Preconference Workshops - Monday, October 19, 2020

 

Monday, Oct 19

Workshops

 

W1. Searchers Academy: Futurizing Search

09:00 AM2020-10-192020-10-19

Monday, October 19: 9:00 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.

Search is ever-evolving. From Google’s frequent algorithm changes that affect our search results to new sources of information appearing on the web, innovative approaches by information professionals are necessary. Info pros have a unique set of skills that give us the ability to own the search space. But equally important is the ability to challenge our assumptions about search and hone our search skills. This practical full-day workshop provides the latest tips, tricks, and techniques for unlocking the “black box” of search. With search engines adding, altering, and removing functionality on a regular basis, it’s difficult to keep up. Our search experts reveal what you need to know to perform better and more effective searches, analyze search results to surface value, teach others good search practice, and remain on top of search innovations. There’s always something new to be learned from these leading-edge info pros. Whether you’re a novice or expert searcher, you will come away with a new appreciation of innovations in search, new resources to share with colleagues, and more search tools for your professional toolkit. Topics our experts cover include the following:

  • Getting More From Web Search: Learn about recent developments in web search engines that affect how, why, and where to search to get the best results.
  • Savvy Search Strategies: Strategize your research to accommodate new technologies and techniques for increasing sense-making.
  • Resourcefully Yours: So many resources, so little time! We introduce a number of new, different, and changed resources to turbocharge your research.
  • Increasing Value: Make your search results decision-ready by transforming data into insights and actionable information.
  • SWOT for Search Professionals: Take a fresh look at where search professionals can make the biggest impact and most effectively leverage your expertise.
Speakers:

, Editor-in-Chief, Online Searcher Magazine, USA

, Principal, Bates Information Services, Inc. USA

, Professor Emeritus of Librarianship, Montana State University

, Co-Founder, infoDOCKET & FullTextReports

 

W2. Planning for the Near Future: Smart Library Programs & Services

09:00 AM2020-10-192020-10-19

Monday, October 19: 9:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.

As part of our series of workshops focused on preparing for the future, this half-day workshop begins with a look at the lifecycle of services, determining the needs of your audience, and moving ahead. It features current processes used by academic, public, and special libraries as they plan and implement new services and consider retiring old services that are not providing an appropriate bang for the buck or value to clients. Get a road map for evaluating your services, determining those at the end of their lifecycle, as well as preparing for new services which maximum positive impact for your community.

Speakers:

, Managing Partner, Dysart & Jones Associates

, Manager, Learning Resource Centre, Michener Institute

 

W3. Strategic Technology Planning

09:00 AM2020-10-192020-10-19

Monday, October 19: 9:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.

Libraries require appropriate technology in order to best fulfill their strategic missions. They invest in many types of tools for managing their collections, enabling discovery for patrons, and fulfilling access in the most efficient way. As the proportions of electronic and digital content continue to increase, libraries need to align their technology infrastructure. In this half-day workshop, Breeding outlines some of the types of technology products and services available to help libraries face these challenges. The workshop focuses on the issues raised by the attendees to help guide their development of technology strategies which best serve their organizations.

Speaker:

, Independent Consultant, Library Technology Guides, USA

 

W4. Makerspaces, Innovation Labs, & Studios

09:00 AM2020-10-192020-10-19

Monday, October 19: 9:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.

This workshop focuses on the new types of programs and services libraries are providing for their communities—creating and evolving makerspaces, innovation labs, and an assortment of studios. Up-to-date about tips and techniques, our experienced speakers give you all you need to get started within your area and to move it into an engaging, customer problem-solving and learning space! Building a STEM learning or entrepreneurship program alongside a makerspace, a studio alongside 3D printing or music, or an innovation lab with AR & VR? Come explore new community engagement possibilities. Learn about the bleeding-edge technology and how all the basic hardware/ software components work to create engaging experiences in your library and far beyond it. An HTC Vive, Microsoft HoloLens, Google Cardboard, a DIY hologram viewer, and other technologies are present, so participants have an opportunity to play with all the latest and greatest AR/VR technologies as well as to identify opportunities to use these technologies in their communities. Full of practical insights and techniques, this workshop provides a road map for building or taking your exciting new program to the next level. It also discusses challenges, such as dealing with tech and funding, presents real-world examples, and inspires you with the impact of these types of initiatives.

Speakers:

, Librarian, Innovation Lab Manager, St. Petersburg College

, Director of Strategic Innovation, Evolve Project

, Director and former State Librarian, Carson City Library and Emeritus Professor, University of Nevada, Reno

 

W5. Graphic Design Strategies 101

09:00 AM2020-10-192020-10-19

Monday, October 19: 9:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.

Learn graphic design in a fun and relaxed setting with celebrity designer Ithan Payne. Using the industry’s top design software, Adobe Photoshop, attendees gain practical skills and how to apply them to create professional-looking layouts! This hands-on workshop is perfect for beginners and people looking for a great refresher course. You will need to have a Mac or PC with at least the minimum requirements for Adobe Photoshop CC. Information can be found on the Adobe website. Get an overview of the most common graphic design practices and the thought process behind these principles; learn current color design principles and how they apply to the world around us, from products and art to branding and advertising; get an understanding of typography theory and how type plays a major role in both print mediums and digital media; get an overview of user interface, experience design, and image composition; receive the latest trends on logo design and branding and how your organization can use these ideas to increase positive engagement; and practice graphic design principles using Adobe Photoshop with a chance to get advice from an expert. You’ll be ready to create your own new and exciting designs!

