Conference Program

Community Impact: Digital Strategies & Partnerships

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Internet Librarian is the ONLY conference for information professionals who are using, developing, and embracing Internet and Web-based strategies in their roles as information architects and navigators; digital managers, developers and integrators; content evaluators and curators; taxonomists; searchers; community builders, managers, and partners; information providers, trainers, guides, and more.

This comprehensive conference offers a wide-ranging program designed to meet the needs of librarians, information managers, systems professionals, researchers, content managers, curators and information specialists. Internet Librarian 2022 caters to all interests and all levels of knowledge with four simultaneous tracks, plus in-depth preconference workshops and many networking opportunities.

The last two years have been a challenge for all sectors and libraries have stepped up to play amazing roles in their communities with dynamic programs and resources, creative partnerships and technologies, innovative services as well as digital and learning strategies, and much more. Hear how communities are being supported by their libraries, get tips and techniques you can take home and apply to your environment, learn about the latest technologies and opportunities for the future. Libraries are resilient and are resetting for the future. This year's program highlights some of the exciting changes that will likely become standard in the future, those that were great experiments from which we learned much, as well as creative new insights and plans for the future, plans which include working with their communities in rebuilding and recovering from the economic and social issues arising from recent upheavals.

 

Monday, Oct 17

Preconference Workshops

 

W1. Web Search University Presents Searchers Academy: Resetting Search

09:00 AM2022-10-172022-10-17

Monday, October 17: 9:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.

This year as never before, we are all being called upon to reset our assumptions on search techniques and approaches. From Google's frequent algorithm changes that affect our search results to new sources of both open source and fee-based information, as well as new expectations from clients and patrons, information professionals need to re-examine all their search practices. Info pros have a unique skill set that gives 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. Our search experts reveal what you need to know today 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 come away with a new understanding of innovations in search, new resources to share with colleagues, and more search tools for your professional toolkit.

Our experts cover these topics:

  • What's New in Web Search: Learn about new developments in 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 turbo-charge your research.
  • SWOT for Search Professionals: Take a fresh look at where search professionals can make the biggest impact and most effectively leverage your expertise.
Speakers:

, Principal, Bates Information Services, Inc.

, Professor Emeritus of Librarianship, Montana State University

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

, Co-Founder, infoDOCKET & FullTextReports

 

W2. Strategic Technology Planning

09:00 AM2022-10-172022-10-17

Monday, October 17: 9:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.

In this half-day workshop, technology expert Marshall Breeding moderates a discussion of key technology problems and challenges facing libraries today. He begins with a look at the key areas to be included in a technology plan. He incorporates recent information about the issues and developments of the technologies, products, and services that are relevant to the building of a technology plan as well as the topics of interest to workshop participants. This workshop focuses on the real-world technology plans and issues, so come prepared with the topics and issues of interest in your organization. What are your library and community challenges in today’s uncertain world? Bring them to this informed facilitated discussion, get tips and techniques for planning, and take away some new ideas!

Speaker:

, Independent Consultant, Library Technology Guides, USA

 

W3. Coaching to Bring Out People’s Best

09:00 AM2022-10-172022-10-17

Monday, October 17: 9:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.

Most libraries invest more than 60% of their budgets in staffing costs. People are a library’s most important resource, and the managers, team leaders, and department heads have the essential role of developing these resources to their full potential. This is why on-the-job coaching is such a critical skill for all those who are accountable for employees. Coaching brings out the best in individuals, with positive impacts for all those involved, including the coach and the entire organization. Join us to practice the basics of coaching—from the power of listening, questions, challenging, and supporting through to the game-changer of accountability. Quoting an HBR study: “Asking questions is a uniquely powerful tool for unlocking value in organizations: It spurs learning and the exchange of ideas, it fuels innovation and performance improvement, it builds rapport and trust among team members.” This interactive half-day workshop is packed with actionable, thought-provoking techniques and experiences designed to help you, your colleagues, and your library grow.

Speakers:

, Coach, SGR Partners

, Partner, Dysart & Jones Associates and Director, LLEAD Institute

, Organizational Development Librarian / Executive Coach, University of Manitoba and Executive Coaching Experience

 

W4. Planning for the Near Future: Smart Library Spaces & Buildings

09:00 AM2022-10-172022-10-17

Monday, October 17: 9:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.

Do you have space issues in your library? Or challenges due to the recent pandemic? This workshop focuses on designing spaces for changing technologies and flexibility. How do we step up our digital transformation in uncertain times and keep our members safe? How do we incorporate new gadgets, apps, and technologies to engage our communities in new and exciting ways? Get some insights and ideas from our experienced librarians for planning successful future library experiences for your users.

Speakers:

, Web Services Librarian, University of Pittsburgh

, Library Consultant, Free Range Librarian

 

W5. New Tech for Libraries: 3D Scanning, Holograms, & More

09:00 AM2022-10-172022-10-17

Monday, October 17: 9:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.

3D scanning may be riding on the coattails of 3D design and printing technologies, but it has had a long history of useful applications. For example, the Innovation Lab, a community-driven solution space located in the Seminole Community Library at St. Petersburg College, has been working on some 3D scanning projects such as digitizing real dinosaur bones and other objects to be shared as holograms to help augment traditional learning opportunities, helping a local glass museum import 3D scanned objects into virtual and augmented reality spaces, and others. See what exciting things can be done with 3D scanning, holograms, virtual reality, and more!

Speaker:

, Librarian, Innovation Lab Manager, St. Petersburg College

 

W6. Cybersecurity for Your Library

09:00 AM2022-10-172022-10-17

Monday, October 17: 9:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.

Protecting privacy and security while leveraging technology to accomplish positive change is becoming a serious challenge for individuals, communities, and businesses. This workshop, led by expert leaders and practitioners, covers personal and organizational privacy as well as top security issues for libraries and their communities. If you don’t have a security plan in place, are unsure of where to even start with making sure your library is secure, or you have an existing plan in place but want to cross your T’s and dot your I’s, then come to this interactive workshop.

Speakers:

, Executive Director, Information Services, & College Information Security Officer, University of Illinois - Chicago

, Director of Strategic Innovation, Evolve Project

, Co-Founder, infoDOCKET & FullTextReports

 

W7. Tech Trends for Libraries in 2022 & Beyond

12:00 PM2022-10-172022-10-17

Monday, October 17: 12:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m.

Technology has changed the face of libraries and is continuing to change how we work and how we deliver services to customers. In fact, the past year has pushed us, or, in some cases, made us scramble, to discover and experiment with new technologies and tools, to train our staff and community, and to look for new ways of doing our core activities. 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 ID what trends to look for, find out the difference between a technology trend and a fad, learn how to adapt what others are doing into your community, and get ideas on how their library can respond to technology as it emerges

Speaker:

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

 

W8. Creating Stimulating Community Makerspaces & Innovation Hubs in Libraries

12:00 PM2022-10-172022-10-17

Monday, October 17: 12:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m.

This workshop focuses on new types of programs and ser­vices libraries are providing for their communities—makerspaces, innovation labs, and an assortment of studios that give users the tools to be creative and gain experience with emerging technologies. Filled with tips and techniques, our experienced speakers give you all you need to get started and to move into an innovative, customer-centric learning space based on STEM education, which also thrives around solving problems while being curious and inventive. Come explore new community engagement possibilities providing learning experiences for jobs of the future and the latest bleeding-edge technologies. Learn how they all work together to create engaging experiences in your library and beyond its walls as our world becomes increasingly digital. Full of practical insights and techniques from experienced and knowledgeable innovators, this workshop provides a road map for building or taking your exciting new program to the next level. It discusses the challenges (e.g., dealing with technology issues and funding shortages) while presenting real-world examples to help inspire you to explore the amazing opportunities these types of initiatives offer.

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

 

W9. Data Analytics Fundamentals for Information Professionals

12:00 PM2022-10-172022-10-17

Monday, October 17: 12:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m.

In this workshop, you learn the basics to start your analytics journey. Using a free analytics platform, we’ll have hands on exercises exploring the fundamentals of analytics in information organizations and how to properly prepare and clean data for analysis. Once we’re familiar with the basics, we delve into the world of visualization to demonstrate findings and discoveries to make more effective cases for our advocacy efforts. Finally, we dabble in some machine learning techniques as a means for obtaining deeper understanding into patterns and trends that lie within the data we collect. Participants will need to provide their own laptop and engage in a bit of prework to prepare their machine for the workshop.

