TDS14: Libraries @ the Center | Program

TIME Content, Containers
and Beyond
Collaboration and
Log-in: Networking, Visit the Exhibits
Chat ‘n Tweet
Presented by TDS14 Platinum & Gold Sponsors
Visit the Exhibits
Welcome & Housekeeping
OPENING KEYNOTE : Daniel J. Levitn Ph.D. Author of The Organized Mind: Thinking Straight in an Age of Information Overload hosted by Rebecca T. Miller, Editorial Director, Library Journal and School Library Journal
Break, networking & exhibits
Libraries, Archives and Museums at the Intersection of History and Technology curated by ER&L Bridging the
K12-College Information Literacy Gap
Digital Strategies for Job Search Training BEST PRACTICES POSTER SESSIONS ON-DEMAND
Presented by TDS14 Platinum & Gold Sponsors
Libraries, Film/Media, Children, and Families:
Making Connections
Successfully Partnering with Small Organizations
To Digitize Local Content
Appvisory: Curating and Providing Access to Educational Apps in the Children’s Library
Bringing A New “Voice” To Our Library and
School With 3D Printing
Adapting Academic Library Instruction to the Digital Environment
Lunch, networking & exhibits
StatBase: Open source data management for libraries Creating a Collective Culture of Education: Classroom/
Library Partnerships that Support Students’ Academic and Civic Learning
Presented by TDS14 Platinum & Gold Sponsors
Who’s Afraid of the Internet? Digital Literacy, Corporate Data-Mining, and Government Surveillance Identifying and Delivering Meta-Literacy Skill Sets to Adult Learners
Hack Your Notebook: Leveraging Libraries for STEM-Literacy Connections
Implementing New Digital Strategies in Response to a Community Emergency: The Queens Library Post Super-storm Sandy A+ and C++: STEM Education Innovation Making Connections in 1:1 Environments
Presented by TDS14 Platinum & Gold Sponsors
CLOSING KEYNOTE: Anil Dash is cofounder and CEO of ThinkUp. Hosted by Kathy Ishizuka, executive editor, School Library Journal
Vendor specials, and contests

Content, Containers and Beyond

Libraries, Archives and Museums at the Intersection of History and Technology

Capturing local history in the digital world holds promises of unique and creative reuses of our cultural heritage materials.  This talk will review the work of DPLA and their strategies going forward, then dives into innovative and creative ways people are using openly available cultural heritage digital material.  The speakers will discuss the challenges and next steps in this exciting digital frontier.

Hosted by:
ER&LBonnie Tijerina, Data & Society Fellow at the Data & Society Institute in New York City and the founder of ER&L (Electronic Resources & Libraries) conference and organization.

Emily Gore, Director of Content, DPLA(Digital Public Library of America)
Jon Voss, Director, Historypin Strategic Partnerships

StatBase: Open source data management for libraries

The Newport News Public Library System’s Digital Services Team will provide an interactive demonstration of StatBase , a free data gathering and display tool for library use. The team will detail the open source software development approach and detail the outputs of the project. StatBase was released for free to the public in March of 2014 via SourceForge Since that time, the NNPLS staff have been working on StatBase v.2 – a dashboard-like enhancement to the core platform distribution. Join us for an early preview of StatBase v.2, scheduled for release via SourceForge in 2015.

Alexandria Payne
, StatBase Project Manager
John Curtis
, StatBase Usability Specialist, Newport News Public Library System (VA)

Who’s Afraid of the Internet? Digital Literacy, Corporate Data-Mining, and Government Surveillance

This session will discuss the challenges of promoting digital adoption and digital literacy in the post-Snowden era of widespread reports of government and corporate surveillance of internet traffic. It will discuss teaching techniques to distinguish well-founded skepticism from unfounded skepticism and helping digital learners do a cost benefit analysis in a learning environment based on respect and consent. The session hopes to touch on interpreting concepts like “free”, “open”, “private”, “commercial”, and “non-commercial” in their digital context, and conclude with some practical resources for increasing online privacy (DuckDuckGo,, and others)

