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Top Tech and Science Stories from 2016

This post contains links to collections of the top science and technology stories for 2016.  It is far from complete.  I will write a follow-up post in January.


The 100 Greatest Innovations Of 2016
Secret Santas, take note
By Popular Science Staff December 8, 2016
Each year, Popular Science picks the 100 greatest new innovations in science and technology to feature in our Best Of What’s New issue. These are the breakthroughs that will shape the future—and some may even make great Christmas presents.

From MIT Tech Review:

10 Breakthrough Technologies 2016
Which of today’s emerging technologies have a chance at solving a big problem and opening up new opportunities? Here are our picks. The 10 on this list all had an impressive milestone in the past year or are on the verge of one. These are technologies you need to know about right now.

From Science News:

Top 10 science stories of 2016: Gravitational waves, Zika, Proxima b and more

From NY Times:

Science News That Stuck With Us in 2016
By  The New York Times
As the year ends, the Science desk of The New York Times asked its reporters to look back at the news they reported on that was the most memorable. These are their selections, with a focus on archaeology, biology, physics and space.

From Nature:

2016 in news: The science events that shaped the year
Climate accords, controversial assisted reproduction and the CRISPR patent battle are among the year’s top stories.

From IEEE Spectrum:

Special Report: 2016 Top Tech to Watch
Spectrum’s annual special report on this year’s most intriguing technologies

From PC World:

The top 10 tech stories of 2016: Post-PC, post-reality
It’s been a wild and weird year for tech: Here’s a look at the stories that rocked the world of IT and beyond

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Posts for Teach Me Technology Day

Posts for Teach Me Technology Day

Posts are now available on New Technologies for Federal Libraries blog for the Teach Me Technology Day (12 April 2016) .  More will be added as I receive them from those who did presentations and demonstrations.  It was a great success.  Thank you to all who participated.

Members of the working group:

  • Co-Chair: Nancy Faget (Army Research Laboratory <>  )
  • Co-chair: Lila Faulkner (Department of Justice libraries <> )
  • Web chair: Bill Drew (Air Force Research Laboratory, <> )
  • Data chair: Chris Belter (NIH library, <> )
  • Programming chair:  Lee Lipscomb (Federal Judicial Center <>  )


Bill Drew

Web Chair – FEDLINK Libraries and Emerging Technologies Working Group

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September 10, 2015 from 2:00pm to 3:00pm ET


Today’s forward-thinking libraries are responding to changes in information consumption, new technological advancements, and growing user expectations by devising groundbreaking ways to remain relevant in a rapidly changing digital world. This panel will cover the most cutting-edge developments that face today’s modern libraries including tablet integration, wearable technology, data visualizations, MOOCs, content management systems, and much more. These critical issues are approached from the perspective of tech-savvy library leaders who each discuss how forward-thinking libraries are leveraging the newest and most promising emerging technology trends.

Speakers include the field’s top innovators from all areas of librarianship who have strived to provide inspiration and guidance to tomorrow’s library leaders. Each has published a book on their topic in the newly released Library Technology Essentials book series from Rowman and Littlefield Publishers.

This panel will be done in PechaKucha 20X20 style – a Japanese presentation style in which each presentation consists of 20 images (or slides), each shown for 20 seconds. The images advance automatically and the speaker talks along to the images. Each presentation lasts only 6 minutes and 40 seconds!

Webinar participants will learn:

  • The ins and outs of emerging technologies and trends relevant to libraries
  • How libraries and librarians are using these cutting-edge technologies
  • How they can implement these technologies in their libraries today

Featured Presenter(s):

Moderator & Coordinator:

  • Ellyssa Kroski, Director of Information Technology
    New York Law Institute, Series Editor of Library Technology Essentials



  • Tom Bruno, Associate Director for Resource Sharing and Reserves, Yale University Library — Topic: Wearable Technology and Libraries
  • Kyle Courtney, Copyright Advisor, Harvard University — Topic: MOOCs and Libraries
  • Amy Deschenes, User Experience Specialist, Harvard Library — Topic: Free Technology for Libraries
  • Juan Denzer, Library Systems Specialist, Binghamton University Libraries — Topic: Digital Collections and Exhibits
  • Chad Haefele, Emerging Technologies Librarian, UNC Chapel Hill Libraries — Topic: WordPress in Libraries
  • Sarah Mauldin, Director of Library Services, Smith, Gambrell & Russell, LLP — Topic: Data Visualizations and Infographics
  • Elizabeth Willse, Librarian, Berkeley College — Topic: Tablets and Apps in Libraries


Source: New Tech for Federal Libraries

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