2018 LITA Forum: Building & Leading

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2018 LITA Library Technology Forum
Minneapolis, MN
November 8-10, 2018

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The theme for the 2018 LITA Library Technology Forum explores Building & Leading. What are you most passionate about in librarianship and information technology? This conference is your chance to share how your passions are building the future and learn how to expand them further.

This year we’ve crafted a set of programs that diverge from the normal library conference model. Instead of only hour-long blocks, with experts on stages and slides at their back, we have planned a more interactive, hands-on-focused conference with more choices and different ways for people to interact. This mix of opportunities will challenge participants in what we hope are new and different ways.

Check out the full schedule. Here are a few example highlights:

AnnMarie Thomas Head shot
AnnMarie Thomas

Dr. AnnMarie Thomas and the Playful Learning Lab from the University of St. Thomas will be offering two workshops:

OK Go Sandbox: Using the videos of OK Go to engage learners with art, music, and STEM.
OK Go Sandbox is a new website for educators which has content related to OK Go’s music videos. New videos, educators’ guides, and hands-on activities allow learners to explore sound, sensors, art, math, and more. (Al Gore even thinks it’s a great idea!) During this session we’ll jump into the sandbox and try out some of the activities and discuss ways that they can be used in libraries. Check out their videos!

Playtime: Not Just for Kids
The Playful Learning Lab at the University of St. Thomas is an interdisciplinary research group that works at the intersection of art, technology, and education. Whether developing Squishy Circuits, helping chefs create interactive pastry, developing a Circus Science curriculum, or helping the band OK Go build a new platform for educators, collaboration is at the heart of our work. In this session, we will look at how “play” is at the heart of all that we do, and why you should consider a playful approach for your own organization. Check out AnneMarie’s TED Talk!

Jessica Yurkofsky head shot
Jessica Yurkofsky

Matthew Battles and Jessica Yurkofsky from Harvard University will be offering a workshop on:

MetaLab – Library Kitchen
Wifi-proof booths; study carrels for napping; digital campfires for charging devices convivially—in the “Library Test Kitchen” seminar at the Graduate School of Design, metaLAB (at) Harvard has been exploring participatory innovation for libraries through fun, creative, improvisatory projects. And what’s a test kitchen without recipes? In this session, members of metaLAB will be on hand to demo their new platform for sharing such “recipes” for playful innovation in libraries—and to invite participants to contribute recipes of their own.

Questions or Comments?

Contact us at (312) 280-4268 or lita@ala.org