Mar 18th, 1:00 PM - 2:15 PM

Technology Trends and Libraries: So Many Opportunities

Eric Lease Morgan, University of Notre Dame



In the current environment where computers are almost ubiquitously connected to each other and people's expectations regarding access to data and information are increasing, the opportunities for the library profession abound. In this presentation, Eric will enumerate some of the hotter trends from his perspective, and describe how they can be used to implement the goals of librarianship. There is something for anybody who works in a library: collection building from the Internet, technical processing with the language of the Web- XML, embedding reference services and educational opportunities in our "next generation" library catalogs, learning how to preserve and archive all the materials that are "born digital", implementing open source software for the systems librarian. The challenge of the times is to not loose sight of the goal. Put another way, it is not so much the what of libraries that needs to change, but rather the how. The profession's core principles are just as important, if not more.

Eric Lease Morgan is Head of the Digital access and Information Architecture Department at the University Libraries of Notre Dame.