Wednesday, May 6, 2009

Experts Share Top Technology Trends in Massachusetts

Experts Share Top Technology Trends in Massachusetts
Speakers: Emily Alling, Coordinator, Learning Commons and Undergraduate Library Services, University of Massachusetts Amherst; Scot Colford, Web Services Manager, Boston Public Library; Paige Eaton Davis, Assistant User Services Librarian, Minuteman Library Network; Megan Fox, Associate Director for Technology and Special Projects, Simmons College Libraries; Scott Kehoe, Consultant, Northeast Massachusetts Regional Library System; Rick Levine, Technical Specialist, Central Massachusetts Regional Library System; Bonnie Peirce, Head of Children's Services, Dover Town Library; Amelia Peloquin, Independent Consultant;Elizabeth Thomsen, Member Services Manager, North of Boston Library Exchange; Vicki Wright, Library Teacher, Silver Lake Regional Middle School.
Should be a trend RSS has been around but patrons don't seem to be too interested.
Trend. Assisting patrons in saving materials and information in non-traditional media. Storyboarding, video, etc.
Discovery tools. Library Thing CWMars. Aquabrowser. Next Gen tools: Primo Federated Search engines. Serials Solutions has a new product.
Licensing terms, knowing your rights. OCLC has taken away the Marc record. What is available ethically and legally
Sustainability. Open source software. Libraries should start investing in technology savvy librarians and IT support for customization. Sharing of technical services. New job descriptions: Librarians who can publish, archive, use Library 2.0 applications.
People are tweeting: using Masslib09
iPhone and mobile devices. Microsoft Surface has a tabletop computing platform.

Words have become objects. Word cloud art.
Slides are old tech. Sign up for a free account and make some presentations. You throw all of your ideal onto a desktop. shrink your desktop icons, make them bigger. Toss them around.

Mobile devices.
New access snaptell is a free download takes a picture of an item.
2 dimensional barcodes. Phone takes a picture of barcode. Example Get nutritional information
Tellme - ask for weather, get a text message.

Shazam - who's singing, what song
Location interaction, Gesture interaction turn the
GI Compass mode tilt mode lets you look around.
Transcoding for languages.
Dictionaries, Refworks, Worldcat testing mobil. III has AirPac for the iPhone.
Washington DC library has a libraryApp for mobile devices.
Mobile search. Find a fact. RedSox you get last game, chunks
Spoken/Voice search on Google. It learns your voice and your accent.

SMS Text Search. Google Text. Yahoo Text. Text to call 7:1
Texting being used for digital reference services.
Simmons Library you can send your call number from the OPAC to your mobile device.

Megan Fox, Simmons
Photo story
Moodle uses multimedia. Simmons uses successfully.

Clickers in class getting ubiquitous. Tablets for write upon.

Business Phone Information 800-Goog411
Disturbing trend: Balkanization of technology. Everything will be "out there" cloud searching / cloud computing may save information seekers and organize.
Another disturbing one: Proprietary interests. Apple empire - you buy an iPhone, you are hooked into other products, If you buy a Kindle you will buy all your books from Amazon.

Libraries are slow in implementing "Library 2.0" Librarians are way behind the patrons. Patrons already out there on Facebook, Twitter. Library service old model: Come to the library, the library supplies. Now information finding is more interactive. Users expect an attractive, fun, friendly, engaging library website. Personalize your website, invite interaction, allow ratings, tagging, reviews.

Darien Library in CT using personal tags. People can tag in natural language. Put a Meebo Me widget on your catalog when ASK LIBRARIAN comes up for missing or damaged material.
Plymouth State Library can send call number to cellphone. Their catalog is Scriblio

Twitter Oprah does it, so it's "arrived."

Mobile platforms and QR codes. First used for tracking parts QR Codes are now used in a much broader context, including both commercial tracking applications and convenience-oriented applications aimed at mobile phone users (known as mobile tagging). Code generator
Open organization of knowledge.

There is a Facebook boom. Allows people to put pictures, recipes, game scores, info. No need for flicker here, delicious there, blog there. Problem that all these photos and recipes are not out there for public search.

Digital storytelling.
3D applications like google earth
Self promotion. People are creating their personal BRANDS.
Visual searching is growing.
Facial recognition.
Geocoding. You can embed geographical coordinates into your photos, so you can put a photo into a map

Scott Kehoe was not able to present in person, however, he points to his tech tips page.
-- Brenda


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