Tuesday, May 22, 2007

Medical Library Association Technology Trends Panel

Yesterday, I participated on a panel discussing technology trends at the Medical Library Association's Annual Meeting in Philadelphia.

A listing of the trends discussed with links to examples is available from the MLA Medical Informatics web site. It was a packed house and spilled out into the hallway. The trends discussed included:

The perpetual beta
Mobile/Wireless computing and communication in the clinical setting
Death of the desktop?
MMOG and collaboration among strangers
Technology enhanced visualization and containerless content
Cloud architecture
Web. 20 gadgets
Second Life
Learning 2.0

Many of these trends may seem to many to be 'old.' One must keep in mind that a significant number of MLA members are librarians from small to mid-sized libraries. In many cases they are the only librarian and have no in-house technology support. As a result, they may not have the resources of the time to keep up with technology trends.

After the session I stopped into the hotel's bar to have an adult beverage with my fellow presenters. To my surprise, also at the table was the Krafty Librarian. Sphere: Related Content