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NEFLIN Visionaries vs. Implementors: Webinar (05/23/17)

May 23, 2017 @ 2:00 pm - 3:30 pm

Best Ways to Stay Current in a World of Information Overload

If you’ve been an information professional for any length of time, you’ve certainly heard over and over that technology is changing quickly (and exponentially) and how difficult it is to keep up. You’ve very likely felt overwhelmed at times. You’ve seen trends come and go, and wondered how and where to invest your limited time and budget.

In this talk we’ll look at two roles or types of people, visionaries and implementors. We’ll look at where you fit on the continuum between them and offer strategies for each type. You’ll learn about the best resources for keeping up, and where to go for information on evaluating what you’ve learned and planning for implementation.

This talk is an introduction to the book, Keeping Up with Emerging Technologies: A Handbook for Information Professionals, (to be published in 2017 by Libraries Unlimited).


  • Visionaries vs. implementors
  • The value of skimming and scanning
  • Aiming for breadth before depth
  • Dealing with information overload
  • Combining ideas from different fields
  • Sources
  • How far out to look
  • Following ethical debates
  • Being inclusive: diversity and accessibility
  • Understanding user needs
  • Strategies for visionaries and implementors
  • Where to go next: evaluating, analyzing, experimenting, persuading, implementing

Virtual Trainer: Nicole Hennig

Nicole Hennig is an independent user-experience professional, helping librarians and educators effectively use mobile technologies.

Nicole’s books include Apps for Librarians: Using the Best Mobile Technology to Educate, Create, and Engage, Selecting and Evaluating the Best Mobile Apps for Library Services, and Best Apps for Academics. She teaches several online courses, including Apps for Librarians & Educators, and Organize Your Life with Mobile Apps.

She worked for the MIT Libraries for 14 years, first as web manager and then as head of the user experience department. She is the winner of several awards, including the MIT Excellence Award for Innovative Solutions.

Nicole loves teaching, presenting, and inspiring people to use technology effectively. To stay current with the best mobile technology for education, sign up for her email newsletter, Mobile Apps News, and follow her on Twitter @nic221, where she tweets about libraries and mobile technologies.

This is an online class. Access information will be emailed one week ahead.

Cost: NEFLIN classes are free of charge for Florida library staff. Registration is required for all classes and NEFLIN members get priority.