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Top Tech Trends for the Non-Technical. An Infopeople Webinar with Joan Frye Williams November 30, 2010. We won’t be focusing on the gadgets. Technology trickles up. Connections are always within reach. There’s an app for everything. Information is assembled just in time, not just in case.

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Top Tech Trendsfor the Non-Technical

An Infopeople Webinar with

Joan Frye Williams

November 30, 2010

We won’t be focusing on the gadgets

Technology trickles up

Connections are always within reach

There’s an app for everything

Information is assembled just in time,not just in case

Texting is more polite than calling

Pictures save time

Learning is a group activity

Opinions are as important as facts

Accessible meansusable on many devices

If it can be streamed, it will be

Print and electronic converge

You can’t have too much bandwidth

This is how you say “welcome”

You’re supposed to help mesolve the whole problem

So what?

Pay more attention to

  • Emerging consumer products and preferences

  • Streaming content

  • Broadband

  • Smart phone apps

  • Storage, retrieval, and manipulation of images

Pay less attention to

  • OPACs

  • Subscription databases

  • Hard copy audio and video

  • eContent that can’t be used on multiple devices

  • Wired connections

If you’re broke, focus on

  • Social media

  • Podcasts

  • Electrical outlets

  • Forms that capture cell phone numbers

  • Staff competency with mainstream consumer products and free web tools

Listen to civilians

Sample periodically

Think in terms oflife cycles

You know something is a trend when there’s pushback

joan @jfwilliams.com

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