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This is a presentation given at the LUV co-op in January 2007.

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Hardware & Software Trends for Public Libraries Hardware & Software Trends for Public Libraries Presentation Transcript

  • Relevant to the Public Library New Hampshire State Library January 2007 New Hardware & Software Trends
  • Scope of the Presentation
    • To explore current hardware and software trends relevant to public libraries.
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  • Lifestyle Trends
    • Before looking into technology trends, let’s examine our lifestyle trends.
      • We’re a nation on-the-go!
      • We expect our information and entertainment to be ready when we are.
  • New Technologies
    • Prevailing trends in technology:
      • Portable
      • Smaller
      • More user control of content
      • Lots of user-generated content
      • Web-based entertainment
      • Web-based tools and software
  • Smaller and Smaller…
  • Why Devices are Shrinking
    • In many cases, devices are smaller because of how they store data.
    • Devices using flash memory can hold a lot of information in a small package.
  • Flash Effects on Hardware
    • Devices that use flash memory are:
      • Smaller
      • Portable
      • Stable
        • Your audio doesn’t skip when jarred.
      • Durable
        • There are stories of flash drives surviving a wash cycle!
      • Faster!
  • Flash Hard Drives
    • Pssst…
    • Flash hard drives are coming to your laptops!
  • Size
    • Even the smallest of the flash devices hold 1 GB of files.
    • That will hold
      • nearly 400 high-quality photos
      • or 240 songs
      • or LOTS 3 ½” floppy disks
  • Shrinking Computers
    • Small palm-sized computes can fully run desktop applications like Word and Excel.
  • Software Trends
    • Now that we understand the lifestyle and hardware trends, let’s move on to the software trends. That’s where the real action is!
  • Software Trends
    • Software is moving from your computer’s hard drive to the Web, thanks to:
      • High-speed Internet
      • Innovative Web design
  • Public Libraries
    • Why should libraries take notice?
    • These trends provide patrons with more access to software, entertainment, information, and their own data than ever before.
    • By promoting access to these technologies, we are truly adding to the library’s services.
  • Webware
    • Web-based software are computer programs that require no downloading onto a desktop computer. All functions are done completely online.
  • Benefits of Web-based Software
    • The software and, therefore, your data is accessible from any Internet-connected computer.
    • Your documents are stored for you.
    • The software is usually free or inexpensive for the casual user.
    • The selection of Web-based software is growing and improving at an impressive rate.
  • Variety of Webware
    • Webware can be used for typical office tasks:
      • Email
      • Word processing
      • Spreadsheets
      • Presentations
    • And in unusual and fun ways:
      • Genealogy
      • Photo editing
      • Keeping track of things (books, music, wine preferences, etc.)
  • Webware: The Highlights
    • Google Docs & Spreadsheets
      • Upload existing Word documents and Excel spreadsheets.
      • Edit and create the documents, completely online, without the use of a traditional desktop word processor.
      • Allow selected individuals access to the document to read or make changes. (This is the “social” aspect of Webware.)
      • Backup important files in your online account.
  • Google Spreadsheet
  • Presentations
    • Zoho, an online office suite, provides a Web-based presentation application.
    • You can also upload existing presentation to the Web using Slideshare.net
    • Both of these companies allow you to easily import your Web-based presentation into a Website or blog.
  • Inserting a Presentation into a Blog
  • Web-based Office Suite
    • ThinkFree is a Web-based office suite that includes a text editor, spreadsheet, PDF creation, and slideshow.
    • All of the files created in ThinkFree, as with most Web-based software, are compatible with MS Office.
  • Online Storage: Your Files Where You Need Them To Be
  • Online Data Storage
    • Web-based companies provide free online storage of your files, music, data, photos, etc.
    • There are many sites that allow users to create free accounts and save 30 MB to 5 GB of files online.
    • (Remember – the floppy disk only holds 1.44 MB!)
    • Higher storage amounts usually require a reasonable yearly fee.
  • Blogging Software
    • There are simple blogging tools for beginners to learn. As they are Web-based software, the blogs can be updated from any Internet-connected computer.
    • Blogger
    • WordPress
  • Blogging Software
  • Bookmarking
    • Bookmarking software can be particularly useful to librarians!
    • Keep a Web-based record of your favorite Websites.
    • Give the site a description.
    • Assign keywords, or tags, to the site to allow for easy retrieval.
  • Web-based Bookmarking My notes. My controlled vocabulary
  • Web-based Bookmarking
  • Locating Your Bookmarks
    • Click on one of your tags (subject headings), and see all related bookmarked sites.
  • Finding a Favorite
  • Uses for Bookmarking
    • Handy for reference librarians who must use more than one computer.
    • Find your favorite sites from any computer.
    • Easily create Web bibliographies for upcoming homework projects or current events.
  • Unexpected Webware
    • The Web offers some unexpected software like:
    • Photo editing
    • Video editing
    • Online personal libraries
    • Genealogy & Family Pages
  • Staying Current with Tech Trends
    • How to stay current?
    • Read technology blogs:
      • LibraryCrunch.com
      • TechCrunch.com
      • WebWare.com
    • Encourage your staff to read blogs and try out new software.
    • Be adventurous!
  • Staying Current
    • Web-based software and mobile computing is not a trend.
    • Libraries are terrific places to promote these new technologies!
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