Scott Pinkelman
, Digital Literacy Innovation Specialist at the Free Library of Philadelphia (PA)

Implementing New Digital Strategies in Response to a Community Emergency: The Queens Library Post Super-storm Sandy

In October of 2012, Super-storm Sandy devastated the Rockaways. Queens Library stepped up to provide critical crisis information services in the weeks that followed. Among the most requested service was access to online information as thousands of Queens residents lost both connectivity as well as their digital technology in the storm’s aftermath.  When Gov. Andrew Cuomo and Google combined to donate 5,000 Google Tablets to Queens Library for use in those affected areas, the library stepped up. But how to respond when broadband access was scarce or not available? QPL used this lack of Wi-Fi access as a design inspiration and a springboard for innovation. QPL built a tablet platform loaded with Queens Library content– useful with or without Wi-Fi. Today library customers in and beyond Queens’s storm affected areas have access to curated, practical resources with a special focus on resources that aid their economic viability.  Lessons learned from this work should spark new thinking about the central role of public libraries in community informatics and disaster assistance and recovery. This presentation will outline how Queens Library developed a proprietary interface platform preloaded with specific community resources and customized content to assist  the community in finding information about disaster relief, housing, jobs, education, community health, and immigration information. Queens Library received the 2014 ALA Library of the Future Award for its tablet interface.

Kelvin Watson
, VP Digital Strategy and Services, Queens Library (NY)

Collaboration and Innovation

Bridging the K12-College Information Literacy Gap

For students to succeed academically and in life, they need to be information literate: having the ability to locate, select, evaluate, use, manage, communicate, and generate information. Librarians are information professionals who provide physical and intellectual access to information. PK-20 librarians, in particular, serve as knowledgeable facilitators in helping students and staff become effective users and generators of information. In addition, as information professionals, PK-12 and post-secondary librarians can facilitate the articulation of information literacy as they collaborate with each other and their institutional faculty.

This session provides strategies and resources to strengthen articulated relationships and build information literacy capacity for all stakeholders. The session will explain how to start and maintain relationships between K12 and higher education librarians, specifically because they serve as liaisons to their respective institutions. Farmer will particularly highlight the import and value of resources to be found in the forthcoming AASL/ACRL Information Literacy Toolkit.

Presenter: Dr. Lesley Farmer, Professor at California State University Long Beach, Coordinator of the Librarianship Program

Libraries, Film/Media, Children, and Families: Making Connections

By better understanding how public and school libraries can bring film/media in public and school libraries, the Rhode Island Media Smart Libraries coalition  is aiming to transform children’s and teen library service. We will report on our developing collaboration between school and public librarians and children’s film festivals and other film/media groups. We will offer a progress report on our process of developing a needs assessment to understand how librarians in Rhode Island use film/media in the context of children’s library service. In advancing collaboration with the Providence Children’s Film Festival, we found a distinct gap between the worlds of children’s librarians and children’s media professionals. Learn how public and school librarians are working with library faculty and leaders of a non-profit children’s film festival to bridge that gap and support media literacy.

Renee Hobbs, Professor and Founding Director of the Harrington School of Communication and Media at the University of  Rhode Island

Successfully Partnering with Small Organizations To Digitize Local Content

Over the past eight years, the Abilene Library Consortium has been building the West Texas Digital Archives, a nearly $5M grant-funded online repository now containing more than 50,000 items of unique historical content from Abilene, Texas and the surrounding region. The project has two goals: to preserve these materials from further degradation; and to simultaneously increase worldwide access by digitization. To say we’ve learned a lot during this project would be an understatement. In this presentation, we share some of the lessons we’ve learned relating to collaborating with small regional cultural heritage organizations to digitize local content.

Edward Smith
, M.A., M.S., Executive Director of the Abilene Library Consortium (TX)

Creating a Collective Culture of Education: Classroom/Library Partnerships that Support Students’ Academic and  Civic Learning

How can teachers and librarians work together in today’s culture of connected learning to better prepare youth for life inside and outside of school? This presentation will highlight the many ways that digital tools can create opportunities for educators and librarians to work across institutions to support student academic learning and civic engagement.