Speaker:

, CEO, Ithan Payne Creative

 

W6. Beyond Stories: Engagement, Influence, & Support Via Your Website

09:00 AM2020-10-192020-10-19

Monday, October 19: 9:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.

We are taught in library school and in many advocacy training sessions that stories will lead to public support and action. The problem is, the storytelling model of advocacy relies on trusting our supporters and leaders to take action on good ideas. However, if the previous few years are any indication, this simply is no longer the case. Stories don’t drive action, and they don’t lead to real political power. Sweeney explores the significant amount of work that is necessary beyond storytelling to engage supporters and influence leaders in order to enact change through true organizing. He discusses the use of big data, messaging, and using digital tools and platforms and specifically focuses on how to identify, cultivate, and empower supporters in order to encourage real and tangible action to build support for funding libraries and information services. By rethinking your library’s online activities, you can do more than just raise awareness of your library and its services in your community. He shares specific practices you can use on your website to generate feedback, resources, and more. See how you can get real financial and political benefits with your library’s online activities.

Speaker:

, Political Director, EveryLibrary

 

W7. Planning for the Near Future: Smart Library Spaces & Buildings

01:30 PM2020-10-192020-10-19

Monday, October 19: 1:30 p.m. - 3:30 p.m.

How do we design for changing technologies and flexible smart spaces? How do we incorporate new gadgets, apps, and technologies to engage our communities? Get some insights and ideas for planning for the future for successful user library experiences

Speaker:

, Web Services Librarian, University of Pittsburgh

 

W8. Tech Trends for Libraries in 2020 & Beyond

01:30 PM2020-10-192020-10-19

Monday, October 19: 1:30 p.m. - 3:30 p.m.

Technology has changed the face of libraries and is continuing to change how we work and how we deliver services to customers. This workshop introduces emerging technology trends and shows how those trends are reshaping library services. Examples are provided of how to incorporate these evolving trends into libraries. Attendees learn what trends to look for, find out the difference between a technology trend and a fad, and get ideas on how their library can respond to technology.

Speaker:

, Digital Services Director, Topeka & Shawnee County Public Library and Publisher, davidleeking.com

 

W9. Digital Branches 4.0

01:30 PM2020-10-192020-10-19

Monday, October 19: 1:30 p.m. - 3:30 p.m.

With recent events, our digital branches are busier than ever. How can we take them to the next level? Tanzi discusses the changes we need to make to meet the growth in users and the strategies to do so while still operating within a budget. He covers such topics as preparing your digital collection for an influx of users, running a digital branch in the face of sudden growth, identifying the library's needs and constraints, and developing a plan of action. Get lots of ideas and insights for growing your digital branch or collection to the next level.

Speaker:

, Assistant Director, South Huntington Public Library

 

W10. Productivity Tools & Techniques to Get Things Done

01:30 PM2020-10-192020-10-19

Monday, October 19: 1:30 p.m. - 3:30 p.m.

It is time to blow up old methods and process and to replace them with something new. This workshop focuses on getting things done—accomplishing more on a faster timeline! Join our practitioners to gather new tools, techniques, and technologies to get more done in meetings and collaborative projects, improve workflows, and have a more productive operation. Jones shares techniques for addressing priorities, agendas, and planning as well as easy tech for improving workflows and project discussions and actions. She presents 10 visual tools that help you plan more effectively, allocate resources more efficiently, track progress more diligently, communicate more clearly, and manage change more compassionately. Kowalski looks at popular tools like Trello, Evernote, Bullet Journals, and more. She discusses productivity activities, like the Pomodoro and Getting Things Done methods, and shows techniques and processes for integrating these tools and activities into your professional and personal projects. You will be amazed at what you learn and can put into practice!

Speakers:

, Managing Partner, Dysart & Jones Associates

, Outreach & Reference Librarian, University of the District of Columbia

Monday, Oct 19

Conference Opening Networking Event

 

Gaming, Gadgets, & Makerspaces: Speed (Maker)Dating

05:30 PM2020-10-192020-10-19

Monday, October 19: 5:30 p.m. - 7:30 p.m.

Join our gamers and gadget lovers for a “date night”-style evening of fun, playing, learning, and networking. See how you can transform your thinking, your programs, and your spaces with the latest games, gadgets, and ideas! Share with a poster about what your library is doing with creative making and makerspaces. Also check out the great items offered in our online Silent Auction with funds going to EveryLibrary. Led by Brian Pichman & Tod Colegrove this event will start your conference experience with lots of learning and laughing! Refreshments included.

Speakers:

, Director of Strategic Innovation, Evolve Project

, Director and former State Librarian, Carson City Library and Emeritus Professor, University of Nevada, Reno