- The Big Shift: ebooks and streaming (rather than DVDs) is catching on faster than anticipated; moving seldom-used materials to off-site facilities. Regional repositories are a far better investment than compact shelving.
- Wifi saturation: more and more people carry multiple wifi-enabled devices and increasingly depend on access to the Internet.
- Laptops: most college Freshmen now have laptop computers and need wifi, power, and security. There is a reduced need for desktop computers in academic (and public libraries in affluent communities).
Sunday, February 20, 2011
Library Technology Trends: Big Shift, Wifi Saturation, Laptops
Florida-based Free Range Librarian Karen Schneider wrote a summary of library technology trends when she returned from ALA Mid-winter conference in San Diego. Karen's trends refer mostly to academic and public libraries.