John Palfrey, Author of BiblioTech: Why Libraries Matter More Than Ever in the Age of Google (Basic Books, 2015)

Academic Academic Academic

Time: 11:05 – 12:00 PM ET

Palfrey is Head of School at Phillips Academy, Andover and serves as Chair of the Board of Trustees of the Knight Foundation and President of the Board of Directors of the Digital Public Library of America. He is also a director of the Data + Society Research Institute.

Moderated by:
Rebecca T. Miller
Editorial Director
Library Journal/School Library Journal



Take a look at how academic, school, and public libraries connect people to content and the many ways libraries and their users are embracing digital tools to create, curate, discover, and deliver information.

Always Watched: How being surveilled online impacts us all and what librarians can do about it

Academic Academic Academic

Time: 12:15 – 12:45 PM ET

What impact can always-on, personalized search tools have on our willingness and ability to pursue intellectual curiosities? How does this jive with libraries’ values of intellectual freedom and privacy? What role does privacy have when a patron borrows an ebook from a library? How can librarians prepare themselves for helping their communities navigate the increasingly complex digital landscape? This session will bring together a privacy law professor who is thinking about a world without intellectual privacy, an academic librarian who worked with an ALA committee to create Library Privacy Guidelines for E-book Lending and Digital Content Vendors, and a public librarian working on a grant-funded project to help library professionals increase their knowledge of digital and data privacy concerns to better serve the patrons who access their library’s technological resources

Curated by:

Moderated by:
Bonnie Tijerina
Data & Society Fellow at the Data & Society Institute in New York City
& Founder of ER&L (Electronic Resources & Libraries)


Neil M. Richards
Professor of Law
Washington University School of Law

Michael Robinson
Associate Professor of Library Science and Head of Library Systems
University of Alaska-Anchorage

Melissa Morrone
Supervising Librarian, Information Commons
Brooklyn Public Library


Berwick Academy’s Innovation Center: Librarian’s Fostering Creativity & Collaboration


Time: 12:45 – 1:15 PM ET

Learn how Berwick Academy’s librarians have reinvented the traditional library environment on campus into a state-of-the-art learning center.

Berwick Academy’s Jackson Library has experienced exciting growth and national recognition of its Innovation Center. Its evolution has touched almost every aspect of strategic thinking and desired student learning outcomes. BIC utilizes elements of design thinking, collaboration, networking, and public demonstration. BIC has created substantial opportunities in marketing, hiring, community relations and fundraising.

Most importantly, Berwick’s librarians and the Innovation Center are enhancing the student experience. Librarians are fostering creative play and learning, providing a forum for collaborative work, and connecting our students to experts in their fields’ of study.

  • What is unique about Berwick’s Innovation Center and how does it encompass design thinking elements in a student-driven model?
  • What are the key components of the program and how could they be implemented at my school?
  • What is special about the student experience?

Darcy Coffta
Director of Innovation and Upper School Librarian
Berwick Academy

Jennifer Brewer
Library Director, LS Librarian & Innovation Coordinator
Berwick Academy

Wendy Harrington
Director of Academic Technology, Technology Integrator
Berwick Academy

Raegan Russell
Art Department Chair, Teacher, Mentor
Berwick Academy, Jackson Library


Minecraft is Mindcraft

Academic Academic

Time: 2:15 – 2:45 PM ET

A whole generation of kids are growing up minecrafting. Minecraft is a platform, but it is also a literacy that has been built in to their childhoods. Presenters John Blyberg and Jaina Shaw talk about what it’s like to be a part of the Fairfield County Minecraft Server ( experiment—a county-wide library Minecraft server cooperative. Blyberg will talk about the technology and concept behind the project and Shaw will speak to her experience as a teen librarian, wrangling the players as they carve out their place in this online world.

John F Blyberg
Assistant Director for Innovation and User Experience
Darien Library (CT)

Jaina Shaw
Teen Librarian
Westport Public Library (CT)



Academic Academic

Time: 2:45 – 3:15 PM ET

Technology plays a big role in everyday life. From websites to mobile apps, we’re surrounded by code. Billed as a new literacy, youth are learning to code in the classroom and teaching themselves through Minecraft and Codecademy.

This session will provide strategies to incorporate coding into youth library programs. Learn about resources to leverage from novice to expert skill levels. Hear about programs implemented at Arlington Heights Memorial Library and leave with practical ideas to implement at your library or in the classroom.

Trixie Dantis
Teen Librarian
Arlington Heights Memorial Library

Alice Son
Teen Advisor
Arlington Heights Memorial Library



Examine how libraries of all types are using digital tools to facilitate connections and help support strong communities.

