If you want to be ahead of the curve, look ahead of the curve. Learn about the technologies that are going to shape the near future.
The problems we are solving now are going to be different from the problems we’re solving in 10 years. The systems we use now are going to be different to the ones we’ll be using in 10 years. The technologies that shape our world are changing – here are some major ones to watch over the next 10 years (1).
- Augmented Reality
- Cloud Computing
- Artificial Intelligence
- Deep Learning
- Internet of Things
Consider where existing and emerging tech could be applied to your industry.
In Australia, there is no nationally consistent framework for evaluating library performance – libraries are typically evaluated based on traditional metrics of membership numbers and loan numbers (2).This limited data framework doesn’t account for the different ways that public libraries affect individuals, communities and our country as a whole. If libraries are important community centers, and we want them to get more funding and resource allocation from government, how can we capture and interact with data to help better decision making for those in government and also, how else can people interact with library resources online, outside of the physical space?
Look at where your industry has been a leader.
I recently learned about Trove, the Australian library database aggregator – this project brings a lot of materials from the deep web to the surface of the web, such as materials from libraries, museums, and archives, including records held in collection databases. This is a fantastic example of where the library industry has innovated with technology of the time. The mission hasn’t changed but the mediums have.
Make your media work for you
Curate the media messages that come your way, make sure they serve your interests. Subscribe to industry leading publications, look to industry leading individuals. Read books, attend conferences. Consider how you consume television, and curate your social media feeds so you’re not being fed garbage. Think about media in the same way you think about food – does it nourish you, or is it empty calories?
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