Student Showcase

Students enrolled in INFO 282 Emerging Future: Technology Issues and Trends seminar offered in spring 2016 by Dr. Sue Alman gained skills to plan strategically for the changing technological landscape. The course design enabled them to participate in futuring activities through readings, video presentations, guest lectures, introductions to today’s futurists, and individual research. After an historical overview of forecasting students became immersed in the:

  • literature and practices of current technological futurists and emerging technologies
  • strategic planning techniques for the changing technological landscape
  • grant-seeking process to fund new technologies
  • creation of a digital poster/infographic that focuses on a new technological area that can impact the future

Projects developed by students in the course are showcased here to provide you with a glimpse into some of the technologies that will impact our emerging future. We invite you to review the creations.

SHOWCASE

Alyssa Bennett

Alyssa Bennett

Alyssa Bennett resides in Bend, Oregon. She is an adult services community librarian at Deschutes Public Library. She will complete her MLIS from San Jose State University in December 2016. She holds a Masters in American History from American University and an undergraduate degree from University of California, Santa Cruz.

What if…we lived in smart cities: Smart cities utilize innovative information and communication technology (ICT) to foster a new urban environment that enriches the lives of its citizens through decreased waste and increased efficiency. This Spicynode infographic discusses smart city trends including issues related to privacy, security, and the role of libraries in smart cities.

The History of Futuring: Futuring is a field of study that utilizes a variety of methodologies, tools, and techniques for envisioning and steering society toward a preferred future. This LibGuide shares information and resources for understanding futuring terms, methodologies and strategies.

Julie Cervantes

I am the director of the Belen Public Library & Harvey House Museum in the tiny oasis of Belen, New Mexico. I love how libraries elevate the communities they serve, and I feel immensely privileged to be a librarian (and a student at SJSU, too)!

How the libraries of the future can save the planet: This presentation examines the great promise that libraries hold for current and future generations, and ways that libraries may help facilitate an improved environment and society.

Sarah Kaminski

Sarah Kaminski

Sarah Kaminski graduated with a BME in 2010. She works at a public library as a circulation assistant and tech services worker. She has been studying for her MLIS since 2014.

Gene Editing: This short presentation gives a quick overview of the concept, history and major players in the field of Gene Editing. Also addressed briefly in this presentation are the benefits and cons of the field of Gene Editing.

Amy Little

Amy Little

I am a full-time student in the SJSU MLIS program who is scheduled to graduate in Fall, 2016. When I am not studying I work as a Library Technology Assistant at Belle Cooledge Library in Sacramento and a Grant Consultant for the Veterans Connect @ the Library initiative. The issue of technological access and the role of public libraries in bridging the digital divide is one of the reasons I chose to pursue a career in library work.

Digital Inequity: The digital divide has been an increasingly important issue since its emergence in the 1990s. A lack of access to the internet and reliable technological tools is measured alongside socioeconomic characteristics such as income, gender, race, education, and location. Disparities in these areas contribute to digital inequity across the United States. Efforts to bridge the digital divide are being made in the private and public sector. Public and academic libraries have long stood at the heart of these efforts. By providing access, training, and support libraries are able to serve as digital gateways for their communities.

Catherine Lockmiller

Catherine Lockmiller

Catherine Lockmiller is a graduate student in the iSchool program at SJSU, where she focuses on emerging technology trends and methodologies for converging new tech with traditional library services. She also studies queer theory, and the queering of library space as a tool for generating safe, friendly spaces for various subcultures. She is a Library IT Specialist at South Mountain Community College Library, and has taught courses in Ethics and Literature.

Rethinking real: Libraries and virtual reality. Virtual reatlity is an imminent technology that will reshape the way people interact with virtual, undefined space. If libraries can recognize this growing trend, we can be at the fore when it comes to providing context for the way people form information communities in virtual spaces.

Megan Mizuno

Megan Mizuno

I attended University of California, Irvine for undergrad and graduated with a BA in English. I currently reside in Modesto, CA and work for the Stanislaus County public library. My career goal is to become a youth services librarian.

