10 Stellar Presentations from Computers in Libraries 2013

Info Today’s informative Computers in Libraries conference just wrapped up yesterday in Washington, DC. If you didn’t get a chance to attend you may want to check out these terrific presentations by talented info pros!

1.) Augmented Reality & Next-Gen Libraries

Michelle Liu, Assistant Professor of Information Technology, Marymount University
Mason Yang, Electronic Services Librarian, , Marymount University
Nathan Flinchum, Community Technology Center Librarian, Public Services, Roanoke Public Libraries

This session discusses augmented reality, ranked as an emerging tech by recent Horizon Reports. Flinchum illustrates how augmented reality tools can bring local history to life, creating interactive exhibits anywhere. He shares some of the free tools and techniques to push your historical collection out into your community! The third presentation discusses the next-gen library with a blended virtual and physical space perhaps using a “Double” robot as your surrogate to browse a library rare books collection in a library building while sitting at your dorm, finding information about library hours and maps by scanning QR codes on the wall of the library building, watching instructional videos on how to make double sided copies via Aurasma or Layar apps on your smart phone, or sharing what you are reading from a book in real time with your teammates through Google Project Glass. This is not science fiction; hear how the next-gen library will look as a place to foster learning, sharing, collaboration, and innovation.


2.) Enabling Innovation

James King, Information Architect, NIH Library, National Institutes of Health and Past President, DC Chapter of SLA
Innovation and change are critical for all libraries.This unstructured discussion focuses on creating an innovative environment and includes information about the Kansas library community’s culture that has included innovation for many years.


3.) UX & Accessibility Pecha Kucha

Randy Oldham, Web Development Librarian, University of Guelph
This lightening round looks at making services usable to people in different situations and is jam-packed with information. Oldham highlights tools to test the accessibility level of your websites and the requirements of WCAG 2.0.


4.) Metrics That Work

Karen Krugman, Chief, Research Library & Archives, Export-Import Bank of the United States
Are senior leaders getting the right message from your management reports? Are your reports a useful vehicle for your department or just part of the routine information you deliver to your manager? Do you want to learn how to communicate the importance of all of your library’s contributions to your organization but find that your metrics lack substance? Join our experienced leaders for this practical session to learn why management reporting is so critical for libraries, discover current management reporting trends, hear about management reporting at three federal libraries and see sample management reports, learn what statistics to track, how to turn them into real management information, and how to present your metrics effectively. Included are a list of metrics you can use in your own management reports.


5.) Becoming TechCentral

CJ Lynce, TechCentral Manager, Cleveland Public Library
Building a technology center, makerspace, or technology commons in a public library is about more than buzzwords. Integral to the success of any large-scale technology project is an understanding of the user community. Cleveland Public Library staff share the lessons learned as the TechCentral project moved from idea to reality. They discuss the Tech Toybox, a electronic device lending program, and myCloud, a virtualized desktop experience offered to public computer users.


6.) LibGuides: Sustaining & Embedding Strategies

Kim Vassiliadis, Head, User Experience, UNC-Chapel Hill Libraries
With tools such as LibGuides, librarians are able to quickly create course/subject guides for their classes or departments. But do they have sustainability, accuracy, and quality? University Library at UNC is shifting from encouraging librarians to create more guides for every information need to identifying high-quality, high-use subject guides that can be easily maintained over time. Find out how UNC inventoried and assessed the existing subject guides. Learn about the workflow process developed to take on the maintenance of guides.


7.) Mobile Discovery & Search

Ron Burns, Vice President of Global Software Services, EBSCO Publishing
Discovery — making library resources searchable and delivered to all users no matter where they are physically located and what Internet devices they use is definitely a challenge today. Our panel begins with a discussion of how new mobile web technologies such as “responsive design” are affecting content provider’s development strategies, how today’s most popular content sources and types are driving future “native app” requirements (e.g., ebooks, audio, medical resources, cloud accessible saved items), and what the future mobile strategies might look like. Then our expert searchers provide some tips and tricks for mobile search and discovery.


8.) Top Tips From Top Searchers

Greg Notess, Reference Team Leader, Montana State University
Our expert searchers share new techniques and tools as well as their secret tips and tricks.


9.) Mobilizing the User Experience: Mobile First and Responsive Design

Nina McHale, Web Developer, Digital Services, Arapahoe Library District
McHale examines strategies that libraries can adapt to employ “Mobile First” (the mobile user at the heart of development) and “Responsive Web Design,” two emerging web development trends, and discusses the implications these approaches have on the delivery of online library services.


10.) The Future of Libraries: Uncertainty & Imagination:Evolving Libraries Through Technology

Daniel W. Rasmus, Futurist & Author, Listening to the Future and Bellevue College, iPhone Life Magazine, PopMatters
Our speaker, a futurist, shares the secrets of listening to the future. He focuses on the types of questions we should be asking, the signs we should be paying attention to, and the implications for our organizations today—and tomorrow. He describes techniques such as scenarios, in particular stories, that can help us navigate uncertainty and continue to innovate in the face of change.