Top Technology Trends, 2003 ALA Midwinter Meeting

Technology and library users, an ongoing discussion

Technology experts who are members of the Library and Information Technology Association (LITA), a division of the American Library Association, met for a managed discussion in Philadelphia on January 26th, 2003 to discuss what they feel are the top technology issues and trends in today's libraries.

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In addition to these links below, search computer journals such as Information Week, Computer World, IT World, Server World or others for "storage trends" for additional articles.

The Decline of Magnetic Disk Storage Cost Over the Next 25 Years

This summary report documents the decrease in disk pricing and includes a pricing table.

2003 Survivor's Guide to Storage & Server Technology

Network Computing magazine's annual predictions of the major storage issues.

Cornell University Library Digital Imaging Tutorial

A good example of the useful storage information found on digital library sites. This site includes a discussion (under "File Management") on the storage options available and the evaluation of storage needs and costs. Another section "Delivery" discusses the issues and trends of data transfer.

Streaming Media: Trends and Forecasts

An overview by technology writer Douglas Dixon of the different streaming media formats available, including the major issues and development background of each format.

Streaming Media World

Includes links to articles, reviews and tutorials.


Internet Resources

What is the USA Patriot Act?

In response to September 11, Congress enacted the USA Patriot (Providing Appropriate Tools Required to Intercept and Obstruct Terrorism) Act on October 26, 2001. This web site contains the entire 132 pages of legislation – “UNITING AND STRENGTHENING AMERICA BY PROVIDING APPROPRIATE TOOLS REQUIRED TO INTERCEPT AND OBSTRUCT TERRORISM (USA PATRIOT ACT) ACT OF 2001.”

Analysis of the USA Patriot Act

Charles Doyle, Sr. Specialist, American Law Division, Congressional Research Service, analyzes the legislation section by section. This website, maintained by the Center for Democracy and Technology, which works to promote democratic values and constitutional liberties in the digital age, provides the details of Mr. Doyle’s work.

The USA PATRIOT Act and Patron Privacy on Library Internet Terminals

Mary Minow, a former librarian, library trustee, attorney and law consultant with, provides information and guidance to libraries about the Patriot Act and its impact on the privacy of patrons accessing the Internet.

Library Records Post-PATRIOT Act

Mary Minow’s chart helps librarians understand the USA PATRIOT Act.

Taking The Mystique Out Of The USA-Patriot Act: Information, Process And Protocol

While advice is directed primarily toward college and university administrators, Dr. Tracy Mitrano, Policy Advisor and Director of Computer Policy and Law, Cornell University, provides an excellent overview and introduction to “one of the most significant congressional legislation passed in such a short period of time.”

Libraries, the Internet and September 11

Libraries and librarians responded to their community’s need for all kinds of information after the tragedy of September 11. This paper examines the response of libraries and librarians across the nation, including New York Public Library, while noting some unexpected impacts on the profession.

Print Resources

“FBI snooping has librarians stamping mad; Local woman jailed in '70s in informant flap” by Bob Egelko, San Francisco Chronicle (CA), September 16, 2002.


Digital Libraries: What To Know About Web Services (Roy Tennant) An Introduction to Web Services (Tracy Gardner) What is Web Services? World Wide Web Consortium - Web Services Activity


Links for PDAs and Handhelds in Libraries and Academia

Megan Fox’s excellent and up-to-date guide to links, resources, and projects.

PDAs and Wireless Technology for Libraries

A list of links compiled by Library Support about the use of PDAs and wireless technologies in academic, special, and public libraries.

The Handheld Librarian

A blog where librarians can share news, information, applications, and ideas of interest to others working with handheld computer technology.

Personal Digital Assistants Bibliography

A bibliography of articles from Virginia Commonwealth University about the use of PDAs by health care providers for “data collection, treatment guidelines, documentation, calculations, patient monitoring, and practice management applications including scheduling appointments, calendar, and address book."

PDAZone – University of Alberta Libraries

“This page is intended to act as a starting point for health care professionals and students who are interested in learning more about information available on Personal Digital Assistants (PDAs) via the Internet. This guide is not comprehensive and is intended only as a starting point for finding resources and applications."

University of Wisconsin-Madison Health Sciences Library

An up-to-date guide to general and health sciences-related information for hand held devices.

PDA Resource Guide – SUNY Buffalo Health Sciences Library

An up-to-date guide to general and health sciences-related information for hand held devices.

“Handheldmed delivers point of care content and applications ideally suited for busy healthcare professionals. Founded by physicians and medical students, Handheldmed provides users with the leading patient tracking application combined with the most comprehensive library of electronic medical content, accessible at the point of care."

Medical Pocket PC

A commercial site of articles, hardware, and software for PDAs and the health sciences community.


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ITAL (Information Technology and Libraries)

ITAL issue Volume 21, Number 1, March 2002  is a special issue with articles related to open source software.

D-Lib Magazine

The January 2003 Issue (Volume 9, Number 1) of D-Lib Magazine contains a number of articles related to open source intitiatives and projects, including information on DSpace, iVia Open Source Virtual Library System, and Open Archives Forum in Europe.

OSSNLibraries by Eric Lease Morgan

Eric states that this essay describes his "personal experience with open source software and enumerates a number of ways open source software can be used in libraries to provide better library service."

W3C Open Source Releases Open Source Software and Libraries Bibliography

Reading in a Digital Age.

A resource for reading appliance research

Marshall, C.C. and Ruotolo, C. Reading-in-the-Small: a study of reading on small form factor devices.

Schilit, B. N., Price, M.N., Golovchinsky, G., Tanaka, K., and Marshall, C.C. As We May Read: The Reading Appliance Revolution.

Other publications of Cathy Marshall:



Hypermedia as an educational technology: a review of the quantitative research literature on learner comprehension, control and style

Print Articles on Reading Habits

Archimedes, reading, and the sustenance of academic research culture in
library instruction
Cain A
28 (3): 115-121 MAY 2002

Weaving the literacy Web: Changes in reading from page screen
Sutherland-Smith W
55 (7): 662-669 APR 2002

Hartley, J. (2002). Is judging text on screen different from judging text
in print? A naturalistic e-mail experiment. Innovations in Education and
Teaching International, 39, 1, 21-25.

Martin, L., and Platt, M (2001). Printing and screen reading in the
medical school curriculum: Guttenberg vs. the cathode ray tube. BEHAVIOUR

Dillon, A, and Gabbard, R (1998). Hypermedia as an educational technology:
A review of the quantitative research literature on learner comprehension,
control, and style. REVIEW OF EDUCATIONAL RESEARCH 68, 3, 322-349.

Birkerts, S. (1994) The Gutenberg Elegies: The Fate of Reading in an
Electronic Age. Boston: Faber and Faber.

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