IL2011: Tech Change

Tech Change
Amy Affelt, Compass Lexecon; Amalia Menon, Stanford University; Regina Koury, Idaho State University


Decade is a great way to measure change.

1990-2000: AOL CDs all over the place, pendular change. Radical change in a short period of time.

2000-2010: incremental value adds. lots of kinds of tablets and things that evolved into what we have today.

2010-2020: pendular change again.

Three things we should always do: find & curate info; add value to it; analyze & transform to create a knowledge product. Search underlies all of this. Future of search won’t involve worlds – visual web will rule. Visual recognition apps.

“Visual search meets augmented reality.” No tags needed. Results based on digitized info from pictures, not keyword. “Just point, no shoot.” No barcode or GPS dependent.

Wants to watch a TV show and get info about the suit someone’s wearing. Click on periodic table shower curtain in Big Bang Theory and get info on where to buy it, more on elements. Click on a photo and get directions to the location, restaurants nearby.

Someone’s done this! Billy Joel – Restart the Fire

Transformation of search – if content is king, context is queen.

“Transparency is the new objectivity.” -David Weinberger

Oppportunities for us – librarians will fill out the long tail. People don’t go beyond page 2 of their search results – we help them find the stuff on page 10 more quickly.

The experience becomes the expectation. [We’re already seeing this in a lot of ways.]

Amalia & Regina – Gesture Based Computing

How soon before we move beyond tablets? [And what will we find there?]

PrimeSense – video from company working in this sphere.

Survey – most common things at libraries: tablets, smartphones, game consoles, interactive wall/table/board, ereaders

How are they using? CT library circulates a tablet with course reserves. CA does interactive polling in classes using smartphones. USVI school library using a Wii as extension of PE classes. Gadget stations – provide tools to community, play around.

Delft Heritage Browser Archives – Microsoft Surface table to allow patrons to play with archival materials

Germany – lent iPads to physicians. loaded with ebooks, games, lecture notes, all kinds of stuff. All who participated like it.

Canada – roving reference with an iPhone at U of Manitoba.

Wish list for iPad features? Flash. Needs accessible file management system (Excel, etc).

Touch screen braille writer – tablet. It becomes familiar with the user’s fingertips – calibrates to them.

Lots of this is happening in the tech industry – we’ll be seeing more and more of these types of products. When this is fully implemented, will we be there?


Q: How do you filter out stray gestures from this? A: Developers aware of this, have a system to filter non-human movement. Sounds like they need very deliberate movement.

Comment: Integrate an initiating gesture to let the computer know you’re ready.

Q: Any studies on how these impact student outcomes? A: Cart before the horse. Sometimes you just have to play.

Q: Beginning of being able to personalize the way you interact with your device. Gesture, voice, whatever. Great for people with disabilities, elderly. A: Lots of this stuff has been in the lab for two+ decades and now finally coming.