That’s a question we asked our Technology Specialist applicants this week, but when I posed that question to myself…I wasn’t happy with the answer! So, I did what I’ve done for the last few years – I asked the NEKLS Tech team for help! (They’re the true research and development powerhouse behind NEKLS, not me.)
I spent some time yesterday talking to the R&D team and trolling Google news stories about “public library innovation” and “public library technology”…and here are a few stories and sites I want to share:
- Go to Hellman: The Public Broadcasting Model for Book – interesting premise.
- Funny Reminder: Stop Breaking the Rules of Presenting from wikiman
- The Stone Oak “library of the future” to open in May – this library will also sport a playground, nature trails, outdoor theater, public art, community room and “state of the art technology.” I think the playground is such a good idea!
- Michael Stephan’s Scanning the Horizon blog post about the 2011 Horizon Report by nmc.org – trends to watch include ‘conversation-based reading’, expanded Readers Advisory (my smut-reading friends and I do this on FB all the time), augmented reality, and new/innovative ways to think about education.
- Heather shared this story about ‘local news going mobile, says PEW‘ – and I think this underscores the need for libraries (of all sizes) to embrace social networks AND a mobile plugin for their KLOW sites!
- Heather also suggested I add readwriteweb.com to my Google Reader and after viewing this post about kids building their own X-box games (how’s that for a YA program??), I most definitely will!
- I’m also subscribing to Joan and George’s podcasts – I LOVED her at Fall Assembly and need to take time to listen to her entire library of podcasts.
- Liz insists (rightly so) that all good things come from LifeHacker (like Jing and xtranormal and many other technologies we’ve shared with our libraries)
- I have also learned about twitter lists and will be following some that Heather put together.
- All of this thinking (scary, I know) lit a fire under me to get 2011 Library Camp Kansas on the calendar! Did you know we are featured in The Tech Set #8- Library Camps and Unconferences by Steve Lawson?
- This just crossed my desk re: eBook and eReader training and I want to share before I forget. I’m an e-brarian’s blog about “Teaching my first eReader class.”