Emerging Tech and Libraries — When is it Time to Invest?

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.

Seeking a speaker for your library or organization? In need of a professional development webinar? Let’s talk! Need a roadmap for introducing emerging technologies into your library? Check out Best Technologies for Public Libraries!

Advocating for Library Ebook Access in New York State

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.

Please consider lending your support to the #EBooksForAll Bill by signing and sharing this petition.

A Survey on Public Libraries & Patron Privacy

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!