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CIL 2016 -Innovation & the Knowledge Ecosystem: Opening Keynote

Innovation & the Knowledge Ecosystem — Dave Snowden, Cognitive Edge  (presenter)

There are three necessary preconditions to innovation:

  1. Starvation
    1. A shortage of resources where usually there is abundance.
  2. Pressure
    1. An immediate and relentless demand for resolution of the scarcity – a changing world.
  3. Perspective Shift
    1. New ways of thinking about the problem.

Direct video to Keynote Presentation —

Food for Thought:

  • How can libraries be more innovative so they are recognized as having an impact on knowledge ecosystem?
  • How can libraries help others innovate more?
  • How can libraries gain new perspectives and types of thinking?



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Posted by on March 31, 2016 in Conferences, Technology, Uncategorized


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CIL 2016 – Tech Trends for Libraries in 2016 & Beyond

About Computers in Libraries 2016 Conference

Many organizations have innovation labs, incubating spaces, and ways to stimulate imagination and support research. Our theme, Library Labs: Research, Innovation, & Imagination, aims to do the following:

  • Highlight library research that translates into useful strategies and practices for libraries.
  • Share new and exciting projects from information industry labs.
  • Feature innovative services and libraries.
  • Stretch our imagination with possible areas for further library research and testing.

Below is the first workshop that I attended during the conference:

Tech Trends for Libraries in 2016 & Beyond

Presenter: David Lee King, Digital Services Director, Topeka & Shawnee County Public Library — and Publisher –

10 Tech Trends for Libraries 

  1.  Internet of Things: a proposed development of the Internet in which everyday objects have network connectivity, allowing them to send and receive data.

Examples –

  • RFID receiver and sensors – track data in real time
  • Smart thermostat- control the temperature in your home by an app
  • FitBit – track health data and activities
  • Smart bridges – mentor drivers’ speed and the condition of the bridges

The new St. Anthony Falls Bridge crossing the Mississippi River in Minneapolis has a half dozen types of sensors embedded in it.


  1. Mobile Technology – 68% of Adults own a smartphone.

Examples –

  • Smartphones (technology is connected to our work in one form or fashion). Staff are using their personal devices at work.
  • Library’s web sources must be mobile friendly. Example for the library catalog – Boopsie
  • Develop an app page on your library’s website to list all your apps available to patrons.
  • Low income patrons can’t afford internet access but they still have mobile devices.
    • Libraries are providing wifi inside and outside library locations.
    • Libraries are providing charging stations for patron’s personal devices.
    • Libraries are providing mobile device training sessions (one-on-one and classroom instruction).
      • iPad Workshop
        Wednesday, March 16, 2016 | 1:30-3 p.m. | Anton Room 202 Computer
        Bring your iPad and your library card. Staff and participants share tips and tricks, iPad features and favorite apps, including our suite of digital offerings.
    • Libraries are providing mobile wifi hotspots to patrons to check out


  1. Consumer technology 



Cilauro, R. (2015). Community building through a public library Minecraft Gaming Day. Australian Library Journal, 64(2), 87-93. doi:10.1080/00049670.2015.1015209


  1. Wearable Technology


  • Apple Watch
  • Fitness trackers – Fitbit (human data)
  • Google glass – the trend is dying down for the general population but they are still useful for educational purposes
  • Google cardboard – viewfinder shaped cardboard that patrons can use with their smartphone to view pictures in a 360 view (panoramic view).
  1. Smart Machines



  1. Grassroot Tech



  1. Payment systems



  1. Drones 


  1. App Store 


  1. Web Changes


Summary: People except libraries to have technology now and never later.




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Posted by on March 16, 2016 in Conferences, Technology