Tech Day 2009

AGENDA – Twitter – #neklstechday

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

Open Source in Libraries

Keynote from Amy Begg De Groff, Director of Information Technology at Howard County (MD) Library.  When Amy started at Howard County in 2005, she “took on the task of seeing just how much money could be saved deploying open source solutions. Quickly, she found countless exciting open source projects, Firefox,, LDAP, Koha, to name a few; and set out to make these products come alive in Howard County.”

For more information about the open source projects at Howard County, visit

10:15 – 10:30 a.m. – BREAK

10:30 – 11:00 a.m.

Open Source in Libraries – a guided discussion lead by Amy.

Bring your questions and concerns about deploying open source solutions at your library.

11:00 a.m. – Noon

Lighting Rounds!
We are borrowing this feature from Library Camp Kansas, the Unconference held at Kansas State University in March.  Anyone who wants to participate will be given 5 minutes to demonstrate their favorite Web-based (free) piece of software.  On tap so far: 23 Things Kansas, Jing, ??? – let me know and I’ll add you to the list!

12:00 – 12:45 Lunch

Breakout Sessions:

12:50 – 1:40 p.m.
A. Open Source Community: Your Ace in the Hole – Marvin Auditorium (101 AB) with Diana Weaver, Liz Rea and Mickey Coalwell

Diana, Mickey and Liz will share their experiences with various open source projects and development communities, including Koha and WordPress.

B. Getting the Board Aboard: Selling Gaming to Your Board – Marvin Auditorium (101C) with Diane Trinkle and Royce Kitts

Gaming in libraries is all the buzz, but how do you convince your Board that building a gaming collection and program will benefit the community? Diane and Royce have created successful gaming programs and will share their experiences.

Royce is the director of the Tonganoxie Public Library and a frequent presenter on the topic of “Gaming in the Library” throughout the state of Kansas. When not playing games with tweens and teens at his library, he is at home with his son playing games. He also enjoys graphic novels, comics, and cartoons.

Diane Trinkle is the Director of the Nortonville Public Library.  In February 2009, the library added Wii games to their game collection, bringing the total to 200 Gameboy, PS2, XBOX, and Gamecube games.  Teens in the community raised funds to start the collection.  Her videogame policy is available on the Nortonville Public Library Web site.

C. Netboxes in the Library – Anton Room 202 – upstairs with Sarah Walker-Hitt and Heather Braum

Most of Lyndon Library’s public access computers were in need of replacement, however not much money was available for new computers. What was the library to do? Come to this session to find out the library’s solution and how it might work for your library.

1:50 – 2:40 p.m.
A. Cloud Computing – Marvin Auditorium (101 AB) with Heather Braum and Sharon Moreland

What is Cloud Computing? How can you and your patrons use the cloud?  What are the pros and cons of this new paradigm?  We will also discuss best practices and how Cloud Computing could impact, and already is impacting, your library’s technology choices.

B. How To Open Source – Marvin Auditorium (101C) with Liz Rea and Tim Martins

Bring your laptop for the opportunity to try out open source software on your own computer!

C. Digitization on a Shoestring – Anton Room 202 – upstairs with David LaCrone

Based on the document Digitization for Small Libraries David will talk about Selection, vendors, metadata, standards, access systems, promotions, preservation and much more.  Bring your questions!

David LaCrone is a Web Content Developer at Johnson County Library in Overland Park, Kansas. His primary responsibility is coordinating the JoCoHistory project (, a collaborative local history Web site that hosts thousands of digitized photographs and other resources. As a member of the Web Content Team, he also helps plan and implement the delivery of library services via the main site and external web services. His professional interests include digitization projects, marketing on the social web, information architecture for digital libraries and writing for the web.

David has presented for the Society of American Archivists, Association of Midwest Museums, and the Kansas City Area Archivists. He has worked at libraries in Iowa, Michigan, Missouri and Kansas in various capacities including reference, circulation and interlibrary loan. He received a Master of Information degree with a specialization in Archives and Records Management from University of Michigan in the spring of 2006.

2:50 – 3:40 p.m.
A.  WebJunction: A Spectrum of Opportunity! – Marvin Auditorium (101 AB)

Presenters: Cindi Hickey and Brenda Hough
Letterman’s Top Ten Reasons You Want to Be an Active WebJunction Kansas Member.  (OK – Really Brenda and Cindi’s list.  We’re sure he would approve though.) Bring your color to our WebJunction spectrum and share it with us!

Cindi Hickey is the director of Library Development and WebJunction coordinator for the State Library of Kansas. She has an MLS from the School of Library and Information Management (SLIM), Emporia State University and has been working as a library trainer and consultant since 1996. Cindi has teaching experience in a variety of formats, environments, and locations, including, interactive television, online courses, the classroom, and training on the road with a laptop network. She has delivered workshops on topics as varied as information technology, planning and leadership in both one-on-one and group situations.

B. How To Open Source – Marvin Auditorium (101C) with Liz Rea and Tim Martins (repeat)

C. Digitization on a Shoestring – Anton Room 202 – upstairs with David LaCrone (repeat)

3:40 – 4:00 p.m.

Door prizes

Thank You!

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Courtesy of Br3nda.

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