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Library Technology Forecast for 2015 and Beyond

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My Systems Librarian column for the December 2014 issue of Computers in Libraries presents some of the trends that I think will play out in the coming year. One of the major business trends relates to the consolidation and investment ownership of the companies that produce tech products for libraries. Some of the technologies of interest include the increasing interest in linked data, the importance of delivering library services to mobile devices, 3D printing, and other technologies that might enhance the services that libraries offer in their physical facilities.

Computers in Libraries April 2014

With another year winding down, we’re pausing to review some of the accomplishments with technology in libraries and consider what might be in store. Each year seems to bring an accelerating pace of change. While libraries tend to operate at a safe distance from the cutting edge of technology, it is important to look forward in order to be aware of the movement underway. Given the pace of change, interesting opportunities may slip by unless libraries move more aggressively in the development of new applications based on current technology advancements. This month’s column gives a speculative glimpse of what might happen in the next year or so among the companies comprising the library-technology industry based on recent patterns. We also look at some specific technologies that are gaining momentum and warrant the library community’s close attention. continue reading...

(The full text of my Systems Librarian columns are available on Library Technology Guides 90 days following thier original publication in Computers in Libraries magazine.)

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