Utilizing Emerging Technologies in Libraries


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This presentation covers a series of emerging (and in some cases, emerged) technologies and describes how they are being used in libraries.

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Utilizing Emerging Technologies in Libraries

  1. 1. Emerging Technologies in Libraries Linnea Johnson GSLIS Technology Group Adjunct Faculty [email_address]
  2. 2. Let’s use this as our launch pad <ul><li>http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6ILQrUrEWe8 </li></ul>
  3. 3. Some Questions To Consider <ul><li>What does this mean for libraries? </li></ul><ul><li>How should we be evolving, if at all? </li></ul><ul><li>How do you identify the technology fads? </li></ul><ul><li>What is here to stay and will make an impact? </li></ul><ul><li>How do you ensure that you have a presence where your patrons are spending time online? </li></ul>
  4. 4. GSLIS Technology Group <ul><li>Mission: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>To provide GSLIS students, faculty, and staff access to current and innovative technological applications, resources, and tools via community spaces, training opportunities, and hands-on learning </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Emphasis on non-proprietary software and open source options </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Being a central part of the GSLIS curriculum and pedagogy by seeking out community feedback </li></ul></ul>
  5. 5. Community Spaces <ul><li>Tech Lab </li></ul><ul><ul><li>http://gslislab.simmons.edu </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Media Lab </li></ul><ul><ul><li>http://gslis.simmons.edu/podcasts </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Usability Lab </li></ul><ul><ul><li>http://gslis.simmons.edu/usability </li></ul></ul>
  6. 6. Hands-on Instruction Opportunities <ul><li>25-30 free workshops for the GSLIS community: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Dreamweaver </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Advanced Wiki Gardening </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>FileMaker Pro </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Zotero </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Usability Testing </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>CSS </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Debugging </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Developing Web Applications </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Second Life ….. And more </li></ul></ul><ul><li>http://gslistechlab.eventbrite.com/ (online signup) </li></ul>
  7. 7. Free Social Networking Tech Tools for Libraries <ul><li>Twitter </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Communication with patrons </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Facebook </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Fan page with latest library news and contact info </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Flickr </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Digital collection repository </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Encourage use of tagging </li></ul></ul>
  8. 8. More free tools <ul><li>Second Life </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Virtual library tours </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Instruction Sessions </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Delicious </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Method to share bookmarks and resources </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Meebo </li></ul><ul><ul><li>IM reference </li></ul></ul>
  9. 9. Twitter <ul><li>Micro-blogging web site </li></ul><ul><li>140 characters maximum for each tweet </li></ul><ul><li>News aggregator </li></ul>
  10. 10. Libraries who tweet <ul><li>American Library Association (ALA) - @amlibraries </li></ul><ul><li>ALA LITA (Library & Technology Association) - @ALA_LITA </li></ul><ul><li>Canton Public Library - @CantonLibrary </li></ul><ul><li>Skokie, IL Public Library - @skokielibrary </li></ul><ul><li>Alaska State Library - @AKStateLibrary </li></ul>
  11. 11. More Libraries <ul><li>Providence, RI Public Library -@provlib </li></ul><ul><li>Library of Congress - @librarycongress </li></ul><ul><li>School Library Journal - @sljournal </li></ul><ul><li>Boston Public Library - @BPLBoston </li></ul><ul><li>Full list available here: http://lindybrown.com/blog/2009/01/libraries-on-twitter-updated-list/ </li></ul>
  12. 12. Innovative use of Twitter for MHS <ul><li>Massachusetts Historical Society </li></ul><ul><li>John Quincy Adams kept a diary during journey to Russia in 1809 </li></ul><ul><ul><li>https://twitter.com/JQAdams_MHS </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Read more about project: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>http://www.masshist.org/adams/jqa.php </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Story was highlighted in major news outlets </li></ul><ul><ul><li>NY Times -http://www.nytimes.com/2009/08/06/us/06adams.html </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Mashable - http://mashable.com/2009/08/04/john-quincy-adams-twitter/ </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>CBS News - http://www.cbsnews.com/stories/2009/08/04/tech/main5213337.shtml </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>ABC News video – </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>http://abcnews.go.com/video/playerIndex?id=8347849 </li></ul></ul></ul>
  13. 13. Possible Other Uses for Twitter <ul><li>Reaching out to patrons </li></ul><ul><li>Posting library events </li></ul><ul><li>Communicating with other libraries, both local and around the world </li></ul><ul><li>Gaining suggestions to improve services and offerings </li></ul><ul><li>Other ideas? </li></ul>
  14. 14. Flickr <ul><li>Libraries on Flickr: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Smithsonian Libraries </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>http://www.flickr.com/photos/smithsonian </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Library of Congress </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>http://www.flickr.com/photos library_of_congress/ </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Lansing Public Library </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>http://www.flickr.com/photos/lansinglibrary/ </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Library at Metropolitan Museum of Art </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>http://www.flickr.com/photos/watsonlibrary </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Many more: </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>http://www.webjunction.org/768/resources/discussion/25751472 </li></ul></ul></ul>
  15. 15. Budget freezes, tech continues to evolve <ul><li>Focus on low cost, high impact tech options </li></ul><ul><li>Can social media efforts be worked into reference or circulation desk shifts? </li></ul><ul><li>Survey the community, ask what your patrons want. </li></ul><ul><li>Be technology trend spotters. </li></ul><ul><li>Evaluate useful tools and know what can be discarded as simply “bright and shiny” </li></ul>
  16. 16. Questions? <ul><li>Thanks for listening! </li></ul><ul><li>Please feel free to get in touch with me using any of the channels listed below. </li></ul><ul><ul><li>[email_address] </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>http://www.twitter.com/leonnea </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>P-204W </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Enroll in one of my future LIS 488 classes! </li></ul></ul>