New Top Technologies Every Librarian Needs to Know

New Top Technologies

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New Top Technologies Every Librarian Needs to Know is a new volume of library technologies. Similar to 2014's best-selling Top Technologies Every Librarian Needs to KnowNew Top Technologies explores library technologies just emerging from the background into reality. Each technology will be significant to libraries in the near term (authors were asked to think about a 3-5 year horizon as they made their predictions). This book is a guide to library administrators and technologists as they plan future investigations and expenditures.

Table of Contents

Part I Data

  1. "Linked Open Data in Libraries"
    Cliff Landis
  2. "Everything Is Online: Libraries and the Internet of Things"
    Matthew Connolly
  3. "Link Rot, Reference Rot, and Link Resolvers"
    Justin M. White
  4. "Engaging Libraries with Web Archives"
    Todd Suomela

Part II Services

  1. "Privacy-Protection Technology Tools: Libraries and Librarians as Users, Contributors, and Advocates"
    Monica Maceli
  2. "Data for Discovery"
    Julia Bauder
  3. "Libraries and Information Visualization: Application and Value"
    Elizabeth Joan Kelly
  4. "Virtual Reality: Out of This World"
    Austin Olney

Part III Repositories and Access

  1. "Digital Exhibits to Digital Humanities: Expanding the Digital Libraries Portfolio"
    Daniel Johnson and Mark Dehmlow
  2. "Digital Repositories: A Systems Perspective"
    Joshua A. Westgard, Kate Dohe, David Durden, and Joseph Koivisto
  3. "Digital Repositories"
    Jessica Wagner Webster
  4. "Maximizing Assets and Access through Digital Publishing: Opportunities and Implications for Special Collections"
    Ellen Engseth and Marguerite Ragnow

Part IV Interoperability

  1. "Impact of International Image Interoperability Framework (IIIF) on Digital Repositories"
    Kelli Babcock and Rachel Di Cresce
  2. "Embracing Embeddedness with Learning Tools Interoperability (LTI)"
    Lauren Magnuson
  3. "Bots and the Library: Exploring New Possibilities for Automation and Engagement"
    Jeanette Claire Sewell
  4. "Machine Learning for Libraries"
    Alan Darnell
  5. "Mobile Technology"
    Gordon F. Xu and Jin Xiu Guo

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The most recently published reviews are on top. (Updated 10 December 2020.)

  • "This dense book would benefit librarians who want to stay abreast of recent and developing trends when initiating new technology projects. Many of the work’s ideas would be relevant to librarians with roles in technology, metadata, digital archives, scholarly communication, creating LibGuide content, outreach, or management. In a sense, readers may feel as if they just attended a conference after finishing this book." Michelle Schonken, Serials Review, December 4, 2020., 10.1080/00987913.2020.1850043.
  • "New Top Technologies Every Librarian Needs to Know is a fine resource to spur the imagination as librarians move forward into the challenges of keeping current with new technologies." Janice Swiatek, Journal of Electronic Resources in Medical Libraries, November 2019, vol. 16, no 3-4. 10.1080/15424065.2019.1693316
  • "This volume would be useful for managers, students, and any library professional interested in technological trends. .... The case studies provide practical experience, but largely the value in this volume is that it is a starting point in thinking about technological questions." Jocelyn Lewis, Library Resources & Technical Services, October 2019, vol. 63, no. 4. 10.5860/lrts.63n4.232
  • "[M]ost librarians would want to be aware of the technologies described in this book, which makes this book a worthwhile acquisition for public, academic, and other libraries." Rebecca L. Mugridge, Journal of Electronic Resources Librarianship, October-December 2019, vol. 31, no. 4. 10.1080/1941126X.2019.1670496
  • "A variety [of chapters] that attests to why this book will be required reading for librarians in all settings—academic, public, special, or school." Highly recommended. E.R. Layton, Choice, September 2019, vol. 57, no. 1.
  • "This collection of future-oriented essays on library technology offers an insightful, thoughtful look into possible futures of library collections, staffing, and service. As was the case with the original volume, this updated edition is required reading for librarians and information professionals seeking to strategically position their organizations for the constantly evolving information environment." Jennifer Bartlett, Online Searcher, September/October 2019, vol. 43, no. 5, p63.
  • "Overall, New Top Technologies Every Librarian Needs to Know is a worthwhile addition to library professional development collections of all types and would be a great catalyst tool for library strategic planning committees and other committees (especially at consortial levels)." Tom Adamovich, Technicalities, September/October 2019, vol. 39, no. 5., pp. 21-2. 
  • "Those looking to understand current technological trends, especially in academic libraries, will find this a valuable text." Amanda Folk, Library Journal, September 2019, vol. 144, no. 8, p. 85.
  • "Overall, this book provides a host of fascinating technologies with which libraries need to be apprized and experimenting. It will be interesting to see how influential these technologies will be after the five-year horizon period." Bradford Lee Eden, Journal of Web Librarianship, 21 August 2019. DOI: 10.1080/19322909.2019.1656494