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Smartphones blamed as Hongkongers lose interest in the city's libraries - South China Morning Post

Smartphones blamed as Hongkongers lose interest in the city's libraries - South China Morning Post | The Information Professional | Scoop.it
Smartphones blamed as Hongkongers lose interest in the city's libraries South China Morning Post Hongkongers have been borrowing fewer books from public libraries over the past five years - with the city's obsession with smartphones being blamed...
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20 Tech Trends That Will Define 2013, Selected By Frog

20 Tech Trends That Will Define 2013, Selected By Frog | The Information Professional | Scoop.it
Yes, it’s already that transitional time when our current year ends and another begins, and today and tomorrow are quickly changing hands. Rather than look back at significant trends of the past 366 days (2012 was a leap year, remember?

Via Ana Cristina Pratas
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A compilation of interviews about what will be the top 20 tech trends > including smartphones, cars, apps, data ecology and faces vs interfaces!

 

Very interesting!

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Jeff Domansky's curator insight, December 13, 2012 2:05 PM

Here's a fun-to-read set of funny, fabulous predictions from designers around world.

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Will augmented reality app Blippar kill off QR Codes? CEO Rish Mitra tells all | Features | LondonlovesBusiness.com

Will augmented reality app Blippar kill off QR Codes? CEO Rish Mitra tells all | Features | LondonlovesBusiness.com | The Information Professional | Scoop.it
Richard Branson, Justin Bieber, Cadburys and Wrigley’s are already fans. Have you Blipped yet?

Via Miguel Mimoso Correia
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I can already see the impact of this being used in libraries > Books, spaces, e-content and services being made blippable!

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6 Mobile Learning Trends That Grew in 2012

6 Mobile Learning Trends That Grew in 2012 | The Information Professional | Scoop.it

by Stephanie Kovach:

"Unless you’ve been living under a rock, you might have heard by now that mobile learning is no longer the next big thing – it IS the big thing."

 

1. mLearning in the classroom…and in the workplace.

2. Bring Your Own Device (BYOD)

3. “Snack learning”

4. Tin Can API

5. Location-based integration and workplace training

6. Cloud computing"

 

>> Valuable to know for Information professionals as well!


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Tech trends predicted for 2014

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Trends in technology now move almost as fast as technology develops. Looking at growing tech trends now, what can we expect to see trending in 2014? To get an idea of this, we need to examine what is starting to catch momentum now and what ideas are challenging the current status quo - which nearly mandates some form of mobile device.

Computer and tech enthusiasts continue hoping for a computer or tablet that will have the capability to follow the most basic instructions with great ease. Others are looking forward to devices that will accept verbal input flawlessly by assimilating your accent to access them. The above individuals will have to go on with their day-to-day assessments on Apple Mac books and windows 8 operating systems, as well as the open source operating systems available, since from here, anything is possible.

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Interesting, esoecially the Geo-tagging and security issues!

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Mobile Technologies in Libraries | Supporting Libraries in the use and development of mobile technologies - AR

Mobile Technologies in Libraries | Supporting Libraries in the use and development of mobile technologies - AR | The Information Professional | Scoop.it
By Jo Alcock:

"Of the many emerging mobile technologies that libraries are looking at one that has always appealed to me is augmented reality (AR). Compared to other technologies that are discussed AR has:

- fewer introductory barriers to overcome;
- is virtually cost-free;
- does not require specialised technical staff;
- the general public will increasingly have some familiarity with it;
- can also be a lot of fun."
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Special focus on augmented reality (AR) > 9 possible uses of AR in libraries!

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nickcarman's curator insight, December 12, 2012 5:13 PM

Birmingham City University library's use of Aurasma to provide useful and timely information, plus tutorials to its customers. Via @sallyheroes

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50 Great Mobile Apps for Libraries | Librarian in Black Blog – Sarah Houghton

50 Great Mobile Apps for Libraries | Librarian in Black Blog – Sarah Houghton | The Information Professional | Scoop.it

Richard Le and Tom Duffy:

"You can get a list of all of the apps from the presentation at the mobile page: http://50apps.weebly.com

46% of American adults own smart phones. By 2016, 10 billion will be in use worldwide. By the year 2013 there will be 81.4 billion apps. The average download of apps per device is 51. The average time spent on apps per day is 81 minutes (HOLY MOTHER—THAT’S A LOT). This changes the landscape of our information environment. People are using their smart phones to check local weather, find local businesses, get information, check sports scores, get traffic info, coupons, and info about their local community. Americans are working harder—but on their own time, taking their work home. 80% of people continue to work after leaving the office. 68% check email before 8am in the morning, and 50% of them check their work email while they’re still in bed (GUILTY AS CHARGED). Apps have changed the way we search for and access information. The mobile platform is the preferred way to access information on the go. We can integrate information and add value to our work with better and richer content. Most of the apps featured today are free."

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A Bold Future for Public Libraries | Public Libraries of New Zealand

A Bold Future for Public Libraries | Public Libraries of New Zealand | The Information Professional | Scoop.it
RT @lianzaoffice: Strategic Framework for NZ Public Libraries promises a bold future.

 

"Public Libraries of New Zealand - A Strategic Framework 2012 - 2017" charts the future of public libraries in New Zealand. It is designed to help libraries, and their local councils to extend their services through new technology, and improve their efficiency through partnerships and alliances.

It addresses the challenges that public libraries face in meeting the changing needs of their communities. There has been a significant shift in how people access information and interact in a digital environment. Public Libraries are responding to these changes by using technologies to deliver their purpose in new ways. This means access anywhere, anytime, via smart phone or computer, having E-books to download for free, helping local groups to record and store local history digitally so that it can be both preserved and shared, and giving people access to unique New Zealand treasures stored in other places.

 

Framework here: http://www.publiclibrariesofnewzealand.org.nz/strategicframework

 

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