Any technology that is distinguishable from magic is not sufficiently advanced. - Gregory Benford
Technological advances and their eventual impact on library user services can occur at a rapid rate. The time span from nascent idea to product adoption by users is shortening. We have seen how the advent of Library 2.0 has radically shifted the way librarians reach and engage users.
But 2.0 is yesterday’s headline; advances on the technology horizon promise to rapidly reinvent the profession once again. Librarians are expected to be familliar with new advances which impact the access to information.This research guide aggregates key resources which follow and analyze emerging technology trends within the context of libraries.
Scope of this research guide:
This research guide endeavors to assist the academic librarian who needs to quickly scan and familiarize his/herself with technological advances which will impact the library profession in the near future. The resources compiled here represent an overview of academic and librarian institutions, organizations, and professionals which are researching new innovations to further learning and inquiry for end users.All the resources presented are freely available on the internet. The first half of the guide directs the librarian to professional luminaries, organizations which are engaging with technology in theoretical and applied ways, and ongoing research developments.
The second half of the research guide focuses on five key technology developments, as identified by the 2010 Horizon Report.
Contents of this research guide: