By Andrew Youngkin, Emerging Technologies and Evaluation Coordinator
I attended the Computers in Libraries conference, held in Washington, DC, March 20-24, 2012. The conference theme was “Creating Innovative Libraries” with a full schedule of workshops, sessions, keynote speakers, and networking events. The aim of these sessions was to discuss and explore ways in which libraries can, and have been embracing technology to support, extend, and/or strengthen library services.
My focus during the conference was to assess what new and emerging technologies were being introduced and used in library environments. This would allow me, in turn, to share this information with colleagues and with class participants planning to attend technology classes I will soon be offering. With that in mind, I attended sessions on screen-casting, social media marketing, cloud computing, QR codes, E-books, augmented reality, mobile technologies, Google+, and interactive and educational media, tools, and products. Thanks to the wide range of offerings, I walked away with many new and/or enhanced knowledge innovation technologies that libraries might consider implementing or adopting.
There were some overall impressions that I brought home:
It was great to not only get insight into some new technologies but also very eye opening to see the different ways libraries were able to make them work at their institutions. I look forward to integrating as much of my learning as possible into future classes and presentations. For further information, please contact Andrew at email@example.com.