Jim Hahn is an Associate Professor and the Orientation Services and Environments Librarian at the University Library at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. His duties include developing and evaluating prototype technologies that focus on enabling undergraduates to discover library resources and services that support learning and research and to integrate them into their work. He holds an MS and a CAS in library and information science from the Graduate School of Library and Information Science at University of Illinois.
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Library Technology Reports, January 2017 (53:1)
Drawing examples from a case study of an Internet of Things (IoT)–powered mobile application, librarian Jim Hahn demonstrates IoT uses for location-based services in libraries. The case integrates Bluetooth beacons into an undergraduate library’s book stacks. With BLE (Bluetooth low energy) technology, researchers were able to implement a location-based recommender that relies on subject classifications in call numbers from which to provide recommendations based on location. Recommendations of digital content like e-books and e-journals can be provided from the context of the book stacks browsing experience. This report explores key technologies for bringing IoT services to libraries, noting especially the privacy and security issues for library leaders, system designers, and users of IoT services. Inside, Hahn
- Introduces the concepts and principles driving the IoT and explores possible library uses with IoT technology;
- Demonstrates the benefits of location-based services in libraries;
- Reviews updates to mobile technology and several compelling hardware components that make up the IoT, including Near Field Communication (NFC), Radio Frequency Identification (RFID), and new Wi-Fi standards for Indoor Positioning Systems (IPS); and
- Considers privacy and security considerations within IoT technology in libraries and offers suggestions for creating privacy policies.