Academic journal article Journal of Library Innovation

Emerging Technologies: A Primer for Librarians

Academic journal article Journal of Library Innovation

Emerging Technologies: A Primer for Librarians

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Emerging Technologies: A Primer for Librarians

Jennifer Koerber and Michael P. Sauers. Lanham; Boulder; New York; London: Row-man & Littlefield, 2015. 140 pp. ISBN: 978-1-4422-3888-6. $37.

Review by Danielle Burns

Reference Librarian

Laredo Public Library

Laredo, TX

Crowdfunding, live streaming, and virtual reality, oh my! The abundance of new technologies can be intimidating for librarians who are technophobes or who haven't been keeping up. If you are one of these people, Emerging Technologies: A Primer for Librarians is a great guide to help you get your feet wet or venture back into the world of current technologies.

This book is divided into eight chapters, starting with "Audio and Video" and finishing with "Keeping up with Emerging Technologies." Each chapter features pros and cons, examples of current available technology, and links to examples from various libraries. Photos and screenshots of software, hardware, and platforms that librarians will need in order to use these emerging technologies are displayed throughout each chapter to provide examples of the technology and equipment. Those unfamiliar with current operating systems, brands of smart phones, and ways to reach patrons using mobile devices will be relieved to find that the authors provide a detailed list of popular applications that libraries are currently using, which can help librarians new to using these technologies find some starting points to upgrade current services and develop new ones.

Some of the innovative ideas that the authors introduce include:

* Many libraries have begun to accept payment of fees online, but maybe in the next couple of years, library mobile apps will be developed to have the ability to process fine payments, too.

* Virtual and augmented reality devices such as Google Cardboard are not only cool, but affordable; they're a great way to bring the next big technology into the library!

* Crowdfunding is another way for libraries to gain community support locally and internationally through websites like GoFundMe and Indiegogo. Libraries can use crowdfunding to augment funding for remodels, services, and events such as author visits. …

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