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6 trends on the horizon for academic and research libraries - eCampus News

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NMC’s Horizon Report details trends, challenges, and technologies that are impacting—and will impact—academic and research libraries.

 

6 trends, 6 challenges and 6 developments!

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Great for the Future Library insights!

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

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LIS Trends: OCLC Releases Survey Findings About Library/Librarian Priorities, Initiatives in Germany, Netherlands, and UK

"OCLC Releases Survey Findings About Library/Librarian Priorities, Initiatives in Germany, Netherlands, and UK"

 

Germany
Key Findings: Libraries in Germany: A Snapshot of Priorities & Perspectives
- Consider licensed electronic collections/e-books (academic library staff) and addressing literacy (public library staff ) to be their top priorities
- Anticipate the top reason users, faculty and students are using their library will change in five years
- Rely on discussions with their colleagues to keep informed about library trends.
Full Text (PDF, 4 pages) http://www.oclc.org/reports/de-libraries/214758usb-Member-Communication-Survey-Report-Deutschland.pdf

 

The Netherlands
Key Findings: Libraries in Netherlands: A Snapshot of Priorities & Perspectives
- Consider demonstrating the value of their library to funders to be their top priority
- Anticipate the top reason users are using their library will change in five years
- Rely on discussions with their colleagues to keep informed about library trends.
Full Text (PDF, 4 pages) http://www.oclc.org/reports/nl-libraries/214758usb-Member-Communication-Survey-Report-Nederland.pdf

 

 

For United Kingdom, see here: http://listrends.blogspot.fr/2012/08/oclc-releases-survey-findings-about.html

 

 


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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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Top Ed-Tech Trends: What's Changed from 2011 to 2012? - by Audrey Watters

Top Ed-Tech Trends: What's Changed from 2011 to 2012? - by Audrey Watters | The Information Professional | Scoop.it

by AUDREY WATTERS:

"...the year’s major ed-tech developments. I’ve identified the 10 trends that I think have been 2012’s most interesting and important. I’ll string out the posts that cover these over the next 6 weeks — and not just because it’s time for the obligatory-end-of-year-wrap-up-crap posts that we bloggers churn out throughout the month of December. I find the reflection is useful (although time-consuming), and it’s a good process for me to go through all the news and all my writing to assess what’s innovative and what’s hype and what's changed and why."

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Reference and Services Trends in Public Libraries, 2012 by Colleen Egget

We are talking about reference and how it is changing in UPLIFT this week: August 15 at the Utah State Library & August 17 2012 in Ephraim, at the Karen A. Hunstman Library on the Snow College campus.

 

Reference and Services Trends in Public Libraries, 2012:

 

- Traditional reference work is less relevant to the needs of users
- Rather than worrying about reference’s demise, many librarians have been energized by their newly expanded roles
- Reconfigured or eliminated reference desks
- Consolidated desks and services
- Librarian and support staff work together on the one main desk
- Librarian can handle more complicated questions
- Increased training for support staff to handle basic reference questions
- The reference interview is as pertinent as ever
- Roving reference is more important—getting out to where people are
- Expansion of self-service options (self-checkout, online group study room reservations, self-service holds, and touch screen frequently asked questions (FAQ’s) on your website/ library catalog
- Reconfiguring online reference resources for smartphones and other mobile devices
- Librarians are exploring new roles in reaching out to meet information needs
- Reference through the stacks and other indirect means
- Reduction/elimination of print reference collections
- Greater marketing and promotion of online resources and services
- Librarians will spend less time staffing desks and more time outside of library walls
- Online reference: email, chat, Instant Messaging, and SMS (short messaging services) reaches users who may not visit the library
- Online reference requires continual marketing to be successful
- Collaborating with other organizations will do as much to keep libraries alive as any project or program
- Embedded librarianship: becoming an integral part. Getting close to users by getting out into the community; being actively present with the user at the point of need.
- The big shift: we’re not doing things “for” the community, but we’re being a part “of” the community
- Libraries are shifting from the physical to the virtual facilities and media; from an individual to a community focus; from being a collection library to being a creation library; from being an archive to being a portal

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