Speaker:

, Executive Director, Information Services, & College Information Security Officer, University of Illinois - Chicago

 

W10. Making the Case for Library-Led KM initiatives

12:00 PM2022-10-172022-10-17

Monday, October 17: 12:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m.

This knowledge management (KM) workshop is designed for librarians who want to take a more active role in KM projects within their organizations and libraries. Bring an idea for a KM project to the workshop, or be inspired with one by our experienced KM instructor. The KM concepts introduced help participants develop a full-fledged business case for their KM projects with a defined scope and understanding of the driving forces for KM at your library/organization. According to Ian Gamble (Making the Business Case: Proposals That Succeed for Projects That Work), a business case is a recommendation designed to lead directly to a decision, supported by an analysis of its benefits, costs, and risks (compared to realistic alternatives), and accompanied by an implementation plan. A business case requires that one gathers and presents data to support the project's purpose statement. Contextual information acquired by conducting a knowledge audit, along with the design of a pilot, assure success for a KM project. This workshop features collaborative and group work and practical exercises as well as an extensive resource list for further reading and relevant case studies.

Speaker:

, President, Barbie E. Keiser, Inc.

 

W11. Putting the Future in Context: Libraries 2035

12:00 PM2022-10-172022-10-17

Monday, October 17: 12:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m.

Using a scenario-based envisioning process, this workshop explores the major trends and features of current library environments, discovers the uncertainties, introduces the scenario framework, focuses on the people of the future by building a persona for a typical library user in the future, and discusses the implications for the future of libraries in each scenario. Attendees leave with an overview of trends and issues, a list of named uncertainties related to the future of libraries, a framework for reasoning about uncertainty, a more strategic point of view, useful tools, techniques and experience with scenario planning. If you are involved in or are responsible for planning, this workshop is for you!

Speaker:

, Director, Insights & Advisory, HiveMind Network and Affiliate Instructor, University of Washington; Author, Listening to the Future and Management by Design

 

W12. Community Learning: Tips & Techniques

12:00 PM2022-10-172022-10-17

Monday, October 17: 12:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m.

Our trained systems engineer with a Ph.D. in cognitive science in education has always been interested in the integration of technology and learning. She is the opening keynote speaker for Internet Librarian, and you can take advantage of her knowledge and community experience in this small group workshop. Jamalian created an early learning company that pioneered the integration of physical play with digital applications to provide a rich and interactive learning experience for children. She now heads an innovation hub to give children the opportunity and community support they need to act on their most ambitious dreams. Jamalian shares tips for designing learning platforms for children, taking advantage of emerging educational tech, utilizing game design, mathematical education, and cognition as well as how to engage the community with library programs. Get tools and techniques to take back and make an impact on learning in your community.

Speaker:

, Founder, CEO, The GIANT Room

Monday, Oct 17

Networking Events

 

Cannery Row Walking Tour

04:30 PM2022-10-172022-10-17

Monday, October 17: 4:30 p.m. - 5:30 p.m.

Need a stretch after a day of workshops or traveling on airplanes? Want to hear some of the lore of Cannery Row and see some of the sights? Join our native librarian as she leads a walking tour from the Marriott to Cannery Row before our Games & Gadgets evening networking event!

Speaker:

, Principal, Brightsail Research

 

Games, Gadgets, & Makerspaces: Conference Opening Networking Event

05:30 PM2022-10-172022-10-17

Monday, October 17: 5:30 p.m. - 7:30 p.m.

Join our gamers and gadget lovers for an 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 what your library is doing with creative making and makerspaces. Learn how to create a Gadgets for Good e-recycle drive for your community. This year, Chad Mairn shares tips and strategies for using special technology to engage your communities, while Brian Pichman highlights the latest gadgets you might like to try out in your library. Take selfies with library robots in our photo booth and share on social media with your colleagues! This event starts your conference experience with lots of learning and laughing! Refreshments included.

Speakers:

, Librarian, Innovation Lab Manager, St. Petersburg College

, Director of Strategic Innovation, Evolve Project

Tuesday, Oct 18

Keynotes

 

Continental Breakfast & Morning Chats

08:00 AM2022-10-182022-10-18

Tuesday, October 18: 8:00 a.m. - 8:45 a.m.

Storing Research & Knowledge
When researching, it's easy to lose track of resources online. What if there were ways to not only organize, but maintain, your information? Learn valuable ways to better organize research, photos, websites, and more!
ITI
Speaker:

, Information Technology Librarian, Beeson Law Library, Samford University

Educational Platforms for Distance Learning
Innovations are constantly happening in the digital world, so much so, that universities are struggling to meet the demands of today's learners, who have access to a huge amount of information. Digital platforms are key. Discuss with your colleagues the importance of digital platforms as one of the smart digital content management systems in supporting distance learning and hear what’s happening at PMU and the Indian Institute of Technology.
Speakers:

, Librarian & Head, Indian Institute of Technology Delhi

, Manager of Learning Resources Center & Manager of Online Education Center, Prince Mohammad Bin Fahd University

 

Welcome & Opening Keynote: Community Impact Through Learning

08:45 AM2022-10-182022-10-18

Tuesday, October 18: 8:45 a.m. - 9:45 a.m.

Our trained systems engineer with a Ph.D. in cognitive science in education has always been interested in the integration of technology and learning. She co-founded Tiggly, an early learning company that pioneered the integration of physical play with digital applications, to provide a rich and interactive learning experience for children. She then was the head of education strategy for littleBits. Through The GIANT Room, an innovation hub, she and her team give children the opportunity and community support they need to act on their most ambitious dreams. Jamalian shares tips for designing learning platforms for children, taking advantage of emerging educational tech, and utilizing game design, mathematical education, and cognition.

Speaker:

, Founder, CEO, The GIANT Room

 

Diamond Sponsor Keynote

09:45 AM2022-10-182022-10-18

Tuesday, October 18: 9:45 a.m. - 10:00 a.m.

More information coming soon!

 

Tuesday, Oct 18

Track A: Impacts on Information

Moderator:
Kimberly Silk, Principal, Brightsail Research

Search and discovery are at the core of what libraries and librarians do and help others to do. They definitely have an impact on all types of libraries, organizations, and information communities. Get the latest tips and strategies to deal with information overload, fake news, and curated information management as well as new and unexplored features of search engines—all from industry experts! Hear what’s next in our future.

 

A101. Super Searcher: Tips for Making an Impact

10:30 AM2022-10-182022-10-18

Tuesday, October 18: 10:30 a.m. - 11:15 a.m.

Don’t miss one of our most popular sessions for the last 25 years of Internet Librarian! Our knowledgeable speaker is always reinventing and transforming the world of search and delighting customers. Bates is a super searcher, an annual favorite whom attendees flock to hear as she continues to surprise and impress with new strategies, techniques, tips for getting the most out of web research, and making an impact in whatever information community you are affiliated with. The host of Searchers Academy (where even more secrets are shared along with her colleagues), Bates provides an up-to-the-minute and jam-packed-with-valuable-tools-and-tips talk that's always a hit! Bates tells us she takes days to research this session, so take advantage of her knowledge and gather tips and tools to share with others!

Speaker:

, Principal, Bates Information Services, Inc.

 

A102. Tea Bags in Hot Water—Showcasing Strength in the Kettle of Disinformation & Book Challenges

11:30 AM2022-10-182022-10-18

Tuesday, October 18: 11:30 a.m. - 12:15 p.m.

Sometimes librarians are like tea bags in hot water—we don’t know how strong we really are until we are put to the test. Libraries in communities of all types are facing an unprecedented volume of book challenges, along with an ever-present plethora of disinformation that our constituents may find confusing and difficult to navigate. How can we prevent the kettle from boiling over and instead use this phenomenon to showcase our expertise in content evaluation and curation and as leaders in the freedom of information movement? Abram and Affelt share tips and advice to help you seize these opportunities to play an integral role in the right to read and as an expert in finding high-quality, factual information and data from rock-solid sources. You’ll leave this session prepared so that when these situations are brewing, you can keep the heat on simmer and lead!

Speakers:

, Director, Database Research Worldwide, Compass Lexecon and Author, The Accidental Data Scientist: Big Data Applications & Opportunities for Librarians & Information Professionals

, CEO, Lighthouse Consulting, Inc.

 

A103. Impactful Curated Intelligence: Tips & Tools

01:30 PM2022-10-182022-10-18

Tuesday, October 18: 1:30 p.m. - 2:30 p.m.

