One of the great challenges facing any library or archive is determining the technologies that promise a viable future. To help you understand and evaluate trends in technology, we've brought together authors from the recently-published The Top Technologies Every Librarian Needs to Know, edited by Ken Varnum.
The following talks will be presented:
Impetus To Innovate: Convergence and Library Trends
The future is impossible to predict, and libraries often struggle to decide what format of material to collect. This presentation does not try and predict the future, but it does provide a framework to understand trends that relate to digital media. Using concepts from media theory, we argue that library professionals ought to build collections with an eye toward digital convergence. Finally, we conclude that library collections should reflect the format-agnostic reality of convergence culture, focusing instead on content that is relevant and of high quality. Above all, libraries and librarians should position themselves to not only be a resource that patrons use to access content but that they should also help patrons create unique content.
The Future of Cloud-Based Library Systems
Elliot Polak & Steven Bowers
Since the mid 2000s the term “cloud” has been used to describe a wide range of services: from hosting providers who allow organizations to offload information technology (IT) infrastructure, to storage providers encouraging consumers to preserve data virtually. The “cloud” has come to mean a shared hardware environment with an optional software component. In libraries, cloud computing technology can reduce the costs and human capital associated with maintaining a 24/7 Integrated Library System while facilitating an up-time that is costly to attain in-house. Additionally, Cloud-Based Integrated Library Systems can leverage a shared system environment, allowing libraries to share metadata records and other system resources while maintaining independent local information will allow for reducing redundant workflows and yielding efficiencies for cataloging/metadata and acquisitions departments.
Library Discovery: From Ponds to Streams
Resource discovery in libraries has undergone a remarkable evolution over the past five years. Libraries, and libraries’ perceptions of the patrons’ needs, have led to the creation and acquisition of “web-scale” discovery services. These new services seek to amalgamate all the online content a library might provide into one bucket. Rather than exploring focused ponds of specialized databases, researchers now swim in oceans of information. What is needed is neither ponds (too small in our interdisciplinary world) or oceans (too broad and deep for most needs), but streams -- dynamic, context-aware subsets of the whole, tailored to the researcher’s short- or long-term interests.
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