Use Your Imagination
by Dick Kaser
The authors in this issue were thinking big and long range. You should feel free to do so too. To that end, for everyone involved with education and learning, we’ve included a brief self-survey to help you set some goals—one of which may be to share what you know with the readers of this magazine.
Chad Mairn thinks big when it comes to the potential for extended reality in libraries, K–12 schools, and higher education. He shares his insights on how this technology can transform learning and education. Additionally, he points you in the direction of applications you can deploy today.
Brian Pichman was thinking on a grand scale when he took a retreat to a national park to contemplate the future of libraries. He shares what he saw and learned about the natural world—thanks to his remote internet connection—and what that means for libraries and the Internet of Things.
None thought bigger when writing separately for this issue than Kimberly Silk and Jan Zastrow; they share their hopes and concerns for a greener, more sustainable world. It may surprise you to learn that even small acts can make a huge difference in achieving global priorities and how the small decisions you make about digital assets can be of critical importance to sustainability.
Don’t miss columnist Marshall Breeding’s advice for future-proofing your tech infrastructure.
As 2022 winds down and you make your New Year’s resolutions, keep all of these big thoughts and bold ideas in mind. Come January, CIL will be incorporating our long-time sister publication Online Searcher. Regular CIL readers can look forward to extended coverage of search technology and online resources in coming issues.
Dick Kaser, Executive Editor