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Librarianship has lost its focus—our professional concern for people has been eclipsed by a preoccupation with collections and technology. This is understandable. Historically, libraries have been centered on bringing the world to our members through our collections. This problem of access was important to help solve, meeting a vital societal need. Likewise, our focus on information technologies and the web is natural, too. Throughout the years, these tools have presented some outstanding challenges, though generally they have aided tremendously in our mission to expand access to accumulated cultural knowledge and output. But our fixation on collections and technology is no longer serving us—nor our members.
Fe Angela M. Verzosa's insight:
Is our collective focus on collections and technologies diverting our attention from learning more about our community of users and meeting their needs?
Today’s hottest web and mobile technologies are offering libraries a new world of opportunities to engage patrons. Ultra-popular social media websites and apps combined with the availability of affordable cloud-based services and the evolution and adoption of mobile devices are enabling librarians to share and build communities, store and analyze large collections of data, create digital collections, and access information and services in ways never thought about before.
Libraries have become technology leaders by integrating cutting-edge tools to enhance users’ experience. It’s not enough to redesign the library website. Best practices mean developing user personas and following usability strategies to produce user-informed designs. New digital collections are stored in the cloud and mobile applications are developed around them. Libraries are claiming their venues on location-based mobile social networks, developing bleeding-edge augmented reality applications, and participating in semantic web efforts.
Forward-thinking librarians are actively experimenting with and incorporating these new technologies into their digital strategies. Here are 10 ideas for you to leverage today’s most innovative tools and techniques:
All of these come straight from The Tech Set #11–20 series (ALA TechSource, June 2012).
Keynote speaker, Joe Murphy, delivers his presentation on the topic, Technology & innovations in libraries and their impact on learning, research and user, on Day 2 on the theme "Technology & New Media" of the 33rd IATUL Conference held at Nanyang Technological University in Singapore, 4-7 June 2012.
View his presentation here: http://www.slideshare.net/joseph.murphy/singapore-iatul-keynote
Being a blended librarian means having a combination of traditional library skills, instructional design skills, and pedagogical knowledge of educational technology. It also means developing some strong technology skills to support that ‘blendedness.’
In developing technology skills that are useful for blended librarianship, here are 5 particular skills essential to the profession: http://designerlibrarian.wordpress.com/2013/03/31/5-technology-skills-every-blended-librarian-needs-to-know/
This is part of a series of posts which is based on a 3-hour hands-on workshop. Be sure and check out the preceding post:
Technology Solutions Planning in Libraries: Overview
Times are changing in university campuses. Campus bookstores are not only filled with books, but also laptops and iPads. Twelve million students take at least one class online today — in five years, that number is projected to exceed 22 million. By 2014, analysts say, more than 3.5 million students will take all of their classes online. More here: http://mashable.com/2012/05/06/tech-college-infographic/