Are you the intelligence officer for your organization or community? If not, find out how to do so from our popular and knowledgeable speaker, Price, who each day curates thousands of news items and reports to publish online briefs that thousands of people depend upon for reliable, usable information. He shares how to build an open web resources database that suits your clients. He elaborates on the latest tools and techniques he uses to build a timely collection and gives you a road map to build your own! In addition, he shares cool tools you will want to try, no matter where you practice your info pro skills!

Speaker:

, Co-Founder, infoDOCKET & FullTextReports

 

A104. Public Libraries & Wikipedia: Creative Collaborations

03:00 PM2022-10-182022-10-18

Tuesday, October 18: 3:00 p.m. - 3:45 p.m.

KCPL is home to the first Wikipedian in Residence (WiR) at a public library in the country. Explore what a WiR is, how WiRs collaborate with community members and GLAM institutions (Galleries, Libraries, Archives, and Museums), and why collaborations between Wikipedia and public libraries are mutually beneficial and have an impact. Pratt and Gile reflect on the first year of this residency at KCPL and give an update on their Wikipedia journey that started in 2018.

Speakers:

, Wikipedian in Residence, Kansas City Public Library

, Community Specialists Leader, Kansas City Public Library (KCPL)

 

A105. Seizing Our Moment: When Someone Says ‘Just Google It’

04:00 PM2022-10-182022-10-18

Tuesday, October 18: 4:00 p.m. - 4:45 p.m.

When President Joe Biden told Americans to “Google COVID test near me,” some people joked that “When the President says to ‘Google it,’ you know you’re in trouble!” Have no fear, librarians are here! The pat directive to “Just Google it,” can be a scary response to legitimate queries from people in desperate need of information and help. Oftentimes, uncovering the needed research and data either requires online searching skills that go beyond typing in words to the Google search box or are contained in sources that will never appear in a list of Google results. Our speakers look at common reference queries and their treatment by search engine algorithms and discuss how to help customers and patrons move beyond “Googling it.” They discuss how to market skills and research knowledge to present our impact not only to patrons, but also to organizations at large as the first-thought anecdote to Google as a verb. They share how “Google hacks” can be used to generate more robust results, as well as how to add value to those results.

Speakers:

, Director, Database Research Worldwide, Compass Lexecon and Author, The Accidental Data Scientist: Big Data Applications & Opportunities for Librarians & Information Professionals

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

 

Tuesday, Oct 18

Track B: Technology Impact on Inclusion

Moderator:
Juanita Richardson, Manager, Michener Institute

A very hot topic in today’s world is accessibility with technology. While technology has enabled us to really expand our capabilities and reach, it has created a greater disadvantage for those who can’t have reliable internet or technology. This track highlights the librarians who stepped up to bridge that digital divide or used technology to be more inclusive for everyone.

 

B101. Cultivating Racial Equity & Inclusion: Using XR

10:30 AM2022-10-182022-10-18

Tuesday, October 18: 10:30 a.m. - 11:15 a.m.

The XR Equity & Diversity Playbook was constructed for libraries to explore how to use virtual reality (VR) and discuss equity and diversity through an “immersive experience.” VR is an immersive medium through which one can experience how it is to “walk” in another person’s shoes or “see” through their eyes. Therefore, it is a perfect medium to build empathy and create understanding between diverse people and cultures. Hear about community “lost stories”: Witness the world through a blind person’s eyes in “Notes on Blindness,” or understand the hurdles an African American would have encountered in 1960s‘ America in “Travelling While Black.” Be immersed in the modern racial justice movement, or get in the mind of someone who has mental health issues in “Depression.” Uncover the story of a wrongfully convicted man in “Send Me Home.” Stories of hope, perseverance, and dignity of the human spirit abound in VR.

Speaker:

, Director, XRLibraries

 

B102. Harnessing the Power of Communities, Conversations, & Connections to Bridge the Digital Divide

11:30 AM2022-10-182022-10-18

Tuesday, October 18: 11:30 a.m. - 12:15 p.m.

Before COVID, most libraries had all but completely discontinued teaching basic computer skills—there just wasn’t any demand, or so we were forced to conclude based on the fact that folks just quit showing up to these kinds of classes. When COVID forced library and workplace closures, the urgent need for digital upskilling to combat negative outcomes for health, education, employment, and general welfare was clearly revealed. The challenge of reaching all who need basic digital skills is huge, with BIPOC, late-career adults, and non/limited-English-speaking immigrants among the most disproportionately affected populations libraries have always struggled to reach. As libraries continue to navigate reopening and resume library programming, it’s difficult to imagine going back to those same “how to use a mouse, send email, search the internet” computer classes which were the bread and butter of library programming almost 20 years ago. The scale and complexity of the challenge demand a fundamental shift in how we think about this problem, the tools we use, and the very role of the library. Speakers share case studies from multiple statewide implementations using the Northstar digital literacy platform, each taking unique, innovative approaches befitting these complex, still uncertain times.

Speakers:

, Workforce Development Librarian, Washington State Library

, National Partnerships & Northstar Business Development, Literacy Minnesota

 

B103. Digital Equity: Building a Community Hotspot Lending Program

01:30 PM2022-10-182022-10-18

Tuesday, October 18: 1:30 p.m. - 2:30 p.m.

The city of San Diego is taking action to close the digital divide that leaves tens of thousands of San Diegans without internet access. Through the SD Access 4 All initiative, open Wi-Fi is now offered at more than 300 public locations, and 2,000 Chromebooks and hotspots are now in circulation at public libraries. To connect residents to these and other critical resources along with tech support, San Diego Public Library is starting up a Digital Navigator program and a toll-free digital equity hotline developed via a collaborative co-design process with stakeholders from across the city. As technology advances with developments like 5G wireless and the emergence of Smart Cities Initiatives, it is critical that residents in communities most impacted by the digital divide can be active participants and content creators in the digital landscape. Wilson provides a look at the Kalamazoo Public Library, along with several community partners, who developed the Digital Access for All (DAFA) program. Now entering its third year, the goal was to provide wireless internet access to Kalamazoo public school students and adult learners without reliable connectivity at home. Since DAFA’s inception in 2020, more than 1,400 hotspots have reached students and community members in need. Learn the costs and logistical issues associated with a hotspot lending program, discuss educational outcomes and analytics of the program, and discover how to integrate hotspots with ILS systems, related MARC fields, and rugged packaging.

Speakers:

, IT Program Manager, San Diego Public Library

, Public Technology Services Librarian, San Diego Public Library

, Head, Technical Services, Kalamazoo Public Library (KPL)

 

B104. Growing Digital Equity Through Community Partnerships

03:00 PM2022-10-182022-10-18

Tuesday, October 18: 3:00 p.m. - 3:45 p.m.

As digital access becomes increasingly essential for participating in community life, public libraries can play an important role in the digital equity and inclusion ecosystem. Learn how to develop relationships that can lead to services and programs that are sustainable to maintain digital inclusion. Hear the nuts and bolts of real-world examples ranging from launching a Digital Navigators service, circulating hotspots and laptops to partners to reach people experiencing homelessness, participating in a community-owned wireless network to supporting telehealth. Learn to adapt and apply these ideas in your own communities to maximize digital equity through creative connections.

Speaker:

, Community Engagement & Economic Development Manager, King County Library System

 

B105. GrandPads: Creating Digital Connections for Older Adults

04:00 PM2022-10-182022-10-18

Tuesday, October 18: 4:00 p.m. - 4:45 p.m.

During the pandemic, social isolation became a significant problem for many seniors, who were also the most vulnerable to COVID. On top of the isolation, the persistent digital divide left many older adults in the St. Louis area either without internet access, a device, the skills to use digital technology, or all three. St. Louis County Library devised a way to serve the digital needs of the community through an innovative program of lending GrandPads for an entire year to isolated, low-income older adults. GrandPads are tablets designed by older adults for older adults with a simple, intuitive, and decluttered design. They are already internet-connected, and users can easily make phone and video calls, send emails (including recorded voice messages), access news and weather, and even use telehealth services. In this session, learn how St. Louis County Library planned and implemented the GrandPad program, including securing $1,000,000 in funding from local government, reviewing applications, and distributing and administering the GrandPads. Learn how the success of this program has led to another $2 million in funding to double the number of GrandPads and continue service for another year.

Speakers:

, Deputy Directory, St. Louis County Library

, Director & CEO, St. Louis County Library

 

Tuesday, Oct 18

Track C: Library Systems

Moderator:
Dr. Frank Cervone, Executive Director, Information Services, & College Information Security Officer, University of Illinois - Chicago

Where is the library’s place in the digital world? What structures, supports, and platforms are needed to ensure our role as community hub, learning center, knowledge repository, creative studio, and more? Join us for insights and ideas about where your future lies.

