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Technological Innovation: Perceptions and Definitions

Everyone agrees that innovation is a worthy aim, but what does innovation actually entail? And what does it mean for a library organization? For this issue of Library Technology Reports, Jason Vaughan reviewed professional literature, both scholarly and mainstream, and surveyed library directors to learn their views on how technological innovation is impacting today’s libraries. Identifying common threads from a mix of perspectives, his findings provide clarity on the subject as well as an ideal way for readers to begin a discussion at their own organization. Gathering a range of insights about technological innovation, Vaughan presents

  • A summary of General Electric’s GE Global Innovation Barometer
  • Phrases and words common to job ads referencing innovation
  • Criteria of awards for technological innovation
  • Analysis, charts, and graphs of responses to a 10-question survey of research library directors

Jason Vaughan is the Director of Library Technologies at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas (UNLV). In this capacity, he serves as senior administrator and provides overall leadership for three departments within the UNLV Libraries: Digital Collections, Library Systems, and Web and Application Development Services. Previous positions at UNLV include Head of Library Systems and Information Systems Librarian. He has published and spoken extensively on library and library technology topics, including library automation, digitization, planning, and policy, and has served as co-investigator for multiple grants totaling over half a million dollars.

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