New Top Technologies Every Librarian Needs to Know: A LITA Guide—eEditions e-book

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The time is right for this all-new survey of the library technology that’s already transitioning from trend to everyday reality. As in the previous best-selling volume, 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.

Sure to spark discussions about library innovation, this collection is a must have for staff interested in technology or involved with strategic planning.


  • Part I    Data

1    Linked Open Data in Libraries
Cliff Landis
2    Everything Is Online: Libraries and the Internet of Things
Matthew Connolly
3    Link Rot, Reference Rot, and Link Resolvers
Justin M. White
4    Engaging Libraries with Web Archives
Todd Suomela

  • Part II    Services

5    Privacy-Protection Technology Tools: Libraries and Librarians as Users, Contributors, and Advocates
Monica Maceli
6    Data for Discovery
Julia Bauder
7    Libraries and Information Visualization: Application and Value
Elizabeth Joan Kelly
8    Virtual Reality: Out of This World
Austin Olney

  • Part III    Repositories and Access

9    Digital Exhibits to Digital Humanities: Expanding the Digital Libraries Portfolio
Daniel Johnson and Mark Dehmlow
10    Digital Repositories: A Systems Perspective
Joshua A. Westgard, Kate Dohe, David Durden, and Joseph Koivisto
11    Digital Repositories
Jessica Wagner Webster
12    Maximizing Assets and Access through Digital Publishing: Opportunities and Implications for Special Collections
Ellen Engseth and Marguerite Ragnow

  • Part IV    Interoperability

13    Impact of International Image Interoperability Framework (IIIF) on Digital Repositories
Kelli Babcock and Rachel Di Cresce
14    Embracing Embeddedness with Learning Tools Interoperability (LTI)
Lauren Magnuson
15    Bots and the Library: Exploring New Possibilities for Automation and Engagement
Jeanette Claire Sewell
16    Machine Learning for Libraries
Alan Darnell
17    Mobile Technology
Gordon F. Xu and Jin Xiu Guo

About the Contributors

Kenneth J. Varnum

Kenneth J. Varnum is the Senior Program Manager for Discovery, Delivery, and Library Analytics at the University of Michigan Library. In this role, Ken is responsible for the library's discovery interfaces (the "MLibrary" single search tool, ArticlesPlus, Search Tools, etc.), delivery interfaces, and the library's evolving and emerging analytics infrastructure. He received a master's degree from the University of Michigan's School of Information and his Bachelor of Arts from Grinnell College. 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. A frequent speaker and author, Ken presents and writes about discovery systems, library analytics, and technology. In addition to numerous articles and chapters, he wrote Drupal in Libraries (2012), edited Lorcan Dempsey's The Network Reshapes the Library (2014), and compiled four books, including Exploring Discovery: The Front Door to Your Library’s Licensed and Digitized Content (2016), Beyond Reality: Augmented, Virtual, and Mixed Reality in the Library (2019) and the LITA Guide New Top Technologies Every Librarian Needs to Know (2019). He blogs at and can be found on Twitter at @varnum.

"The chapters are ... well organized and speak not only to digital natives who have been submerged in this technology most of their lives, but also to digital immigrants who are using books like these to navigate this ever-changing terrain. Among the subjects treated are solutions for link rot, imagery used for social media campaigns, privacy protection, and digital publishing—a variety that attests to why this book will be required reading for librarians in all settings—academic, public, special, or school."

"A worthwhile addition to library professional development collections of all types and would be a great catalyst tool for library strategic planning committees and other committees (especially at consortial levels)."
— Technicalities

"A valuable text."
— Library Journal