Webinar: Everything Must Converge - How to Choose the Best Technology for Your Library

Speaker Steven Bowers, A.J. Million, Elliot Polak, & Ken Varnum
Steven K. Bowers is the director of the Detroit Area Libary Network (DALNET), at  Wayne State University. As director of DALNET, Bowers is responsible for administration of the consortium, oversight of project management, and development of online services. He previously worked as a systems librarian. Bowers teaches a course on ...

Steven K. Bowers is the director of the Detroit Area Libary Network (DALNET), at  Wayne State University. As director of DALNET, Bowers is responsible for administration of the consortium, oversight of project management, and development of online services. He previously worked as a systems librarian. Bowers teaches a course on integrated library systems for the Wayne State University School of Library and Information Science, his Alma Mater, and he presents regularly at state and national conferences. Bowers was featured in the 2008 edition of Library Journal's Movers & Shakers for his work integrating Web 2.0 features into online library catalogs.


A.J. Million teaches digital media and Web development courses to library students and educators at the University of Missouri. His interests connect the use of information technology by public institutions to the process of adaption and broader conceptions of the common good.

Elliot J. Polak joined Wayne State University in 2012 and is currently the coordinator for Discovery Services, responsible for providing strategic direction for library discover through technology development and project management for University Libraries. Prior to joining Wayne State, Polak spent three years at Norwich University serving as the head of Library Technology, responsible for evaluating, maintaining, and implementing systems at Kreitzberg Library. Polak graduated from University of Wisconsin-Madison with an MA in library and information studies, and holds a BS in information systems from California State University-Northridge. 

Kenneth J. Varnum is the Web Systems manager at the University of Michigan Library, where he manages the library website and development of new features and functionality. He received a master's degree from the University of Michigan's University of Michigan's School of Information and a bachelor of arts degree from Grinnell College. He has worked in a range of library settings - large and small academic, corporate, and special. He led the University of Michigan's implementation of Summon using the Summon API in Drupal site in 2010. An active member of the library technology world for nineteen years, Varnum's research and professional interests range from Drupal and site redesign to user-generated content. ALA TechSource published his first book, Drupal in Libraries, in 2012.


Full Description

One of the great challenges facing any library or archive is determining the technologies that promise a viable future. To help you understand and evaluate trends in technology, we've brought together authors from the recently-published The Top Technologies Every Librarian Needs to Know, edited by Ken Varnum.

The following talks will be presented:

Impetus To Innovate: Convergence and Library Trends
A.J. Million

The future is impossible to predict, and libraries often struggle to decide what format of material to collect. This presentation does not try and predict the future, but it does provide a framework to understand trends that relate to digital media. Using concepts from media theory, we argue that library professionals ought to build collections with an eye toward digital convergence. Finally, we conclude that library collections should reflect the format-agnostic reality of convergence culture, focusing instead on content that is relevant and of high quality. Above all, libraries and librarians should position themselves to not only be a resource that patrons use to access content but that they should also help patrons create unique content.

The Future of Cloud-Based Library Systems
Elliot Polak & Steven Bowers

Since the mid 2000s the term “cloud” has been used to describe a wide range of services: from hosting providers who allow organizations to offload information technology (IT) infrastructure, to storage providers encouraging consumers to preserve data virtually.  The “cloud” has come to mean a shared hardware environment with an optional software component.  In libraries, cloud computing technology can reduce the costs and human capital associated with maintaining a 24/7 Integrated Library System while facilitating an up-time that is costly to attain in-house.  Additionally, Cloud-Based Integrated Library Systems can leverage a shared system environment, allowing libraries to share metadata records and other system resources while maintaining independent local information will allow for reducing redundant workflows and yielding efficiencies for cataloging/metadata and acquisitions departments.

Library Discovery: From Ponds to Streams
Ken Varnum

Resource discovery in libraries has undergone a remarkable evolution over the past five years. Libraries, and libraries’ perceptions of the patrons’ needs, have led to the creation and acquisition of “web-scale” discovery services. These new services seek to amalgamate all the online content a library might provide into one bucket. Rather than exploring focused ponds of specialized databases, researchers now swim in oceans of information. What is needed is neither ponds (too small in our interdisciplinary world) or oceans (too broad and deep for most needs), but streams -- dynamic, context-aware subsets of the whole, tailored to the researcher’s short- or long-term interests.

 

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Mon, Aug. 4, 2014
1 p.m. - 2 p.m. US/Eastern

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