ALA Conference 2009 has just finished and one of the highlights to come out of it was the Top Tech Trends. The panelists attending were John Blyberg, Geert van den Boogaard, Clifford Lynch, Eric Lease Morgan, Roy Tennant and Joan Fryne Williams. Karen A. Coombs was a planned panelist unable to attend due to illness. Joining the panel, virtually and in the back channel were Marshall Breeding, Sarah Houghton-Jan and Karen Schneider.
The trends they came up with? As follows:
- mobile computing
- more functionality in the cloud
- open everything
Individual trends that the panelists came up with in their lightning talks included:
- environmental recycling of computer power
- “people used to go online, now they are online”
- bandwith issues
- experience design and citizen journalism
- peer-to-peer downloading and cultural heritage digitization
- linked data not so much the semantic web
- many more consortial catalogues
- QR Codes
You can read more about these at Library Journal, David Lee King, Marshall Breeding, LITABlog, Mobile Libraries and Free Range Librarian. You can also watch/listen to the live feed or check out the twitter posts. (don’t you just love the options!)
Compare this to the LITA Top Tech Trends from ALA Midwinter 2009.
How many of these apply to Australia?
For me, I would think that most of the them, with the exception being the urgency of mobile computing. As our phone plans are nowhere near as generous as those in the US, I think it will take a bit longer to get to the same place they are. Not that it’s not already beginning here, as it is and its something libraries need to seriously consider in the near future.
In general, I believe these are all issues that Australian Libraries also need to address, some sooner, some later. The ones to consider most urgently would be bandwith, cloud computing, peer-to-peer downloading and cultural heritage digitization and many more consortial catalogues.
That’s just my perspective, from one corner of the continent and from one sector of the library world. What do you think should be included in Australia’s Top Tech Trends for libraries?