Tech Day 2008

Michael Porter Chumby


8:30 – 9:00 a.m.

Registration at the Topeka and Shawnee County Library in the Marvin Auditorium

Breakfast buffet

*A note about email addresses – to avoid unwanted spam, contact information for the presenters is on the paper agenda, but not here.  Contact NEKLS for specifics.

9:00 – 10:15 a.m.

Keynote Speaker

Get Your Info Here?  Gadgets, mobile access and library futures

This fun and dynamic presentation will examine both challenges and opportunities libraries and library services face as we enter a world of ubiquitous computing, gadgetry and internet connectivity.  The past, present and future trends of gadgets will be traced as will our own individual use of gadgets.  Can libraries use gadgets to their advantage?  You bet!  Be sure to bring your own favorite gadget to show with the group!

Michael Porter is a librarian, blogger, presenter, technology fan, author and PEZ collector.  He has worked for nearly 20 years in Libraryland in a variety of organizations including, OCLC Western, the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation US Library Program and the Allen County Public Library in Fort Wayne, IN and holds an MLS from Indiana University (’99).  Michael’s professional focus is on practical technology, community, training and planning.  He is currently working on a book about successful electronic communities for ALA Editions and also co-authors the “Internet Spotlight” columns in Public Libraries Magazine.  You can read more on the Libraryman

10:15 – 10:30 a.m. – BREAK

10:30 – 11:30 a.m.

Gadgets in Live and the Library – the Panel Discussion with:

Bring your favorite gadgets to show and tell.

Michael Porter, keynote speaker.

Megan Schulz works in the Legislative Reference Department at the State Library of Kansas. She obtained her Bachelor’s degree in History from Emporia State University and is currently attending ESU for her Master’s degree in Library Science and will graduate in May 2009. Among her duties within the Reference Division, Megan oversees the legal collection, indexes Senate bills, and answers Reference questions using Meebo (IM Reference) as well as utilizing traditional methods. In an additional role at the State Library, Megan works on special projects for the Kansas Center for the Book. Tech experiences include use of social networks, such as Myspace and Facebook, downloading books from Audio Books, Music, & More, and text messaging on her cell phone.

David Lee King is the Digital Branch & Services Manager at the Topeka & Shawnee County Public Library, where he plans, implements, and experiments with emerging technology trends. He has spoken in the U.S. and Canada about emerging trends, website usability and management, digital experience planning, and managing techie staff, and has been published in many library-related journals. David was named a Library Journal Mover and Shaker for 2008, and writes the Internet Spotlight column in Public Libraries Magazine with Michael Porter. David maintains a blog at

Diana Weaver
works at the Northeast Kansas Library System with Interlibrary loan and on the NExpress team.  She keeps in touch with family with witty texting repartee and performs IM reference at the office using Meebo.

11:30 a.m. – Noon

State Library of Kansas

Wassup?  What’s Cool & New at SLK?

All the cool new programs, services and technology at the State Library of Kansas – plus what’s on the horizon.

Patti’s PowerPoint is at:


Patti Butcher Grew up in Independence KS; my parents owned a restaurant.
Graduated from KU with a degree in Elementary Ed.
MLS from ESU/ SLIM (1993).
Head, ILL & Reference, CKLS 1993-95
Director, Library Information Technology, State Library of KS, 1995-97
Coordinator, Library Development, NEKLS, 1997-2005
State Library, South Carolina State Library, 2005-2006

Director, Statewide Resource Sharing, State Library of KS, 2006-
Librarian by day; quilter by choice.

12:00 – 12:45 Lunch


12:30 – 12:45 – during the last 15 minutes of lunch


Putting the “un” in fun: A recap of Library Camp Kansas 2008


In March 2008, history was made as librarians gathered for the first ever Kansas library “un-conference” called Library Camp Kansas. An un-conference is based on the idea that the best parts of most conferences are the conversations that happen over lunch or while chatting with people in the hall.

Hear about this innovative format. What was learned? What were the successes and challenges? And will it happen again?

Brenda Hough, Erin Downey Howerton and Joshua M. Neff
Biographical information about Brenda and Erin are below, as each is also leading a breakout session.

Joshua is a Web Content Developer at the Johnson County Library. He writes a blog, the goblin in the library (, and posts more content than you might care to read on FriendFeed ( He’s a co-founder and charter member of the Library Society of the World (

Breakout Sessions: (The ABC’s are different on the paper agenda, but the rooms are the same)

12:50 – 1:40 p.m.

A. Gaming in the Library – Marvin Auditorium (101 AB)

Come see what all the excitement is about. This is your chance to play some of the fun games that all the kids are talking about. Whether you want to rock out the show or witness the excitement of jumping over volcanoes, this session is for you. Royce will be assisted by Eric Gustafson, from the State Library of Kansas.

