Disruptive technology: A good thing for our libraries?

As Michelle Kraft (otherwise known as the Krafty Librarian) states in her blog post on Emerging Technologies & Evolving Library, “technology is disruptive. That doesn’t mean it is bad or good, it just changes everything we do. It could change things for the good or the bad”. As librarians, we are faced, on a daily […]

Disruptive Technologies: Digital collections and the library space

As we move towards digital content, the traditional design of the physical library space needs rethinking. The 2005 Council on Library and Information Resources  report on ‘Library as Place: Rethinking Roles, Rethinking Space’  concludes that, “while the information critical to scholarship and the public good is becoming more accessible than ever in the twenty-first century, […]

Disruptive technologies: Mobile library apps

Mobile computing and communication services are spreading rapidly. Statistics show that there are nearly 461 billion mobile users globally. Information and communication technologies play a key role in enabling citizens to participate in the life of their community to improve conditions for others, thereby shaping their community’s future (Cegarra-Navarro et al., 2014; Linders, 2012). Libraries […]

Disruptive technology: Gamification

The ILN has looked at games in libraries in a previous discussion topic in 2015. More specifically though, gamification, “the use of game mechanics and experience design to digitally engage and motivate people to achieve their goals” (Burke, 2014), is being used in libraries to disrupt the customary orientation programs, and the usual methods of teaching […]

Disruptive technology: A look at virtual reality

Will virtual reality technology change the world? Maybe, according to this Time article from 2015. A lot of VR technology has been focused on the games sector, but there are lots of applications for libraries and other community organisations according to one article on Public Libraries Online: Many patrons already check out books virtually and don’t […]

Discussion topic: disruptive technology in libraries

“’Disruptive technology’ is often defined as a technology that changes the way things are done, or the existing business model, or customer expectations” (Alyson Dalby). Through the last few decades we have witnessed this phenomena occurring at a rapid pace in our libraries. The introduction to computers was once seen as disruptive, but now we […]

Discussion topic: Sustainability and libraries

For me, the word sustainable immediately conjurs up images of recycled shopping bags, permaculture gardens, solar hot water and public transport. However there are also business definitions of sustainability, relating to the longevity or robustness of a process or product and countless more examples of the use of the word sustainable that you will be able […]

Libraries as Place: Is LIS education and research ignoring the idea of library as place?

Our next discussion topic is guest hosted by the Queensland University of Technology Information Studies Group with the team exploring the the topic of libraries as place.  Today’s post comes from Dr Kate Davis: I read an interesting article recently that I wanted to share. The article Falling short of their profession’s needs looks at […]