Thursday, April 06, 2006

Top Ten Technologies for Libraries 2006

Just listened in tonight at a very crowded live audio session via OPAL of Michael Stephens ( his presentation of the Top Ten Technologies for Libraries 2006. The slides are available at: and the audio recording, including text chat session is also there! About 330 visitors were there at the same time, looking, listening and chatting.
  • Weblogs
  • RSS
  • Wiki's
  • IM : Instant Messaging *
  • Podcasting
  • OpenSource Software *
  • SMS Text Messaging
  • Social Software *
  • User-created content *
  • Mashing-up services * It is all getting down to "getting a presence" as a library for the users. Show you are there and available for them. Creating conversation, with real voice or with "comments on" on blogs or websites. User involvement: these technologies make this very easy to get the users to work with innovation and developments of library services in an early stage. Use Social software as a library and get visible in there. Let the users see you are keeping up and using new technologies to improve services. I really liked some of the ideas Michael has mentioned and will be coming back with some specifics later! * =My personal top 5: OpenSource Software, Mashing-up Services, Social Software, Instant Messaging and User-created content.
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