More than ever before, participatory digital technology is changing the ways young people are socializing, learning, consuming, and producing media products. While we know that new media can offer significant opportunities for authentic learning experiences, as well as new opportunities for civic participation, we also know that simply investing in flashy devices is not a solution to long term educational and social challenges. This panel focuses on thinking about partnerships between teachers, librarians, and local communities to engage students in meaningful learning experiences that utilize digital tools.  The “new culture of learning” (Thomas and Brown, 2011) demands a “new culture of educating,” one that brings together teachers, librarians, and other community members to support innovative learning experiences for students. Our panel will offer ideas about how to forge and sustain librarian/teacher partnerships that address academic concerns such as the Common Core State Standards, but always with student civic life as the central focus.

Nicole Mirra
, Ph.D., postdoctoral researcher at the UCLA Graduate School of Education
Antero Garcia
, Assistant Professor, English Department, Colorado State University.

Hack Your Notebook: Leveraging Libraries for STEM-Literacy Connection

Creativity and notebooks have a long history. Artists, scientists, writers, engineers, and other people curious about the world use notebooks to think on paper, record information, and express themselves. Despite the rise and reach of smart phones and tablets, we think there’s a reason the notebook persists: nothing beats paper. That doesn’t mean the notebook can’t evolve. Electronics and circuitry can be as expressive and accessible as art supplies or as complex as systems design and prototyping. Hacked notebooks live at this intersection of creative expression and technical expertise.

In this panel conversation, learn how educators, in school and out, are hacking notebooks using paper circuitry components like LED lights and conductive copper tape, arduino boards and sensors, alongside the tools of an artist – pens and paintbrushes – to create powerful designs that embed STEM understanding.  Learn how spaces like libraries and museums played a role in facilitating this work for young people and adults alike, particularly as part of a Hack Your Notebook Day a maker event that occurred in cities around the country during July 2014. And, ultimately, learn how you can hack your own notebook and help others to do the same.

Paul Oh
, Senior Program Associate, National Writing Project
Melissa Techman
, Albermarle Public Schools
David Cole
, CV2

A+ and C++: STEM Education Innovation

Libraries across the globe have the ability to design and deliver the extraordinary, capitalizing on creative partnerships. This presentation will focus on a game-changing vision and strategy for all types of libraries, as well as two of Howard County Library System’s (HCLS) innovative partnerships: A+ Partners in Education (A+), and HiTech, a STEM Education initiative for teens. This approach has transformed HCLS into a renowned educational institution, alongside the region’s schools, colleges, and universities.

A formal countywide partnership among HCLS, the county school system, and the local community college, A+ improves student academic success. Replicated in numerous jurisdictions across the country, A+ is successful due to an established communication network that brings the public library into the schools and the schools into the library.

A new A+ component, HiTech instructors and industry/academic partners teach cutting-edge science, technology, engineering, and math via project-based classes to students, ages 11-18. Subjects include 3D animation, nanotechnology, e-books, game apps, cybersecurity, green energy, and robotics. By leveraging the best technology, teaching tools, and experts to deliver a top-quality STEM education experience, HiTech incorporates an innovative methodology that blends instruction with experiential learning and peer to peer communications. These collaborations capitalize on Howard County’s advantage as home to a number of major STEM-oriented employers and higher education institutions, with many providing leadership and guidance as members of the HiTech Board of Advisors.

Valerie J. Gross
, President and CEO of Howard County (MD) Library System

Leading the Learning Revolution

Digital Strategies for Job Search Training

Queens Library’s Job & Business Academy is merging more digital strategies into customer job searches to increase outcomes for our customers. From developing JobMap (an online application to access library services), to providing a touchscreen kiosk for job seekers to apply for jobs using videos, we’ll talk about the process for developing each of these programs and the lessons we learned along the way in developing new products and partnerships. Queens Library’s Job & Business Academy focuses on making sure job seekers and entrepreneurs are ready for 21st century work and business.

