Are you curious about Alexa, Google Assistant, Siri, and other types of voice computing?

If you have an Amazon Echo, Google Home, or Apple HomePod you might think that these are only for home use. But actually, libraries are experimenting with ways to use voice computing (by creating skills, loaning smart speakers, offering workshops, and more).

  • Understand the basics of this technology.
  • Learn how libraries are experimenting with voice computing.
  • Get inspired to experiment in your library.

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Siri, Alexa, and Other Digital Assistants: The Librarian’s Quick Guide
Table of Contents

1. What is Voice-First Computing?

  • Introduction
  • Definitions
  • Platforms Overview
    – Voice Assistants on Other Devices
  • Typical Tasks
  • Third-Pary Skills
  • Statistics
  • Advantages of Voice Computing

2. Hardware and Skills

  • Hardware
    – Smart Speakers
    – Smart Home Devices
    – TV Devices
    – Home Robots
    – Voice Computing in Cars
    – Hearables
  • Comparing Platforms
  • Creating Skills
    – Alexa Skill Development
    – Google Action Development
    – Is It Possible to Monetize a Skill?
    – Creating Skills for Libraries

3. Real-World Uses

  • Hands-Free Situations
  • Workplace Uses
  • Benefits for the Elderly
  • Benefits for People with Disabilities
    – Uses for the Blind and Vision Impaired
    – Voice Control Helps People with Mobility Impairments
    – What about People with Speech Impairments?
  • Use in Libraries
    – School Libraries and Classrooms
    – Public Libraries
    – Academic Libraries

4. Privacy and Ethical Concerns

  • The Privacy of Your Voice Data
    – How to Control Your Voice Data
    – Block Incoming Voice Calls
    – Disable Voice Purchases
    – Privacy Recommendations for Design of Voice Interfaces
  • Children and Voice Assistants
    – Ethical Concerns
    – Recognizing the Speech of Young Children
    – Voice Computing for Children Is Here to Stay
  • Sexism in Voice Computing
  • What Librarians Need to Know

5. The Future of Voice Computing

  • A Primary Way of Using Computers
  • Advances in Speech Recognition and Natural Language Processing
  • Possible Uses in Libraries


Get the book, and let me know what you think! Is your library experimenting with voice computing?

Siri, Alexa, and Other Digital Assistants

The Librarian’s Quick Guide