 

C101. Library Technology Industry Update

10:30 AM2022-10-182022-10-18

Tuesday, October 18: 10:30 a.m. - 11:15 a.m.

In this popular Internet Librarian event, Breeding relays the latest events and trends in the library technology industry. He authors the annual “Library Systems Report,” published in American Libraries, which covers strategic technology products used by libraries and the vendors that develop and support them. Following the rounds of consolidation in recent years, technology products and strategies have evolved according to new priorities. Open source products are well-established and continue to have a major impact on the industry. Get the most recent insights and perspectives beyond the latest May 2022 report.

Speaker:

, Independent Consultant, Library Technology Guides, USA

 

C102. Clinical Support in the Hospital Library

11:30 AM2022-10-182022-10-18

Tuesday, October 18: 11:30 a.m. - 12:15 p.m.

Understand the strategy behind and the implementation of an automated clinical support service in a regional hospital library network. Using a popular commercial customer support product-encompassing contact database, online ticketing system, and multichannel communication features, a regional health science library with limited resources is able to develop a deep understanding of its patron base, track information needs and behaviors, and leverage multiple communication channels through a single online interface. The presentation encourages library managers to consider integrating standard business software products into their libraries to offer higher-quality features and more attractive pricing compared to purpose-built "library-only" tools.

Speaker:

, Program Manager, Hunter-Rice Health Sciences Library, Samaritan Medical Center

 

C103. Fever Pitch: UX & Open Source Discovery

01:30 PM2022-10-182022-10-18

Tuesday, October 18: 1:30 p.m. - 2:30 p.m.

What do you get when you combine VuFind, the leading open source discovery system, with Evergreen ILS, the leading open source integrated library system developed exclusively for large library systems and consortia? Speed, usability, accessibility, and cutting-edge design—all in a discovery platform built to increase the visibility of your library’s collections, including print, electronic, and digital resources, and historical records, archives, and more. VuFind is developed and maintained by Villanova University's Falvey Memorial Library and is suitable for public, academic, and special libraries. Learn how Equinox implemented best practices in UI/UX design and lean software project management during the development of the new Equinox VuFind theme, first released for Evergreen ILS in 2022.

Speaker:

, Executive Director, Equinox Open Library Initiative

 

C104. The Libraries Consortium (TLC) New Library Services Platform

03:00 PM2022-10-182022-10-18

Tuesday, October 18: 3:00 p.m. - 3:45 p.m.

Existing library discovery platforms are complex beasts and generally long in the tooth. Users have been exposed to visually stunning user interfaces from Netflix, Amazon Prime, Hulu, Roku, etc. Additionally, existing platforms provide a collection of non-integrated services—often by vendor (search events separately, search the catalogue separately, search econtent separately, etc.). And what about evolving recommendation engines for our patrons? TLC imagined big changes and evolution in 2018 when preparing its ILS tender. It approached Apple, Google, and Microsoft among other big tech to try and engage them in our vision for our next-generation digital front door. Four years on and with the help of our chosen ILS vendor, SOLUS, as the developer of the new library services platform and the passion of our member libraries, the new platform launched! Hear an update on the project, what was learned, how it is impacting member libraries and patrons, and what’s next.

Speaker:

, Head of Cultural Services, London Borough of Sutton (on behalf of The Library Consortium)

 

C105. Evaluation & Adaptation: How Change Allowed Us to Thrive

04:00 PM2022-10-182022-10-18

Tuesday, October 18: 4:00 p.m. - 4:45 p.m.

The last few years have brought about drastic changes in how libraries provided services to their patrons. UNT Health Science Center took what could have been a crippling time and turned it into an opportunity for evaluation and adaptation of library policies and procedures. From changing ILS to retirements to lockdown procedures, Speer shares how library needs were evaluated and adapted to meet goals and patron needs while preserving the sanity of library staff.

Speaker:

, Electronic Resources & Acquisitions Librarian, University of North Texas Health Science Center (UNTHSC)

 

Tuesday, Oct 18

Track D: Leadership Toolkit

Moderator:
Rebecca Jones, Partner, Dysart & Jones Associates

Sparking innovation is important for library leaders. Get ideas and tools for making it happen in your community.

 

D101. Strategic Tools to Bridge to the Future

10:30 AM2022-10-182022-10-18

Tuesday, October 18: 10:30 a.m. - 11:15 a.m.

Many organizations are hesitant to undertake strategic planning in the turmoil of today’s environment. Yet planning for the future is imperative. In response, libraries are creating strategic bridging plans to the future. These bridging plans take the uncertainty into account and how to build the paths and infrastructure essential for the library to progress toward its vision and serving the community or campus of the future. Bridging plans usually have a timeline of 18—24 months. And while they don’t replace a strategic plan, they rely on the same tools: strategic thinking, environmental awareness, an uncensored understanding of the factors and conditions that have secured the library’s sustainability and success to date, and a candid discernment of the library’s strategic options and areas that must be fortified. Hear about real library experiences and get basic tools you’ll need.

Speakers:

, Coach, SGR Partners

, Partner, Dysart & Jones Associates and Director, LLEAD Institute

 

D102. Library of Problems

11:30 AM2022-10-182022-10-18

Tuesday, October 18: 11:30 a.m. - 12:15 p.m.

After working with dozens of library makerspaces, with countless aspiring entrepreneurs, it is apparent that people want to help make the world better. It's true. But many struggle to identify problems to which they can contribute a solution. In this session, learn how the Library of Problems drives innovation where it is needed most, and how this Library can be paired with additional resources to support job seekers and entrepreneurs in the search for meaningful work and positive innovation.

Speaker:

, Technology Innovation Librarian, Nebraska Library Commission

 

D103. Influencing the Influencers

01:30 PM2022-10-182022-10-18

Tuesday, October 18: 1:30 p.m. - 2:30 p.m.

This practical session, full of tips and stories, shares techniques for framing your approach in developing relationships and building an effective and productive “funding ask/fundraising ” with different types of stakeholders and influencers. This highly successful influencer shares her secrets for gaining support and making positive things happen!

Speaker:

, Director, Libraries and Learning Services, Seneca College

 

D104. Tech Tools to Transition to a Hybrid Work Environment

03:00 PM2022-10-182022-10-18

Tuesday, October 18: 3:00 p.m. - 3:45 p.m.

By all accounts, the hybrid work environment is here to stay. Over the past 2 years, librarians have proved to be exceptionally successful in providing services to their clientele in a virtual world. Librarians quickly adopted to providing research, on-boarding new joiners, and creating plans for engagement of resources—all within a remote environment. The challenge we face in the coming months and years is how to provide the same high-level service in a hybrid environment. Technology tools such as Microsoft Teams have been critical to our successes in the virtual world. Learn how to use the rich features of Teams, from whiteboards to meetings to channels.

Speaker:

, Regional Manager of Content and Research for the Americas, Shearman & Sterling LLP

 

D105. Digital Leader: Two-Story Interactive Digital Wall Experience

04:00 PM2022-10-182022-10-18

Tuesday, October 18: 4:00 p.m. - 4:45 p.m.

Edmonton Public Library's "The Wall" is a two-story 40 foot wide fully interactive digital experience, designed to inspire imagination on a grand scale while at the same time offering a unique interactive way to foster interest in STEAM learning. Inspired by and developed in partnership with the Queensland University of Technology in Australia and launched in September 2020, The Wall is the first of its kind in North America and a truly unique installation implementation of this scale in the world featuring access to dinosaurs, space, the Great Barrier Reef and more. Join EPL's Director of Technology as he shares details from project inception to development to execution to future planning.

Speaker:

, Director Technology Services, Edmonton Public Library

Wednesday, Oct 19

Keynotes

 

Continental Breakfast & Morning Chats

08:00 AM2022-10-192022-10-19

Wednesday, October 19: 8:00 a.m. - 8:45 a.m.

Transitioning to a Google Workplace
Discuss with your colleagues the challenges of switching from Microsoft to Google Workplace with specific examples from the transformed Lincolnwood Public Library about how it improved public service with Google.
Speaker:

, Adult Services Technology Librarian, Lincolnwood Public Library

Cultivating Connections & Partnerships
Even with limited budgets, it’s possible to use connections and partnerships to organize materials and provide digital access. Hulser shares examples from the city of West Hollywood, the Immaculate Heart Community in Los Angeles, and the first Beverly Hills estate and gardens, part of the Los Angeles County Parks & Recreation Department. Share your successes with colleagues over breakfast!
Speaker:

, President, Richard P. Hulser Consulting

 

Keynote: Community Data for Impact

08:45 AM2022-10-192022-10-19

Wednesday, October 19: 8:45 a.m. - 9:45 a.m.

