New technology and services are fundamental to maintaining the relevance of libraries today but deciphering which technologies and/or services make sense to implement and which to avoid can be a challenge. Building from a framework drawn in the overlap of design thinking with best practices in emerging technology and library practice, Selecting and Implementing Technologies in Libraries, A Primer is a go-to guide for the active library practitioner and LIS student alike. From the 3D printers and laser cutters of today’s library makerspace to collection development and library outreach, this primer offers clear examples that illustrate the practical and collaborative approach that ensures alignment and increases the likelihood of success.
Written as a textbook for LIS students in the crossover areas of emerging technology, design thinking, and library management, this publication also meets the needs of the active library practitioner in public, academic, and special libraries, both those new to the field and seasoned professionals.
The practical treatment and examples provided will be of interest and immediate use. Questions at the end of each chapter give readers an opportunity to think about the concepts presented. This primer is also designed to let the enduring values of librarianship and library practice shine through, guiding the reader to navigate the future of library technology.
Patrick “Tod” Colegrove, Ph.D., MSLIS, is the director of the Carson City Public Library and former State librarian/administrator of the Nevada State Library, Archives, and Public Records division. Emeritus faculty of the University of Nevada, Reno, he served as Head of the DeLaMare Science & Engineering Library and led the team that earned the library international recognition. His career in libraries builds on over fourteen years of entrepreneurial experience as leadership in high-tech private industry, capped by a decade teaching in the university classroom. Colegrove has led libraries in achieving notable firsts, including the first academic library in the United States to offer 3D printing and scanning services, being named one of the Most Interesting Makerspaces in America, and pioneering the rollout of virtual reality equipment in libraries statewide in support of career exploration and workforce development.
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