Technologies & Trends

Friday, June 5, 2015
Mary Idema Pew Library, Grand Valley State University
Allendale, MI

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Explore trends in technologies impacting today’s evolving libraries. Learn how to use these new technologies to enhance your patrons' experience.

9:00 a.m. – 9:30 a.m.    Registration and Coffee

9:30 a.m. – 9:45 a.m.    Welcome and Introduction

9:45 a.m. – 10:45 a.m.    Opening Keynote: Learning Everywhere
Emerging technologies are changing the way we live and learn. Libraries can play a key role in this future. Imagine the evolving hyperlinked library as a creation space, community space, anything space. Imagine this library available everywhere via mobile devices and tablets. Imagine opportunities for user learning supported and facilitated by librarians. How will library services change with MOOCs and mobile classrooms in the palm of one’s hand? What skills will staff require? What does the library as creative classroom look like? What does this future look like going forward as we encourage learning everywhere as a means for transformative change for ourselves and our users. This session will explore new ideas and thinking about learning at the library.
Michael Stephens, Tame the Web

11:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.    Breakout

Livable Technology:  Using Data to Improve Spaces
Design thinking is a philosophical approach to designing library spaces and services that stresses user involvement, iteration, and data. We will discuss how this concept applies to libraries and why it is important. We will also discuss how we implement the concept here at the new Mary Idema Pew Library Learning and Information Commons. Specific examples will include digital signage, physical usability testing, and building use data.
Kyle Felker, Grand Valley State University; Kristin Meyer, Grand Valley State University

12:00 p.m. – 1:00 p.m.  Lunch

1:00 p.m. – 1:30 p.m.    Library Tour and Technology Showcase of the Mary Idema Pew Library

1:30 p.m. – 2:30 p.m.    Breakouts

SnapEngage:  Connecting With Students Through Proactive Chat
In order to provide the best service to our traditional and non-traditional students, in fall 2014 we added a proactive chat reference service called SnapEngage. This service is in addition to the 24/7 chat reference consortium that we also participate in. The proactive chat allows us to catch questions that might not have been asked because it uses a pop up widget to ask students if they need assistance. We have gotten excellent usage statistics for this service and will compare those to the 24/7 chat service. We will also talk about some of the challenges that we have encountered.
Amy James, Spring Arbor University; Elizabeth Walker, Spring Arbor University

Walk a Mile in Their Shoes:  Understanding Information Technology Access Challenges For Person with Disabilities (Simulation Training)
Physiological effects of aging (visual, auditory, and tactile impairments) impact the use of information and communication technologies (ICTs). ICTs have evolved from large device keyboard and mouse-driven computers to small device touch-screen innovations (e.g. e-readers, tablet computers, and smartphones). Smaller, tactile-driven computing introduces challenges for persons experiencing physiological decline. To increase the understanding of, and discern reasonable solutions to the barriers to information access for clients with disabilities, the researchers present simulation training. Attendees will be provided with information to assemble their own Mobile Experiential Sensory (MES) Lab to provide in-service training to their staff.
Laurie Bonnici, University of Alabama; Stephanie Maatta, Wayne State University

2:45 p.m. – 3:45 p.m.    Breakouts

Behind the MeL Curtain:  How Dollars Intersect with the Needs of Librarians in the Trenches to Create the MeL Suite of Services
It's important for all Michigan library staff to understand and participate in the process by which the MeL suite of services are chosen and funded. This session will cover the ways that input was sought from the public and the professional library community over the winter to participate in the selection of the next suite of MeL Databases. I will explain what portion of our funding is federal, what portion State of Michigan, and how those figures are determined and how those monies are appropriated to support the Michigan eLibrary as a whole.
Sonya Schryer Norris, Library of Michigan

Flipping the Classroom with Prezi:  Engaging Students and Zooming to Information Literacy
In this presentation, librarians will learn how to use the tool Prezi to help in flipping the one-shot library instruction session. Using the free, zooming software, students are able to work collaboratively on a presentation that will prepare them for what they will learn in the classroom, and arrive ready to do hands-on database searching or any other appropriate information literacy task. After a quick introduction to Prezi, attendees will have the opportunity to create a pre-assignment for students to complete prior to class. In addition, there will be examples of how Prezi can be used for pre- and post-testing.  Attendees are highly encouraged to bring a laptop or iPad to the session in order to work hands-on with Prezi (Prezi is not currently supported on Android tablets).  If new to Prezi, please sign up for a free account at
Rebecca Renirie, Central Michigan University


Earlybird Registration Deadline: May 22, 2015
Advance Registration Deadline: June 4, 2015

Registration Fees:

                                                      MLA Member              Non-Member

By Friday, May 22, 2015             $  95.00                        $190.00

After Friday, May 22, 2015         $110.00                        $220.00

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