There is an increasing need for open data in governments and systems to analyze equity at large scale. Local governments often lack the necessary technical tools to identify and tackle inequities in their communities. Data equity describes the city of San Jose's commitment to use the city's data ethically and in ways that drive equitable outcomes for constituents. Keung addresses how San Jose's approach to data equity differs from other municipal data equity initiatives that focus on indices and how a data equity framework has become a critical tool for driving fairer outcomes. She shares tips for libraries to use their local data for positive impact on their communities.

Speaker:

, Acting Chief Data Officer,, City of San Jose, & Harvard Business School Leadership Fellow

 

Wednesday, Oct 19

Track A: Impacts on Web Presence

Moderator:
Jeff Wisniewski, Web Services Librarian, University of Pittsburgh

Understanding how your users leverage your website can greatly improve your usage within your library. These speakers are the best in class in understanding how important it is to have a strong online presence to impact your community in a positive way.

 

A201. Creating a Personalized Catalog Using Aspen Discovery

10:30 AM2022-10-192022-10-19

Wednesday, October 19: 10:30 a.m. - 11:15 a.m.

Darien Library launched a new catalog (catalog.darienlibrary.org) in 2022 using ByWater Solution's Aspen Discovery. It completely overhauled and customized the default appearance using CSS and JavaScript to allow the discovery layer to integrate into the website more seamlessly. These changes are easy to implement for anyone who understands the basics of CSS. This session breaks down the changes made, the user experience considerations, how user testing was done, and some behind-the-scenes tweaks to make a more holistic experience for staff and patrons alike.

Speaker:

, Publicity Manager, Darien Library

 

A202. Progressive Web Apps & LibGuides Jedi Master With Bootstrapr.io

11:30 AM2022-10-192022-10-19

Wednesday, October 19: 11:30 a.m. - 12:15 p.m.

Hanson shares that progressive web apps are a browser-based tool that bypasses the app store and are saved like a bookmark to your device. She began exploring progressive web apps as a single alternative to their previous app’s separate Apple and Android codebases, which were time-intensive to update. In the new version, built using a React framework, her team reproduced their old app’s core functionalities and released it to their community. Learn about the benefits and challenges they’ve discovered over the past year with this approach. Harrison discusses using the Bootstrapr.io app. Users can rapidly create custom web components in the Bootstrap 3 framework to radically improve the user experience (UX) of Springshare LibGuides. Create the same components and even entire sites in just minutes in the Bootstrap 4 framework. If you are using or administering LibGuides (or other platforms using Bootstrap 3), or are teaching or working in front-end design, learn how to wrestle the ubiquitous Bootstrap 4 from front-end libraries.

Speakers:

, Web Specialist, Iowa City Public Library

, Emerging Technologies Librarian, Hesburgh Libraries, University of Notre Dame

 

A203. Website Redesign & UX

01:30 PM2022-10-192022-10-19

Wednesday, October 19: 1:30 p.m. - 2:30 p.m.

Join these four super web librarians as they share, through two case studies, their adventures in branding, site redesign, and user engagement as a response to the pandemic and the changing needs of users. They share their experiences in gathering input and support from students and other employees in order to meet the needs of their users and improve accessibility.

Speakers:

, Systems Librarian, Robert E. Kennedy Library, California Polytechnic State University

, Institutional Repository Coordinator, Robert E. Kennedy Library, California Polytechnic State University, San Luis Obispo

, Outreach & User Engagement Librarian, San José State University

, UX Librarian, San Jose State University

, Web Services Librarian, San José State University (SJSU)

 

A204. The Value of Testing in the Digital Age

03:00 PM2022-10-192022-10-19

Wednesday, October 19: 3:00 p.m. - 3:45 p.m.

Many organizations are now dependent on their websites to be a digital front door and lobby to welcome visitors and provide services. With this dependence comes the need to ensure uptime. While some of this responsibility resides with the hosting providers, much of the responsibility also lies on the application and the developers working on it. One of the best ways to ensure this is through testing, both functional testing and visual testing, with tools like Cypress and BackstopJS. Both tools, which are growing in popularity, test to make sure that fixing or adding features in one place doesn’t break anything else on the site. Aten Design Group has partnered with Richland Library to help maintain and improve its website, which is used to deliver information and services to patrons. Richland Library has successfully implemented Cypress functional testing and BackstopJS visual testing, which has improved the process of ongoing development and helped to make sure there are no regressions.

Speaker:

, Senior Developer, Aten Design Group

 

A205. Positioning the Library for Web3

04:00 PM2022-10-192022-10-19

Wednesday, October 19: 4:00 p.m. - 4:45 p.m.

Web3 is the emerging future of the internet, built around blockchain, virtual reality, and distributed computing. Get up-to-speed on Web3 with real-world, easy-to-understand examples about how Web3 will impact our work lives, the arts, publishing, education, government, and libraries. This talk addresses the widespread concerns about Web3 and how academic and public libraries can help onboard users into the future through digital literacy programming, technology services, and exhibits, including recent efforts at the Palo Alto City Library.

Speaker:

, Digital Initiatives Manager, Palo Alto City Library

 

Wednesday, Oct 19

Track B: Tech Impact of Community

Moderator:
David Lee King, Digital Services Director, Topeka & Shawnee County Public Library

How does technology impact a community? It can better connect people, places, and things. This track highlights how technology can improve your community by allowing greater connectivity to your library service offerings.

 

B201. Impact of Industry Consolidation

10:30 AM2022-10-192022-10-19

Wednesday, October 19: 10:30 a.m. - 11:15 a.m.

The library technology industry has become increasingly consolidated via ongoing rounds of mergers and acquisitions. The last 2 years have seen some of the most aggressive changes. The acquisition of ProQuest by Clarivate represents the boldest move ever in the industry. A smaller number of companies are now responsible for the strategic technology produced upon which libraries depend. Breeding explores the impact that consolidation has had on the number and types of products available to libraries. Has consolidation facilitated or impeded the development of new and innovative technologies for libraries? Breeding draws on data collected from a variety of sources to help answer these questions.

Speaker:

, Independent Consultant, Library Technology Guides, USA

 

B202. Modernizing in a Time of Uncertainty

11:30 AM2022-10-192022-10-19

Wednesday, October 19: 11:30 a.m. - 12:15 p.m.

In March of 2020, Lake Forest Library closed, as many did, without any clear path for reopening. While there were many uncertainties at the time, impacting programming, human resources, facilities management, and public welfare, perceptions surrounding technology were forced to the surface. Finn discusses the move from on-premises services to a more flexible framework for collaboration and innovation. The ability of the staff to quickly pivot to new ways of providing services, working together, and continuing to serve patrons is at the heart of this story. Finn not only shares technologies explored, vetted, and implemented, but also briefly the change theories that guided this transformation. This interactive session solicits feedback from the audience on similar experiences, challenges, and pitfalls. As with all learning experiences, the sharing of stories will illuminate and guide best practices for future projects.

Speaker:

, Director of Operations, Lake Forest Library

 

B203. State-of-the-Art Technology: XR Update

01:30 PM2022-10-192022-10-19

Wednesday, October 19: 1:30 p.m. - 2:30 p.m.

Extended reality (XR) includes AR and VR (augmented and virtual reality) technologies that are leaping ahead in every industry, especially in a world riddled by health and other crises. Libraries are taking advantage of the wave in a big way. Hear the latest about the technology and what's on the horizon. Learn about the types of programs being offered in libraries and be inspired by our innovative and imaginative speaker.

Speaker:

, Librarian, Innovation Lab Manager, St. Petersburg College

 

B204. Virtual Event Opportunities & Tools: Increase Equity, Access & Engagement

03:00 PM2022-10-192022-10-19

Wednesday, October 19: 3:00 p.m. - 3:45 p.m.

As libraries and schools return to "normal" following the last 2 years, this is an opportunity to look at how virtual events can enhance programming and increase equitable access for our patrons. Erickson focuses on why to keep virtual events, examples of successful virtual programs, and technology considerations for these events: Create programming that is a “new better!” rather than ““normal.” Markman discusses OBS (Open Broadcaster Software), a free, open source software tool for live streaming to Twitch.tv, YouTube, Zoom, and almost every other video platform under the sun. He shares not just how to get started, but also how to also leverage newly added features in OBS to enhance virtual library events. He pays special attention to the hardware and software limits often encountered in public computer labs and "less than fresh" laptops or netbooks.

