- Our top blog topic of the year was our Essential tools and technologies for the library and information professional webinar (#AskMmIT18) on 15 February 2018.
- Next was our promotional post for our webinar on Using video in your library and information service. The follow-up post to our 12th December 2018 webinar provides links to the recording, slides and tweets from #MmITvideo.
- The post publicising the Spring issue of the MmIT journal, with its focus on sound and vision, attracted many views.
- Our most-accessed guest blog post featured the results of a small scale survey on “Library social media – how do you do it?” by Tom Kistell of @hallamlibrary.
- In Blockchain technology and us, MmIT committee member Antony Groves considered how blockchain technology may impact on LIS work.
- Our post on Apply for a CILIP Conference Bursary attracted lots of attention – it was won by Lizzie Sparrow who blogged on her use of Pocket.
- The reaction to the post from Antony Groves on Mindful tech: digital solutions to our digital problems encouraged us to address this topic in our January 2019 meeting: #MindfulTech19.
- In We need to talk about #Storify….. we reflected on the closure of the Storify digital curation service. Continued development throughout 2018 means that Wakelet has become the default alternative for most people.
- Our January meetings in London are always popular and the January 2018 event, Future Proofing the Library, was fully-booked. You can find most presentations from MmIT events on our Slideshare account.
- Our blog post featuring links for Open Access Week 2018 #OAWeek completes our top ten, thanks to promotion from @CilipInfo.
If technology and the digital world feature in your professional interests, follow along with MmIT in 2019 for more writing and links to resources and events. We’re always happy to hear from guest bloggers!
On the MmIT Committee we like to watch out for reports on trends in all things digital. Although the Jisc work on Horizon scanning: what’s next in digital technologies has been developed in the context of support for higher and further education, we feel that it contains useful insights for information professionals in all sectors.
Jisc took an in-depth look at some of the major trends in digital technology, in a project that ended on 31 October 2018. The horizon scan activity aimed to inform Jisc’s own strategy development, leading to new R&D projects and potential future services and solutions, as well as helping digital leaders in universities and colleges plan and implement their own IT strategies.
The key topic areas are listed below and the Jisc webpage links to a report on each topic:
Two significant reports on technology trends in higher education have been published recently:
- The 2018 NMC Horizon Report has been published by EDUCAUSE. The Report identifies and describes the higher education trends, challenges, and developments in educational technology which are likely to have an impact on learning, teaching, and creative inquiry. The 2018 expert panel identified six important developments in technology for higher education (and the likely timescales to adoption): analytics technologies; makerspaces; adaptive learning technologies; artificial intelligence; mixed reality and robotics.
- Technology and Tomorrow’s Students: how new tools will transform the undergraduate experience is published by The Chronicle. The focus of this report is on exploring higher education’s use of technology and implications for the future in the key areas of managing data; student enrollment; enriching student advising; and improving career services.
In addition, in June the ACRL Research Planning and Review Committee published their biennial review of the trends and issues affecting academic libraries in higher education: 2018 top trends in academic libraries. These are: the publisher and vendor landscape; fake news and information literacy; project management approaches in libraries; textbook affordability and OER; learning analytics, data collection, and ethical concerns; research datasets acquisition, text mining, and data science; collection management; acquisition model developments; open access collection development policies and funding schemes; and legacy print collections.