Successfully introducing technologies into a library environment is all about timing! In this clip from a presentation I gave at Computers in Libraries Connect 2021, I discuss the “Circle of Tech,” and how it should inform your approach to adopting emerging technologies.
While library digital collections are growing, they have been hampered by publisher restrictions which severely limit the terms and availability of many ebook titles. In New York state, S2890B/A5837B would require that publishers who offer electronic books to the private market, also extend licenses to libraries within the State, without discrimination. Contracts would stipulate “reasonable terms” that would allow libraries across the state, and their patrons, to have equitable access to the content they seek.
The American Library Association lists privacy/confidentiality as one of the core values of librarianship. As libraries adopt new and emerging technologies in an era of rapid change, one of the challenges we face is that of balancing privacy with convenience.
The University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign’s School of Information Sciences is currently conducting research on public libraries and patron privacy. If you work at a public library in the United States, please consider completing their survey and sharing it with colleagues to help get the word out. The results of this research will leave us all with a clearer understanding of the library privacy landscape and the challenges our organizations face!