Top Technology Trends

Sorry for the delay.  Here are links and updates on what happened with this year’s Top Tech Trends.   Special thanks to Michelle Kraft for moderating and to Nikki Dettmar for being our Twitter Jockey. You can find Nikki’s posts under the hashtag #mlattt

Gabe Rios and Google+
Our first speaker was Gabe Rios who is the deputy director at the University of Alabama at Birmingham, Lister Hill Library of the Health Sciences. Gabe has worked with emerging technologies such as PDAs, iPods, smartphones, and social media services beginning in the late 90s.  He has co-taught technology-related classes at regional and national meetings. Gabe has served as a member of the MLA Social Networking Software Taskforce (now the MLA Technology Advisory Committee) and local technology-related groups such as Social Media Club of Birmingham and the Internet Professional Society of Alabama. Gabe continues his support of emerging technologies by facilitating the use of technology to meet users where they are.

Gabe spoke to us about Google+ (he assures us that it’s still around even if we haven’t checked it out since last Spring). What is Google+? Here’s a nice video that talks about what it is and what it does.

One of our MLA speakers, Steven Johnson mentioned the Filter Bubbles Proposed byEli Pariser -

Here are some more links from Steven Johnson himself about filter bubbles.,28804,2058946_2058939_2058930,00.html!/stevenbjohnson

Are you excited yet? Well, here are some tutorials to get you started.
Google+ how to’s -
Big redesign in April -

One cool thing about Google+ is their hangouts. It’s like Skype only can video chat with several people at once for free.

Sarah Hill transforming traditional broadcasting -

G+ opinions:

Emily Hurst and Tumblr
Emily Hurst is the Technology Coordinator at the National Network of Libraries of Medicine, South Central Region located at the TMC Library in Houston, Texas. Emily develops classes on emerging technologies as well as answers technology related questions for Regional members. She is an advocate for learning technologies and enjoys training others. She is active on twitter, you can reach her at @hurstej. In her spare time she enjoys visiting National Parks and plans to see Mt. Rainier before she leaves Washington.

Emily talked to us about Tumblr. It’s sort of a hybrid between blogging and Facebook.  Basically, it’s in a layout similar to a blog, but it has all sorts of sharing features like those you’d see on Facebook. One of it’s only drawbacks is that it’s not really set up for commenting.

Graphic – showing decline of the use of the world Blog and it being replaced with Tumblr

Good example of a public library using Tumblr

Example of Tumblr use in a medical library in Texas

Tips from Mashable about how to use Tumblr for marketing

Jerry Perry used Tumblr to talk about his time as MLA president.

Kimberly Barker and Near Field Communication

Kimberley R. Barker is a mom, a Browncoat, a reader of poetry,  a singer of Irish songs, and an unashamed technophile. She received her MLIS in 1999 from the University of South Carolina, and has gone on to cause mayhem at several otherwise respectable academic institutions. Kimberley is currently being disruptive at the University of Virginia’s Claude Moore Health Sciences Library as the Manager for Technology Education & Computing.

Kimberly talked to us about near field communication which is a subset of RFID that allows for objects within 10 centimeters of each other to interact.  This is something that may improve our mobility as it’s being integrated into mobile phones.  One of the cutest features of Near Field Communication is the Karotz bunny.  Kimberly had brought hers along to show us and he was adorable. Apparently, you can have them set up to do all sorts of stuff like tell you the weather in Seattle, read your Facebook page to you or tell you when your kids come home. I found a review on YouTube so you can see him in action.

For more information on Near Field Communication, you should check out the Delicious page that Kimberly Barker put together. 

Michelle Frisque and Big Data 

Michelle Frisque is Head of Information Systems at the Galter Health Sciences Library, Northwestern University. She is also a Past President of the Library & Information Technology Association (LITA), a division of the American Library Association and is currently pursuing a Masters of Learning and Organization Change at Northwestern University.  She will be talking about data literacy and the role that librarians can play in the big data movement.

I didn’t get any links from Michelle ahead of time, so I don’t have any for you. Basically, Michelle talked about how we’re seeing larger and larger sets of data from researchers and how librarians can help with the storage and retrieval of this data. She also talked about how we can create spaces in the library that are better suited to working with big data by putting up large LCD screens for viewing copious amounts of information or assisting with data visualization projects with suggestions for programs.

Eric Schnell and Augmented Reality 

Eric Schnell is an Associate Professor and an Emerging Technology Services Specialist at the Health Sciences Library at The Ohio State University. Eric received his MLS from the University of Buffalo and prior to Ohio State worked at Rush University in Chicago. In addition to his numerous publications and presentations, Eric has been involved in two projects that won the MLA Frank Bradway Rogers Information Advancement Award, has been a NLM Woods Hole Bioinfomatics Fellow, and was named as a Mover and Shaker by Library Journal. You can follow him on Twitter @ericschnell and his blog at

Eric talked to us about augmented reality and things like Google Goggles that allow you to view the world just like the Terminator  Alright, that’s not really the video that Eric showed. What he showed us was this

He also showed us this really cool app for the iPad/iPhone called String. With this app, you can print out a seemingly normal picture that comes to life when viewed through your mobile device. Eric conjured forth a dragon and a nice little 3 eyed monster that wowed the audience. You can see more here

A lot of the information Eric shared with us is also in his blog. The direct link is

Fatima  Barnes and Web 2.0/Library 2.0

Dr. Fatima Barnes is currently completing a Masters in Information Science at the University of Knoxville, in TN. She is currently employed as the library director at Meharry Medical College in Nashville, TN. Her presentation is on what librarians should know about Social Networking Tools.

Fatima covered a lot of material and I would hate to leave anything out, so here are the links she shared with me ahead of time.  She really stressed the importance of things like collaborative or crowd sourced cataloging and other areas where we can utilize the more interactive nature of the web to our advantage.

Web 2.0 Meme Map


Libraries and crowdsourcing

Ditization of Yearbooks and correction of OCR errors

Tagging of photos on Flickr (Library of Congress)

Collaborative cataloging

Flashmob Cataloging

Groups Flash-mob Cataloging

Collaborative Filtering for Libraries

Example: The Tsunami Digital Library (TDL); OSU Libraries’ web resources

Campus Library User Education
•Business Database Screencasts
Orange County Public Library Tutorials
Enoch Pratt Free Library

Tools for Screencasting

Total Screen Recorder

Screencasting for Macs
SnapZ Pro


UCLA LITE (Library Instruction To Everyone)

UMD Student Video Contest for Libraries

Alberta Library Videos

Cuyahoga County Public Library Video Contest

Social networking Tool for Librarians – LibAnswers

Facebook for Libraries
How to To Grow Your Library’s Social Media Presence

The Facebook Guidebook

Technologies for monitoring reputation

Social Mention
How Sociable?

Knowledge Management Innovations

OpenCourseWare  MITOCW
Open Access Journals
Information Research

Creative Commons

Comment Moderators
Mollom –


Social Media and Suitable Employees
Monster –
LinkedIn –

Bradley, P. (2008). How to use Web 2.0 in your library.Facet Publishing, London WCIE 7AE.

Castro, M. (2009). The use of microblogging in language education. Proceedings of the third international wireless ready symposium. 8-11.

Healy, C. (2010). Netflix in an Academic Library: A Personal Case Study, 58(3), pgs. 402-411

CDC – Health Communicator’s Toolkit

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3 Responses to Top Technology Trends

  1. RachelW says:

    Thanks for posting all of these links, Amy!

  2. ablevins says:

    You’re welcome. :)

  3. ablevins says:

    I can’t say. I haven’t seen that show.