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Library Tech Trends for 2018

Library Tech Trends 2018

What's in store for library tech for 2018? We have lots of important and just plain fun predictions for you, including makerspace programming suggestions, why the printed book will survive another year, some bleeding-edge tech, and a trends prediction by LITA's Christina Geuther. Welcome to 2018!

My Opinion: Libraries Need to Be Zones of the Possible

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People often go to the public library to get things done. For a public library to fulfill its mission, it needs to be a "zone of the possible." What that means is that every question asked in a library must be given the best possible answer — an answer that a community member might not have been able to find without help. Libraries that are firing on all cylinders are anticipating those questions and are assembling answers before the questions show up in living, breathing form.

Some Thoughts on Librarians as Community Problem-Solving Conveners

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People come to the library with questions. Sometimes their questions are deflected as not being "ready reference" questions, meaning questions that can be answered by using one or two common reference tools. Is a question less valid if it is not a ready reference question? What would happen if librarians addressed questions by convening members of the community — pooling knowledge to discern and devise answers and solutions? The unanswered questions would have a higher chance of being addressed, which itself would promote more wondering.

Suppose someone came to the library and asked this question: "I don't have money to pay utility bills. In what ways can I make it through the winter in my apartment or house without freezing to death?"  That's a valid question, even though it's not your typical public library reference question.

There might not be one tidy answer to this question, but there are many approaches to answering this question. Naturally, all proposed solutions to this situation must place the safety of the community member first.

Video Streaming Apps — To Stream or Not to Stream

This post originally appeared on the TechSoup.org blog. We thought the library audience would be interested in these apps for a few reasons: storytelling, copyright issues, and potential privacy violations. Read on to learn TechSoup's Ale Bezdikian's musings on the Periscope and Meerkat apps.   

 

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The nonprofit sector thrives on a community of rich storytelling. Whatever form that storytelling takes, from photo essay to member video, story-driven content is dynamic, shows impact, and can attract new potential donors. Many of these stories, however, are only as good as their delivery strategy or the platforms used to connect them to wider audiences. And that's where live streaming can be useful.

New Infographic: Video Production Tips for Your Library

TechSoup's Storymakers campaign empowers libraries to tell stories, increase visibility, and make an impact on their communities through digital storytelling.

Before you start your video, check out these basic tips about composing a great shot.

TechSoup's DigiToolbox for Digital Story-Making

Here at TechSoup, we're big on stories because we believe they can change lives. That's why we've created a month-long global campaign built around the transformative power of storytelling, uniquely customized to the nonprofits, libraries, and social benefit organizations we serve. Have you heard of the TechSoup Digital Storytelling Challenge?

Video: Windows 8 Demo for Nonprofits and Libraries

Perhaps you've read all about the new features and improvements in Windows 8? Now it is time to see Microsoft's latest operating system in action!  

Edge Benchmark Two Stirs Up a Conversation

Well, if I'm ever in a library crowd and need a conversation starter, maybe I'll turn to the Edge Benchmark Two. Our survey respondents shared their thoughts and a lot of persectives on the issue of providing access to digital content as well as enabling community members to create their own digital content.  Some people shared that these services just weren't possible to offer in their libraries, while others definitely expressed the desire to offer these services, if they weren't already. What do you think? Should the bar be lowered? Or is it just right?

Interesting Uses of Technology: Digital Video

Digital video can help you connect with your community, share knowledge, engage and energize your staff and patrons, and demonstrate value on a personal level. Seeing is believing!

Tomorrow's free TechSoup webinar will help you create a more professional video!

As part of the 2012 Digital Storytelling Challenge we've been hosting webinars and tweet chats, and tomorrow's webinar wraps up our series. No worries if you missed a session, we've archived all 2012 digital storytelling resources. Don't forget to submit a one-minute video or 5 photos by Feb. 29th. Your library could be the winner!