Speakers:

, Learning Specialist, Technology and Innovation in Education (TIE)

, Senior Librarian, Palo Alto City Library

 

B205. COVID-Induced Behavioral Changes: QR Codes & Library Texting—New Again?

04:00 PM2022-10-192022-10-19

Wednesday, October 19: 4:00 p.m. - 4:45 p.m.

Our awesome set of librarians share their use cases of QR and Texting—bringing back the classic technologies. Our first speakers share unique opportunities to reintroduce QR codes, from surveying students on creating more comfortable study spaces, marketing research guides, locating online reference materials, and more! Our next speakers explore the use of texting to request help. They investigated how the pandemic changed users’ expectations of texting and discovered not only a significant increase in its use, but also a change in the types of questions that users ask and their complexity.

Speakers:

, Professor, Electronic Services Librarian, University of Mary Hardin-Baylor

, Professor/Head of Public Services, University of Mary Hardin-Baylor

, Liaison Librarian, McGill University Library

, Liaison Librarian, McGill University

 

Wednesday, Oct 19

Track C: Ideas That Impact

Moderator:
Carolyn Foote, Library Consultant, Free Range Librarian

As the core of our conference theme goes, what ideas can bring the greatest impact? This track focuses on some very special ideas that can really bring major change to your library.

 

C201. Engagement & Ghosting: Remote Customer Service

10:30 AM2022-10-192022-10-19

Wednesday, October 19: 10:30 a.m. - 11:15 a.m.

Customer service is an essential part of library work. When libraries moved online, their customer service interactions did too. While many libraries have returned to mostly in-person service, the need to provide online access and support is still as important as ever. Remote customer service, however, is different from in-person customer service. Kowalski discusses how to provide excellent remote customer service by creating high standards, providing training, following best practices, using ongoing assessment, and encouraging staff self-care. She looks at how all library staff can uphold and encourage a positive and effective customer service culture while navigating the pitfalls of the online experience

Speaker:

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

 

C202. Making Made Mobile: Rethinking Maker Services

11:30 AM2022-10-192022-10-19

Wednesday, October 19: 11:30 a.m. - 12:15 p.m.

Panelists talk about innovative and creative learning and discovery opportunities recently launched by the Salt Lake City Public Library and the Utah State Library. The City Library’s Maker Box project launched in 2020 as a quick pivot to the pandemic closures and brought library Maker programs as takeaways, online, and the potential for in-person programming when available. The Utah State Library designed a Maker Cart program that enabled public and school libraries to implement a mobile makerspace that allowed accessible and collaborative STEM education. Rooted in collaboration, the panelists discuss strategies on remixing existing content to create new learning and discovery opportunities for Maker programs. Learn their strategies for maker programs with accessibility in mind that are STEM-minded for in-house library programs, virtual spaces, and takeaway projects.

Speakers:

, Digital Inclusion Coordinator, Salt Lake City Public Library (SLCPL)

, Technology & Innovation Coordinator, Utah State Library

 

C203. Reader Meet Author: Student & Faculty Content Creation

01:30 PM2022-10-192022-10-19

Wednesday, October 19: 1:30 p.m. - 2:30 p.m.

Academic libraries don’t just serve users, they actively nurture and support student and faculty content creators. For the past decade, librarians at Georgia Southern University have collaborated with content creators to host and support a variety of user-generated content, including course assignments, undergraduate degree portfolios, graduate capstone projects, and grant-funded open educational resource (OER) projects. Join our panel of four librarians as they share their adventures supporting these and similar projects, and explore how supporting student- and faculty-created content informs new roles for academic libraries and librarians.

Speakers:

, Discovery Services Librarian, Collection Services Department, Georgia Southern University

, Special Collections Librarian, Georgia Southern University

, Research Services Librarian, Georgia Southern University

, Learning Commons Librarian, Georgia Southern University

 

C204. Bots for the Community!

03:00 PM2022-10-192022-10-19

Wednesday, October 19: 3:00 p.m. - 3:45 p.m.

Hear how a FarmBot had an impact on the community and how the library launched videos to teach people how the bot works (in-person programs were not open yet at the library). Lou shares the excitement of harvesting the very first carrot from the FarmBot!

Speakers:

, Senior Librarian, Palo Alto City Library

, Lead Mentor, Space Cookies FRC Team 1868 and Adult Co-Leader, Space Cookies Girl Scout Troop 62868

 

C205. Podcasts & Online Photography

04:00 PM2022-10-192022-10-19

Wednesday, October 19: 4:00 p.m. - 4:45 p.m.

Blagrove shares his view, supported by real-world examples, of the importance of podcasting for communication, entertainment, and marketing in libraries. Clapp discusses how the Ancient Burying Ground in Hartford, Conn., was seeking an online photographic inventory of the markers in their current state of preservation (as of 2021). Having worked with a research team from Central Connecticut State University to build an award-winning website featuring a database of African, African-American, and Native Americans who were likely to have been buried in the Ancient Burying Ground (africannativeburialsct.org), the Ancient Burying Ground Association sought out help to rebuild its website and incorporate photographs of the markers. Of course, the concept of “simple” for users is never “easy” to achieve, but it is a necessity. This project also happened at a time when shifting web performance and accessibility standards added complexity to the build. Get tips and ideas from their experience.

Speakers:

, Multimedia Tech, Western Sullivan Public Library

, Digital Librarian, Central Connecticut State University Library

 

Wednesday, Oct 19

Track D: Learning From Leaders

Moderator:
Doris Small Helfer, Family and Consumer Sciences and Social Sciences Librarian, California State University, Northridge

This track is for those who want to move into management of libraries. It features library leaders from different types of libraries and information environments who share their career paths, secrets to success, strategies for moving ahead, creating smart and dynamic communities, and more. Significant peer-reviewed evidence suggests that investment in social infrastructure is an effective and long-term strategy to reduce crime, boost school success, and create connections to jobs and economic sustainability.

 

D201. Aligning Libraries With Community Needs

10:30 AM2022-10-192022-10-19

Wednesday, October 19: 10:30 a.m. - 11:15 a.m.

San Diego City Council leaders recognize libraries and parks as critical infrastructure; however, recent budgets do not reflect the increasing demands for services these departments provide or the crippling maintenance needs and ongoing operating budget shortfalls. Learn from our library leader how she and her team garner support and partnerships, experiment and show proof of concept of new programs requiring funding, and have a positive impact on their community.

Speaker:

, Director, San Diego Public Library

 

D202. Transformation for Libraries: The Futures School

11:30 AM2022-10-192022-10-19

Wednesday, October 19: 11:30 a.m. - 12:15 p.m.

Libraries and librarians must look beyond our present-day models, assumptions, and ideas in order to recognize external disruptors on the horizon of our profession alongside broader emerging patterns in order to “create functional views of alternative futures and possibilities.” The Connecticut State Library Division of Library Development (DLD) has identified strategic foresight as a critical discipline for librarians now. Strategic foresight training can provide librarians with the skills to plan for future shifts. We all want to “ensure that our libraries are ready to adapt and serve the ever-changing needs of their communities.” Come and get tips for developing strategic foresight for your community.

Speaker:

, Director, Division of Library Development, Connecticut State Library

 

D203. Making the Most of Your Library’s Digital Collection

01:30 PM2022-10-192022-10-19

Wednesday, October 19: 1:30 p.m. - 2:30 p.m.

Library digital collections are rapidly evolving. As we continue to add streaming movies, music, digital magazines, and other formats to our collection, our need to effectively train staff and promote these services grows. This presentation takes a comprehensive approach to maximizing your investment in library digital media.

Speaker:

, Assistant Director, South Huntington Public Library

 

D204. Moving Forwards Post COVID: A New Blueprint for Public Libraries

03:00 PM2022-10-192022-10-19

Wednesday, October 19: 3:00 p.m. - 3:45 p.m.

Patron visits aren't back to pre-COVID levels, libraries don't have the marketing budget to attract new-to-the-library users en masse, and existing collection development software based on circulation and holds data models that are now outdated (in our presenter's opinion). Learn about new opportunities for outreach and engagement strategies, enhancing community partnerships, and strengthening local support, and gain some new insights into how you may deploy a portion of your collection development dollars more effectively with community partners.

Speakers:

, Director - North America, Solus UK Ltd.

, City Librarian, San Francisco Public Library

 

D205. The SJSU Library Feedback Group: A Case Study

04:00 PM2022-10-192022-10-19

Wednesday, October 19: 4:00 p.m. - 4:45 p.m.

