Future Technologies: Introduction

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Future Technologies and Their Applications:

Future Technologies and Their Applications A one-day workshop at ILI 2013 facilitated by Brian Kelly and Tony Hirst A: Introduction 1

About The Facilitators:

About The Facilitators Brian Kelly: Worked at UKOLN , University of Bath for ~16 years Web technology adviser to higher education & cultural heritage sectors New independent consultant Tony Hirst : cc 2

Workshop Abstract:

Workshop Abstract Despite the uncertainties faced by librarians and information professionals, technology continues to develop at breakneck speed , offering many new opportunities for the sector. At the same time, technological developments can be distracting and may result in wasted time and effort (remember the excitement provided by Second Life?!). This workshop session will help participants identify potentially relevant technological developments by learning about and making use of 'Delphic' processes. The workshop also provides insight into processes for spotting 'weak signals' which may indicate early use of technologies which could be important in the future. But having identified potentially important technological developments, organisations need to decide how to respond . What will be the impact on existing technologies ? What are the strategic implications and what are the implications for staff within the organisation ? The interactive workshop session will provide opportunities to address the challenges in understanding the implications of technological developments and making appropriate organisational interventions . 3

About You :

About You In small groups: Introduce yourselves: your name, where you work and what you do. Say what made you decide to sign up for this workshop and what you hope to gain from it. 4

Draft Timetable:

Draft Timetable Time Title Notes 10.00 A: Introduction 10.20 B: Predicting Technology Trends: a Methodology 11.30 Coffee 11.50 C: Exploring the Technologies 12.30 Lunch 14.00 D: Applying Technology Detection and Planning Methodologies 15.30 Coffee 16.00 E: Scenario Planning For Libraries 16.30 F: What’s Missing? 16.50 G: Review and Conclusions Subject to changes 5

Workshop Format:

Workshop Format Features of the workshop: Participative Questions and discussion welcomed Welcoming of alternative views Open (feel free to take photos, tweet, ….) Appreciative of limitations of openness (feel free to state if comments are ‘off the record’) 6


Questions Any questions? 7

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