Academic journal article Library Technology Reports

Introduction

Academic journal article Library Technology Reports

Introduction

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Technology has changed the face of libraries and is continuing to change how we work and how we deliver services to our library customers. The ability to identify and incorporate appropriate emerging technology trends into a library setting is paramount to continually providing excellent services.

This issue of Library Technology Reports focuses on personal strategies to stay on top of emerging technology trends and incorporate these trends into a library setting, with the goal of being better prepared for technology changes now and in the future.

This report explores four major areas:

* Why Stay on Top of Technology Trends? This chapter explains why library staff need to be familiar with emerging technology trends. I discuss examples of rapid technology change, different types of innovation cycles, how consumer behavior is driving and shaping innovation, and how technology changes affect current work and future job opportunities.

* Trend Watching: Who and How to Follow. What makes someone a trend watcher or trendsetter? In this chapter, I introduce you to some trendsetters and trend watchers in the library technology industry and some non-library trendsetters and trend watchers as well. …

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