Created in late 2021 as a method to understand library user behavior, needs, and expectations, the SJSU Library Feedback Group consists of more than 500 SJSU students, staff, and faculty. The group is used to solicit user input on the SJSU Library's collections, services, and facilities in order to improve the library's physical and digital user experience. This includes recruitment for usability testing, surveys, focus groups, and other user testing activities. Each member of the group expressed a willingness for the library to contact them for future usability studies, which contributes directly to the improvement of the overall library user experience by providing library employees with a pool of participants they can contact to evaluate new and existing services and resources. This session discusses the creation of the SJSU Library Feedback group and the projects it has supported to date. Attendees also hear how the group is currently maintained and the benefits of engaging directly with campus stakeholders to inform design decisions. These tools and tips will allow other libraries to create a systemized approach to user research within their library, which can inform collection development, innovative services, digital presence, programs, and more. By providing an opportunity to quickly gather feedback directly from users, the Library Feedback Group allows the library to be much better positioned to take a proactive approach in all of these areas.

Speakers:

, Outreach & User Engagement Librarian, San José State University

, Web Services Librarian, San José State University (SJSU)

, UX Librarian, San Jose State University

Wednesday, Oct 19

Keynotes

 

Evening Session: Is Your Tech Assistant Making an Impact?

07:00 PM2022-10-192022-10-19

Wednesday, October 19: 7:00 p.m. - 8:30 p.m.

Amazon Alexa, Apple Siri, and Google Assistant Programming are being used in many interesting ways. Are they making an impact with the members of your community? Can your library use their assistance to make an impact on resources or on the fun and learning factors in library programming and services? Have you considered the privacy issues while using AI assistants? Get tips and innovative ideas from our speakers and share your experiences too!

Speakers:

, Librarian, Innovation Lab Manager, St. Petersburg College

, Director of Strategic Innovation, Evolve Project

Thursday, Oct 20

Keynotes

 

Continental Breakfast & Morning Chats

08:00 AM2022-10-202022-10-20

Thursday, October 20: 8:00 a.m. - 8:45 a.m.

Tools for Workplace Sanity & Smiles
Walk through two tools you can begin practicing today and using tomorrow to gain smiles at work and even laughter. Discuss practical ways to set boundaries and have critical conversations with a long time library leader, coach and strategist.
Speaker:

, Partner, Dysart & Jones Associates and Director, LLEAD Institute

Futurist in Residence: Let’s Talk Future!
Join our speaker, workshop leader, and futurist in residence for an informal chat about trends and insights for the future: It's always fun to learn from others!
Speaker:

, Director, Insights & Advisory, HiveMind Network and Affiliate Instructor, University of Washington; Author, Listening to the Future and Management by Design

 

Keynote: A Conversation With Artist Louis Markoya

09:00 AM2022-10-202022-10-20

Thursday, October 20: 9:00 a.m. - 9:45 a.m.

Learn how artists and librarians can collaborate to help provide their community with more cultural visibility for the arts and technology during a conversation with Louis Markoya. Markoya, a former protégé of surrealist Salvador Dalí, is a multimedia artist and engineer who is merging classical oil painting with mathematics, fractal geometry, and 3D holographic technology. Markoya has also spent 34 years as a research scientist and engineer and has more than 30 patents employing complex animations and holography. He has been on the forefront of art and technology since the advent of personal computers in the 1980’s. See firsthand how the Leepa Rattner Museum of Art at St. Petersburg College partnered with the Innovation Lab and Markoya to bring his innovative art and 3D short film Strange Attractors to life in virtual reality and in other more traditional 3D settings. Come enjoy Markoya’s wonderful stories that will help inspire creativity at your libraries.

Speakers:

, Librarian, Innovation Lab Manager, St. Petersburg College

, Artist

 

Diamond Sponsor Keynote

09:45 AM2022-10-202022-10-20

Thursday, October 20: 9:45 a.m. - 10:00 a.m.

More details coming soon!

 

Coffee Break

10:00 AM2022-10-202022-10-20

Thursday, October 20: 10:00 a.m. - 10:30 a.m.

 

Thursday, Oct 20

Track A: Impacts on Community

Moderator:
Ms. Barbie E. Keiser, President, Barbie E. Keiser, Inc.

What ideas will bring the greatest impact to our community? How can we focus more on things like health, empathy, and sustainability? Librarians share their perspectives on the best ideas for bringing lasting positivity and change to their communities.

 

A301. Empathy, Emphasis, & Elearning

10:30 AM2022-10-202022-10-20

Thursday, October 20: 10:30 a.m. - 11:15 a.m.

Learn how a library system in Louisiana partnered with regional social services organizations to provide educational and affirming opportunities to the public and staff via digital platforms.

Speaker:

, Director, Rapides Parish Library

 

A302. Academic Community Partnerships for Health Advancement

11:30 AM2022-10-202022-10-20

Thursday, October 20: 11:30 a.m. - 12:15 p.m.

The Vera P. Shiffman Medical Library Outreach Advisory Council is a multi-institutional group that has worked together for more than a decade to offer high-quality health information programs to the community. The council's current mission is to educate underrepresented groups in biomedical research on the National Institutes of Health's All of Us Precision Medicine Program, enabling them to make educated judgments about their willingness to engage in the research. The COVID-19 pandemic put the outreach council in an unusual position of continuing to provide programming to the community, although in an online environment that brought new obstacles and opportunities. Each institution contributes its own resources to continue virtual programming while conforming to national program objectives. Discover how a nationally acclaimed multi-institutional outreach advisory council modified its program platform, content, and collective capabilities throughout the pandemic to better address the needs of its diverse community.

Speakers:

, Vera P. Shiffman Medical Library, Academic Director

, Director, Detroit Center University Outreach & Engagement, Michigan State University

, Manager, Detroit Public Library

 

A303. Community Goals to Improve Society

01:30 PM2022-10-202022-10-20

Thursday, October 20: 1:30 p.m. - 2:30 p.m.

The 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development sets out 17 United Nations (U.N.) Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). The 169 associated targets and 231 indicators underpinning the goals serve as a framework for countries, businesses and industries, and civil society organizations to address sustainable economic and social development. Based on their report published in Information Today, Inc.'s Library Book Trade Almanac 2022, speakers highlight the diverse ways the scholarly community—publishers, educational institutions, and libraries—collaborate in sustainable development initiatives. A sustainable future requires innovation, with all segments of the scholarly community working together: teachers and scholars, publishers and database providers, and libraries and professional organizations. There is no one right path for achieving sustainability. Get practical ideas for starting (and expanding) your sustainable development initiatives.

Speakers:

, President, Barbie E. Keiser, Inc.

, Emeritus Faculty Librarian, Emory University

 

A304. Freshman Lost on Campus: Meeting First-Year Needs in One Package

02:30 PM2022-10-202022-10-20

Thursday, October 20: 2:30 p.m. - 3:15 p.m.

This presentation focuses on developing a one-stop-shop that provides resources and vital information for students in their first year on campus. Ward shares methods used in designing a LibGuide that contains various assignments and research activities so that students gain an understanding of library research, critical thinking, evaluation skills, financial literacy, registration, ethics, and more. The guide has been so popular, it has been designated as a required tool in freshman campus and online courses.

Speaker:

, Assistant Director, Web Services, Associate Professor, Library Science, Limestone College and University of South Carolina, Spartanburg Community College

 

Thursday, Oct 20

Track B: Makespaces & New Technologies

There is so much new technology out in the world, it’s a constant challenge to keep up! This track features some of the most technology-focused libraries and how they incorporated new technologies such as XR into their libraries, fostering training for faculty with their own makerspaces and using cutting-edge educational technologies.

 

B301. Fostering Entrepreneurship in the Library Makerspace

10:30 AM2022-10-202022-10-20

Thursday, October 20: 10:30 a.m. - 11:15 a.m.

Traditionally, libraries have not allowed companies and individuals to use the library as their place of business. Makerspaces have now blurred the lines. How do libraries balance long-standing policies with more recently developed makerspaces and excited patrons who see business opportunities? How can libraries best support this spirit of entrepreneurship with equipment and staff resources?

Speaker:

, Assistant Director, South Huntington Public Library

 

B302. Managing & Marketing Creative Makerspace Activities

11:30 AM2022-10-202022-10-20

Thursday, October 20: 11:30 a.m. - 12:15 a.m.