Tara Lannen-Stanton
, Coordinator, Job & Business Academy, Queens (NY) Library
Lauren Comito
, Job & Business Academy Manager
Jakea McGhaney
, Employment Counselor

Appvisory: Curating and Providing Access to Educational Apps in the Children’s Library

With businesses already jumping at the chance to provide app curation and suggestion services for parents, it’s time librarians asserted ourselves as the most disinterested and helpful guides for parents wishing to learn about the best apps to purchase for their children. The Pasadena Public Library has started a pilot program to address this need by providing iPad storytimes, an after-school Appy Hour for kids and parents, and four iPad stations in the children’s room to enhance our existing offerings of educational games in the library. Through this pilot program, parents and kids are learning how to:-find educational and creative apps for kids; -find apps for FREE-make decisions about screen time; -use iPad apps as a tool to support early literacy and learning in the Common Core.

Join us to learn about how to get similar programs started so that you can position your library as the community’s #1 source for information about the best apps for enhancing a child’s education.

AnnMarie Hurtado
, Youth Services Librarian, Pasadena Public Library (CA)
Jennifer Driscoll
, Youth Services Librarian, Pasadena Public Library (CA)
Zyrel Rojo
, Branch Librarian, Lamanda Park Library and San Rafael Library (CA)

Active Learning in the Library

Interactive learning and play spaces are a natural fit for libraries reinventing their services in the digital age. Learn how the Barrington Area Library renovated the Youth Services department to create a playful active learning space that brings the whole family back for more. The discussion will include space planning considerations and lessons learned since opening day.

Ryann Uden
, Head of Youth Services at the Barrington Area Library (IL)
Shaun Kelly
, Engberg Anderson, Project Manager and Architect for Barrington Area Library

Identifying and Delivering Meta-Literacy Skill Sets to Adult Learners

The Addlestone Library at the College of Charleston and the Center for Student Learning partnered to co-design, sponsor, and market a program of complementary information literacy and study skills offerings based on strategies for implementing the new ACRL Framework for Information Literacy for Higher Education in order to build community at the Library. Panelists Jolanda-Pieta van Arnhem (Library), Jannette Finch (Library) and Melissa Hortman (Center for Student Learning) will discuss the program design process, topic selection, marketing strategies, attendance statistics, and assessment of program for the first year. The interdisciplinary team concluded that collaborative approaches to more structured program design requires an organic teaching model that is fluid at every stage, through design, marketing, delivery, and assessment. Co-designing the curriculum helped to update staff skills without overburdening individual departments. Delivering and marketing workshops collaboratively also expanded opportunities for campus outreach and provided opportunities to reach multiple populations.

Jolanda-Pieta van Arnhem
, Instructional Design Librarian, Digital Scholarship and Services, College of Charleston (SC) Libraries
Jannette Finch Librarian
, College of Charleston North Campus and Lowcountry Graduate Center (SC)
Melissa Hortman,
Study Skills Programs Coordinator, Center for Student Learning, College of Charleston (SC)

Making Connections in 1:1 Environments

This presentation will showcase Glenbrook South High School library’s efforts to support students and faculty in a 1:1 computing environment. We will discuss making library services more accessible through the use of an online library resource portal, online interactive reference chat, a mobile app, and a chrome app. These tools allow us to reach students and classes anywhere in our school and have greatly expanded the library’s presence and raised our profile in the school.

Kris Jacobson
, Teacher Librarian, Glenbrook South High School, Glenview (IL)
John Casey, Library Lab Manager, Glenbrook South High School, Glenview (IL)

Poster Sessions On-Demand

Bring the Library into the Online Classroom with Curriculum Builder
Sponsored by EBSCO

See how easy it is to bring the world of quality database articles, ebooks, and other digital resources from the library’s discovery system directly into the online learning environment. This video demonstrates how to use EBSCO’s Curriculum Builder to quickly create reading lists that bring the library into an instructor’s online teaching environment in a seamless and hassle-free way. Highlights include ways the Curriculum Builder is being used to develop collaborative partnerships between librarians and classroom faculty, and how this tool can support and increase student engagement in the learning process.

Alicia Virtue, Santa Rosa Junior College


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