LITA’s guide to the new technologies every librarian needs to know

For Immediate Release
Tue, 03/12/2019


Rob Christopher

Marketing Coordinator

ALA Publishing

American Library Association


CHICAGO — The time is right for “New Top Technologies Every Librarian Needs to Know,” an all-new survey of the library technology that’s already transitioning from trend to everyday reality. In this guide from the Library and Information Technology Association (LITA) published by ALA Neal-Schuman, editor Kenneth J. Varnum and his contributors throw the spotlight on the systems, software, and approaches most crucial to the knowledge institutions of tomorrow. Inside, readers will find concise information and analysis on topics such as:

  • mobile technologies;
  • privacy-protection technology tools;
  • the Internet of Things (IoT);
  • virtual reality;
  • bots and automation;
  • machine learning applications for libraries;
  • libraries as digital humanities enablers;
  • visualizations in discovery systems;
  • linked open data;
  • embeddedness and Learning Tools Interoperability (LTI);
  • special collections and digital publishing;
  • link rot, web archiving, and the future of the Distributed Web; and
  • digital repositories.

Varnum is senior program manager for discovery, delivery, and learning analytics at the University of Michigan Library. Over his two decades working with public-facing technology in academic, corporate, and special libraries, he has gained a deep appreciation and understanding of the need to tailor systems and interfaces to the local user base. In addition to numerous articles and chapters he wrote “Drupal in Libraries,” and edited the collection “Beyond Reality: Augmented, Virtual, and Mixed Reality in the Library” and Lorcan Dempsey's “The Network Reshapes the Library,” among other books. He blogs at and can be found on Twitter at @varnum.

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