What is Your Library Doing about Emerging Technologies?
What is Your Library Doing about Emerging Technologies?<br />Panel Discussion <br />moderated byBohyun Kim, Digital Access Librarian, Florida International University<br />2010 ALA Annual Conference<br />June 26, 2010. Washington D.C.<br />Saturday, 1:30 p.m. - 3:30 p.m.Washington Convention Center 103B<br />
Group 1What do we mean when we say “Emerging Technologies” ?<br />
Panelists<br />Elisabeth Leonard, Associate Dean for Library Services, Western Carolina University<br />Frank Cervone, Vice Chancellor for Information Services, Purdue University Calumet<br />
How would you define emerging technologies?<br />In what context do you think the term, “emerging technologies” is being used in libraries? Do you see anything interesting or problematic in those uses?<br />The term - innovation - comes up a lot when emerging technologies are discussed. What kind of connection do you see between innovation and emerging technologies?<br />Should all libraries adopt emerging technologies? Do all libraries need to be innovative?<br />A lot of libraries jump on the bandwagon of adopting emerging technologies – the typical examples include Facebook, LibGuides, Twitter, etc. What are your thoughts? Are emerging technologies a hype?<br />
Group 2What do Emerging Technologies Librarians do everyday? <br />
Panelists<br />Amanda Margis, Web Services Children's Librarian, Warren-Newport Public Library<br />Danielle Whren Johnson, Digital Access Librarian, Loyola/Notre Dame Library<br />Darcy Del Bosque, Emerging Technologies Librarian, University of Nevada, Las Vegas<br />Elisabeth Abarbanel, School Librarian, Brentwood School, Los Angeles<br />RebekahKilzer, Emerging Technologies Librarian, Drexel University Libraries<br />
What is your position and how did it come to exist/evolve? How is your focus on emerging technologies related to the rest of your duties? <br />What skills are the most crucial to your position? <br />How do you stay up-to-date with emerging technologies? <br />How do you share/implement/trainyour findings with other staff and patrons? <br />How do you assessemerging technology projects?<br />
Group 3Management issues in emerging technology projects <br />
Panelists<br />Cynthia Johnson, Head of Reference, University of California, Irvine<br />Jacquelyn Erdman, Web Services Librarian, East Carolina University<br />Kathryn Munson, Assistant Access Services Librarian, Southeastern Louisiana University<br />Marissa Ball, Emerging Technologies Librarian, Florida International University<br />
How does your library organize the responsibilityof emerging technologies? Who has the authority to make decisions and determine who is in charge of each stage of development? What are the pros and cons of the approach your library takes? <br />How clear is a library’s vision on emerging technologies to you? Were you involved in creating a vision and/or selling the vision to the entire library staff? <br />In your own experience of managing emerging technologies, what are some strategies that worked or did not work concerning implementing the projects? <br />What is your advice to libraries which attempt to develop new technology projects in regard to R&D investment? <br />
Group 4 Implementing emerging technologies in libraries<br />
Panelists<br />David Ratledge, Associate Professor & Head, Library Technology Services, University of Tennessee<br />Gwen Evans, Coordinator, Library Information and Emerging Technologies, Bowling Green State University<br />Rebecca K. Miller, College Librarian for the Sciences, Virginia Tech<br />
How do you think libraries and librarians should go about assessing risks in adopting emerging technologies? How do you think libraries and librarians should manage project failures?<br />How do you determine what technologies are worth the investment?<br />What kind of procedure do you have for implementing emerging technologies? Does formal evaluations through committees slow things down?<br />For libraries that have adopted emerging technologies thus far, what kind of changes have you seen take place? <br />
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