Engaging and Empowering Parents as Teachers:
Learn from our success (and mistakes, too!) on how to host your own collaborative tech night between your library and local schools

Academic Academic

Time: 12:15 – 12:45 PM ET

Since digital literacy is a major factor in public education in Oak Park, IL–every elementary through middle school child received an iPad to use for school work in 2015–our primary goal for our first-ever Parent Workshop: Tech Night was to empower parents to know more about how their kids were using technology in the classroom

Teacher librarians from District 97 along with Oak Park Public Library librarians will share the planning and execution that went into creating a successful tech night for parents. Learn from us and then host your own! An email exchange between one of the teacher librarians and a 3rd Grade teacher the next day after Parent Tech Night illustrates an immediate outcome of empowering parents to learn how about the resources their children are using in school and through their library: “A student just showed me that she was reading The Lightning Thief on her iPad mini in the Overdrive app. She said her mom [who attended Parent Tech Night] helped her get it. Is that something you can show our class how to do?”

Anne Bensfield
Children’s Services Librarian
Oak Park Public Library (IL)

Kathryn Rolfes
Teacher Librarian
Horace Mann Elementary School, Oak Park (IL)


RootsMOOC: Cultivating Collaboration, Learning, and Opportunity in a Massive Open Online Genealogy Course

Academic Academic

Time: 12:45 – 1:15 PM ET

Starting in 2014, the Z. Smith Reynolds Library at Wake Forest University (ZSR) and the State Library of North Carolina (SLNC) partnered to develop RootsMOOC, a massive open online course (MOOC) created to teach a large audience the basics of genealogy research. This IMLS grant-funded project eventually enrolled more than 3800 learners, more than 500 of whom were from North Carolina. RootsMOOC provided participants easy, free access to high-quality genealogy instruction in a highly interactive and social learning environment, which sits squarely within the philosophical mission of libraries to cultivate lifelong learning.

This session will explore the project from a number of angles, including:

  • the large-scale collaboration among a number of libraries and support entities of different types
  • the processes, costs, and tools that went into planning, producing, building, promoting, and facilitating the course
  • the outputs of the course, which included a fully Creative Commons-licensed collection of open course materials
  • the myriad reasons for offering such a course, including using open online learning opportunities to assert the value and expertise of librarians and archivists

Kyle Denlinger
eLearning Librarian
Wake Forest University’s Z. Smith Reynolds Library

Rebecca Hyman
Reference & Outreach Librarian
Government and Heritage Library, State Library of North Carolina


You’re On Air! Using Google Hangouts to Connect Libraries and Librarians

Academic Academic Academic

Time: 2:15 – 2:30 PM ET

Barbara Alvarez and Gwyneth Stupar, librarians at Barrington Area Library, have hosted two successful national conferences for librarians completely held on Google Hangouts, The Library OnConference. Unlike other virtual conferences where viewers passively participate, this conference included small group interaction on several topics relevant to library trends. Best of all, it was completely free. Beck Tench, simplifier, illustrator, story teller and technologist, delivered the keynote address. Afterwards, participants broke into small group sessions led by moderators for in-depth conversation and networking.

Not only can Google Hangouts be utilized for connecting professionals with one another, but it is a great resource to connect with a library’s community. Hands-on workshops, broadcasting library programs, and device help are just some of the ways that Google Hangouts can work for your library’s community connections.

Barbara Alvarez

Business Liaison Librarian
Barrington Area Library

Gwyneth Stupar
Adult Services Librarian
Barrington Area Library


Community Empowerment in Times of Crisis –How the Ferguson (MO) Public Library is Using Social Media and Tech for Support and Transformation


Time: 2:45 – 3:15 PM ET

In the aftermath of the August 9, 2014 shooting of Michael Brown, a young African American man, by local police officer Darren Wilson,  Ferguson Municipal Public Library ramped up its service at all levels. Library leadership understood that it also needed to amp up its creativity to meet the enormous needs of this fragile and sometimes volatile community. It was all hands on deck. Janessa Hall, a dedicated community volunteer, took on the responsibility for the Library’s powerful social media presence.  In the run up to the November 24, 2014 announcement (that the St. Louis County grand jury had decided not to indict Wilson),  and in the days and months of community turmoil and the slow rebuilding that followed, the library made, and continues to make, a significant difference in Ferguson. Inspired by the Library’s ongoing creative response, and the way that this essential work has elevated the public perception of all libraries, Gale, a part of Cengage Learning, and Library Journal honored Ferguson with the  2015 Library of the Year Award.

Janessa Hall
Ferguson Municipal Public Library (MO)




10-minute presentations that tackle a wide range of topics demonstrating how libraries and librarians are engaging with and through technology.

