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South Carolina musings.

I'm writing this in downtown Charleston, where I've been lucky enough to attend the 39th library conference in this glorious South Carolina city.

Several technology sessions at the event were based around user experience (UX), the concept of making sure that industry software and systems are fit for purpose and encompass all stakeholders. On page 8 of this issue five industry experts update us on the latest developments in UX, and make some predictions for the future.

In our other set-piece feature, Rebecca Pool delves into the world of learning analytics--an area that has attracted great interest in many sectors of education but only more recently in the world of academic libraries.

The keynote speech at Charleston was from Brewster Kahle, founder of the Internet Archive, who announced an affiliation with a superb, socially-conscious organisation called Better World Books, which uses a revolutionary business model to collect used books from libraries, publishers and universities--and then resell, donate and recycle them. To date it has saved more than 300 million books from landfill. There's more on page 26; it's truly inspirational stuff.

Oh, that front cover. For those not of a certain age, the image is of a certain rock star whose band was called the Jimi Hendrix Experience, and whose first album was called Are You Experienced? Tenuous and obscure, I know. Sorry.

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Title Annotation:Leader: Tim Gillett
Author:Gillett, Tim
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Date:Dec 1, 2019
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