Technological Innovation: Perceptions and Definitions

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Library Technology Reports, October 2013 (49:7)

Everyone agrees that innovation is a worthy aim, but what does innovation actually entail?  And what does it mean for a library organization?  For this issue of Library Technology Reports, Jason Vaughan reviewed professional literature, both scholarly and mainstream, and surveyed library directors to learn their views on how technological innovation is impacting today's libraries. Identifying common threads from a mix of perspectives, his findings provide clarity on the subject as well as an ideal way for readers to begin a discussion at their own organization.  Gathering a range of insights about technological innovation, Vaughan presents

  • A summary of General Electric's GE Global Innovation Barometer
  • Phrases and words common to job ads referencing innovation
  • Criteria of awards for technological innovation
  • Analysis, charts, and graphs of responses to a 10-question survey of research library directors

Jason Vaughan

Jason Vaughan is the director of library technologies at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas (UNLV). In this capacity, he serves as a senior administrator and provides overall leadership for three units within the UNLV University Libraries: Digital Collections, Library Systems, and Web and Application Development. Vaughan earned his MLS and BA from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Previous positions at UNLV include Head of Library Systems and Information Systems Librarian. He has published extensively on library and library technology topics, including library automation, digitization, planning, and policy. To date Vaughan has served as coauthor and investigator on three funded LSTA grants and has most recently focused on delivering web scale discovery talks at the local, state, and national levels.

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 and how you can subscribe here.

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