Category Archives: Top Technology Trends

Information about technology trends affecting the library world, from the LITA committee of the same name. Includes posts by program speakers and others on the committee.

Sunday Afternoon with LITA at 2013 ALA Annual!

Please mark your calendars and join us at the 2013 ALA Annual Conference on Sunday, June 30th, beginning at 1pm, for Sunday Afternoon with LITA!  We will start off the day with the LITA awards and scholarships presentation followed by our Top Tech Trends program, moderated by Lorcan Dempsey. Then join us for the LITA President’s Program with Cory Doctorow, and finally, wrap up the day with the LITA Happy Hour at 5:30 at Fado Irish Pub!

TOP TECHNOLOGY TRENDS & LITA AWARDS PRESENTATION

1:00 pm – 2:30 pm McCormick Place Convention Center S105a-c
Panelists: Char Booth, Aimee Fifarek, Sarah Houghton, Brewster Kahle, Clifford Lynch, Gary Price Moderator: Lorcan Dempsey

Presentation of LITA Awards and Scholarships will take place at 1pm, then join the Top Tech Trends panel from 1:30-2:30, for a conversation about trends and opportunities in libraries. Lorcan Dempsey will moderate the following trendsters from across library communities and areas: Char Booth, Sarah Houghton, Gary Price, Aimee Fifarek, and Clifford Lynch.

  • Follow us on twitter @toptechtrends #ala2013ttt

MORE THAN A BOOK-LINED INTERNET CAFE: LITA PRESIDENT’S PROGRAM

3:00 pm – 4:00 pm McCormick Place Convention Center S105a-c
Speaker: Cory Doctorow

LITA President Zoe Stewart-Marshall welcomes digital rights activist, science fiction writer and Boing Boing co-editor, Cory Doctorow. This lively, thought-provoking talk will look at how libraries can and do stand on the front lines of the debate over the role of free information, and free information technology in ensuring the healthy maintenance of a free society. And yes, he will talk about DRM.

LITA HAPPY HOUR

5:30 pm – 8:00 pm
Location: Fado Irish Pub, 100 West Grand Avenue (312) 836-0066

Please join the LITA Membership Development Committee and members from around the country for networking, good cheer, and great fun! Expect lively conversation and excellent drinks; cash bar.

LITA Top Tech Trends – ALA Midwinter 2013

Below will be the live stream for the LITA Top Tech Trends panel at ALA Midwinter 2013 in Seattle, WA! We’ll be live at 10:30am Pacific Time, and after the show will embed the recording here as well. Enjoy!

Topic: If Data resides in a Cloud environment, is it still mine?
Panelists: Roy Tennant, Bess Sadler, Todd Carpenter, Carl Grant (moderator), John Law, Mackenzie Smith, Julie Speer
Tweet questions to us with hashtag #alamwttt

Part One, just a few minutes of recording before the wifi went crazy.


Video streaming by Ustream

We missed 8 or so minutes of conversation, then got it running again for Part Two.


Video streaming by Ustream

LITA Top Technology Trends at ALA Midwinter in Dallas

The LITA Top Technology Trends panel discussion at ALA Midwinter in Dallas took place on Sunday, January 22, 2012. This year’s panel of technology experts was a combination of veteran and new faces: Stephen Abram, Gale Cengage Learning , Marshall Breeding, Vanderbilt University Library , Lorcan Dempsey, OCLC , Nina McHale, Arapahoe Library District, Colorado and Sue Polanka, Wright State University Libraries

Each trendster came prepared to discuss two technology trends of their choice. During Round One, the issues presented were:

  • frictionless access – smartphone technology that provides unfettered access to services without user interaction (Stephen Abram)
  • advent of “enterprise IT staff” for libraries – bringing in professional programmers rather than librarians who like programming (Nina McHale)
  • impending demise of the ILS (Marshall Breeding)
  • trend toward self-service (Sue Polanka)
  • rise of personal institutional curation services (Lorcan Demsey)

Round Two topics were:

  • on-demand tipping point– libraries offering a hybrid model to provide the physical experience for users (Stephen Abrams)
  • web analytics (Nina McHale)
  • reintegration of discovery with the backend systems (Marshall Breeding)
  • technologies that take instruction in a different direction, e.g. touch screens (Sue Polanka)
  • platform wars in consumer space and the implication for libraries (Lorcan Demsey)

The session was well attended with time allotted in each round for audience comments and questions. The session was also streamed live so that those unable to be there could participate virtually; the recording can be viewed on LITA’s USTREAM channel.

LITA Top Tech Trends Annual Program Evaluation

The LITA TTT Committee welcomed an estimated 600+ attendees to the panel session Sunday afternoon in New Orleans. A hearty thanks goes out to each panelist for their insights and willingness to participate in sharing their knowledge: Lorcan Dempsey, Clifford Lynch, Nina McHale, Monique Szendze, and Jennifer Wright. The program evaluation form is available at http://www.surveymonkey.com/s/VW6CCMF and we welcome your thoughts to help inform tweaks or changes that may help with future programs.

LITA and Top Tech Trends on YouTube

LITA is piloting a new YouTube presence, and the Top Technology Trends Committee is excited to be a part of this effort. The Committee is working on a pilot project to share short, informal videos from past and present Top Technology Trends panelists. These videos will serve as current sound-bytes on technology trends of interest to the library community. It’s hoped that the number of videos will grow over time, and play a role in fostering a sense of community during the time between ALA’s Annual and Midwinter meetings. The Committee would like to thank Jason Griffey for producing the first video, available now at LITA LibraryInfoTech’s Channel

Don’t Miss the Top Tech Trends Panel in New Orleans!

We have a great panel this year for Top Tech Trends Panel at the ALA Annual Conference in New Orleans! The panelists will describe changes and advances in technology that they see having an impact on the library world, and suggest what libraries might do to take advantage of these trends.

When: Sunday, June 26, 2011 – 1:30pm – 3:30pm
Where: Convention Center, Auditorium A

The illustrious panelists:

  • Lorcan Dempsey, OCLC
  • Clifford Lynch, CNI
  • Nina McHale, Univ of Colorado, Denver
  • Monique Sendze, Douglas Country (CO) Libraries
  • Jennifer Wright, Free Library of Philadelphia

Video: Top Tech Trends panel, Midwinter San Diego (2011)

The archived video of Top Tech Trends is now available on the LITA Ustream Channel.

The bi-annual gathering of library technology practitioners and thinkers, hosted by the Library Information Technology Association, gathers in San Diego to ponder topics ranging from WikiLeaks to Angry Birds, from cloud-based information systems to mobile services. The program was recorded live on January 9th, 2011 at 8am in the San Diego Convention Center Room 26 A/B.

The San Diego panelists include:

~Lorcan Dempsey, Vice President and Chief Strategist, OCLC
~Rachel Frick, Program Director, Digital Library Federation
~Erik Mitchell, Assistant Director for Technology Services, Wake Forest University
~Monique Sendze, Associate Director of Information Technology, Douglas County Libraries, Colorado
~Jeffrey Trzeciak, University Librarian, McMaster University

The program is moderated by Jason Vaughn, Director of Library Technologies at University of Nevada Las Vegas.

Due to network difficulties beyond our control, the recorded program joins the panelists already in progress. Our apologies for the few minutes that are lost. Enjoy the show!

Top Tech Trends LiveBlog

Join us Sunday January 9, 2011 for the Top Technology Trends panel. The session will be live-blogged by TTT committee members; the live blog will also capture any messages posted to twitter with the hashtag #alamwttt.

You can also watch the video stream here.