Nick Stopforth (Newcastle Libraries) gave a fast-paced tour of technology developments on the horizon and their applications and implications for libraries. He encouraged us to think of the opportunities and the gaps associated/filled/opened up by each.
Nick works in the public library sector, and feels that academic libraries are ahead in terms of technological change and he gains a lot of useful ideas from following them – as an academic librarian, this felt good to hear!
Hype cycle – bear this in mind when considering adopting a new technology.
It can be difficult to tell where you are on the curve – he suggested that Twitter was at the ‘peak of inflated expectations’ but I think who you are and how you use a technology has a strong influence here. For example, for me and many other librarians who use Twitter, I feel that I have reached a point in my relationship with Twitter where it really helps me do my job and network with other professionals, and I would place our use closer to the ‘plateau of productivity’.
- Nick recommended Mick Fortune’s RFID blog
- Similar standardisation problems as ebooks – different tools not interoperable between different systems (though ISO 28560-2 standard should help?)
- Future: wearable RFID devices?
- Gadgets will become more like personal companions
- Example: TV remote control can collect data about how it is used by different people and offer recommendations for TV shows
- Great advances in GPS technology
- Proximity marketing using facial recognition uses expressions to decide which advert to display
- Facial recognition used stealthily by Facebook (as reported in the Daily Telegraph)
- Increasing business use has made social media more corporate
- Google+ is the new competitor
Open source data
- Low cost
- Innovative – “solutions-orientated”
- No exclusivity
- No paywalls
- Nick recommended Ken Chad’s publications
- Lets you know about nearby services, or combine with RFID to locate the position of a book
- Apps for tourists
- Increasing use in business and advertising
- Signposting – useful in libraries!
- Green (paperless) ticketing
- Dutch coinage with QR code
- Privacy and security
- Openness and transparency
- Linked data – where does it go?
- Costs and savings
- Marketing and promotion
- Web traffic to mobile devices increasing
- Rise of cloud computing
- Ebooks and digital publishing