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Talk at Darien Library – 2012 Tech Trends and Service Opportunities

by Joe Murphy Librarian on February 25th, 2012
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I am presenting this week at the Darien Library in CT about this year’s major technology trends and the service opportunities they represent to libraries.

This CLC/Simmons GSLIS Continuing Education Workshop aims to empower librarians to stay current with important trends and innovative library approaches.

Wednesday, February 29, 2012 (9:30 AM – 1:00 PM).

In this two hour session, I opened up by sharing my love and appreciation for Connecticut libraries, covered a few big pieces of tech news and areas including the great example of an interactive e-story book app produced to complement Oscar winning “Fantastic Flying Books of Mr Morris Lessmore” short film, then jumped into an in depth look at Pinterest, followed by a discussion of NFC, a long QR Code section about their uses and roles and the ongoing debates about them. We explored some major trends in digital content, glided over current news about entertainment checkin services, and covered some updates and project ideas for location based services.

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Full details including registration info at the CLC’s site.

Day’s Agenda:

  • 9:30  – Coffee and Networking.
  • 10:00 –  Joe Murphy: 2012 Tech Trends and Service Opportunities.
  • 12:00 – Experience how Darien Library implements cutting-edge technology and library service including a demo of Darien Library’s Espresso Book Machine and KIC Scanner.

“Darien Library is ranked as one of the top 10 public libraries in the country for its size, according to Hennen’s American Public Library Ratings. Always on top of the latest technologies, the library recently installed an Espresso Book Machine and a KIC Scanner for patron use.”

Registration: $30 for CLC members, $50 for non-members.

We will outline the major trend areas that have emerged for this year, explore how they impact libraries, discuss the changes in technology that have produced changes in user behavior, and explore the next digital content directions and new reference and marketing technologies.


This workshop is the first in a series developed by the Connecticut Library Consortium in partnership with the Simmons Graduate School of Library and Information Science (GSLIS) Continuing Education. Watch for subsequent events.

I will also teach an online course with Simmons GSLIS later this spring about applying the “The Top Technology Opportunities for Libraries in 2012.” This virtual workshop will delve deep into the specifics of implementing hot new technologies in library settings.

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