The Top Technologies Every Librarian Needs to Know

Jul 2014 | 144pp

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The Top Technologies Every Librarian Needs to Know
A LITA guide

Edited by Kenneth J Varnum

In this much needed book, Kenneth J Varnum and his hand-picked team of contributors look ahead over the most important technologies likely to impact library services over the next five years. Their ideas will stimulate strategic thinking and help library staff make informed decisions about meeting user expectations and delivering services. Highly informative for any library, the diverse chapters include:

  • Impetus to innovate: convergence and library trends
  • Hands-free augmented reality: impacting the library future
  • Libraries and archives augmenting the world
  • The future of cloud-based library systems
  • Library discovery
  • Web services as the new websites for many libraries 
  • Text mining 
  • Bigger, better, together: building the digital library of the future
  • Open hardware in libraries.

Readership: This leading-edge collection offers an expert-level view of library technology that’s just around the corner and is essential reading for systems librarians, students and all librarians who are looking to the technology future.

1. Impetus to Innovate: Convergence and Library Trends - A.J. Million and Heather Lea Moulaison 
2. Hands-Free Augmented Reality: Impacting the Library Future - Brigitte M. Bell and Terry Cottrell 
3. Libraries and Archives Augmenting the World - William Denton 
4. The Future of Cloud-Based Library Systems - Steven Bowers and Elliot Jonathan Polak 
5. Library Discovery: From Ponds to Streams - Kenneth J Varnum 
6. Exit As Strategy: Web Services as the New Websites for Many Libraries - Anson Parker, VP Nagraj, and David Moody 
7. Reading and Non-Reading: Text Mining in Critical Practice - Devin Higgins 
8. Bigger, Better, Together: Building the Digital Library of the Future - Jeremy York 
9. The Case for Open Hardware in Libraries - Jason Griffey

"The chapters are well written and give enough information to help librarians brainstorm what could be the next big thing for their libraries … Another important aspect of this book is that it briefly discusses theories and concepts such as technological convergence and augmented reality that influence the adoption of a particular emerging technology. These concepts help stimulate strategic thinking on which technology is suitable for a particular library considering the user needs and availability of technical skills among the librarians."

Kenneth J. Varnum is the Web Systems Manager at the University of Michigan Library, where he manages the library web site and development of new features and functionality. An active member of the library technology world for 18 years, Ken's research and professional interests range from Drupal and site redesign to user-generated content.