ILI 2013: Workshop on Future Technologies and Their Applications

Title: Workshop on Future Technologies and Their Applications

Facilitators: Brian Kelly and Tony Hirst

Date and time: 10.00-17.00 pm Monday 14 October 2013

Event: Pre-conference workshop held as part of the ILI 2013 conference.

Venue: Hilton London Olympia, 380 Kensington High Street, London W14 8NL (see map).


Despite the uncertainties faced by librarians and information professionals, technology continues to develop at breakneck speed, offering many new opportunities for the sector. At the same time, technological developments can be distracting and may result in wasted time and effort (remember the excitement provided by Second Life?!).

This workshop session will help participants identify potentially relevant technological developments by learning about and making use of ‘Delphi’ processes. The workshop also provides insight into processes for spotting ‘weak signals’ which may indicate early use of technologies which could be important in the future.

But having identified potentially important technological developments, organisations need to decide how to respond. What will be the impact on existing technologies? What are the strategic implications and what are the implications for staff within the organisation?

The interactive workshop session will provide opportunities to address the challenges in understanding the implications of technological developments and making appropriate organisational interventions.

Numbers: 21 participants have booked from UK, Netherlands, Austria, Denmark, Switzerland, Sweden, South Africa, Australia, Canada, India, Trinidad and Tobago and Qatar.

Sectors: Participants are from government, universities, higher education agencies, medical sector and publishers.

Draft timetable:

Time Title
10.00 A: Introduction
10.20 B: Predicting Technology Trends: a Methodology
11.30 Coffee
11.50 C: Exploring the Technologies
12.30 Lunch
14.00 D: Applying Technology Detection & Planning Methodologies
15.30 Coffee
16.00 E: Scenario Planning For Libraries
16.45 F: Review and Conclusions
17.00 Finish


The slides used in the workshop are available below.  Note that the slides hosted on Slideshare are the latest version.

Code Title Slides
A1 Workshop Introduction [Slideshare] – [Authorstream]
B1 Predicting Technology Trends: a Methodology [Slideshare] – [Authorstream]
CO Future Doodles [Slideshare]
C1 Amplified Events [Slideshare] – [Authorstream]
C2 Digital Badges [Slideshare] – [Authorstream]
C3 The Hyperlinked Library [Slideshare] – [Authorstream]
D1 Gathering Interests [Slideshare] – [Authorstream]
D2 Group Exercises [Slideshare] – [Authorstream]
E1 Scenario Planning For Libraries [Slideshare] – [Authorstream]
F1 Review and Next Steps [Slideshare] – [Authorstream]


A1: Workshop Introduction
B1: Predicting Technology Trends: a Methodology
CO: Future Doodles
C1: Amplified Events
C2: Digital Badges
C3: The Hyperlinked Library
D1: Gathering Interests
D2: Group Exercises
E1: Scenario Planning For Libraries
F1: Review and Next Steps