CIL this year include running a panel of leaders innovating through tech transformations, content technology, the Apple ecosystem’s opportunities for information, and mobile content in the enterprise. Most of these talks will be posted to my Slideshare page

Leadership and tech change workshop panel:

  • “Pivoting to Meet Technology Change.”
  • Sunday April 7, 1:30PM – 4:30PM. Register
  • Innovative leaders discuss their approaches to changes in technology. On Sunday I will have the honor of leading this afternoon workshop (session W12) that features renowned leaders and their expert insights into navigating our information centers through technological upheaval.
  • Panelists: each of these exciting speakers are innovative leaders in the library world:
    • Kim Dulin, Co-Director, Harvard Library Innovation Lab.
    • Erik Boekesteijn, founder and director Doklab, Doklab and ShanachieTour.
    • Richard P. Hulser, Chief Librarian, Research & Collections, Natural History Museum of Los Angeles County.
    • Susan Considine, Executive Director, The Fayetteville Free Library and ALA LLAMA Division Councilor, NYLA PLS President, NYLA Councilor at Large.
    • Joe Murphy (moderator), Technology Trend Analyst & Librarian, Libraryfuture.
  • I will ask this distinguished panel to address these questions:
    • What approaches do you take/suggest in adapting to technological changes?
    • What tech areas are making a fresh impact now and what techs will affect libraries widely in the near future? What is on the tech horizon that libraries would be wise to begin planning for and designing adaptive strategies for?

Content Tech:

  • “New Trends in Content & Resource-Sharing Tech.”
  • Track A: “Content Management.”
  • Tuesday, April 9, 10AM.
  • What a time of change for content technology. Content changes guided by tech directions provide opportunities for library directions. In this talk I will be sharing the stage with Marshall Breeding. I will outline the now and next content tech directions and discuss how content is a tech issue and technology can be a culture issue. I’ll address the newest developments in content technology and in technology impacting content models including the Goodreads/Amazon news, Google Glass and wearable tech’s impact on content, Flipboard’s recent news affecting personal curation, mobile hardware developments changes content, intelligent content, the internet of things, and more now directions.

iOS 6 & iPhone 5 CyberTour Brief talk:

  • CyberTour, ““iOS6 and iPhone 5 for Libraries.”
  • Monday, April 8 at 2:30-2:45PM in the exhibit hall.
  • Implications of iPhone 5 and Apple’s newest mobile operating system iOS6 on information and libraries. This short and to the point (15 mins) CyberTour will outline in practical terms why libraries should care and how they can act to maximize Apple’s iOS operating system.
  • Check out these other hot Cyberour talks
  • See my previous thoughts about this before hearing my in-depth update live at CIL.

Mobile Enterprise:

  • “Mobile Content in the Enterprise.”
  • Tuesday April 9, 4:15PM, Track C, Enterprise 2.0 & Information Services.
  • I am very lucky to be invited to stand in for Robin Neidorf, Director of Research at Free Pint Limited, who cannot make it. This session will feature research from FreePint on enterprise deployment of mobile content, organization mobile strategy as service providers and content aggregators. I will also share my own analysis of mobile content in the enterprise including topics such as bring your own device (BYOD), strategy, device and format trends, leadership, and directions for mobile in the enterprise.

CIL is annually held in DC at the Washington Hilton, site of both the Whitemove House Correspondent’s Dinner and the attempted assassination of President Reagan. The conference features the top innovative thinkers and doers in library technology. I’ve had the honor of serving on the conference board for the past few years, running the mobile track, moderating exciting programs, working with inspiring speakers, and have seen some of the brightest library innovations emerge on stage.

Tweet or follow along with tag #CILDC

I look forward to meeting you in DC.
- Joe Murphy Librarian  @libraryfuture

Feb 19 13

An Online Audience of 200 Thousand: Views of my Presentations on Slideshare Pass Two Hundred K. Joe Murphy Librarian

by Joe Murphy Librarian

Analytics reveal that there have been more than 200,000 views of my tech trends keynotes and other talks on, more than 100K views in theJoe Murphy Slide shows last year alone.

I’ve used Slideshare to host dozens of my slideshows since 2007. My presentations given around the world and posted to my account have been viewed around 217,000 times.These slideshows are keynotes, talks from vendor user groups, featured talks, state chapter keynotes, and more. Posting my slides online broadens the audience across the world reaching many more than are physically present and expanding the conversation across time and context.

Are we following each other on Slideshare?

The live audience always gets the first and the fullest look. Slides only tell half the story so the full value comes with the in person (or online) live talk.

My most viewed presentation so far is “60 Apps in 60 Minutes” (with 6218 views and 88 downloads) from the 2012 SLA conference in Chicago co-presented with Scott Brown.

My most recent slideshow was from a staff tech day hosted by the Panhandle Library Access Network in Florida.

Tech Day FL PLAN

Recent International keynote presentations;

netherlands slides Tech & Libraries

brunei keynote

singapore iatul keynote

I did not use Slideshare for talks I gave in Bahrain and Mexico.

Online- only Presentation:lib2012 keynote

Keynote for the global Library 2.012 Worldwide Virtual Conference.

Slideshare is also great for extending virtual-first events.

Recent representative talks:

Keynote for the ACRL Oklahoma chapter. “Academic Libraries, Technology, and Ubiquitous Information” Nov 2, 2012.

OK ACRL keynote

Library Corporation User Group Conference in St Petersburg, FL. “Tech Changes Impacting Traditional Models” Oct, 1 2012.

tlcu keynote


My talks now generally focus on technology trends and their impacts as well as inspiration through the changes. I never use the same slide deck twice because there is always something new in technology.
I’ve also presented on practical applications of specific technology areas; Pinterest was big in 2012, Three Dimensional Printing, QR Codes, eBooks, social media, etc.

