Emerging Technology Trends and the Library: The Future is Now

April 27, 2016

Robots, drones and virtual reality … it sounds like we are living in the future, but this new technology is available here and now! Learn about the newest trends in library technology for 2016 and discover simple and budget-friendly ways to bring them to your library today.

Come learn about the emerging trends that will flourish in schools, homes and libraries in 2016. Discover e-health technology like fitness trackers or a mobile ECG that can fit in your pocket. Explore simple, quick and inexpensive ways to introduce coding and STEAM education into classrooms and children’s programming. Learn about how you can take your community on a realistic field trip, right from their library! Find out how these new trends can make life easier, foster interactive learning and bring excitement and fun to your library staff and community.

Learning Objectives

  1. Become familiar with popular tech trends and rapidly growing gadget segments.
  2. Discover practical and cost-effective methods to introduce these tech trends into your library.
  3. Learn to effectively present this new technology to your staff and patrons in a way that provides comfort, open-mindedness and excitement.


Holly Klingler
As the Tech Crusader for The Northeast Ohio Regional Library System (NEO-RLS), Holly helps people learn to use and love technology! She takes her “Traveling Tech Lab” all around northeastern Ohio, and, through play and experimentation, helps library staff and patrons alike get comfortable with all that emerging tech can do for them. Holly has received accolades and awards for her tech blogging and for her instructional skills, including a 2015 Cool Tech Award from Inside Business magazine in Cleveland, OH for her “Emerging Techbits Podcast.”


Janet Nelson

Janet Nelson

Director of Library Engagement and Solutions at Demco, Inc.
Janet is currently the Director of Library Engagement and Solutions at Demco. She manages and develops relationships with key industry contacts to understand changing library trends and interpret that direction into appropriate products and services. She also has an extensive background in product management and development, as well as experience working with library clients on interior projects. Her previous roles have included Director of Library Markets, Director of Industry Relations & Marketing Communications and Director of Business Development.