Monday, December 19, 2011

Thank you to our donors

The Hawaii Library Association would like to thank our 2011 conference Silent Auction donors.

Friday, December 16, 2011

Holiday wishes from PIALA

Vice President Aaron Sigrah, Secretary Karleen M. Samuel, Treasurer Lydia Tibon and members of the PIALA Executive Board join me in extending wishes for a very Merry Christmas to all the HLA members, families and friends from all over the globe. As a partner association in education and training for the development of libraries and librarians in the Pacific, PIALA want to thank HLA for the past years to be part of this very important mission. We send our warmest wishes for a happy holiday and renew commitment in the New Year 2012. Our sincerest wishes are to battle together to find ways and opportunities to work together to be updated with the advance education and training of our membership. My fellow PIALA Officers and Executive Board Members join me, therefore, to wish HLA members a Christmas abundant with blessings of health, peace and happiness. And may the blessing of Christmas also enrich your lives and your loved ones' the New Year through.

Merry Christmas and Happy New Year

Atarino A Helieisar, PIALA President

Monday, December 12, 2011

PIALA President Atarino Heilieisar and HLA President Stewart Chun exchange gifts at the HLA Business Meeting. photo by Andrew Wertheimer

As the first recipient of the Karen M. Peacock Memorial PIALA Scholarship Award, PIALA President Atarino Heilieisar attended the Hawaii Library Association annual conference in Honolulu, Hawaii on Dec. 5. He attended the business meeting and presented gifts from PIALA to HLA President Stewart Chun and expressed his appreciation for receiving the scholarship. During the conference he also met HLA Vice-president/President-elect Christine Pawliuk and members of the HLA board. Atarino presented a session on "Experiences with HLA: a personal story" and answered several questions about PIALA and Micronesia. On Dec. 6, Atarino attended the cataloging post-conference "Workshop on RDA," presented by Chris Cronin from the University of Chicago. After an informal dinner with Daniel Peacock, Jane Barnwell, and Ruth Horie, Atarino returned to Pohnpei on Dec. 7.

Thursday, December 8, 2011

To eRead or Not to eRead: is That The Question?

Uta Hussong-Christian and Jane Nichols, Oregon State University

Hussong-Christian and Nichols discussed an ongoing study being conducted by Oregon State University of e-reader adoption among OSU librarians and staff. 

The speakers opened with an illustration from the Economist (2011) showing an old man in a home library, its shelves empty and full of cobwebs, reaching for an ebook reader  (see ).  Hussong-Christian and Nichols went on to point out that, while print revenues are down and electronic revenues are up, print is still the dominant medium in publishing.  They suggest that the dichotomy question--print or electronic – is not useful since we read in multiple formats for a variety of reasons. 

OSU received a year-long grant to study e-reader use when the barriers to owning an e-reader are removed.  The researchers gave one of 4 different types of e-readers (Kindle, Kobo, Sony Reader, and Nook) to 30 librarians and press staff for 2 months.  They then planned to interview each user before, during, and after those 2 months (the study is ongoing). 

The speakers went over some of the concerns/findings of the study so far

Factors to prevent purchase:
  • Preference of print   
    •  No clear need to change
  • Cost
  • Needs are already met  through apps on other devices
  • Confusion about what to buy
  • Confusion about when to buy
  • Decision to “wait and see” what becomes available
Some of these concerns have been addressed by newly released tablet versions of popular devices.

Hurdles to comfortable eReader use:
·         Content
o   Finding
§  Cost/ease of use
§  Format compatibility
o   Getting
o   Managing
§  How to organize, sync, delete
·         Competing tech
·         Device comfort
o   Learning curve
o   Charging, tethering
·         Misc
o   Lack of priority
o   Advertisements
o   Screen fatigue
·         Hard to replicate tasks that are expect from print such as flipping back and forth
The speakers stressed the importance of moving beyond replication to create new practices that are not tied to print. 

Hussong-Christan and Nichols went over their study of reading practices and how electronic reading compares to print reading in some depth.  They particularly concentrated on the Pugh (1978) study or reading practices.  They discussed the ease with which a number of different formats (print, ereader, handheld device, tablet, and full screen computer) could be used for each type of reading

Pugh reading styles

Scanning: reading for structure and ideas
Search: close reading when uncertain of forms and keywords
Skimming: reading for structure and ideas
Receptive: reading for pleasure
Responsive:  deep reading for short periods of time.

