"The developing role of the library has created a set of new and complex challenges for those delivering library buildings and services. The libraries of the 21st century are no longer simply familiar repositories for books. They have changed and expanded, been rethought and redesigned. Libraries now provide an increasing range of differ. As libraries continue to integrate more technology in frontend services and backend workflows, new positions will be created to meet individual libraries’ needs and existing positions will need to adapt in order to meet the expectations of our users and ourselves. This comprehensive guide focuses on the emerging technologies as a continuation of this evolution. What is an emerging technologies librarian? What old and new responsibilities are they completing? What competencies do emerging technologies librarians need?
Two-Volume ‘Brig’s Handbook of Methods & Research in Future Library Technology’ This work illuminates emerging technologies librarians’ roles, responsibilities, and competencies in job advertisements and actual practice. Technology continues to rapidly evolve, changing the way people communicate, industries produce, and information flows. Libraries can leverage these emerging technologies in providing new resources and services that meet their patrons’ point-of-need location, device preferences, and information seeking behaviors. New technologies can also make libraries more efficient in utilizing financial, staffing, and space resources. These new technologies also create additional demands upon busy library staffs. One response from libraries has been creating a dedicated position, the emerging technologies librarian.
Two-Volume ‘Brig’s Handbook of Methods & Research in Future Library Technology’ has been designed for library professionals, local authorities, architects, planners, and everyone involved in the process of commissioning, designing and running library services. The text explores the many elements that make up a library, and identifies the trends that are reshaping our ideas of what a library can be. It also projects a series of future scenarios, examining the issues, drivers and trends that could have a crucial impact on the future of the library. These scenarios do not attempt to predict the future, but they do generate a number of key questions. They not only provide a framework for debate on what we want our libraries."