Category Archives: Track A

A303: Lessons Learned From Systems Migration

Track A: (International Ballroom Center) —  Tech Tools – Wednesday 25 October 
13:30 – 14:15

The library card catalog has gone through many evolutions, with the current one being the web-based library services platform (LSP). This new system is cloud-based with an advanced set of features from searching to managing electronic/digital collections. The integration of print and e-collections has become a demand from patrons. Although the decision to migrate library data from a current integrated library system to a library services platform can be daunting, it may be necessary to remain relevant to your library patrons. The Request for Information (RFI) and Request for Proposal (RFP) processes are time-consuming yet necessary steps to help ensure a proper choice that will fit your metadata, patron needs, and budget. DALNET (Detroit Area Library Network) completed a system migration in under a calendar year. Because its consortium runs 16 separate library catalogs, as well as using the same integrated library system (ILS) for 20 years, this process was all-encompassing. The presentation includes timeline structure and includes everything from the RFI stage to adjustments after the go-live date, including lessons learned, tasks that went well and some that could have been improved, the importance of communication, and, most pivotal, helping their membership manage change.

Presented by: Cathy Wolford

A304: NASA@ My Library

Track A: (International Ballroom Center) —  Tech Tools – Wednesday 25 October 
14:30 – 15:15

75 U.S. public libraries selected through a competitive application process are becoming NASA@ My Library Partners, participating in an 18-month project (Phase 1), with the opportunity to extend for an additional two-year period (Phase 2). They will receive materials and training to assist them in leading educational, fun STEM programming for all ages. Hear more from the leaders of the program and some of their partners!

Presented by: Keliann LaConte, Lainie Castle

Future Focus Panel

Closing Keynote – Wednesday 25 October 
15:30 – 16:30

Our panel discusses their thoughts about the ROI magic sauce for the library and information community of the future. What combination of learning, technology, and collaboration will spark innovation and creativity? Have an impact on our various communities? Ensure we are vital to the communities which thrive? From a tech space startup, a tech expert, and art museum curator, our panelists will make you think!

Presented by: Rebecca Stavick, Larry Magid, Bobbi L. Newman