Library Issues

IL 2007 Keynote – Lee Ranie

Lee Ranie, Pew Internet Project

Talking about the experience of being blogged…pulled quotes from Writings of the Loud Librarian.

Hallmarks of the New Digital Ecosystem

  1. Complexity of the digital ecosystem in the typical home. Internet to tv to audio system to computer to storage to….
  2. The Internet, esp. broadband, is at the center of the revolution. The most important thing about broadband is that broadband users are creators.
  3. New gadgets allow people to enjoy media, gather information, and be always on, anywhere.
  4. Ordinary citizens have a chance to be publishers, movie makers, song creators, etc. Research is showing that young internet users don’t think of themselves as “blogging”…they are just using X tool.
  5. All of the content creators have an audience. (BN: Long tail)
  6. Americans are customizing their internet experience via 2.0 tools

9 user groups

  • Omnivores – 8% of population: More information gadgets, use voraciously
  • Connectors – 7% of popl. : More females than males
  • Lackluster Veterans – 8% of pop: frequent users, more males,
  • Productivity Enhancers – 8%: 40ish, like how tech helps them DO
  • Mobile Centrics: 10% – Love their cell phone. But not early adopters.
  • Connected but Hassled: 10% – High level of connectivity, cell phone, but they dont like it.
  • Inexperienced experimenters: 8% – Will occasionally take advantage of tech, but will sometimes try something
  • Light but satisfied: 15% – fine with what they have, don’t need any more. Mid 50s. Tech is not central to their lives.
  • Indifferents: 11% – I don’t like this stuff. Proudly disassociated from tech.
  • Off the network: 15% – don’t have cellphone, not on the net, nada.

Lots of interesting numbers, but this is more or less the talk Lee gave at Computers in Libraries. Not a terrible thing (most of the people here hadn’t heard it before), but not a lot of meat in the talk for those who attended CiL.

By griffey

Jason Griffey is the Director of Strategic Initiatives at NISO, where he works to identify new areas of the information ecosystem where standards expertise is useful and needed. Prior to joining NISO in 2019, Jason ran his own technology consulting company for libraries, has been both an Affiliate at metaLAB and a Fellow and Affiliate at the Berkman Klein Center for Internet & Society at Harvard University, and was an academic librarian in roles ranging from reference and instruction to Head of IT at the University of TN at Chattanooga.

Jason has written extensively on technology and libraries, including multiple books and a series of full-periodical issues on technology topics, most recently AI & Machine Learning in Libraries and Library Spaces and Smart Buildings: Technology, Metrics, and Iterative Design from 2018. His newest book, co-authored with Jeffery Pomerantz, will be published by MIT Press in 2024.

He has spoken internationally on topics such as artificial intelligence & machine learning, the future of technology and libraries, decentralization and the Blockchain, privacy, copyright, and intellectual property. A full list of his publications and presentations can be found on his CV.
He is one of eight winners of the Knight Foundation News Challenge for Libraries for the Measure the Future project (, an open hardware project designed to provide actionable use metrics for library spaces. He is also the creator and director of The LibraryBox Project (, an open source portable digital file distribution system.

Jason can be stalked obsessively online, and spends his free time with his daughter Eliza, reading, obsessing over gadgets, and preparing for the inevitable zombie uprising.

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