Why your library needs “The Googly-Eyed Technology Test”

  1. Why does the library need this? Is it simply cool, or to make the library look good? Which leads to question number two:
  2. What pain point does this technology address for patrons? How will it solve a real-life problem?
  3. Is this the best solution, or just the shiniest? Sometimes, it can be very easy to fall for what’s hot on the Gartner Hype Cycle. One has to understand that Gartner’s popular graphic visualization is not about the progress of the technologies, but rather the progress of the hype and attention around these technologies. What’s popular isn’t always a good fit for a particular library. Even within hot categories, there are going to be things that will work better than others.

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Laura Solomon

Laura Solomon

Web developer, librarian and certified cynic.Not hindered by an overabundance of political correctness.(Postings are my own, not necessarily workplace's views.)