Technologies advance at blazing speeds and it can be difficult to select the most beneficial one[s] for your library. Going further, there is an overabundance of so-called expert opinions and resources attempting to forecast the future. All this can intensify our anxiety for keeping up with all the advancements while we are mesmerized by shiny new gadgets and other emerging technologies.

In this webinar:

– Highlight groundbreaking technologies that will be on the horizon in 2021 and beyond
– Discover resources like Gartner’s Hype Cycle and the Horizon Report to help with planning
– Discuss strategies to learn how technological advancements can fit into a variety of libraries


Original broadcast April 28, 2021 

Presenter ~ Chad Mairn
Chad Mairn is an Information Services Librarian, Assistant Professor, and manages the Innovation Lab at St. Petersburg College. While an undergraduate studying Humanities at the University of South Florida (USF), Chad was awarded a Library of Congress Fellowship archiving Leonard Bernstein’s personal papers. During his Library and Information Science (LIS) graduate work, also at USF, Chad became a technology liaison between the Bill Gates Learning Foundation and Florida public libraries. Chad also plays drums in two bands: Low Season and It Will Flood.