LITA Top Technology Trends

At this year’s ALA Annual Conference, LITA gathered another panel of librarians that watch the technology trends. Here is the list of what we want to be keeping tabs on:

Marshall Breeding, Vanderbilt University

  • Consolidation in library automation industry causing unplanned migrations
  • Open source now in library automation industry; of interest now to library decision makers, not just technology enthusiasts; gained traction – will it continue?
  • New focus on front-end of online catalog

Sarah Houghton-Jan

  • The Commons – shared place to share information
  • Library inserting itself into unusual venues – MySpace, Face Book, Second Life, Twitter, IM
  • Third party applications extending the ILS – LibraryThing, Library ELF, Library LookUp

Jeremy Frumkin, Digital Librarian

  • Better discovery and delivery systems – need to bring in database vendors, whose data is not always in a form easy to integrate
  • Watch and help users manipulate the information they get
  • Interface design changes – designing for PSP or Nintendo WII, moving to multi-touch, use of e-ink/e-paper, immersion environments like Second Life

John Blyberg

  • RFID
  • Modular ILS – user interface decoupled from back-end

Karen Coombs

  • End user as content provider – who is saving the end user’s data? More than just text – audio/video
  • Ebooks – not here yet, but it is coming; problem is with the device, not with e-book
  • Line between desktop and web-based applications blurry

Roy Tennant

  • Demise of the catalog – put ILS in the back room and use other tools for the front-end
  • Software as a service – library doesn’t run the software or servers
  • Marketplace disruptors, e.g., open source Evergreen, Koha; indexers watch out as vendors are going straight to publishers

Walt Crawford

  • Privacy still matters
  • Slow librarian – library as part of community; think before you do
  • Public library as local publisher

Joan Frye-Williams

  • Using new technology to do things better, more efficiently, e.g., blog instead of a newsletter; but we don’t exploit them or use them to their full potential
  • Take responsibility for development work within libraries
  • Create systems that change depending on input – learn from new input – self-organizing systems

[from LITA Blog]

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