Emerging Library Technologies II: Innovation, 5/3/2011


SCRLC is delighted to announce that registration is now open for Emerging Library Technologies II: Innovation – an online conference on Tuesday, May 3, 2011, 11:00 am-4:30 pm EDT. Sessions include how to make innovation work at your library, geo-based Internet services, gaming, and actual implementation experiences with innovative services at a middle-sized public library. Conference speakers will include Stephen Abram (Gale Cengage), Scott Nicholson (Syracuse University), Meredith Farkas (Portland State University), and Sarah Glogowski (Tompkins County Public Library). Please see the flyer below for further details and registration information. The keynote session, This is Your Brain on Technology, will explore how the Internet and associated technologies affect your brain. Our keynote presenter will be Professor Deborah Gagnon, PhD, Wells College, who specializes in cognitive psychology.

Please help us to spread the word about this event to colleagues and co-workers who may be interested. Information about all SCRLC workshops and events is available on our website at  http://www.scrlc.org

Nora Fitzgerald Hardy
South Central Regional Library Council
Ithaca, NY

Emerging Library Technologies II: Innovation
Plan! Innovate! Transform! Workshop Series

Date & Time: Tuesday, May 3, 2011.  11:00am – 4:30pm EDT
Location: Online webinar
Registration: Individuals: $30; Groups: $60

Support: This training is funded in part by Federal Library Service and Technology (LSTA) funds, awarded b to the New York State Library by the Federal Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS).

11:00a.m. – 11:50a.m.     Welcome & Keynote

This Is Your Brain on Technology: The Technology Exposure Effect (TEE)-Deborah Gagnon, Ph.D., Wells College

Is that GPS on your dashboard shrinking your hippocampus? Or is it really the Holy Grail that the spatially challenged among us have been searching for our whole lives? The media offer a bewildering array of doomsday (as well as more benign) prognoses of the effect that excessive exposure to technologies – Twitter, Facebook, GPS, Second Life, etc. – present to our cognitive and neural functioning. This talk will examine questions like these and reveal how technology may be changing users’ (and your) perception, attention, memory, reasoning, decision making, and problem solving processes.

12:00p.m. – 12:50p.m.     Avoiding the Social Media Graveyard-Meredith Farkas, Portland State University

There has been a lot of buzz about social software over the past few years, and many libraries have devoted significant staff time toward implementing 2.0 technologies. To successfully implement 2.0 technologies, which libraries must adopt rapid user-centered change, experimentation, and a pragmatic view of technologies. One look at the number of abandoned library blogs, wikis and Twitter feeds tells us that successful implementation of social technologies requires more than simply installing software. Farkas include practical tips, illustrated with examples from libraries already on the road to 2.0 through innovative practices.

1:30p.m. – 2:20p.m.         GEO on the Web: Implications for Library Strategies – Stephen Abram, Gale Cengage

Is geography important to your library?  It is so important that many libraries have rich and detailed branch strategies.  How does this translate to the web?  Can you tune your services when you know where your user is located?  How do geotagging and geocoding influence the search results you see in Google, et al?  Is this trend tied to mobile and other devices?  Just think about Foursquare, Gowalla, the newly added geotagging in Facebook, Twitter and all of your cell phone pictures.  What does it all mean and what are the implications for your library?  Think about it. Check out this webinar session from wherever you are and get the fast take on the basics of geo and the new world of location-based services for search and the web.

2:30p.m. – 3:20p.m.         Community Centered Library Innovations – Sarah Glogowski, Tompkins County Public Library

The way in which libraries provide information services is changing rapidly. Once quiet places of study and reflection, libraries today are often the center of community life.  Learn how to make your library the essential place to go for both young and old through innovative services and technology.  From a Books at Birth project, to online teen book reviews, and from a popular town-gown Community Read to technology petting zoos, see what innovative services the staff of the Tompkins County Public Library are providing. Cooperative relationships between TCPL, TC3, Cornell, and many area agencies will be highlighted to show how innovation is a community collaboration.

3:30p.m. – 4:20p.m.         Gaming in Libraries – Scott Nicholson, Syracuse University

Over the last few years, a growing number of libraries of all types have discovered the power of gaming programs. These programs, which center around bringing patrons together to engage with each other through both digital and tabletop games. During this talk, Dr. Nicholson will present a brief history of how libraries have used games, will discuss data from studies about different ways that libraries use games, and will help guide libraries through the process of developing and running a gaming program.