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IFLA Insights with Jane

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Trends, and thinking about the future, have always excited me and I want to share a couple of recent trend reports. The first trend report is from my colleague Stephen Abram (he and I used to watch kids in the playground in thinking about future technology). It is one he put together for a recent webinar, a technology forecast for libraries.

Education Institute: 2014 Tech Forecast for Libraries in Stephen’s Lighthouse

The second trends report was released from IFLA yesterday. It is based on interviews and discussions with experts from many different environments (including my friend & valued speaker, Lee Raine, Director, Internet & American Life Project, Pew Research Institute & keynote at Internet Librarian 2013 in the fall in CA). IFLA’s trends report is not specific to libraries but showcases insights in a broader context. As we look at what changes are happening in the world, we need to think carefully about the implications for libraries and their communities. Something Dysart & Jones do with their clients regularly.

IFLA Trends:

New technologies will both expand & limit who has access to information Online education will transform & disrupt traditional learning Boundaries of data protection & privacy will be redefined Hyper-connected societies will listen to & empower new groups (mobile technology plays a big part) The global information economy will be transformed by new technologies

Technology is a common thread in IFLA’s trends and certainly in sessions at the 79th WLIC in Singapore. Technology is a (not the) core

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Emerging Enterprise Tech

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Great Infoworld article on the top 10 emerging enterprise technologies. Inclues:

10. HTML5

9. Client-side hypervisors (desktop virtualization on the client)

8. Continuous build tools

7. Trust on a chip (love this phrase for security)

6. Javascript replacements

5. Distributed storage tiering (including solid-state drivers)

4. Apache hadoop (getting a little techie for me, but it’s open source)

3. Advanced synchronization ( whether Apple or PC, they are both ” moving to a cloud-enabled fabric of user activities spread across devices and applications.”)

2. Software-definied networks

1. Private cloud orchestration (“more agile and efficient shared architectures”)

Lots of food for thought as we build our digital strategies and plan for 2012 and beyond.