Technology and Library Services: Meeting Today's Users' Needs
An academic library symposium sponsored by the Princeton University Library
Thursday, 15 March 2007
We've heard a lot of talk recently about the millennium generation. We have seen in the most recent Beloit College “Mindset list,” that first year students entering college in fall 2006 have never known life without cell phones, have always had access to their own credit cards, and have always known “Google” as a verb.
How are we in academic libraries addressing the changing technological needs and demands of our users? The Princeton University Library will host a symposium that will examine the ways in which libraries are (or are not) using new technologies to provide services to users.
Some of the technologies to which our users are accustomed include text and instant messaging; tagging; RSS feeds; podcasting; blogs and/or wikis; other social networks and software (e.g., Facebook, My Space, and Friendster); Google; PDAs; and a host of self-service technologies (e.g., self-check out, RFID, e-commerce, etc.). This is by no means an exhaustive list. This image to the left represents merely a fraction of some of the sites and services available.
How have libraries incorporated these technologies in providing services and/or information to their patrons? This conference will explore ways in which these technologies can and have been incorporated in libraries, as well as examining if providing services using these methods is merely a fad.
Hear from and discuss with your colleagues from other institutions who have implemented various services using these technologies to meet the changing demands of their users.
There is no cost to register, but space is limited.
UPDATE (3/21/07): All presentations from the day's sessions were recorded and are now available on this site. Please visit the "agenda" link below for information about the sessions, the PowerPoint slides (where applicable) and to download or listen to the recordings. Please direct any questions to Trevor Dawes via email to tdawes at Princeton.EDU.