Tablet Engaged Active Minds


Time: 12:15 – 12:30 PM ET

Aging and memory loss are growing issues in our society. Although forgetfulness is a normal part of aging, non-normative memory loss, such as Alzheimer’s disease is not. This presentation highlights how libraries can reach out into the community and provide a specialized need-based program through innovative use of digital technology.

In 2014 the Santa Cruz Public Libraries (SCPL) ran a pilot workshop program aimed at people with memory loss, which led to a current public workshop series. The program was designed by a Gerontologist in conjunction with the SCPL program and volunteer departments. The workshops help people with early stage memory loss, and their caregivers identify and collect memories before these memories fade away. The library program uses trained volunteer coaches and iPad software applications (apps) in four different activity areas that are beneficial to memory loss. The volunteers provide collaborative, interactive opportunities to experience innovative communication tools and participate in new digital activities that stimulate cognitive involvement and augment social connections.

Debby Dodds MS



Linda Gault
Branch Manager
Scotts Valley Library, CA



Delivering Library Content to Airport Travelers


Time: 12:30 – 12:45 PM ET

In October 2014, the San Antonio Public Library unveiled two digital kiosks at the San Antonio International Airport that would allow travelers to check out and download both eBooks and audiobooks. The announcement received a lot of attention in local news media and sparked interest in much of the public library community. Learn how the idea for such a project came about as well as what challenges had to be overcome and still remain. Thinking about doing something similar at your library system? Hear about our experience to make your project go more smoothly

Ignacio Albarracin

Coordinator of Digital Services
San Antonio Public Library (TX)

Global Library Games Across Land and Sea: Gamification As A Library Outreach Program

Academic Academic Academic

Time: 12:45 – 1:00 PM ET

In this fast learning presentation, attendees will learn about the concept of gamification and how to create and integrate “games” into their library outreach program or strategy. The presenter will talk about the collaboration and games (library research games, interactive media games, video and board games) involved that created an international outreach program for students in NYU Shanghai to play and to learn about different cultural games in the library during “International Game Day at Your Library” event in November 2014.

Additionally, the speaker will discuss the “Spring 2015 Global Library Games” between NYU Shanghai Library and NYU Abu Dhabi Library in the United Arab Emirate in building and collaborating a library gaming program to foster the “global network experience” where students from both campuses engage and compete with one another virtually in a series of games in the libraries. Attendees will hear about the opportunities, benefits, and challenges in creating an innovative library gamification program to enhance the international library experiences for patrons from other campuses across land and sea.

Raymond PunRaymond Pun
First year student success librarian
California State University, Fresno


Whizz! Bang! Pow! Making an Impact with Digital Signage

Academic Academic

Time: 1:00 – 1:15 PM ET

A year into a campus-wide digital signage campaign, the presenter has learned — by trial and error — a great deal about what it takes to create interesting, high-quality content for digital signs. This presentation will address some of the lessons she learned, such as:

  • Do you know the dimensions of the screen you’re creating content for?
  • You need high-quality images for a screen that big!
  • How much text is too much?
  • How much time should I allow for people to read all that text?
  • Encouraging community content creation can save your sanity!

Laurel Eby
Web Services Librarian
Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Library, San José State University


EBSCO’s PlumX and Institutional Repository (IR): Integration and Impact at Georgia Southern University

Time: 2:15 – 2:30 PM ET

In the summer of 2014, Georgia Southern University’s Office of Research & Economic Development acquired PlumX. At this time, the Zach S. Henderson Library staff had already created numerous SelectedWorks faculty profiles in their institutional repository, Digital Commons@Georgia Southern. In order to avoid duplicating work, the Office of Research & Economic Development tasked the presenter with integrating SelectedWorks and PlumX. In this fast learning presentation, GSU’s Ashley Lowery will talk about how the two systems integrate as well as the pros and cons of this integration. She will also discuss the outcomes of marketing PlumX alongside the IR.

LoweryAshley D. Lowery
Digital Collections Specialist
Zach S. Henderson Library, Georgia Southern University


Rockingham County Schools: Using OverDrive to Share Resources District Wide Curated by OverDrive

Time: 2:30- 2:45 PM ET

How one North Carolina school district made the Ebook decision and built a successful district-wide collection.

Christy Barham
Media & Technology Coordinator
Rockingham County Schools


Using the School Library as a Platform for Civic Engagement


Time: 2:45 – 3:00 PM ET

School libraries are a unique platform to engage the school with the broader community. Utilizing the audience of caregivers that already exists, school librarians have the opportunity to bridge caregivers to broader community resources as a road to civic engagement for families and their students. This presentation shows how to begin a program that connects families to community resources both inside and outside of the normal “school” scope. It will offer ideas and effective strategies on how to tap free or low cost community resources, and support caregivers as they interact with leaders of the school and city/town government.

