Submission deadline: April, 1, 2010
Do you directly work with emerging technologies at your library? Did you play a role in creating a librarian position for emerging technologies? Do you supervise a librarian who work with emerging technologies or have expertise in emerging technologies yourself? You don’t have to hold the job title of “Emerging Technologies Librarian” to participate. If you answer yes to any of these questions, then we want to hear from you.
Despite the popularity of the term, there is no clear definition or shared understanding about what “emerging technologies” mean to libraries and librarians. Almost all libraries strive to stay current with quickly changing technologies. But not all libraries have established a formal method and procedure of supporting, evaluating, implementing, and adopting emerging technologies.
ALA LITA Emerging Technologies Interests Group (ETIG) is seeking participants to a panel discussion – “What are your libraries doing about emerging technologies” at ALA Annual 2010 at Washington D.C. We are particularly interested in identifying librarians, library administrators, and technology experts who can contribute to the following (but not limited) topics:
* What do we mean when we say “emerging technologies”?
* What motivates libraries and administrators to create a new position for “emerging technologies”?
* What are the daily tasks performed or projects achieved by (emerging) technology librarians at your libraries?
* What are the challenges for emerging technologies for libraries? (From both a manager’s, a librarian’s, or a technologist’s perspective)
* How do you evaluate, implement and adopt emerging technologies?
* What should libraries be doing about emerging technologies?
* Other thoughts about libraries and emerging technologies
If you are interested, please submit your proposal by filling out this form: http://spreadsheets.google.com/viewform?formkey=dDktR2k2OUpGcGl3b1FkY3RSYjc1RlE6MA