Been thinking about what the future holds in terms of technology, which is difficult at the best of times, because new tech is always coming out and you never know what is really going to impact in significant way.
For example, we have all seen how much smart phones and tablets have changed the way people access the internet and how content is presented there, but how many of us could have imagined this happening before the first iPhone and iPad came out?
However, some technologies are maturing as they are already in the market and so we can be a bit forewarned. I can see libraries having a bit to do with the following technologies, or they are already…..
- 3 D Printing – ala Makerspaces – alongside other new and old technologies
- Augmented reality – Google Glasses, mobile apps and beyond
- Everything in the cloud – a lot of university libraries are pretty much there, other libraries are headed that way
- Mining library data – making the most of the information we have, without comprising privacy
Security is going to be a concern underlining of all this, but libraries have always had the privacy of the users at the forefront, so I have no real problem with how they will work through those concerns.
What else are you seeing on the horizon for the future of technology in libraries?