In Brisbane talking about Tech Trends in Libraries alongside inspiring Queensland Librarians

Speaking in Brisbane, Queensland today alongside some very exciting topics (Raspberry Pis in libraries, 3D printing & artifact creation, Amazon Web Services, futures for academic libraries, altmetrics, IP considerations & emerging technologies, tech directions & library futures).

This exciting event is sponsored by QULOC (Queensland University Libraries Office of Cooperation) and hosted at the Queensland University of murphy librarian readingTechnology Gardens Point campus.

I am sharing the stage with speakers from University of Queensland, Southern Cross University, Griffith University, University of Nevada Reno’s Delamare Science Library, and the State Library of Queensland.

The program for the day:

  • Great Introduction by Eric Hornsby of University of Queensland and conveyor of the group.
  • “Futures & Tech Directions,” Joe Murphy, Librarian and Director, Library Futures at Innovative Interfaces, inc. USA.
  • 3D printing and artifact creation, Daniel Flood, State Library of Queensland
  • Using Amazon Web Services to deliver Library services, Eric Hornsby, University of Queensland
  • IP considerations for emerging technologies, Margie Pembroke, Southern Cross University
  • Raspberry Pi at SLQ, Dave Allen, State Library of Queensland
  • Altmetrics and publishing technologies, Suzy Bailey, Griffith University
  • “The future of the Academic Library and Non-traditional technology,” Tara Radniecki, Engineering Librarian at University of Nevada, Reno Delamare Science Library, USA.

Here are my Slides used during this talk.

Some key points from my presentation (see full slides here):

  • Curiosity is the key strength or future librarians
  • Tech and market pressures are burning away the ways we used to do things
  • The future of libraries is a brandable question
  • The library as future and the future as platform
  • The future library supports local moonshots
  • “more of a lab than a library”

Some brief notes about the other presentations:

3D Printing and Artifact Creation, Daniel Flood, State Library of Queensland:
Daniel Flood, Creative Production Manager, State Library of Queensland’s “The Edge” provided a great discussion of the what and why about 3D printer growth and what The Edge at the SLQ is doing with them. Artefacts, 3D objects being created by Queenslanders, so the library has to ask how do we collect them? My favorite takeaway from his talk was a mention that the Edge “empowers exploration of …”

Using Amazon Web Services to Deliver Library Services, by Eric Hornsby of the University of Queensland:  quloc sign
Great exploration of the cloud and the library. What they are doing – Service oriented architecture for developing and deploying library services.

IP considerations for emerging technologies, Margie Pembroke, Southern Cross University:  
Intellectual property considerations for libraries in Australia. Important because “we are all creators now.” Started by quoting Arthur C. Clarke! Copyright is meant to provide incentive for creativity. Shared great video about copyright law in Australia by the Creationistas.

Raspberry Pi at State Library of Queensland, Dave Allen, State Library of Queensland:
In answer to “introduce us to the gap Raspberry Pis fill for libraries,” Dave says, they are “an education tool that allows you to create what you need to learn, provide opportunity to play or experiment, and are flexible for individual creativity, and cheap allowing for trial self directed learning/applying.
Using Raspberry Pis in the library for: self built arcade machines, instructional videos, internet booking ques, LYPS training kits.
A QUT librarian reported having students running their experiments with Raspberry Pis as an opportunity to support their students to create innovations and focus their energies on some library innovations.

Altmetrics and Publishing Technologies, Suzy Bailey, Griffith University:
To measure impact of more than articles in more ways than citation counts.

Non-traditional Technology and the Future of the Academic Library , Tara Radniecki, University of Nevada, Reno Delamare Science Library:

  • Tara started with exploration of research project into Emerging Technologies librarians positions and pivoted in context of her new job, to discuss non-traditional tech in libraries to expand student opportunities.
  • Tara put academic Makerspaces in context of tactile skills.
  • Her library brought their 3D printer to a startup-athon so startups can prototype on-site.
  • Lock picking removes sense of mystical or impenetrable.
  • Tara mentioned reasons we should embrace tech and innovation is it allows opportunities to:
    • customize student learning
    • develop computational knowledge
    • produces tangibles
    • create communities
    • take risks in safe environment
  • Tara tells us, “the future of learning and innovation is not in a quiet sanctuary.”
  • Tara tells of a faculty member who assigned his students to program for the virtual reality Oculus Rift system so the library provided an Oculus Rift headset for the students to develop for.
  • Impressive partnership with her library and the Office of Entrepreneurship at the University of Nevada Reno.
  • “If you give the kids the right tools what they create is amazing.”

Thank you deeply to our host Librarians at QUT, QULOC ICT and QULOC staff and members, my fellow speakers, and the great librarians attending and adding your creativity.