Hardware & Software Trends for Public Libraries

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Hardware & Software Trends for Public Libraries

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

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