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 […]

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 […]

Changes in libraries: The NMC Horizon Report 2016: Part 2

Our last post looked at the trends and opportunities for higher education identified in the NMC Horizon Report for 2016. There are of course, just as many challenges as there are opportunities in higher education technology use. Some the report categorise as ‘solvable’, such as incorporating informal learning experiences into courses and assessments, and improving […]

Changes in Libraries: Expanding access to information through OER

The United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization’s (UNESCO) “Information for All Programme” (IFAP) describes Information literacy and lifelong learning as the beacons of the information society, illuminating the courses to development, prosperity and freedom. In the current digital environment information sharing has the power to bolster educational equality across the world. Open Educational Resources […]

Discussion topic: Ch-Ch-Ch Changes (in libraries)

The title of this discussion topic comes unashamedly from Molly Brown’s piece on changes in library spaces published during our 2016A round (and quite possibly already has you singing along to David Bowie). Change is an ever present constant in libraries and it is part of nearly every discussion we have, from making deselection decisions […]