They concluded that, while each format may be used for each style, depending on factors such as screen size, hyperlinking, etc., some are better adapted than others.  They do point out that rapid advances in technology will most likely improve usability.

The talk concluded with the assertion that “a rise in one technology does not mark the end of another.” (they quoted Bauer, 2011) and that, as electronic reading gains a presence in our lives “transliteracy”(interaction across literacies) will become ever more important, ultimately moving us past the title question, “to eRead or not to eRead?”

-- Stacey Judy

XFR: Experiments in the Future of Reading

Opening Program by Anne Balsamo, University of Southern California
“Anne Balsamo is a professor at the University of Southern California and Director of Learning at the Annenberg Innovation Lab.  In 2002 she co-founded Onomy Labs, Inc., a Silicon Valley technology design and fabrication company that builds cultural technologies.  Previously she was a member of RED (Research on Experimental Documents), a collaborative research group at Xerox PARC [that] created experimental reading devices and new media genres.  She served as Project manager and new media designer for the development of RED’s interactive museum exhibit, XFR:  Experiments in the Future of Reading.”—from the HLA11 program.
Dr. Balsamo's lecture looked at the exhibit (XFR: Experiments in the Future of Reading) she helped to design while working at Xerox PARC.   The exhibit explored the relationship between reading and new technologies.  Designed between 1999 and 2001, it was initially shown at the San Jose Museum of Tech Innovation in 2000, before touring the country.
The centerpiece of the exhibit was an interactive wall which, when manipulated, delved into the history of reading.  The participant was allowed to see gradual shifts in reading and writing by moving along the wall, thus demonstrating  that new technologies don't obliterate old reading technologies, but build on them.  Balsamo stressed wall writing as the reading/writing of the future, saying that they will take on more important roles.  She continues to experiment with interactive walls, and included various examples including those in Mexico and Singapore.
Other components of the exhibit included:
Tilting tables, which allowed a reader to use his body to manipulate large documents, and to read in new ways.
Hyperbolic Comics:  This was an attempt at creating a new media genre.  Hyperbolic Comics have no beginning and no end.  In the test comic, readers could learn about a young boy's world by following paths that lead away from him, somewhat like concept map structure.
Reading Eye Dog:  used machine reading technology to read a story (scanned text).  Originally the dog was shaped like a person, but its designers discovered that people had too-high expectations for a human-like form.  When the shape changed to that of a dog, users were more forgiving of its faults.
The XFR exhibit is now dismantled, but Dr. Balsamo’s video documentation of it show that it was and is a fascinating look at reading as it was, is, and could be.

-- Stacey Judy

Wednesday, December 7, 2011

The Future of the Book

Bob Stein (from the Institute for the Future of the Book) closed the 2011 HLA Conference by talking about what a book is, and how our concept of the book has changed through time and continues to evolve.

Stein reminded everyone that our idea of the book is mainly limited to that which has dominated this past century-- "a set of written, printed, or blank sheets bound together into a volume" (definition from Merriam-Webster's online dictionary). He pointed out that this idea--along with the habit of individual, silent reading--is unique to modern times and that for the majority of reading history, that books have been much more of a social experience (eg families reading aloud as entertainment, teachers using books with wide margins as starting points for discussion).

Stein noted that with the internet, people seem to be shifting back to a social experience of reading. He is excited about a beta program called Social Book which lets people highlight and annotate texts and share them within a group, or even with other users around the world.

Other points included in his talk:
  • Mr. Stein referred several times to the thinking of Marshall McLuhan, a visionary in the field of media studies.
  • Stein urged the audience to pay attention to gaming culture (eg World of Warcraft where players construct their own narrative).
  • He believes that there are changing notions of privacy, and that people have a strong desire to share things online.
  • He described his constantly shifting definition of "book," saying that we have to "redefine the boundary of the book." His current description of a book is "any place where thinking is happening."
-- Michelle Young

Monday, December 5, 2011

And that's a wrap

Bob Stein, founder of the Institute for the Future of the Book, ponders the evolving definition of a book in the closing session.

Lunch time!

The most important part of the conference


Erenst Anip discusses the Hawaii Digital Newspaper Project during the HLA poster session.

Silent auction open til 2:30

Deals still available!

Making connections

Atarino Helieisar, president of PIALA, presents gifts to HLA President Stewart Chun on behalf of the associations.

HLA 2011 under way!