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Sunday, 31st August 2014

NMC Horizon Report: 2014 Library Edition

Source: New Media Consortium

From the Introduction:

The internationally recognized NMC Horizon Report series and regional NMC Technology Outlooks are part of the NMC Horizon Project, a 12-year effort established in 2002 that annually identifies and describes emerging technologies likely to have a large impact over the coming five years in every sector of education around the globe. This volume, the NMC Horizon Report: 2014 Library Edition, examines key trends, significant challenges, and emerging technologies for their potential impact on academic and research libraries worldwide. While there are many local factors affecting libraries, there are also issues that transcend regional boundaries and common questions; it was with these questions in mind that this report was created. The NMC Horizon Report: 2014 Library Edition was produced by the NMC in collaboration with University of Applied Sciences (HTW) Chur, Technische Informationsbibliothek (TIB) Hannover, and ETH- Bibliothek Zurich.

Each of the four global editions of the NMC Horizon Report — higher education, K-12 education, academic and research libraries, and museums — highlights six emerging technologies or practices that are likely to enter mainstream use within their focus sectors over the next five years. Major trends and challenges that will affect current practice over the same period frame these discussions. For the NMC Horizon Report: 2014 Library Edition, an expert panel identified 18 topics very likely to impact technology planning and decision-making: six key trends, six significant challenges, and six important developments in technology. The discussions of trends and technologies have been organized into three time- related categories; challenges are discussed within a similar three-part framework related to the scope of the challenge.

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Having begun his career in academic libraries, Adrian Janes has subsequently worked extensively in public libraries, chiefly in enquiry work as an Information Services librarian. In this role he has had particular responsibility for information from both the UK Government and the European Union. He wrote a detailed report on sources for the latter which was published by FreePint in 2007, and has contributed articles to FreePint and ResourceShelf. He is involved in training in information literacy and the use of online reference resources.

A Contributing Editor to DocuTicker, he also write reviews for Pennyblackmusic.

Adrian can be reached at adrian.janes@freepint.com

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