May 16, 2022

New Article Looks at “Implications and Opportunities” For Google Glass in Libraries

The following full text article appears in the May 2014 issue (vol. 75 no. 5) of C&RL News.


Ok, library: Implications and opportunities for Google Glass


Char Booth
Claremont Colleges

Dani Brecher
Claremont Colleges

From the Article

Like virtually any emerging technology, Glass provides interesting potential use cases for libraries and higher education. However, its pervasiveness in the current cultural conversation intensifies the usual challenges of justifying device acquisition and avoiding fad-based decision-making.


Among the many wearables now available to consumers, Glass seems to be gaining the most traction in libraries. In our opinion, this is due to Glass’s unique research and information discovery potential, its ability to be constantly reset and linked to new users’ accounts, and innovative design affordances that seem to capture the popular imagination


Workshop discussions of first impressions of Glass as well as its potential applications confirm this amicable tension. On the one hand, “creepy” reactions related to privacy, design factors,  and questioning Glass’ basic utility tend to be as (or more) dominant as the “cool” camp. Similarly, imagined applications run the gamut from surgery and ethnography to, ahem, academic dishonesty and porn.

Direct to Full Text Article (Approx 2000 Words)

On a Related Note…

Interesting Research! FaceBlock App Allows Google Glass Users to Take Privacy-Aware Pictures (March 28, 2014)

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Gary Price ( is a librarian, writer, consultant, and frequent conference speaker based in the Washington D.C. metro area. Before launching INFOdocket, Price and Shirl Kennedy were the founders and senior editors at ResourceShelf and DocuTicker for 10 years. From 2006-2009 he was Director of Online Information Services at, and is currently a contributing editor at Search Engine Land.