Category: libraries

Evolving Technologies in Libraries

Last night I had the opportunity to talk to students in the Graduate School of Library and Information Studies at Queens College in New York. The students are all in their first semester of library school, and the course is LBSCI 701: Fundamentals of Library and Information Science (taught by Andrew Jackson, executive director of the Langston Hughes Branch of the Queens Library in Queens, New York.

The topic of my talk was technology in libraries, and this post is for the students who wanted additional information about some of the things I spoke about.

To Andrew’s students:

This list doesn’t cover everything we talked about, but I figure you can do a Web search for additional information on things not on this list.

  • PDF file of my presentation slides
  • Tame The Web: Libraries, Technology and People by Michael Stephens – blog about technology and libraries… “Michael has spoken about technology, innovation, and libraries to audiences in over 25 states and in four countries, including a 2008 speaking tour of Australia.”
  • What I Learned Today… – “Web 2.0 and programming tips from a library technology enthusiast, What I Learned Today… covers blogs, rss, wikis and more as they relate to libraries.”
  • Bluefire Reader – the reader that allows you to read library ebooks on your iPhone or iPad
  • EPIC 2015 – short movie by Robin Sloan and Matt Thompson. “The movie is presented from the viewpoint of a fictional “Museum of Media History” in the year 2014. It explores the effects that the convergence of popular News aggregators, such as Google News, with other Web 2.0 technologies like blogging, social networking and user participation may have on journalism and society at large in a hypothesized future.”
  • PennTags – “PennTags is a social bookmarking tool for locating, organizing, and sharing your favorite online resources. Members of the Penn Community can collect and maintain URLs, links to journal articles, and records in Franklin, our online catalog and VCat, our online video catalog. Once these resources are compiled, you can organize them by assigning tags (free-text keywords) and/or by grouping them into projects, according to your specific preferences. PennTags can also be used collaboratively, because it acts as a repository of the varied interests and academic pursuits of the Penn community, and can help you find topics and users related to your own favorite online resources.”
  • Podcast Alley – podcast directory; includes information on podcasting software, too
  • LISNews – “Blake Carver’s online Library and Information Science News Digest. Apropos articles culled from a variety of sources.”
  • Library Success: A Best Practices Wiki
  • SlideShare – to view PowerPoint presentations and videos that others have shared (you can do a keyword search to find presentations on a specific topic)
  • Real National Treasure: An Inside Look at the Library of Congress DVD – the DVD is available for purchase from the Library of Congress; the episode is not available for viewing on the Modern Marvels website, nor is the DVD available on Netflix.
  • Instapaper – “A simple tool to save web pages for reading later.”
  • Zotero – “free, easy-to-use tool to help you collect, organize, cite, and share your research sources. It lives right where you do your work–in the web browser itself.”
  • Readability – “simple tool that makes reading on the Web more enjoyable by removing the clutter around what you’re reading.” Did I say it creates citations? my bad. I meant that it can convert hyperlinks to footnotes… Sorry…
  • Livescribe – smart pen lets you “record everything you hear, write and draw. Tap your notes to play back your recordings. Save and share interactive notes to your computer, iPad or iPhone.”

Also, if you do a web search for emerging technologies in libraries, you’ll find all sorts of additional information. There are several “Emerging Technologies” librarians writing about some really interesting projects. Finally, I encourage you to find a few blogs by librarians writing about your areas of interest and read them periodically. Blogs are a great way of keeping current! So, is Twitter, and there are many librarians using Twitter, too.

Feel free to contact me if you have questions about anything. I enjoyed talking to you all last night!!

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