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Utilizing Emerging Technologies in Libraries



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

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