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Keeping up with emerging technologies : best practices for information professionals
Santa Barbara, California : Libraries Unlimited, an imprint of ABC-CLIO, LLC, [2017]
Physical Description:
vii, 177 pages ; 24 cm
Gathering information : sources and strategies -- Gathering information : more strategies -- Gathering information : user needs -- Ethics, inclusion and the digital divide -- Evaluating information -- Experimenting -- Moving towards implementation -- Emerging technologies librarians : defining job roles.
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Online version: Hennig, Nicole, author. Keeping up with emerging technologies Santa Barbara, California : Libraries Unlimited, an imprint of ABC-CLIO, LLC, [2017] 9781440854415 (DLC) 2017021555


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The ever-increasing acceleration of technological change demands that today's information professionals and educators not only be constantly acquiring new knowledge and skills, but also that they cultivate the ability to make sound judgments on which technologies to embrace. If you are grappling with information overload and wondering how you can keep up, this guide is for you.

* Helps information specialists create a strategy for keeping up with new technologies and for making informed judgments on which technologies to test and integrate into library services

* Provides ideas for designing curriculum for an education technology specialist career track in library school

* Gives those who are preparing to interview for a technology specialist position a reliable guide for professional growth

* Identifies which types of resources are most helpful for keeping up with new technologies

Author Notes

Nicole Hennig is an independent user experience professional who teaches librarians and educators to effectively use mobile technologies. She worked for the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) Libraries for 14 years as web manager and head of user experience.

Reviews 2

Booklist Review

Staying on top of new technology is difficult, even for the most tech-savvy professionals. Hennig (Apps for Librarians, 2014) simplifies for the harried librarian the process of finding information on emerging technology, touching on sources in several formats, along with sharing methods and processes for staying abreast in the field. The purpose of the book is to share techniques, but it also serves as a robust purveyor of information sources, from blogs to Twitter feeds to YouTube channels. Designing, creating, and evaluating experiments to determine user wants and needs are essential components of implementing new ideas, and design thinking plays a large role in Hennig's version of these processes. Much of the text is infused with the understanding that the visionary, who thinks big, and the implementer, who focuses on details, are on two ends of the same continuum. One chapter analyzes Emerging Technologies Librarian job descriptions from both academic and public libraries and provides suggestions on creating job descriptions that attract the specific type of person that the employer is seeking. Overall, a handy guide to keeping up with emerging technologies for those of us with little time to devote to the endeavor.--Winterhalter, Deidre Copyright 2018 Booklist

Library Journal Review

Readers who find it challenging to stay abreast of emerging technologies will appreciate this resource that acknowledges the difficulties of doing so. Aware that focusing on any particular skill or concept would date the book, Hennig (former head of UX, MIT Libs.) instead offers a whirlwind of sources for identifying and learning to use new technologies. At times the work feels like an annotated bibliography, with descriptions and references to dozens of valuable online tools. The first six chapters explores resources useful for gathering and evaluating information, while the next two sections deal with experimenting and moving toward implementation. A concluding chapter helps define the role of emerging technologies librarians and lists sample job descriptions. Hennig refers to herself as a visionary rather than an implementer, and the many ideas and materials presented here reflect her wide-ranging purview. VERDICT Essential reading for all information professionals.-Margaret Sylvia, St. Mary's Univ. Lib., San Antonio © Copyright 2018. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

Table of Contents

Acknowledgmentsp. vii
Chapter 1 Introductionp. 1
Why This Book?p. 1
Visionaries and Implementers: Two Roles for This Workp. 3
Challenges for Libraries: Technology Staffingp. 5
Endnotesp. 8
Chapter 2 Gathering Information: Sources and Strategiesp. 9
Introductionp. 9
Skimming and Scanningp. 10
Newsletters, Feeds, and Groupsp. 12
Multimedia Resources: Video, Audio, and Coursesp. 22
Conferences and Local Eventsp. 31
Trend Reportsp. 35
Booksp. 38
Popular Culture and Science Fictionp. 41
Dealing with Information Overloadp. 43
Endnotesp. 48
Chapter 3 Gathering Information: More Strategiesp. 53
Look Outside Your Field or Disciplinep. 53
Categories of Technologiesp. 54
How Far Out to Lookp. 55
Visionaries and Implementers-Strategies for Eachp. 59
Endnotesp. 62
Chapter 4 Gathering Information: User Needsp. 63
UX: User Experience Researchp. 63
Types of User Researchp. 64
Examplesp. 66
Endnotesp. 68
Chapter 5 Ethics, Inclusion, and the Digital Dividep. 69
Following Ethical Debatesp. 69
Being Inclusive: Diversity, Accessibility, and the Digital Dividep. 71
Summaryp. 77
Endnotesp. 78
Chapter 6 Evaluating Informationp. 81
Introductionp. 81
Letting Ideas Percolatep. 82
Note-Takingp. 82
Curating Information for Othersp. 85
Trends versus Fadsp. 88
Summaryp. 91
Endnotesp. 91
Chapter 7 Experimentingp. 95
Hands-On Playp. 95
Designing Experiments and Evaluating the Resultsp. 96
Criteria for Evaluating Your Experimentsp. 101
Project Methods: Design Thinkingp. 104
Project Methods: Agile and "The Lean Startup"p. 108
Ideation Methodsp. 111
Endnotesp. 116
Chapter 8 Moving Toward Implementationp. 119
Presenting to and Persuading Decision-Makersp. 119
Passing on Projects to Implementersp. 126
Endnotesp. 128
Chapter 9 Emerging Technologies Librarians-Defining Job Rolesp. 131
Current Job Descriptionsp. 131
Defining This Type of Position for Your Organizationp. 137
What to Do If You Are a Very Small Organizationp. 141
Diversity and "Performance-Based Job Descriptions"p. 142
Template for Your Job Descriptionp. 143
Endnotesp. 147
Chapter 10 Epiloguep. 149
Chapter 11 Resource Guidep. 151
Bibliography: Books, Blogs, Articles, Websitesp. 151
Guide to Mobile Appsp. 167
Indexp. 173