Tech Days Workshop
Sorry, registration closed at 5:00pm Friday, September 21, 2018
We're offering a variety of technology sessions, all in one day! You, your staff, and trustees are invited to attend.
Date: Tuesday, September 25, 2018
Time: 9:00am - 3:30pm
Location: Fitchburg Public Library, 5530 Lacy Road, Fitchburg, WI (map)
This workshop is full of good stuff for you to learn & take back to your library. Here's the schedule:
9:00 - 9:20am — sign in, and light refreshments
9:25 - 9:30am — welcome, orientation, and introductions
9:30 - Noon — Preparing for the Future: Technology to Watch
Join Jason Griffey for a presentation devoted to the new and the emerging in the technology realm. Jason will walk you through the technologies most likely to change the world over the next decade, and give you a leg up in understanding how they are likely to change your communities and your library. From Augmented Reality to Blockchain, Jason will explain the technology and its applications so that you can be prepared for whatever comes your way.
Presenter: Jason Griffey is the founder and principal at Evenly Distributed
, a technology consulting and creation firm for libraries. Named a Library Journal Mover & Shaker in 2009
, Jason has written and spoken internationally on topics such as the future of technology and libraries, decentralization and the Blockchain, privacy, copyright, and intellectual property. He is one of eight winners of the Knight Foundation News Challenge for Libraries
for the Measure the Future project
open hardware project designed to provide actionable-use metrics for library spaces. Jason is an Affiliate Fellow at the Berkman Klein Center for Internet & Society at Harvard University
, and has written extensively on technology and libraries, including multiple books
and a series of full-periodical issues
on technology topics. He is the creator and director of The LibraryBox Project
, an open source portable digital file distribution system. Jason can be stalked online
, and spends his free time with his daughter Eliza, reading, obsessing over gadgets, and preparing for the inevitable zombie uprising.
12:15 - 1pm — catered lunch: $12. We'll have a taco buffet and brownies + soda & water. If you don't want to buy lunch, you can bring your own and store it in the fridge.
1:15 - 2:15pm — choose one of these breakout sessions:
• Makerspace IYL Claire and Diane will share how the Irvin L Young Memorial Library created and kept their Makerspace and STEM Kit collection on a "real life" budget. It would be great if someone threw thousands of dollars at your library and said "go have a Makerspace" but for most of us that is not the case! Presenters: Claire Tidwell (Makerspace & Programming Librarian, Irvin L Young Memorial Library, Whitewater) and Diane Jaroch (Assistant Director & Adult Services Librarian, Irvin L Young Memorial Library, Whitewater) [ youth services interest ] This session is full, but you may choose it on the registration form if you would like your name on the waiting list
• Tech Mix – Two Topics in One Hour:
1) Virtual Reality in Public Libraries. Join Rachel to hear about the very successful Virtual Reality Open Houses hosted by the Hedberg Public Library. This presentation will include lessons learned, and the library's plans for expanding the program in the future. Attend this session to learn ideas for implementing VR programming at your library. Presenter: Rachel Murdock (Innovation Librarian, Hedberg Public Library, Janesville)
2) Recharge at Your Library: Bicycle Powered Charging Station. By pedaling this stationary bike you can charge your phone or tablet! Learn how the Edgerton Public Library added a fun and healthy bike to their library through a collaboration with a local hospital. Presenter: Kirsten Almo (Library Director, Edgerton Public Library)
2:30 - 3:30pm — choose one of these breakout sessions:
• Coding and Tech for Tweens and Teens. Tweens and teens are excited about new tech, and so are librarians, but finding the time to get a program together can be difficult and intimidating when you are not an expert. Learn tips and tricks to get your tweens and teens coding and exploring using programs like Google’s CS First. Presenters: Mary Ostrander (Youth Services Librarian, Verona Public Library) and Leah Portz (Youth Services Librarian, Verona Public Library) [ youth services interest ]
• WPLC Resources for Patrons: New in the Last Year(ish). The Wisconsin Public Library Consortium (WPLC) provides digital resources for readers and writers across the state. Join the WPLC project managers from WiLS as they share some highlights from the last year and a half that your patrons will be excited to learn about, including: Libby, OverDrive’s newest mobile app; BiblioBoard Library, collections of local and independently published works and primary source material; The Wisconsin Author Project, a contest to help Wisconsin authors find readers; and Pressbooks, online software to help users create high-quality print and ebooks. Presenters: Andrea Coffin (Community Liaison / Service Specialist, WiLS) and Melody Clark (Community Liaison / Service Specialist, WiLS) This session is full, but you may choose it on the registration form if you would like your name on the waiting list
Continuing education contact hours for the full day:
- Technology-related contact hours: 6
- Total contact hours: 6
The Tech Days East workshop series is coordinated and sponsored by the Winnefox Library System, Outagamie-Waupaca Library System, Manitowoc-Calumet Library System, Nicolet Federated Library System, South Central Library System, the Southeastern Wisconsin (SEWI) library systems – Arrowhead Library System, Bridges Library System, Kenosha County Library System, Lakeshores Library System, Milwaukee County Federated Library System, Monarch Library System – and the Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction (DPI) Public Library Development Team, with funding support from the Institute of Museum and Library Services.
All participants and presenters at the Tech Days East workshop series are required to accept our code of conduct; it's a fast read, and is intended to help everyone feel welcome, valued, and comfortable.
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