Moving Forward with Digital Disruption: What Big Data, IoT, Synthetic Biology, AI, Blockchain, and Platform Businesses Mean to Libraries

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Library Technology Reports, January/February 2020 (56:2)

Digital disruption, also known as “the fourth industrial revolution,” is blurring the lines between the physical, digital, and biological spheres. This issue of Library Technology Reports (vol. 56, no. 2) examines today’s leading-edge technologies and their disruptive impacts on our society through examples such as extended reality, Big Data, the Internet of Things (IoT), synthetic biology, 3-D bio-printing, artificial intelligence (AI), blockchain, and platform businesses in the sharing economy. This report explains

  • how new digital technologies are merging the physical and the biological with the digital;
  • what kind of transformations are taking place as a result in production, management, and governance; and
  • how libraries can continue to innovate with new technologies while keeping a critical distance from the rising ideology of techno-utopianism and at the same time contributing to social good.

Chapter 1: Digital Disruption and the Fourth Industrial Revolution

Chapter 2: The Digital Meets the Physical and the Biological

Chapter 3: Digital Disruption in Production, Governance, and Management

Chapter 4: Libraries Facing Digital Disruption

Bohyun Kim

Bohyun Kim is the Chief Technology Officer and an associate professor at the University of Rhode Island Libraries. She is the author of several Library Technology Reports, including “Understanding Gamification” and “Library Mobile Experience: Practices and User Expectations,” and is the founding editor of the ACRL TechConnect blog. She was the President of the Library and Information Technology Association (2018–2019) and currently serves on the advisory boards and committees of the American Library Association (ALA) Washington Office, San José State University School of Information, and Library Pipeline. She holds an MA in philosophy from Harvard University and an MSLIS from Simmons College.

Library Technology Reports

Published by ALA TechSource, Library Technology Reports helps librarians make informed decisions about technology products and projects. Library Technology Reports publishes eight issues annually and provides thorough overviews of current technology. Reports are authored by experts in the field and may address the application of technology to library services, offer evaluative descriptions of specific products or product classes, or cover emerging technology. Find out more information on this publication here.

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