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The Aggregator: News & Emerging Trends for Library Staff: Library-Relevant Tech

Added August 2021

The Next Normal: The Post-Pandemic Future of Library Services

Changes in librarianship will mirror changes in society at large, as they always do. Journalist Carlos Lozada, reviewing three books about the pandemic’s effects on American society, notes a common theme: Changes that were already underway have accelerated (Lozada, 2020). Two of the accelerating trends he cites are particularly relevant to librarians: our increasing reliance on digital technologies and the increasing vulnerability of disadvantaged communities.


Added June 2021

IT Trends to Watch as Higher Education Moves into a New Decade - By Wylie Wong

Get ready for digital transformation, artificial intelligence and data privacy to gain speed and maturity in the months ahead.  With the new year — and a new decade — underway, three key trends will continue to take hold in higher education.... (EdTech Magazine)



25 Ed Tech Predictions for 2021 - Dian Schaffhauser

Education technology may have come into its own during the pandemic. But will it remain front and center forever? Here, education and industry leaders alike offer their views on higher ed's future. (Campus Technology 2021)


Added April 2001

Why Most Ed Tech Fails - By Steven Mintz

Remember InBloom, the $100 million initiative, largely funded by the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, to aggregate student data and learning tools and allow teachers to individualize instruction? Or how about Purdue’s Course Signals or Austin Peay’s Degree Compass, which were course recommendation tools? And whatever happened to math emporiums, Knewton, Google Glass, Coding for All or the Year of the MOOC?

This history of educational technology is littered with failure. (Inside Higher Ed)


8 Higher Education IT Trends to Watch in 2021 -  By Adam Stone

Technology is shaping the future of education in many ways. With the shift to remote learning — and the increasing reliance on technology to ensure student health and safety — tech adoption is rapidly accelerating in higher education.

“With the pandemic, technology came in through the front door. We all recognized that technology was critically important to keeping teaching, learning, research and administration going,” says Susan Grajek, vice president for partnerships, communities and research at EDUCAUSE. “That has brought technology up into leadership-level conversations.”

So, where are those conversations heading? To better prepare for the post-pandemic future of higher education, here are eight trends that leaders and IT teams are watching this year. (EdTech)


Added March 2021

8 Library Marketing Trends for 2021 You Can't Ignore (

Take a moment to think about technology's impact on your library's marketing efforts and how you can leverage it. What new communication tools or channels can you use? Can you automate, personalize, and streamline your marketing? Are you effectively improving member acquisition and their user experience?

The pandemic has accelerated the modernization of digital marketing in the library sector. Consequently, virtual events and services are here to stay. To stay ahead of the curve, here are eight digital marketing trends for 2021 you should watch out for as you plan and budget your campaign strategies in these challenging times. 


Added January 2021

Top Trends Of Education Technology For 2021

Quality education is what everyone in every corner of the world is required now and with technology, removing all kinds of barriers can be possible. Top trends of education technology for 2021 can enhance the imagination limit of the students and help them grasp concepts better than before or say better than traditional ways of teaching. 

The current educational trends and education technology help the teachers, students, parents, management, and entire education sector to get the maximum benefit.


Top 6 Technology trends in higher Education for 2021 - By Jermaine Trotman   December 21st, 2020

It must be noted that we have entered a digital world, where almost all stakeholders (students, professionals, and tutors) are at least familiar with the digital ecosystem. Millennials, Gen Z, and even Baby boomers shop, communicate and learn frequently online.

Hence, many expect their education, day to day tasks, and even educational research to leverage digital benefits. Needless to say that technology has the potential to reduce the cost and time required for academic operations.

Currently, in 2020, we’ve seen several technologies being implemented in the education sector. But you might wonder how it will differ in 2021. 


Trends, Predictions and Opportunities for Higher Ed in 2021 - By Rhea Kelly   January 27st, 2021

It's a new year, and boy if there ever was a year I was happy to see the end of, it was 2020. And looking forward in this time of continued uncertainty, it's natural to wonder what 2021 has in store. How will higher education evolve as we head into — hopefully — post-pandemic times.


16 predictions for higher-ed edtech in 2021  - By Laura Ascione   January 1st, 2021

What edtech trends will take top billing on college and university campuses in the new year?
2020 has been called a dumpster fire, the worst year in recent memory, and more. While online learning was already growing in popularity in higher education, the nation’s abrupt shift to virtual and hybrid learning laid bare the vast inequities and hurdles that exist in the U.S. education system.


Added December 2020

A decade of writing on Wikipedia: A comparative study of three articles - By James Purdy

Researchers compared Wikipedia entries for archive, design, and writing over two three year periods, 2002-2004 and 2012-2014. They looked specifically at revision and collaboration. This study goes deeper than the usual superficial question of Is Wikipedia good or bad? to looking at how editors revise content and the extent to which it is truly collaborative (First Monday)


Assessment on a Dime: Low Cost User Data Collection for Assessment - By Eric Dillalogue & Michael Koehn

We created the Tap In/Tap Out tool to learn about the demographic details of our library visitors, such as their status, school affiliation, and department. The Tap In/Tap Out tool was implemented twice for two weeks in 2013 and 2017, with users voluntarily tapping their campus ID when entering and leaving the library. We checked campus ID numbers against university databases to fill in demographic details of the library users. The Tap In/Tap Out tool was inexpensive to implement and provided more information about library visitors than gate counts alone.


Instructional design: Resources for online learning - By Laura A. Sheets

I enrolled in an instructional design (ID) and technology graduate certificate program in 2017. It turned out to be a smart career move, but I also discovered that I enjoyed the ID process. It even benefited my classroom teaching. Since receiving this level of training or education is not feasible for all of us, I have collected ID resources to assist anyone thrown into this job responsibility or for those who are curious to learn more. (AC&RL News)


Added November 2020

How Zoom Meetings Can Reveal and Reinforce Academic Status Hierarchies: 3 Observations - By Joshua Kim

Meetings do much to reveal - and often reinforce - status hierarchies. In face-to-face meetings, we often observe the highest status member of the meeting sitting at the head of the table. How often one speaks and the degree to which someone is interrupted (or does the interrupting) is usually a function of one’s position in the pecking order.

When high-status individuals speak, you will see the other participants in the meeting nod their heads along in agreement. We consciously and subconsciously exhibit a range of verbal and nonverbal behaviors in meetings designed to align us with high-status participants.

How do these status revealing and reinforcing meeting behaviors translate to Zoom?


Spruce Up Your Zoom Video Calls with these Helpful Add-ons - By Sasha Lekach

If your Zoom calls are looking drab after six months of constant use, maybe it's time to add some flair to your video conferencing.

Improving Zoom doesn't mean you need to load up on equipment and get a ring light. Instead, you can download some software and add a few digital tools so that everything from your Zoom invites to your backgrounds really stand out. Because, although it may feel like it, it's no longer March 2020. It's time to level up on Zoom. (Mashable)


Privacy Shifting

The way that society and individuals value privacy will change, especially as technologies require the supply of more and more personal information; become smaller, cheaper, and more available; or monitor users and connect to the internet. Individuals will need to balance their value for privacy with the benefits of these new technologies. (Library of the Future - American Library Association)


Zoom for Library Instruction: Benefits and Considerations. By Meg Grotti and Jamie Johnson

A quick overview of Zoom for library instruction from ACRL's Instruction Section.