Today’s librarians and information specialists know it’s imperative that they keep up with new technologies. But not all technologies are equally important, either within the library setting or to library patrons. So how does one decide which ones to pursue and integrate into services? In the uphill battle to stay current with new and emerging technologies, deciding which ones to pursue and integrate into services is a major challenge. A secondary problem is simply finding the time to consider the question. Readers of Keeping Up with Emerging Technologies will learn all of the best practices and skills to keep up with new technologies and to analyze the ability of specific technologies to meet recognized user needs—all in this single source.
You’ll learn the best ways to gather information about new technologies and user needs, to evaluate and analyze information, to curate technology information for others, to set up experiments and evaluate the results, and to present your findings to persuade decision-makers. Written by the former head of user experience at MIT’s library system, this guidebook serves information professionals, educators, education technology specialists, and anyone with “emerging technology” or “innovation” in their job titles. It will also be useful for library administrators and those who manage these positions as well as for students seeking a technology-oriented or curriculum-design career path in libraries.
- Helps information specialists create a strategy for keeping up with new technologies and for making informed judgments on which technologies to test and integrate into library services
- Provides ideas for designing curriculum for an education technology specialist career track in library school
- Gives those who are preparing to interview for a technology specialist position a reliable guide for professional growth
- Identifies which types of resources are most helpful for keeping up with new technologies