More Stats:

  • My top tweeted uploads include: 2 presentations about Pinterest for libraries in 2012, a cover story I wrote for Online, “Using Mobile Devices FOR Research,” and a paper on that I co-authored with Dr. Heather Moulaison for an ACRL conference “Social Networking Literacy Competencies for Librarians.”
  • My Slideshare uploads have also been spread via Facebook; 167 Facebook Likes, 154 shares, 61 Facebook comments.
  • Many uploads were featured on the Slideshare homepage.
  • Most of my non-US views come from China, Canada, France, UK, India, Australia.

Beyond Slideshare presentations:

Of course I haven’t posted everything or even always used PPT (thank god). I used Prezi for awhile but returned to Slideshare a year or so ago despite its strong features and high view count because of the universality of PPT.  I used the Slidecast feature of Slideshare to host virtual presentations at several events.

Papers unsurprisingly received most downloads on Slideshare, including my CV.

slideshare stats


I have some fun upcoming presentations, including; the Innovative Interfaces Inc Public Library Directors’ Symposium, the Tampa Bay Library Consortium Social Media Expert Series, and the exciting Computers in Libraries for a talk about content tech and a panel with innovative leaders.

Future Opportunities:

I look forward to continuing my contributions to the profession by speaking to wonderful library groups around the world. If you are interested in hosting me as a speaker at your event send an email ( or connect on LinkedIn/Facebook/Twitter.

choosing our focus

- Joe Murphy Librarian

Feb 18 13

Pivoting to Meet Tech Change, CIL 2013 Workshop featuring Innovative Library Leaders

by Joe Murphy Librarian

How innovative leaders pivot their libraries to meet technology change. Register for this preconference workshop held at the Computers In Libraries Conference on April 7 in Washington DC. This panel features insightful leaders from various types of libraries (Harvard Library Innovation Lab, Fayetteville Free Library, Doklab, Natural History Museum of LA) and their approaches to the opportunities and challenges of ongoing tech transformations.

To be held on Sunday April 7, 2013 1:30–4:30


  • Kim Dulin, Co-Director, Harvard Library Innovation Lab.
  • Erik Boekesteijn, founder and director Doklab in Delft, The Netherlands, Doklab and ShanachieTour.
  • Susan Considine, Executive Director, Fayetteville Free Library.
  • Richard Hulser, Chief Librarian, Natural History Museum of Los Angeles County.
  • Moderator – Joe Murphy, Tech Trend Analyst & Librarian.

Register for this innovative panel:

Select this PM April 7 Preconference Workshop “W12: Pivoting to Meet Technology Change” ($169).


I have the honor of leading this workshop in which expert speakers address how libraries can strategically approach technology changes and what tech areas to watch for. Technology changes have impacts on what libraries do and we hear how libraries can best approach the real world issues of these changes and pivot to make the most of their opportunities. Computers In Libraries is the best library and tech conference with top notch speakers held annually in Washington DC.

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Full description from program:

This workshop focuses on how we meet the challenges of perpetual technology change. Panelists, including innovative leaders from each type of library, come together to explore questions related to evolutions in technology and library pivots to meet them. They discuss how to best meet technology shifts and their far-reaching impacts and explore technology trends we should consider adapting and dedicating resources. The workshop features a facilitated discussion about our different approaches to meeting the opportunities and the challenges brought by technology shifts. It addresses current areas of technology change and their promises/complications. Panel members share brief outlines of technology trends that they are currently facing or that they foresee impacting their libraries in the near future. The facilitator sparks interactive discussion with an exploration of several major technology trends and how they may impact libraries. Attendees have a chance to share what technologies they are meeting head on and the technology changes whose impacts they worry about.


- Joe Murphy Librarian

Feb 7 13

4,500 Librarians on 9 Twitter Lists. Value of connections for keeping current

by Joe Murphy Librarian

Here are 4,500 Twitter-using librarians from around the world organized on 9 Twitter lists. Oh, and about 900 libraries on Twitter as well.

I completed my most recent Twitter List and thought it was a good time to share as well as connect on this no longer new issue of Twitter for current awareness. Twitter, with 200 million users at 7 years old, has settled into its role as a foundational social platform. It serves as 2nd screen to engagement extending connections into our hands, as 2nd window on our screens, and often as first screen for current awareness and connections. twitter lists

Change is the name of the game for libraries and current awareness is more important than ever. The most valuable resource we have for staying current and learning is each other, our bonds, our networks. Twitter has proved over the years to be a good tool for extending that connection across distance and situations.

Twitter allows you to add up to 500 members on as many as 20 lists. I leverage Twitter Lists to help me filter and isolate the rush of posts from the ~9,000 accounts I follow (I don’t have much hope for reading the rush of posts in my main Twitter stream). As a long time Twitter user, I am connected and a connector. Through lists I am connected to and promote you and add value as a filter

The Librarian Lists:

Here are the Twitter lists of Librarians (with 500 each) that I’ve created so far, most recent first. Use these Lists to connect by subscribing to the lists or to find and follow fellow librarians.

Have I listed you? Let me know with an @ reply if not. You can check which lists you have been added to by going to your Twitter profile > Lists > Member Of .

Here are my lists of libraries on Twitter:

Send me an @ reply if I don’t list your Library, I wouldn’t want to miss yours.

Other/Newer Means of Current Awareness:

What other ways or newer tools do you use to keep current? How do you maximize Flipboard if that’s your tool of choice for instance? Twitter beyond lists: do you use mobile notifications for filtering real time info?

Your Suggestions:

What lists should I subscribe to? Who should I follow on twitter? Do I follow you back?

I am @libraryfuture on Twitter.   What is your Twitter user name?

– Joe Murphy Librarian, libraryfuture