"The time management strategies for processing and organizing information and continuing to keep up as technology changes are especially useful. . . . Keeping Up with Emerging Technologies is a valuable resource that can be read cover to cover or used for its extensive resources."
"Hennig simplifies for the harried librarian the process of finding information on emerging technology, touching on sources in several formats, along with sharing methods and processes for staying abreast in the field. The purpose of the book is to share techniques, but it also serves as a robust purveyor of information sources. . . . Overall, a handy guide to keeping up with emerging technologies for those of us with little time to devote to the endeavor."
"Readers who find it challenging to stay abreast of emerging technologies will appreciate this resource that acknowledges the difficulties of doing so. . . . Hennig refers to herself as a visionary rather than an implementer, and the many ideas and materials presented here reflect her wide-ranging purview. VERDICT Essential reading for all information professionals."
"The book serves as an invaluable guide not only to resources and methods for staying current and performing the duties, but also as a tool to place the role of Emerging Technologies Librarian into the broader context of librarianship."
"There is something for everyone in this rather slim volume of less than 200 pages. . . . [I]t is a solid starting point with referrals to many other resources to help launch a new technology project or service."
"Nicole Hennig's Keeping Up With Emerging Technologies distills the author's own practices—honed on the job at MIT and in her personal life— into an incredibly useful, compact, and well thought-out aid for any librarian or information specialist. Rather than providing a list of resources (although these are present), Hennig has laid out strategies and suggested tools for mastering the glut of information on new and near-future technologies. She covers the advantages and disadvantages of news resource types and how to manage overload by skimming, evaluating, organizing, and pruning. Since the focus is on library services, Hennig includes sections directed to the workplace: user needs, ethics, inclusion, design thinking, taking risks, sandboxes and prototyping, knowing when to fold, implementation, and persuading stakeholders to support success. Eminently practical, but by no means boring, Hennig reminds the reader to look beyond recommended library and technology news sources to popular culture and science fiction, especially where creative thinking about the near future is concerned. Highly recommended for anyone in the field, from library staff to managers, and also for students entering the profession."
"People often ask me how I keep up. While I may have a few tricks up my sleeve, Nicole Hennig offers a rich field guide, not just for keeping up, but for leading, (My copy is utterly dog-eared.) Whether you are an emerging technologies librarian, an LIS student or faculty member, or an information professional attempting to spot trends and stay on top of practice, Nicole presents a manageable framework. Her compact guidebook looks well beyond the library lens to offer essential tools for managing information flow, incorporating design thinking; considering user needs; implementing change; addressing issues relating to ethics and inclusion; evaluating projects and defining new job roles. Keeping Up with Emerging Technologies also inspires the dispositions necessary for navigating shift with a sense of playfulness and agility. Wherever you sit on Nicole's visionary/implementer spectrum, you will appreciate her practical suggestions, bounty of resources and the strategies for advancing user-centered innovation."