Future Perfect: How Libraries Are Implementing Emerging Technologies

Virtual conferences are new type of educational event that NISO is offering this year. These 5-6 hour conferences are held online in webinar-like formats, with occasional breaks in the schedule for participants. The longer length allows the depth of coverage of a conference coupled with the convenience of a webinar.

As former Library Journal Editor-in-Chief Francine Fielkoff wrote in an editorial last year, “Libraries Should Be What Users Want—With a Little Help from Librarians.” Libraries everywhere are planning, strategizing, experimenting, and conversing with their users in order to realize how they may best serve as successful learning spaces in rapidly-changing technological, social, and economic environments. Creation is often seen as an important theme of future community spaces. Supporting 3D printers and other means of publishing content are a few examples of how libraries may stake their willingness to extend their capabilities in managing shared resources beyond those of an information provider to becoming an information creator.

In the first NISO virtual conference of the year, Future Perfect: How Libraries Are Implementing Emerging Technologies—to be held on February 20,

2012 from 11:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. (Eastern Time)—a variety of experts will discuss some of the technologies that offer the most promise for libraries.

We aim to interact with the audience as much as possible to extend the conversation with those who are attending.


Topics and speakers are:

• Keynote: Overview of the emerging technology landscape/how to keep up with emerging technologies – Jason Griffey, Head of Library Information Technology, University of Tennessee, Chattanooga

• Augmented Reality – Christine Perey, PEREY Research & Consulting

• 3D Printing: Makerspaces – speaker TBA

• 3D Printing: Intellectual Property Concerns – Michael Weinberg, Senior Staff Attorney and Innovation Evangelist, Public Knowledge

• Espresso Implementation – speaker TBA

• Library in a Box (Bibliobox) – David Fiander, Web Services Librarian, Western University

• Roundtable discussion: Implementing Emerging Technologies at Your Institution – Facilitated by Todd Carpenter, Managing Director, NISO

Registration is per site (access for one computer) and closes at 12:00 pm Eastern on February 20, 2013 (the day of the webinar). Discounts are available for NISO members and students. All virtual conference registrants receive access to the recorded version for one year.

Visit the event webpage to register and for more information: