in my 'public library' class tonight, a gentleman named brad stevens, the technology coordinator of nola
, the northeastern ohio library alliance, came to lecture about the future of technology in public libraries. the poor guy. the tone of the responses basically veered wildly between 'these machines are going to take my job!', 'ooh! look at the snazzy gadgets' and 'what does xml
stand for again?'
quote from brad stevens: "If you look at information literacy skills in the general public, they're non-existent."
big trends: remote services, continued spread of technology, digital circulation, unified database tools. disturbing trend to keep an eye on: biometrics
replacing library cards
lemme guess: you want to try out nola's 'askusquestions
' live web reference service, but you don't have a library card from a nola institution. luckily for you, brad stevens shared a password. just enter your library barcode as 'lssitest'. he says it'll only last about a week, though.