When I think about emerging technology and the opportunities presented to libraries my immediate reaction tends to be kid in a candy shop. I really want to see more libraries have fun new tech toys like 3D printers partially because of the benefit to the community and partially because I once saw a picture of librarians who had printed dinosaur bones necklaces and that is just so cool! From the reading about the museum of the future my first thought was I want to go play with the magic pen, followed by how could technology like this be used in the library to benefit patrons? (magic pen that shows book reviews and upcoming library events when you point it at stickers placed around the library, magic pen that uploads the book reviews you write with it to a special blog, it’s a fun thing to think about). While this stuff is very cool, I need to focus less on how fun, innovative, and awesome these types of services are and focus more on how and why they are serving the library community. For this reason the reading by Schmidt really stood out to me. “This is important, and we need to keep learning about the broader world of resources that can help us efficiently deliver our services. But let’s shift our collective eye to learning about people first, so everything we know about technology can be put in service of supporting meaningful goals”(Schmidt, 2013). With the planning technology assignment I looked at utilizing Instagram for library promotion which I can easily see being used at the library where I am currently working and that I believe would be a good idea in most libraries. It is fun, easy, and relevant to most communities due to Instagram already being a popular app. But no matter how excited I am about teaching kids to use 3D printers by printing awesome dinosaur bones necklaces I can’t really see that being implemented with much success here. Likewise I’d love to see magic pens in libraries but that’s probably not the most reasonable technology to incorporate into the library right now. While I will always be excited by and interested in new technologies in the library I will also remember to focus on the needs of my library community first.
Meyer, R. (2015). The museum of the future is here. The Atlantic. Retrieved from http://www.theatlantic.com/technology/archive/2015/01/how-to-build-the-museum-of-the-future/384646/
Schmidt, A. (2013, June 3). Focus on people, not tools [Web log post]. Library Journal. Retrieved from http://lj.libraryjournal.com/2013/06/opinion/aaron-schmidt/focus-on-people-not-tools-the-user-experience/