Have Something New?
Is there a new technology we ought to be watching? Do you have a link to an article or page explaining the technology? Click on "submit" below and give us as much information as you can. If your technology is used in this guide, we'll credit your submission.
NOTE: Vendor submissions not accepted. We looking for submissions from staff and patrons of libraries, archives and museums.
Introduction and Table of Contents
The purpose of this guide is to serve as an introduction to technologies that are generating a buzz in libraries, archives or museums. Some of this tech is already in use or right around the corner. Some of it may not be practical in Alaska in the near future, but we'd like you to know about it.
So far we have gathered information on:
- 3D Printers - Make objects and more from digital models.
- Augmented Reality - Show additional information to your visitors via their mobile devices. Can have staff applications like shelf reading.
- Maker Technology - Tools that some institutions have used to turn their visitors into creators.
The presence of a technology on this list does not mean it is in use within Alaska. It only means that we're keeping an eye on it.
Is there something you think might be useful to a library, archives or museum in the next five years? Let us know by using the "submit" link in the "Have Something New?" box to your left.
Not every technology is going to be for every institution. Don't be afraid of not adopting things that just don't make sense to your audience. We hope this guide will give you enough information to embrace those things that do make sense to your audience.