Category Archives: Sunday

W9: Tech Trends for Libraries in 2018 & Beyond

Afternoon Workshops – Sunday 22 October 
13:30 – 16:30

Technology has changed the face of libraries and is continuing to change how we work and how we deliver services to customers. 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 learn what trends to look for, find out the difference between a technology trend and a fad, and get ideas on how their library can respond to technology as it emerges.

Presented by: David Lee King

W10: Open Education Resource Textbooks: Roadmap

Afternoon Workshops – Sunday 22 October 
13:30 – 16:30

The high cost of textbooks adds to the financial burden on students and their parents. Hear how one library looked for ways to encourage faculty to adopt open textbooks for their courses and launched the Wise Open Textbook Initiative, offering faculty a stipend of up to $5,000 to develop or adopt an OER alternatives to the traditional textbook. This workshop offers insights gained from their experience working with faculty, the production process, and developing OERx, a textbook delivery system built with Modx. It shares successes and challenges launching the initiative, working with faculty, and producing the final OER textbooks and includes a demonstration, training, and downloading OERx, an open educational resource distribution system.

Presented by: Jason Dean Henderson, Nicole Sump-Crethar

W11: Data Visualization: Tools & Techniques

Afternoon Workshops – Sunday 22 October 
13:30 – 16:30

With the growing ocean of data, from Big Data to Small Data, to analytics, usage statistics, and search logs, we are awash in the data tide. Learn tactics, techniques, and tools for adding meaning to data for your library patrons, community leaders, students, faculty, researchers, and administrators. Visualization tools explored range from stand-alone apps to spreadsheet plug-ins to data websites. Explore tools and techniques for visualizing a variety of data using infographics, word clouds, simple pie charts, maps, Gantt charts, timelines, and many other charts and diagrams.

Presented by: Greg Notess

W12: Getting Started in Augmented & Virtual Reality (AR & VR)

Afternoon Workshops – Sunday 22 October 
13:30 – 16:30

This half-day workshop, presented by early adopters and library practitioners, shares what it takes to start a community program based around augmented and virtual reality (AR/VR). During the workshop, participants gain an appreciation of the history of this bleeding-edge technology, and learn how all the basic hardware/ software components work to create engaging experiences in your library and far beyond it. An HTC Vive, Microsoft HoloLens, Google Cardboard, a DIY hologram viewer, and other technologies are present, so participants have an opportunity to play with all the latest and greatest AR/VR technologies as well as identify opportunities to use these technologies in their communities.

Presented by: Tod Colegrove, Chad Mairn, Robert Anstett, Brian Pichman

W13: Text Analytics

Afternoon Workshops – Sunday 22 October 
13:30 – 16:30

Do your clients want to quickly understand text and documents and get the gist of the content? Text analytics (text mining, noun phrase extraction, auto-categorization, auto-summarization, and social media or sentiment analysis) is becoming essential to any field that utilizes or tries to understand unstructured text. To develop both practical applications and deeper research results requires the development of a text analytics platform that incorporates the integration of all of these techniques. The workshop, based on the recent book, takes attendees through the entire process of creating a text analytics platform including: basic analytics techniques from deep learning/machine learning to sophisticated rule building and how to integrate them using a modular approach; making the business case and what people and content resources are needed; an evaluation process to select the right text analytics software for your organization; a process for fact extraction with categorization and sentiment analysis to add depth and intelligence to all the components; and the range of applications that can be built with text analytics from advanced expertise applications to new uses of social media.

Presented by: Tom Reamy

Games, Gadgets, & MakerSpaces: Conference Opening Networking Event

Sunday Evening Session – Sunday 22 October 
17:30 – 19:30

Join our gamers and gadget lovers for an evening of fun, playing, making, learning, and networking. See how you can transform your thinking, your programs, and your spaces with the latest games, gadgets, and STEAM ideas! Share with a poster about what your library is doing with creative making and makerspaces in your library. Led by Brian Pichman & Tod Colegrove, this event will start your conference experience with lots of learning and laughing! Refreshments included.

Presented by: Brian Pichman, Tod Colegrove