Computers in Libraries 2005, Day 1, Afternoon Sessions

1:45pm – Stephen Abrams: Technologies and innovations related to the future of library services

Next massive wave of innovation and demand for it will start in 2005/2006, similar to what happened at the turn of the last century (cars, phones, tv, electricity, etc)

Things to watch for in the next few years:
– secure broadband wireless will be huge
– low-power batteries on many things
– real-time infrastructure… emerging
– service-oriented architecture – perfect compliment for how libraries actually run

Hardware innovations in the next decade:
– “Living in a video game” – life might seem like this
– A bridge for physical and electronic worlds
– Smart pills, nanotechnology, etc.
– RFID – interesting challenge
– Trusted computing

Mobile and wireless in the next decade:
– continued integration between phones and PDAs
– mesh network – your wireless thing will know where you are
– mobile commerce – being able to buy articles online

computer human interactionin the next decade:
– biometrics, speech, handwriting, eye position
– head-mounted displays
– natural language, taxonomies, etc – search logic
– GIS – so your device can tell you where something is

Data Analytics in the next decade:
– advanced functionality
– comment – librarians are text based learners. That’s why only 20% of the population uses libraries. It’s a design thing…
– libraries need to figure out streaming media (CDs and DVDs will go away soon)
– sending a picture of someone to Google to find information about them… wow!

System development in the next decade:
– XML will get big
– Integration with other systems will become more commonplace

Other things mentioned:

  • People will spend more time interacting with people in the electronic world
  • 93% of kids 19 or younger currently have at least two IM addresses…
  • Connected society – wearable tech. smart phones – outsell laptops, phones, PDA, etc.
  • Location-based services – like wireless grabs your screen and puts you on a hotel’s webpage – libraries should be able to do that, too.
  • Handsets will get huge – focus on applications
  • e-learning and distance education will get huge… some usiversities already have 60% of students as distance students
  • every university will have federated search and open url technology within 2 years, public libs within 4 years – they’ll need to have them to survive.
  • shared ideas (intranets) shared creation – workflow content management, web conferencing shared presence – IM, video conferencing


3:15pm – Institutional Digital Repositories, Frank Cervone

It’s changing the nature of scholarly communication

5 aims of a repository:
1. research – self archiving research output
2. management
3. preservation
4. teaching – even online teaching materials… (syllabi)
5. electronic publishing

Local history collections are a type of repository

Commercial vs Open Source – there are both

Open Source:
– EPrints – focuses on traditional text-based scholarship – pre-and post-prints
– DSpace – created as a general – purpose repository to hold more than just text.
– Fedora – doesn’t come with a ready-to-use user interface out of the box!!! Allows for a wide range of material types.
– Greenstone – suite of software for building and distributing digital library collections.

– DigitoolEncompass
– Hyperion (SIRSI)

And the Dead Technologies session in the evening was hilarious, as usual!

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