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The Top Technologies Every Librarian Needs to Know: A LITA Guide
Edited by Kenneth J. Varnum
Item Number: 978-0-8389-1228-7
Publisher: ALA TechSource
Price: $70.00
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144 pages
6" x 9"
ISBN-13: 978-0-8389-1228-7
Year Published: 2014
AP Categories: A, C, I, X

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While it's inspiring to ponder the libraries of the 22nd century, it's a lot more practical to think ahead to the next five years. That's just what Varnum and his hand-picked team of contributors have done, showing library technology staff and administrators where to invest time and money to receive the greatest benefits. Their ideas will stimulate strategic thinking and help library staff make informed decisions about meeting user expectations and delivering services. Sure conversation starters and informative for any library, chapters include

  • “Impetus to Innovate: Convergence and Library Trends,” by A.J. Million and Heather Lea Moulaison
  • “Hands-Free Augmented Reality: Impacting the Library Future,” by Brigitte M. Bell and Terry Cottrell
  • “Libraries and Archives Augmenting the World,” by William Denton
  • “The Future of Cloud-Based Library Systems,” by Steven Bowers and Elliot Jonathan Polak
  • “Library Discovery: From Ponds to Streams,” by Varnum
  • “Exit As Strategy: Web Services as the New Websites for Many Libraries,” by Anson Parker, VP Nagraj, and David Moody
  • “Reading and Non-Reading: Text Mining in Critical Practice,” by Devin Higgins
  • “Bigger, Better, Together: Building the Digital Library of the Future,” by Jeremy York
  • “The Case for Open Hardware in Libraries,” by Jason Griffey

This compendium offers an expert-level view of the library technology that’s just around the corner.



Impetus to Innovate: Convergence and Library Trends
A. J. Million and Heather Lea Moulaison

Hands-Free Augmented Reality: Impacting the Library Future
Brigitte Bell and Terry Cottrell

Libraries and Archives Augmenting the World
William Denton

The Future of Cloud-Based Library Systems
Steven K. Bowers and Elliot J. Polak

Library Discovery: From Ponds to Streams
Kenneth J. Varnum

Exit as Strategy: Web Services as the New Websites for Many Libraries
Anson Parker, V. P. Nagraj. and David Moody

Reading and Non-Reading: Text Mining in Critical Practive
Devin Higgins

Bigger, Better, Together: Building the Digital Library of the Future
Jeremy York

The Case for Open Hardware in Libraries
Jason Griffey

About the Contributors


About the Editors

Kenneth J. Varnum is the Web Systems Manager at the University of Michigan Library, where he manages the library web site and development of new features and functionality. He received a masters degree from the University of Michigan's School of Information and his Bachelor of Arts from Grinnell College. He has worked in a range of library settings -- large and small academic, corporate, and special. He led the University of Michigan's implementation of Summon using the Summon API in a Drupal site in 2010. An active member of the library technology world for 18 years, Ken's research and professional interests range from Drupal and site redesign to user-generated content. ALA TechSource published his first book, Drupal in Libraries, in 2012.

The Library and Information Technology Association (LITA), a division of ALA, educates, serves and reaches out to its members, other ALA members and divisions, and the entire library and information community through its publications, programs and other activities designed to promote, develop, and aid in the implementation of library and information technology.

”The chapters are well written and give enough information to help librarians brainstorm what could be the next big thing for their libraries … Another important aspect of this book is that it briefly discusses theories and concepts such as technological convergence and augmented reality that influence the adoption of a particular emerging technology. These concepts help stimulate strategic thinking on which technology is suitable for a particular library considering the user needs and availability of technical skills among the librarians."

”Contains excellent advice about defining the library’s context, goals, needs, and abilities as a means of discerning which technologies to adopt … This book introduces a panoply of emergent technologies in libraries by providing a fascinating snapshot of where we are now and of where we might be in three to five years."
— Technical Services Quarterly

”Librarians looking to better understand current trends and future directions will find this an excellent starting point. The book is highly recommended for all libraries."
— Reference Reviews

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