The Future of Transportation: This digital poster provides an insight to certain aspects of the future of transportation. It includes a few factoids about the current status of autonomous vehicles around the world; information about the future of infrastructure, safety, sustainability, and the fate of human-operated vehicles; the possibility of innovating beyond road-restricted vehicles; and three common misconceptions/truths about autonomous vehicles.

Caitlin Morais

Caitlin Morais

I am the editor of GISLounge.com and Geolounge.com and a cartographer. I hold both bachelor's and master's degrees in geography from UCLA. I’ve spent the last fifteen years pulling apart geographic data and reassembling it in order to find relationships between different entities as a cartographer. During this time, I have had frequent contact with map librarians which has piqued my interest in the field of library information science. I am currently working on my MLIS from SJSU and volunteering in the Special Archives at Santa Clara University.

Futuring (not to be confused with Futurism, an art movement) is also referred to as future studies, futurology, foresight, and forecasting, just to name a few variations. This interdisciplinary field seeks to use a systematic, pattern-based understanding of the past and present in order to make better decisions in the present by understanding future possibilities. The modern iteration of this discipline is over one hundred years ago and many methodologies for engaging in forecasting have developed over the years. This LibGuide is divided into sections covering the history of future studies and the methodologies used by futurists for planning.

Drones and rapid geographic data acquisition: Emerging drone technologies hold great promise as a way to rapidly and accurately acquire geographic information. As opposed to satellite and airplane-based imagery acquisition, the preparation time and costs are far lower with drone technology. Drones can potentially be outfitted with a range of camera and sensor equipment and launched to rapidly acquire geographic data which can then be used in for emergency management response, agriculture, conservation management, just to name a few examples. This infographic takes a look at current experiments with data acquisition and the benefits and concerns of using drone technology.

Jennifer Overaa

Jennifer Overaa

Jennifer Overaa graduated with honors from Oregon State University, receiving a BS in Business Administration. She also holds a JD from University of California, Hastings College of the Law and has been a member of the California State Bar since 1993. She practiced law for more than a decade in the fields of construction litigation, business litigation, and high tech transactional work. Ms. Overaa is a current MLIS candidate at San Jose State University with an interest in public, academic, and legal librarianship, and currently works part time as a reference librarian at the San Anselmo Public Library.

The Future of Health Care: This infographic examines potential future developments in health care, including the impact of advances in nanotechnologies, disability assistance, and potential for life extension.

What is a Futurist: This LibGuide is created for public library use and is meant to be an introduction to the concept of futuring with links to sources on the history of futuring and essential methods and resources used to explore future technologies.

Roberta Richter

Roberta Richter

My name is Roberta Richter. I have been a student at San Jose State University since January of 2015. I currently work at the La Grange Park Public Library District as the Circulation/Technical Services Director. I have been at this library for nearly 4 years and have worked in public libraries for 14 years. I was fortunate to take the INFO282 course covering Emerging Technologies for the Spring2016 semester. This course is not something that I normally would have taken, but I decided to step out of my comfort zone and I am glad I did. I learned so much about different technologies that I have never heard about before. I hope to continue using the Flipboard from this course to read about more new and exciting things to come!

The Future of Social Media: This infographic discusses social media in its current state, including statistics regarding popular platforms. It also discusses predictions of change in social media, including social media being mainly mobile, the web getting smarter as time passes, how social media will change the government, and how companies will adopt open source attitudes toward social media. Some highlights discusses include how social media is and will be utilized in the work place, the down side of social media, challenges seen by companies using social media, the trend toward using social media to build positive psychology, and trends that are occurring in social media.

Rachel Riter

Rachel Riter

Hello everyone! My name is Rachel Riter. I am originally from Gilbert, Arizona, but currently I am living in Salt Lake City, Utah. This summer I’ll be heading into my third semester apart of this program. I’m on track to graduate this December. I currently work as a student librarian at the J. Willard Marriott Library on the University of Utah campus. I want to become an academic librarian.

Virtual Reality in Elementary Education: This infographic explores the use of virtual reality in elementary education. While virtual reality is still an emgerging technology there has already been development in its pedagogy and incorporation into classrooms.