Top Technology Trends 2012 From ALA Midwinter Conference
At each ALA gathering, its LITA division (Library and Information Technology Association) holds a Top Tech Trends panel discussion. This year's session took place on Sunday, January 22, 2012.
The January panel members were: Stephen Abram, Gale Cengage Learning; Marshall Breeding, Vanderbilt University Library; Lorcan Dempsey, OCLC; Nina McHale, Arapahoe Library District, Colorado and Sue Polanka, Wright State University Libraries.
Here are some of the trends they discussed:
- frictionless access – smartphone technology that provides unfettered access to services without user interaction (Stephen Abram)
- advent of “enterprise IT staff” for libraries – bringing in professional programmers rather than librarians who like programming (Nina McHale)
- impending demise of the ILS (Marshall Breeding)
- trend toward self-service (Sue Polanka)
- rise of personal institutional curation services (Lorcan Demsey)
- on-demand tipping point– libraries offering a hybrid model to provide the physical experience for users (Stephen Abrams)
- web analytics (Nina McHale)
- reintegration of discovery with the backend systems (Marshall Breeding)
- technologies that take instruction in a different direction, e.g. touch screens (Sue Polanka)
- platform wars in consumer space and the implication for libraries (Lorcan Demsey)
The session has been archived on LITA’s USTREAM channel.