Learn how Indio High School, a Title 1 school in California, has created a makerspace within a modern learning commons space. The makerspace is in a continuous state of evolution. Learn how to creatively market makerspace activities in order to bring members into the library. Most activities occur during the lunch period or are set up as grab-and-go for our students. We have celebrated and created buttons for National Button Day, made grab-and-go bracelet bags, used Canva for students to share makerspace projects, done 3D printing via TinkerCad, and much, much more. Makerspaces do not have to be challenging or expensive; meet your population at a starting point and create together.

Speaker:

, Teacher Librarian, Desert Sands Unified School District

 

B303. AI-Based Virtual Reference Chatbot: Using IBM Watson’s Assistant

01:30 PM2022-10-202022-10-20

Thursday, October 20: 1:30 p.m. - 2:15 p.m.

This talk shares the experience of one university in Dubai in implementing AI-based IBM Watson services. The university library has been providing virtual reference services using LIBChat solutions. During the pandemic period, the usage of this service increased significantly. However, the library could only provide the live chat service during working hours since the actual presence of librarians is required for the Live chat. The demand for 24/7 virtual reference service from users instigated thinking about implementing AI-based chatbots. After analyzing various options, the library decided to go with IBM Watson's assistant for developing the chatbot. The programming team analyzed content from Zayed University Library's LibAnswers FAQ page, chat reference and circulation desk transcripts, and reference emails to create training phrases (potential user inquiries) and responses (chatbot replies). Currently, the AI training phase is going on and is intended to be complete by the end of May 2022. Hear about the various stages of implementation of IBM Watson's assistant as a library chatbot and the challenges in training the bot.

Speakers:

, Information Technology Librarian, Zayed University

, Web Developer, Zayed University, Dubai

 

B304. Makerspaces: Hubs for Interdisciplinary Learning

02:30 PM2022-10-202022-10-20

Thursday, October 20: 2:30 p.m. - 3:15 p.m.

Makerspaces and maker-centered instruction continue to grow in academic libraries. However, it may not always be clear how makerspaces support the missions of academic libraries, or how they further the goals of information literacy. Explore makerspaces as tools for helping students develop non-cognitive skills that are crucial to mastering the threshold concepts for information literacy. Using specific interdisciplinary classroom examples, Nagle explores how connecting maker-centered learning to the ACRL Framework centers makerspaces within the core missions of academic libraries, ensuring that makerspaces remain relevant and on the cutting edge of library trends. These learning outcomes expand partnership possibilities across campus by demonstrating the impact of maker-centered learning on student success in any discipline.

Speaker:

, Creation & Innovation Services Librarian, Miami University

 

Thursday, Oct 20

Track C: Ideas That Differ

This track shares some unique perspectives and differing views on technology and innovation.

 

C301/302. Is Blockchain the Future of Your Library?

10:30 AM2022-10-202022-10-20

Thursday, October 20: 10:30 a.m. - 12:15 p.m.

The ALA sees blockchain as a key feature of future libraries—but is it? Authors would love to license ebooks directly to libraries, but who will handle publicity and distribution? If book royalties go directly to authors, bypassing publishers, who will vet the books’ quality? Since art, texts and music created by AI cannot be copyrighted, how can libraries protect their special collections? If non-fungible tokens (NFTs) convey exclusive ownership of individual creations, why are 4 out of 5 of them fakes? And perhaps worst of all, what about the environmental damage created by the enormous amount of power required to maintain a worldwide net of computerized records, estimated to cause 19,000 future deaths from CO2 emissions? Implementing blockchain technology in libraries faces significant challenges, most notably from inadequate intellectual property laws and the environmental impact of their enormous greenhouse gas emissions. Hear differing perspectives and share your thoughts!

Speakers:

, Adjunct Professor, English Dept., George Mason University and AASL, Virginia ASL, NCTE, MLA

, San Jose State University & Author, Blockchain in Libraries

 

C303. Libraries: 2035 Recovering From the Ruins of the Metaverse

01:30 PM2022-10-202022-10-20

Thursday, October 20: 1:30 p.m. - 2:15 p.m.

It's time to revisit the future of libraries. Our futurist does so, offering four views of the future. He explores the major uncertainties that will drive how libraries evolve. With the community focus, Rasmus includes comments on learning, community, influence models, and other relevant topics.

Speaker:

, Director, Insights & Advisory, HiveMind Network and Affiliate Instructor, University of Washington; Author, Listening to the Future and Management by Design

 

C304. Digital Twins: Combing AI with VR/AR

02:30 PM2022-10-202022-10-20

Thursday, October 20: 2:30 p.m. - 3:15 p.m.

How can we better leverage some of the most innovative technology such as AI, virtual reality (VR), and augmented reality? Pichman and Marin examine the positives and negatives of introducing a concept called Digital Twins into libraries and education. Wouldn’t it be amazing for your community have a virtual librarian you can connect with at any time? Or would it be awesome to take your patrons on a safari tour without ever having to leave the walls of the library?

Speakers:

, Librarian, Innovation Lab Manager, St. Petersburg College

, Director of Strategic Innovation, Evolve Project

 

Thursday, Oct 20

Track D: Healthy Teams & Communities

This track explores how we can build a healthier, stronger community by offering solutions that relate to financial and mental growth. At the same time, what types of things can we do for our own team in the library to ensure positivity and growth?

 

D301. From Toxic to Healthy: Evaluating & Improving Organizational Culture

10:30 AM2022-10-202022-10-20

Thursday, October 20: 10:30 a.m. - 11:15 a.m.

Healthy organizational cultures are hotbeds of innovation. Employees enjoy high levels of job satisfaction and produce optimal customer outcomes. So why don’t more organizations build them? The reality is that most people in leadership positions don’t have a clear sense of what a healthy organization looks like or a consistent approach to cultivating one. This session reviews some of the most current research on organizational cultures, particularly in libraries. Attendees learn how to evaluate the current health of their libraries, identify key elements of healthy workplaces, and begin taking concrete steps toward transforming libraries.

Speaker:

, COO, Niche Academy

 

D302. Physical & Mental Well-Being of Online

11:30 AM2022-10-202022-10-20

Thursday, October 20: 11:30 a.m. - 12:15 p.m.

Working online, on our computers and in front of screens, takes a toll on us physically and mentally. When we add work-from-home (WFH) to that, do we suffer even more? Some studies indicate that, yes, we do. Why is the WFH scenario not a perfect situation, and what can we do to improve it?

Speaker:

, Library Director, Goldfarb School of Nursing, Barnes-Jewish College (BJC)

 

D303. Protecting Privacy in Troubling Times: Mandate for Action

01:30 PM2022-10-202022-10-20

Thursday, October 20: 1:30 p.m. - 2:15 p.m.

Protecting the privacy of patrons as they access the resources and services of the library is one of the fundamental requirements for the library profession. Despite the general erosion of privacy in the consumer sphere, many vulnerable individuals rely on libraries to not reveal sensitive information regarding their research and reading. Libraries have always valued the protection of patrons to ensure that data related to access or use of library materials or services remains entirely confidential. While libraries generally follow practices for the circulation of physical materials optimized for privacy, web-based services have often lacked the basic mechanisms needed to ensure the privacy of patron access to library-provided resources. Breeding shares his latest research related to the proportions of libraries using HTTPS to encrypt communications and discusses the use of tracking tags related to advertising and other critical issues with implications for patron privacy.

Speaker:

, Independent Consultant, Library Technology Guides, USA

 

D304. Are You, or Do You Aspire to Be, a Successful Introverted Leader?

02:30 PM2022-10-202022-10-20

Thursday, October 20: 2:30 p.m. - 3:15 p.m.

Successful introverted leaders think deeply about team goals and then challenge themselves to produce thoughtful solutions and ideas. These leaders also retain talented employees because they let others shine and often acknowledge them for their accomplishments. Norlin highlights some “must-have” skills and tools reflective leaders need in order to communicate powerfully up, down, and sideways within the organization. She also identifies what you need to foster improved teamwork among introverted and extroverted team members to raise your team's visibility among your customers and stakeholders.

Speaker:

, Professional Development Coordinator, Consortium, Association for Southeastern Research Libraries (ASERL)& Author, Six-Step Guide to Library Worker Engagement

Thursday, Oct 20

Keynotes

 

Closing Keynote: Libraries’ Biggest Challenges & Opportunities for 2022+

03:30 PM2022-10-202022-10-20

Thursday, October 20: 3:30 p.m. - 4:15 p.m.

This final keynote of the conference looks at connecting with our different types of library communities, looking ahead, taking advantage of opportunities and partnerships, as well as understanding our communities’ demographics and needs. Our panel members from different communities share their thoughts and ideas and hopefully spark some insights for experimenting and trying something new in your community.

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