Neal-Schuman Library Technology Companion

An introductory guide to library technologies, now in its fourth edition!

Wednesday, March 19, 2014

The Future of Books Looks a Lot Like Netflix | Wired Business | Wired.com

Is this where we are heading for books?  I generally enjoy the Netflix model of streaming videos, but this is an interesting twist for text sources.  My big question:  is this something for which there could be library pricing plans offered, so that people who can't afford the service could still access it through their library?  That is the missing link for streaming media sources, and also for some e-book services.



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Thursday, December 26, 2013

IBM Predicts Five Technologies That Will Change the World in the Next Five Years

Here's an interesting look at five technologies that might happen in the years ahead.  #2 might have some relevance to libraries, and the others would be pretty useful, even exciting, for life as a whole.

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Friday, September 06, 2013

The Netflix for books is here, it’s mobile, and it makes Amazon look old | PandoDaily

The Netflix for books is here, it’s mobile, and it makes Amazon look old | PandoDaily:

$9.95 per month and an iPhone will get you access to 100,000 books.  Not the newest titles, says the article, but hey, this might be of interest to high volume readers.  An iPad app is coming, and they hope to spread beyond iOS.

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Saturday, August 31, 2013

7 Things You Should Read . . .

I've long recommended the EDUCAUSE Learning Institute's "7 Things You Should Know About" series.   Now there is a new series of essential publications to read about learning technologies called "7 Things You Should Read About".  Definitely worth checking out, so far for flipped classrooms and badges.

Sunday, August 25, 2013

Survey on technology trends and impact on physical space

Here's a survey to take from an MLIS candidate from the University of Kentucky on how technology trends and expectations are impacting the renovation of library space:  https://docs.google.com/a/miamioh.edu/forms/d/1f08RNjPCFDMfusJlwXbL0FyepKYZiLLaBbQOCNX3R_A/viewform

Should be interesting to see the results.

Wednesday, July 24, 2013

A 150-Meter Long Table That Meanders Through A Library - DesignTAXI.com

A 150-Meter Long Table That Meanders Through A Library - DesignTAXI.com:

I guess this could make buying all the tables you'd need a lot quicker. 8-)  It is interesting to think of having your entire community of users at any given moment, all sitting at the same table (though perhaps widely separated).  Yes, navigating across the table would be tricky (though climbing underneath doesn't look horrible, unless you had a cart of books to shelve or something).  But it would be pretty striking and flexible in the sense it could be repurposed from moment to moment.  Anyway, one of those crazy things I wish I had in my library.
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Thursday, July 11, 2013

The Desk Setup | In the Library with the Lead Pipe

The Desk Setup | In the Library with the Lead Pipe - this is a great, lengthy blog post profiling the technology used (and wished for) by a number of librarians and library staff members.  It's pretty dated now, but in looking around for an update I found a site called The Setup that does the same thing for people from a variety of walks of life.

If you're curious about what other people use (software and hardware) and what they use it for, take a look.