Every spring, the IT Section of the New England Library Association hosts a workshop on some aspect of technology in libraries (past workshops rocked). I'm actually one of the presenters at this year's workshop, along with far more interesting people, and the topic is:
Mobilize Your Patrons: Library Services in a Hand-Held World
2011 ITS Spring Event
New England Library Association - Information Technology Section
When Friday, June 17, 2011, 9:30 am – 3:30 pm
Registration (includes lunch!)
- NELA members - $50
- Non-members - $65
- Library school students & unemployed librarians - $35
Registration closes Friday June 3th. Space is limited.
9:00 AM Registration
9:30 AM Keynote - Megan K. Fox, the Director of Knowledge Management and IT, Jobs for the Future
Libraries on the Go: Trends in Mobile Tools and Applications
Current hardware and new technologies are making hand-held computers essential for on-the-go users. Fox highlights the latest development in applications for mobile and hand-held tools and how these can and are being utilized by libraries and information seekers of all kinds.
11:15 AM - Jessamyn West, a technologist living in rural Vermont studying the digital divide and solving technology problems for schools and libraries
The Mayor of Everywhere Using Social Tools to be More Places at Once
Web 2.0 tools are uncomplicated to use and freely available online, and they have been making it easy and even enjoyable to remix, share, and repurpose content. The added new dimension of ubiquitous mobile computing is providing more opportunities for libraries to reach patrons and for patrons to interact with librarians. This presentation will address trends in Web 2.0 and social technology.
12:30 PM Lunch (included in registration)
1:30 PM – 3:30 PM Panel presentation/discussion on practical library applications
- Brian Herzog: Making your Library Mobile-Friendly
Tools and techniques to create a useful resource for your mobile patrons
- Bonnie Roalsen & Ryan Livergood: Talking Walls & Augmented Realities
Using QR codes to extend your library’s services and programs, engage your communities and construct mobile knowledge networks
- Christine Drew: Enabling Mobile Academic Library Users
Accessing student’s technology-use, deploying a mobile site, dabbling with QR codes
3:30 PM The End
Whether you're considering maybe possibly thinking about doing something in the mobile world, or looking for new ways to interact with the mobile patrons you're already serving, there should be something for everyone at this workshop - I hope to see you there.