Predicting and Preparing For Emerging Learning Technologies

Title: Predicting and Preparing For Emerging Learning Technologies

Speaker: Brian Kelly

Event details: CILIP West Midlands Annual Members Day event on Learning Technologies and Libraries

Date and time: 10 February 2017

Venue: Priory Rooms, Quaker Meeting House 40 Bull St, Birmingham, B4 6AF

Target audience: CILIP members in the West Midlands (about 40 expected)

Details of talk: A talk followed by questions from 13.45-14.45


We continue to see developments in online services, which provide both opportunities and challenges for librarians. The implications of such technical developments on the services provided by libraries is made more difficult to predict in light of financial, political and cultural uncertainties – with, for example, government ministers questioning the relevance of ‘experts’. In this talk Brian Kelly will describe the methodology used by the NMC (New Media Consortium) for the NMC Horizon Report > 2014 Library Edition, NMC Horizon Report > 2017 Higher Education Edition and the forthcoming NMC Horizon Report > 2017 Library Edition for identifying technological developments likely to be important to the sector. Brian will then introduce a methodology which can be used to develop plans for making use of such developments within the institution.

Biographical details:

Brian Kelly is an independent consultant. He previously worked as UK Web Focus at UKOLN, University of Bath and Innovation Advocate at Cetis, University of Bolton. Brian has long-standing involvement of working with the library sector in both academic and public sectors. He has facilitated workshops on predicting future developments at a number of international conferences including the ELAG 2014 conference, the 12th SAOIM (Southern African Online Information Meeting) conference and the Internet Librarian International (ILI) 2013 and the ILI 2015 conferences. Publications about this work include a paper entitled “Reflecting on Yesterday, Understanding Today, Planning for Tomorrow” presented at the Umbrella 2013 conference and a paper on “What Next for Libraries? Making Sense of the Future” presented at the Emerging Technologies in Academic Libraries 2012 conference held in Trondheim.

Brian’s other professional interests include the social web, preservation of web resources and web accessibility.


A Storify summary of tweets related to the talk is available.

The slides are available on Slideshare and embedded below.

A backup copy of the slides is available on Authorstream.