Tech Day 2010

Dean Johnson photo courtesy of Flickr

Calendar Event & Online Registration Information


8:30 – 9:00 a.m.

Registration at the Topeka & Shawnee County Public Library in the Marvin Auditorium

Breakfast Buffet

9:00 – 10:00 a.m.

Keynote Speaker – John Blyberg

Photo by Cindi Trainor

“The Compassionate Library Experience”

What we do has not changed, but how we do it has.  In an information-based economy, the role of an information professional can be ambiguous, unnerving, and uncharted. To our users, this new world can be completely overwhelming. But we can design library experiences that provide the context our communities need to continue to thrive and give our citizens the opportunity to discover the intellectual riches that are theirs by right.

John Blyberg (B.A. English, University of Maine, 1998) is the Assistant Director for Innovation and User Experience at the Darien Library in Connecticut. He was formerly the System Administrator and Lead Developer for the Ann Arbor District Library (AADL) in Michigan. Prior to working in libraries, John was the IT manager for the North American office of the British car company, Lotus Engineering.

He has had an intense interest in technology since disassembling and escaping from his crib when he was fifteen months old but has spent the last ten years applying that passion in more constructive and professional ways. He is an open source software advocate and considers unfettered collaboration and participation the primary intent of information technology. To that end, he has authored a number of open source projects, including SOPAC, Locum, and Insurge, a social catalog application suite that allows libraries to focus holistically on digital strategy.

10:00 – 10:40 a.m.

Group Discussion with John

10:40 – 11:00 a.m.

Networking Break

11:00 a.m. – Noon

Lightning Rounds!

Any Tech Day participant who cares to come forward will be given 2-5 minutes to demonstrate their favorite Web-based (free) piece of software, useful and/or fun Web site, and/or favorite gadget.  It’s Show and Tell for technology you can’t live without!

12:00 – 12:50 p.m.


Breakout Sessions Schedule

12:50 – 1:40 p.m.

A. Virtual Learning: A World of Opportunity - Marvin Auditorium (101 AB)

Presented by Cindi Hickey from the State Library of Kansas and Heather Braum, NEKLS

For us, the 23 Things Kansas program opened up a new way to look at learning online. Grab your Passport to Learning in your packet  and we’ll show you how you can board your favorite computing device and explore the wonders of “Virtual Learning: A World of Opportunity.” Cindi Hickey and Heather Braum will be your tour guides, flight attendants, and cruise directors.

Session Website

B. FLIP N OUT @the Library! - Anton Room 202 (upstairs)

Presented by Janelle Jarboe Mercer from SWKLS and Royce Kitts, Tonganoxie Public Library

Royce and Janelle will present handy tips on using a Flip camera and how to get one for the right price. Learn how you can promote your library with this affordable tool. They will cover all the basics and show you why the FLIP camera has become so popular in libraries today.

Session Handout (.pdf)

C. Public Libraries, Personal Technology – Marvin Auditorium (101 C)

Presented by Erica Reynolds, Johnson County Library

It is more and more common for library users to be interacting with the library and library resources using their own technology. What happens when that doesn’t work? How do we handle difficult technology situations? Should library staff attempt to fix patron technology?

Session Notes (.doc)

1:50 – 2:40 p.m.

A. E-Readers – Marvin Auditorium (101AB)

Presented by Michelle Beattie and Josh Neff, Johnson County Library

Kindle, iPad or Nook? Join Michelle and Josh in this session for a comparison and hands-on experience with various e-readers.

Session Handout (.doc)

B. Managing Public Computer Access With Fair Rules, Policies & Guidelines - [click to see PowerPoint presentation] Anton Room 202 (upstairs)

Presented by Mickey Coalwell from NEKLS.

Public access computers are the most popular service offered by libraries. They can also be source of endless headaches for staff from a resource management standpoint. Find out how to write and enforce rules and policies that are appropriate, consistent, defensible and fair. Topics include: time management software, online social networking such as Facebook, and age restrictions on access. Plenty of open discussion time. Recommended for small to medium-sized libraries. This program is a reprise of the KLA 2010 Conference session in Wichita.

C. The Library’s Digital Branch – Marvin Auditorium (101C)

Presented by David Lee King, Topeka and Shawnee County Public Library

Every library needs a presence on the Web. In this session, David Lee King will discuss the process of building an effective, user-friendly library website that can expand and enhance your library’s presence in your community.

Explore the Inside of the TSCPL DVD Dispenser!

2:50 – 3:40 p.m.

A. Over, Under, Around & Through OverDrive - Marvin Auditorium (101AB)

Presented by Earl Givens from the State Library of Kansas and Deborah Bryan, Shari Schawo, and Patti Butcher from TSCPL

This group presentation will cover formats and compatible devices; tutorials, screencasts and other resources for users; the Readers’ Advisory side of OverDrive; and current issues/updates. There will be time for Q&A.

B. Instructional Design for Library Workers – Anton Room 202 (upstairs)

Presented by Keith Rocci and Sean Bird, Washburn University Libraries

What if library users could learn how to search a catalog effectively whenever they wanted?  What if they were able to write their own successful search strings after viewing a self-paced tutorial?  Fortunately, well designed tutorials assist library patrons experience success as they seek information.  More importantly, with some basic training library workers can use instructional design theories to create sound tutorials.  The process starts with a structured and well designed curriculum or lesson plan.  In this breakout session, attendees will learn instructional design “lingo” and the ins and outs of the various software packages.  Sample tutorials will be featured, and a discussion about how these are implemented in classes or reference interviews will be explored.

C. Kids and Technology – Marvin Auditorium (101C)

Presented by Liz Rea from NEKLS

From a very young age, kids seem to feel a pull to shiny screens. How can we tap into that interest in valuable ways? What tools exist to use with children?



3:40 – 4:00 p.m.

Door prizes!

Thank You!

**Fortune courtesy of Dean Johnson, creative commons at Flickr.

Tech Day planning: Brenda Hough, Sharon Moreland, Heather Braum, Liz Rea and Thatcher Rea.

Tech Support to be provided by Thatcher Rea and TSCPL Staff.

A Pre-thank you to the Presenters for their time, thought, effort and PowerPoint Presentations!

Print this Tech Day Flyer to distribute and post.

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