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The Librarian’s Guide to Intersecting Tech Trends

The Librarian’s Guide to Intersecting Tech Trends

 http://initiatives.exlibrisgroup.com/2016/02/the-librarians-guide-to-intersecting.html

“This post was originally published on the ProQuest Blog

By Beth McGough, Marketing Manager, ProQuest

Every year we can count on seeing numerous articles on technology trends and predictions for libraries, education and consumers. Where do they intersect? While no single commentator can tell the future, taken together, several overarching themes emerge.

Mobile

Two-thirds of American adults own a smart phone and that number jumps even higher for young adults (Pew Research Center). Mobile is not a new trend but continues to grow in importance. Brian Solis of the Altimeter Group writes, “The entire Web will be re-imagined for a mobile-first and mobile-only world…This radically transforms the purpose of the web to become more dynamic, personal and useful at a time when people are forcing the end of a traditional information-broadcast, page/form-based, keyword world.”

Devices are becoming more common in the teaching and learning environment. Libraries are faced with the challenge of providing students with resources anytime, anywhere. But there is more to being mobile friendly than offering a library app. The 2015 Horizon Report comments, “Thus, academic and research libraries must not only have a rich mobile presence through apps and responsive design approaches, but also understand the evolving landscape of smartphone and tablet delivery.”

Data and Privacy

“Big Data” has been a buzzword in the corporate world for a couple of years. Consumers are handing over more and more data for convenience and personalization. But, this raises privacy concerns. Tom Goodwin writes on TechCrunch, “…as we trade convenience and personalization to save time and think less, are we making a Faustian bargain? Is it reversible?”

Of course, privacy is one of the most important tenants of librarianship. With the proliferation of data available, libraries are struggling with maintaining patron privacy yet using patron data, even anonymous data, to improve services. Are students and patrons willing to give up data in exchange for a more personalized library experience? Librarians will need to find the right balance between data and privacy.

Maker Spaces

Academic, public and school libraries have embraced the maker movement. Libraries are reimaging spaces in their libraries as places people can access technologies and create innovative projects. Maker spaces are more than places for individual projects. Libraries are providing innovators and entrepreneurs the tools to turn their ideas into reality. This has a real world, economic impact. Brian Solis remarks, “The maker movement is “Shark Tank” for geeks and it doesn’t need judges to fund them; there’s Indiegogo, Gofundme, Kickstarter, et al. for that.”

Sources and Additional Reading

Stephen

Posted on: February 14, 2016, 6:42 am Category: Uncategorized

The Skinny on Infographics!

The Skinny on Infographics!

The Skinny on Infographics!

An Infographic About Infographics

 

 

Stephen

Posted on: February 14, 2016, 6:04 am Category: Uncategorized

The 4 Reasons You’re Addicted To Technology

The 4 Reasons You’re Addicted To Technology

http://techcrunch.com/2016/02/04/the-4-reasons-youre-addicted-to-technology/?ncid=rss#.zndklkf:9pxr

The short of it: The Tech, Your Boss, Your Friends, You

Stephen

Posted on: February 13, 2016, 6:58 am Category: Uncategorized

Famous Love Stories Endings: The Great Spoiler for Valentine’s Day

Famous Love Stories Endings: The Great Spoiler for Valentine’s Day

https://unplag.com/blog/famous-love-stories-infographic-by-unplag/

Famous Love Stories

Stephen

Posted on: February 13, 2016, 6:51 am Category: Uncategorized

92% of college students prefer print books to e-books, study finds

92% of college students prefer print books to e-books, study finds

““If you imagine millennials are just young people entranced by their cellphones or tablet computers, you might want to think again. According to a new study, 92% of college students would rather do their reading the old-fashioned way, with pages and not pixels.The finding comes from American University linguistics professor Naomi S. Baron, author of the book “Words Onscreen: The Fate of Reading in a Digital World.” Baron led a team that asked 300 college students in the United States, Slovakia, Japan and Germany how they preferred to read.” (via LA Times)”

Stephen

Posted on: February 12, 2016, 6:45 am Category: Uncategorized

THE PAYMENTS ECOSYSTEM: Everything you need to know about the next era of payment processing

Paying library fines might get a lot more complicated . . . Is it worth it?

THE PAYMENTS ECOSYSTEM: Everything you need to know about the next era of payment processing

http://www.businessinsider.com/the-payments-ecosystem-everything-you-need-to-know-about-the-next-era-of-payment-processing-2016-2

BII Payments Processing Ecosystem 2016

Stephen

Posted on: February 12, 2016, 6:44 am Category: Uncategorized

An International Database of Learning Assessments

Education: An International Database of Learning Assessments

“From the UNESCO Institute for Statistics (UIS).

From an Introductory Blog Post

What is the UIS Learning Assessments Database and where can you find it?

The database is a free online resource available at this link, which provides standardised information on public examinations and national learning assessments conducted around the world.2016-01-18_09-37-55

Users can access the Database to search for or browse information on examinations and assessments according to different criteria, such as the subjects assessed or the source of funding. Once users have identified particular examinations or assessments of interest, they can access further details about each one through the associated UIS Catalogue of Learning Assessments, also a free open access resource at this link.

Read the Complete Introductory Blog Post

Direct to Database of Learning Assessments

Direct to UIS Catalogue of Learning Assessments

Stephen

Posted on: February 12, 2016, 6:22 am Category: Uncategorized