Best Technologies for Public Libraries

Policies, Programs, and Services

by Christopher DeCristofaro, James Hutter, and Nick Tanzi


A one-stop shop for libraries looking to add the most popular technologies and create best practices for their use.

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January 2020

Libraries Unlimited

Pages 200
Volumes 1
Size 6 1/8x9 1/4
Topics Information Systems and Technology
  Educational Technology and Instructional Design
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Emerging technologies can intimidate with their cost and uncertainty—this book provides flexible options for adopting the most popular ones.

Introducing new technologies to your library can be a daunting process; they can be costly, they may be unfamiliar to many staff members, and their success is far from assured. To address these concerns, Best Technologies for Public Libraries accommodates budgets large and small, providing options for both the ambitious and the cost-conscious.

Authors Christopher DeCristofaro, James Hutter, and Nick Tanzi provide a resource for staff looking to incorporate a number of emerging technologies into their library and makerspaces. Each chapter explores a new technology, including 3D printing, drones, augmented reality, and virtual reality, covering how it works, the selection process, training, sample programming, best practices, and relevant policy. By describing a variety of program and service ideas across age groups, the book gives readers the ability to first evaluate them within the context of their own organization before incorporating ideas à la carte. This approach helps readers to adopt these new technologies and create policies with uses already in mind.


    Learn the basics of how emerging technologies, including 3D printing, augmented reality, virtual reality, and drones workRead recommendations for how these emerging technologies can be used to develop library programs and servicesBuild a framework for developing policy pursuant to these emerging technologiesUnderstand best practices in adopting the aforementioned emerging technologies
Author Info

Christopher DeCristofaro is the technology librarian at the Sachem Public Library in Holbrook, New York. He is in charge of The Studio, a comprehensive makerspace. DeCristofaro is also the creator and co-host of The Library Pros, a podcast that talks about libraries and technology with guests from all over the world. He co-authored an article in Library Journal entitled "The Chatty Librarians: Podcasting | Field Reports." DeCristofaro is also the coordinator of the Technology Information Forum, which is a monthly meeting for library technologist that discusses various trends and issues affecting the profession.

James Hutter is a technology librarian currently serving as head of computer services at the Port Washington Public Library and as a director of the Nassau County Library Association. A graduate of the CUNY Queens College School of Library and Information Studies, Hutter worked as an information technology manager before making the leap into librarianship. Interested in topics such digital privacy, video gaming in libraries, 3D printing design, and general technology trends, he is always anxious to share knowledge and experience with others in the field and members of his community. He is the author of multiple published articles.

Nick Tanzi is the assistant director of technology services at the Mastics-Moriches-Shirley Community Library in Suffolk County, NY. He has spoken in the United States and abroad on digital services in libraries, 3D printing, video game design, staff training, and other technology-oriented topics. He is a regular contributor to Public Libraries Online and the author of Making the Most of Digital Collections through Training and Outreach, which received a starred review from Library Journal. Tanzi was named a 2017 Dewey Fellow by the New York Library Association for his work bringing maker education to libraries.

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