Royce’s handouts are online at

Royce Kitts is a reference librarian at the Manhattan Public Library. I have been an avid gamer my whole life. When I noticed that libraries around the country were beginning to embrace gaming as a library activity, I jumped at the chance to get things going at my library. My favorite games are Madden NFL, Guitar Hero, and Super Smash.”  Eric Gustafson co-presenting.

Special Thank You to the Topeka and Shawnee County Public Library for loaning us 2 Wii’s and an XBox with 32″ LCD screens!

B. Creative Commons -Menninger Room 206 – upstairs

Feel confused about copyright? Wish someone would reinvent the system? You’re in luck – come learn about an alternative to traditional copyright! Discover how it works, and where you can find photos, music, and movies to use in your library. We’ll also talk about tips you can use with students (especially if you’re a school librarian). Get the basics and learn to spot a CC license “in the wild” today!

Erin’s Handouts

Erin Downey Howerton, M.A., M.L.I.S. is the School Liaison for the Johnson County Library (KS). She is active in the Young Adult Library Services Association and edits the association newsletter, YAttitudes! She has presented nationally on various topics concerning teen and youth services in libraries and has published several articles for Voice of Youth Advocates and Young Adult Library Services.

C. Comparing Apples to apples: A case for Macs in the Library – Marvin Auditorium (101 C)

As Apple continues to make inroads in the PC/Laptop market, the benefits of implementing Macs in your library become more appealing. Is an Apple solution right for you? Join us as we discuss the features that make Macs so appealing in a public library, as well as the pros and cons of bringing Macs to your public library.

Thatcher’s Presentation on Google Docs

Thatcher Rea – Technology Services Coordinator
Basehor Community Library

1:50 – 2:40 p.m.

A. Gaming in the Library Repeated

B. Getting the Technology Training You Need: Making a Plan for Training – Marvin Auditorium (101C)

Brenda Hough, Library Training Specialist, MaintainIT Project –

Training is more than a class. Learn how to develop a plan to keep you and your staff on top–and ahead–of ever-changing technology. Use competencies to identify standards, assess current skills, and guide future training efforts.
“The best way to predict the future is to invent it.”
- Immanuel Kant

WebJunction’s competencies:

State of Kansas competencies:

Learning Plan – learning-plan (pdf)

C. Maintenance Musts – Menninger Room 206

Do you find yourself calling in a teenager every time you move a computer to hook it all back up? Do you ever wonder how in the world a printer is set up on your patron computers? Could you use a refresher on how to run updates and do a basic cleanup of your computer? Then this session is for you! Learn how to unhook and rehook a computer and set up a networked printer, review common troubleshooting tips, maintenance musts and much, much more!

Handout can be viewed or downloaded as a PDF.

Heather Braum, Technology Specialist for the Northeast Kansas Library System.
NEKLS Tech Knowledge Base

2:50 – 3:40 p.m.

A. Techie Trends in Libraries – Marvin Auditorium (101AB)

David Lee King

David discusses emerging techie trends that affect libraries, including recent library automation developments, mobile technology, and new ways to work on the web.

B. IM Reference – Marvin Auditorium (101C)

Learn how Kansas State University, the State Library of Kansas and the Tonganoxie Public Library have incorporated IM Reference into their library services. See examples of chat services, find out how patrons come into contact with the service, how to divide up the IM work, hear success stories and challenges, and join a discussion of best practices.

Eric’s PowerPoint Presentation: im-reference
Danielle’s PowerPoint Presentation:  techday-im-service (big file, lots of colorful pictures)
Sharon is a slacker, she doesn’t have one…

Eric Gustafson is a technology consultant at the State Library of Kansas.  When not answering questions from librarians and patrons around the state, he likes to experiment with emerging technologies.

Danielle Theiss-White is the General Reference Coordinator at K-State Libraries. Prior to this position in Manhattan, Danielle was the Periodicals and Reference Librarian at Pitts Theology Library at Emory University from 2005-2007. She earned her MLS as well as a MA in Religious Studies from the University of Missouri in 2005 and has an undergraduate degree in Cultural Studies. Danielle is currently a member of the Reference Services Section Virtual Indexing Sub-Committee and a steering committee member of the Hot Topics In Reference discussion group. She also serves on the ACRL Professional Development Coordinating Committee.

Sharon Moreland, former director of the Tonganoxie Public Library and current Technology Consultant at the Northeast Kansas Library System. Sharon used Yahoo! chat via Trillian and a Meebo widget to encourage IM Reference in her community.

C. Maintenance Musts
Repeated – Menninger Room 206

3:40 – 4:00 p.m.

Door prizes, wrap up quiz with Kim Beets and Sharon.

Thank You!

Agenda Prep: Teri Nelson
Pre-Planning: Brenda Hough
Tech Support: Liz Rea and TSCPL Staff
Games: TSCPL Red Carpet and Teen Services
Thank you to the Presenters for their time, thought, effort and PowerPoint Presentations!

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