Tuesday, May 23, 2017

2:00 - 3:30 PM, EDT

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Visionaries vs. Implementors: Webinar (05/23/17) 

Keeping Up with Emerging Technologies: How to Stay Current in a World of Information Overload

If you’ve been an information professional for any length of time, you’ve certainly heard over and over that technology is changing quickly (and exponentially) and how difficult it is to keep up. You’ve very likely felt overwhelmed at times. You’ve seen trends come and go, and wondered how and where to invest your limited time and budget.

In this talk we’ll look at two roles or types of people, visionaries and implementors. We’ll look at where you fit on the continuum between them and offer strategies for each type. You’ll learn about the best resources for keeping up, and where to go for information on evaluating what you’ve learned and planning for implementation.

This talk is an introduction to the book, Keeping Up with Emerging Technologies: A Handbook for Information Professionals, (to be published in 2017 by Libraries Unlimited).


  • Visionaries vs. implementors
  • The value of skimming and scanning
  • Aiming for breadth before depth
  • Dealing with information overload
  • Combining ideas from different fields
  • Sources
  • How far out to look
  • Following ethical debates
  • Being inclusive: diversity and accessibility
  • Understanding user needs
  • Strategies for visionaries and implementors
  • Where to go next: evaluating, analyzing, experimenting, persuading, implementing

What's Your Tech Personality?  Take THIS QUIZ before the library to begin

thinking about the roles you play with technology!

Virtual Trainer: Nicole Hennig

Nicole Hennig is an expert in mobile technologies for libraries. In her 14 years of experience at the MIT Libraries, she won awards for innovation, and worked to keep academics up to date with the best mobile technologies. Now she has her own business helping librarians stay current with new technologies. She is the author of several books, including Keeping Up with Emerging Technologies, and Apps for Librarians.

Like most librarians, she is passionate about access to information for all. Mobile apps are empowering for all ages and abilities — and librarians who take her courses are becoming technology experts for their communities. 

To stay current with the best technologies for education and productivity, sign up for her email newsletter, Mobile Apps News, on

This is an online class. Access information will be emailed one week ahead.

Cost: NEFLIN classes are free of charge for Florida library staff. Registration is required for all classes and NEFLIN members get priority.