by Kenneth J. Varnum

While it's inspiring to ponder the libraries of the 22nd century, it's a lot more practical to think ahead to the next five years. That's just what Varnum and his hand-picked team of contributors have done, showing library technology staff and administrators where to invest time and money to receive the greatest benefits. Their ideas will stimulate strategic thinking and help library staff make informed decisions about meeting user expectations and delivering services. This compendium offers an expert-level view of the library technology that’s just around the corner.



Impetus to Innovate: Convergence and Library Trends
A. J. Million and Heather Lea Moulaison

Hands-Free Augmented Reality: Impacting the Library Future
Brigitte Bell and Terry Cottrell

Libraries and Archives Augmenting the World
William Denton

The Future of Cloud-Based Library Systems
Steven K. Bowers and Elliot J. Polak

Library Discovery: From Ponds to Streams
Kenneth J. Varnum

Exit as Strategy: Web Services as the New Websites for Many Libraries
Anson Parker, V. P. Nagraj. and David Moody

Reading and Non-Reading: Text Mining in Critical Practice
Devin Higgins

Bigger, Better, Together: Building the Digital Library of the Future
Jeremy York

The Case for Open Hardware in Libraries
Jason Griffey

About the Contributors


Varnum, Kenneth. The Top Technologies Every Librarian Needs to Know: A LITA Guide. Chicago: ALA Techsource, 2014. 144 pp.

2014/softbound/ ISBN 978-0-8389-1228-7 $66.50.
also available as e-book