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Midwinter 2010 Minutes and Discussion Notes

LITA Emerging Technologies Interest Group

ALA Mid Winter Meeting Minutes and Notes

Sunday January 17th 1:30-3:30pm

Boston Convention and Exhibition Center, Room 258C

Attendees: ~ 45

I. Planning for program at ALA Annual 2010.

Bohyun Kim -
I. Catching up, bring us up to speed from Emerging Technology at annual (2009 Chicago). Introducing the call for proposal: the program planning for ALA Annual. Discussed what the title of emerging technology means. What types of things are expected, and what can you do for the library?
*    What are the challenges for emerging technologies for libraries? (From both a manager’s, a librarian’s, and a technologist's perspective)
*    How do you evaluate, implement and adopt emerging technologies?
*    What should libraries be doing about emerging technologies?

Saturday 1:30 - 3pm at Annual in D.C.is the program -- visit ALA connect to submit form.

II. Roundtable discussion on Emerging Technologies -

(Background: Annual in Chicago 2009 - was about open source initiatives - OLE: open library environment)

What is emerging right now?
Things that have been around but not implemented at a Large Scale.

Any technologies you've heard at the conference


iPhone SDK (frameworks like the PhoneGap Framework Discussed http://phonegap.com/>)

Question from the floor what do libraries use mobile for right now?

- University of Florida iPhone app has SobekPH can be downloaded from the Library website. A way to browse digital collections. http://library.gameology.org/2009/11/24/iphone/>

- Catalog search is a good starting place for beginning iPhone

UNC Chapel Hill has a catalog search on iPhone. Students like being able to search the catalog from a mobile catalog. (mobile catalog is web based). http://www.lib.unc.edu/m/>

It is suggested that an iPhone app would help meet directional questions -- maps of what exists where/basic information.

Abeline Christian University makes access to all web content iPhone friendly. Students love the mobile friendly WorldCat.

Ebsco now has a mobile app. http://www.ebscohost.com/thisTopic.php?marketID=1&topicID=1336> Professors at Abeline Christian want content to be iPhone friendly.

UNLV - working on launching a mobile site has frames for a mobile site.

Is it applications or is it just a website you are working on?
-the idea of the mobile catalog is good. Students txt the call number to their phone.

Apps with directional information. Self guided video tour "ugl4eva" web based iPhone app at the University of Illinois http://www.library.illinois.edu/ugl/about/Experimental_iPhone_Apps/orientationapps.html>

What experiences do libraries have with e-readers? E-book applications?
 From top tech trends


Suggestions of things to get students up to speed on new emerging technology? Where you can get training of emerging technology? http://www.educause.edu/7Things>

Do libraries provide readers to customers?

Dartmouth College - six Kindles circulate... (How many titles get circulated? titles are devices specific...) these circulate for one week. It's new and many people are more interested in the device than the titles. (No newspapers). Acquisitions department purchases the titles and loans them on the devices. Publisher policies? Purchasing with credit card.

Q: How do vendors work with downloading titles directly to device?

Overdrive has a mobile web app link to Android & Microsoft software http://www.overdrive.com/software/omc/> (allows the users to download directly to their device). Baker & Taylor talking about this too. E-brary has something in the works.

-- Q: How do you adopt new technology when you are a small library and there is no money?
A: Library networks. Leverage network resources that can be adapted, and leverage student interest and teachers. State and Regional Associations for libraries -- how to make use of these resources? Webcasts for different technologies, workshops for these. Look for state and regional, or library system provided workshops on Web 2.0: how to create wikis, blogs, and best practices. 23 things, public library systems. Providing technology assistance. Staff sharing with staff and offering some of these services for the Public.

Florida has resources like the FCLA: Florida Center for Library Automation, they provide trainings on anything new. There is also Regional Library network support. These offer support for the things.

The Bunker Hill Community College: student users are very diverse. Team with a local University. University of Mass. provided training for learning 2.0 stuff to be interested in many different tools.

National Network of Libraries and Medicine -- offers training and workshops on Web 2.0 podcasting.

Wyoming Library Network -- state library leverage LSTA money to get people familiar with RSS podcast, wiki, and all. Using web conferencing software.

NEW TOPIC what is after web 2.0: Semantic Web Technology (discussion)

 National Science Foundation funded here. National Science Digital Library Project  http://nsdl.org/> -- the standard for articulating JES&CO. WWW.JESANDCO.ORG (learning objectives in RDF. the National Science Digital project is all open source)

What is next? But what is left to do in the 2.0 realm.

Leads to a discussion of what this group (emerging tech) does: is 2.0 done / what is 3.0

Emerging technology - things that are out there that are being implemented. (Avatars?)

(A library site that works like the Wii -- gesture based or experience based)

Kiosks -- VOIP kiosks. Library presence wherever you place KIOSKS.

A way for people to ask questions from one location to another.

Using SKYPE with study abroad location. The student was able to get in depth research via Skype -- Skype allows screen sharing -- so it can be success for international reference type help.

Polling software and clicker software -- for feedback is getting a lot of traction? What enhances training or active learning?

Experimenting with using mind maps, in education -- wants to build a class "Flow of Scientific Information". That is one piece. Have the kids build it. This helps kids structure their thoughts and their time. The software is getting cheaper. (MindMiester)

Educause "7 things to know about” http://www.educause.edu/7Things> - read about Google jockeying

Geographic Based Interfaces - people are very interested in geospatial information.
How using ARCGis - to illustrate collections and regions.

Locate Feature in Catalog. http://uf.catalog.fcla.edu/uf.jsp>

a MapIT feature on all devices. The catalog points out the range of shelf that the item is located within. Probably will be expanded further? To every building on campus, for campus wide use. (Florida International - Aleph/Endeca/Mango implantation). http://fiu.catalog.fcla.edu/fi.jsp>

** NYPL map department for more information. http://drupal02.nypl.org/blogs/subject/maps>

Follow up on implementing or adopting open source: VUFIND applications,
And other open source projects http://oleproject.org/>

Mellon Grant Funded Project for JSTOR

DECAPOD Project .. all open source all open access... http://sites.google.com/site/decapodproject/>

Digitizing of long-tail material.... (Open Source Development)

National Institute for Technology Education http://www.nitle.org/> (Barley, Wellesley College).

This is a hardware/software project -- the software part has to do with the open source OCR engine... built to address the needs of smaller institutions, also for items that cannot be sent to institutions. This will be more inclusive also of other languages script.

Stuff we want to keep on the front burner:

**Follow up on Annual Planning of Open Source stuff follow up.
**Themes for programming: using technology for accessibility; learning disabilities; the plain text catalog -- this will perform better on screen readers -- a program: balancing format with emerging technologies, not diminishing the value of traditional formats... -- working with people to test stuff on screen readers before going forward -- ... all of the different Drupal applications -- Iowa state University guy giving presentation on Drupal... -- entymology page at Iowa State University -- curious of the potential future of Google Wave and that protocol for what it can potentially do; what it is down the pipe with Google wave? (Challenges where it falls apart when it gets too big; but for smaller projects works OK -- librarians using this across the country for their meetings) ---

Q. What is Google wave?
A. Akin to virtually attending meetings in real time -- but if you cannot you can replay Google conversations -- the ability to drop links, and documents in, in real-time (the drag and drop format is very good all members of the wave can edit documents at the same time...)

Suggestions -- jump in to a public wave -- try out a LITA wave.

jump in here: too, http://worldcat.org/devnet