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A few weeks ago my friend Amanda asked me to speak to her library school class about trends in library technology. Flattered, I said yes and began thinking about what I would say to her class. The talk only needed to be about 20 minutes long so I didn't have to go into too much detail.
I spoke to her class last night and I think it went pretty well. My presentation came in a little under 20 minutes. I spoke about beacons, a "library robot" being developed in Wales, RFID technology, CollectionHQ, our Digital Media Labs, public computing and mobile devices.
I wrapped up the talk by stressing the importance of patience. Patience with technology, because sometimes it doesn't work the way it's supposed to. Patience with the public, becuase if you are working with the public your patience will be tested - frequently.
It was a positive experience for me. I hope the class enjoyed it.
I've posted my slide to OneDrive for the fun of it.
Something to watch. Don't know how/if/when it will have an effect on library service but it's interesting.
“Hugh is useful for automating or simplifying tedious and mundane tasks. Things that both staff and users don’t want to spend time on,” said Pasi Chidziva, a member of the team working on developing Hugh’s AI. “As more powerful actuators are combined with human-friendly safety measures, maybe we’ll see a cousin of Hugh doing reshelving in the library.”
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