Stephen had some difficulty with technology, getting his presentation up and running, but handled it with grace and humor. He is a very entertaining speaker who I've never heard before! Please come to ACRL Annual in Seattle in 2009??
A few quotes:
“It’s an information ocean, not a highway”
“Libraries are a community ‘Exploration Space’ not merely a collection space”
A lot about public misperceptions of the content of Google – the pervasiveness of advertising
I’m wondering if his PowerPoint will be put online – some interesting content about technology forecasting
He has a blog called “Stephen’s Lighthouse” – http://stephenslighthouse.sirsi.com/
“How and Why” are the questions that libraries answer best. “Who what where when” are what Google does well ..
He says DVDs are going away in 5 years or less … Yikes – what’s the plan?
He polled students coming out of the University of Toronto and 100% had Facebook accounts – 30% of librarians?
A lot about social web tools/library 2.0 … I hope we’re ready for this as a profession.
“Out Front with Stephen Abram” – his book - http://www.amazon.com/Out-Front-Stephen-Abram-Information/dp/0838909329/ref=pd_bbs_sr_1/104-5325453-6251919?ie=UTF8&s=books&qid=1178122411&sr=8-1
So librarians, “Are you ready to be the purple cow” and have some fun while you're at it?