Your Name and Title: Amanda Sweet, Technology Innovation Librarian

Library, School, or Organization Name: Nebraska Library Commission

Co-Presenter Name(s): N/A

Area of the World from Which You Will Present: Nebraska, USA

Language in Which You Will Present: English

Target Audience(s): Public Librarians, Emerging Technology Librarians, Makerspace staff

Short Session Description (one line): Learn how to connect your community with technology that matters in the world.

Full Session Description (as long as you would like):

This session proposes a community conversation format to introduce communities to the basics of emerging technology. This conversation lays the foundation for selecting technology with greater relevance to the community. The findings can be used to improve marketing for future library events and makerspace activities. Position the library as a valuable community anchor for reskilling people for the future of work.

The 2018 World Economic Forum pinpointed artificial intelligence (AI), virtual reality (VR), augmented reality (AR), drone technology, the Internet of Things (IoT), and web/ mobile applications as some of the most influential technology in the world. Most of this technology overlaps and appears in a single tool. For example, drones can collect and transmit data using the IoT, and AI can process and make predictions based on the data, all controlled by a web app.

It’s difficult for libraries to cover every bit of tech in existence. This process will help bring a more diverse audience into the planning process and involve a wider range of interested local organizations. Discover and build upon what I have learned so far. Learn how to invest in what matters most to your community.  

Websites / URLs Associated with Your Session:

World Economic Forum Report: http://www3.weforum.org/docs/WEF_Annual_Report_18-19.pdf

Community Conversation Workbook: http://www.ala.org/tools/sites/ala.org.tools/files/content/LTC_Conv...

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