This week, I attended my favorite committee meeting, the LACUNY Emerging Technologies Committee, which I co-chair with Allie Verbovetskaya and Steve Zweibel. We planned out a great semester of workshops and hackathon-style work days by referring to a long list of topics we’ve been compiling. While we wish we could cover everything in a semester, we could only pick a few. But perhaps you’d find it interesting to see this list! What kinds of emerging (or emerged) technologies are librarians into?
Bold italic = we did this last semester.
Bold = we’re doing it this semester.
- 3D printing
- Augmented reality: Oculus Rift, Google Glass
- Backup best practices
- CMS tours: behind the scenes of Drupal, Omeka, &c
- Collaborative tools (e.g., Google Docs, Editorially)
- Data structures, normalization
- Data viz hackathon (ft. Gephi, R, D3)
- eResource mgmt: SFX, SerialsSolutions
- Gaming software
- Google Analytics, beyond SEO
- HTML & CSS for library web services
- Legacy computing/computers
- LibGuides API
- Makerspace tour + happy hour
- Mapping your library
- Microcomputing: RPi, Arduino, Makey Makey!
- MySQL / XAMPP
- Pedagogical design software for teaching critical information literacy skills
- Preparing to accept digital archival materials
- Python & MARC
- Python hackathon (ft. CSVs, regexes)
- Raspberry Pi
- Regular expressions
- Responsive web design
- Semantic Web/Linked Data
- Tacit knowledge (e.g., keyboard shortcuts)
- Twitter bootstrap implementation
- Usability testing
- Version control (Git, SVN)
- Video tutorial creation & editing
- Web frameworks: Node.Js, Twitter Bootstrap, HTML5 Boiler plate
- Wikipedia: sponsoring edit-a-thons and/or generating traffic to your library’s resources
- WorldCat API
- XML (simple editing)
We also held a popular Demo Day last semester where any CUNY librarian could share a digital project they’ve been working on, big or small, finished or in progress. We’ll be doing that each semester.
What’s missing from this list, readers?
Suggested by Rob Sanderson: linked data