Liz Phipps Soeiro
Elementary School Librarian
Cambridge, MA


Digitization, Access, and Context for Carlos Montezuma’s Wassaja Newsletter: A Partnership between Arizona State University (ASU) Libraries, ASU American Indian Studies Department, and the Fort McDowell Yavapai Nation

Academic Academic

Time: 3:00 – 3:15 PM ET

Arizona State University (ASU) Libraries, the Labriola National American Indian Data Center, and the ASU American Indian Studies Department completed an ASU Institute for Humanities Research (IHR) seed grant entitled “Carlos Montezuma’s Wassaja Newsletter: Digitization, Access and Context” to digitize all ASU held issues of the newsletter Wassaja Freedom’s Signal for the Indian, which Yavapai activist-intellectual Carlos Montezuma, MD (1866-1923) self-published during 1916-1922. Grant team member Dr. David Martinez also selected a portion of the ASU Libraries Carlos Montezuma archival collection for digitization to provide a more complete picture of Dr. Carlos Montezuma’s life and work. The ASU grant team, composed of Jodi Reeves CLIR/DLF Fellow in Curation for the Sciences and Social Sciences, David Martinez professor of American Indian Studies, and Joyce Martin curator of the Labriola National American Indian Data Center, produced a searchable online collection on the ASU Digital Repository and created an online exhibition in conjunction with the ASU Nexus Lab for digital humanities. The online exhibition provides context and facilitates community interaction, including work with the Fort McDowell Yavapai Nation. In this presentation Joyce Martin will discuss, show examples and demonstrate tools created, on the digitization pilot project through the IHR seed grant, the partnership with the Nexus Lab and creation of the web application, and the resulting partnership with the Fort McDowell Yavapai Nation.

Librarians will learn how to create community partnerships through a successful grant project and how to use digital humanities tools to provide open web access to primary resources.

Joyce Martin

Associate Librarian and Curator of the Labriola National American Indian Data Center
Arizona State University Libraries

Dr. Jodi Reeves Flores
Digital Curator and Research Data Manager
Center for Digital Antiquity & Arizona State University Libraries




Denise R. Jacobs, Speaker + Author + Creativity Evangelist

Academic Academic Academic

Time: 3:45 – 4:30 PM ET

Denise R. Jacobs is a Speaker + Author + Creativity Evangelist who speaks at conferences worldwide and consults with companies and individuals, teaching techniques to make the creative process more fluid, methods for making work environments more conducive to creative productivity, and practices for sparking innovation.



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Time: Available all day, on-demand: 10:00 AM – 5:00 PM ET

A suite of sponsor-partner curated sessions focused on practical solutions to specific challenges and visionary ideas with practical applications.


POSTER SESSION: Counting Usage & Making Usage Count: Strategies, Tools, and Success at the University of North Texas

Presentation Description: How the UNT Libraries have integrated regular collection of usage statistics into our processes of making decisions about our resources using a combination of EBSCO’s Usage Consolidation and EBSCONet reports, hard work, and good ol’ fashioned horse-sense.

Curated by:




Karen Harker, Collection Assessment Librarian at the University of North Texas


POSTER SESSION: LearningExpress: User-centered & User-focused

This presentation will discuss collaborations, challenges and opportunities with electronic resources such as EBSCO’s Learning Express. The aim is to explore the opportunities for outreach, creation of relationships, and user focused engagement through experiences, analyses, observations and lessons learnt about:

  • developing and managing a common vision;
  • outreach in different contexts

  • collaboration between different stakeholders;
  • managing relationships with users and user expectations

Curated by:

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Jason Broughton
, MLIS, OC, GCDF, BESP, Outreach Coordinator, South Carolina State Library


POSTER SESSION: I Drive, You Drive, We All OverDrive

Learn about one school district’s journey to ebooks. From selecting OverDrive as the provider, to obtaining and maintaining funding, implementation, utilization, and challenges.

Curated by:




Joanna McNally, Librarian/Library Media Specialist, Orange High School, Orange City (OH)


POSTER SESSION: Making the Invisible Visible | Curated by OverDrive

A look at how Marshall High School launched their OverDrive collection and the ways that they’ve taken their small, invisible e-book collection and made them visible, accessible and popular!

Curated by:




Beth Hennes
, Library Media Specialist, Marshall Middle School and Marshall High School (Marshall, WI)


POSTER SESSION: Follett eBooks: Make the Classroom Connection

Do you want to make certain your eBooks are an effective part of classroom instruction?  Discover how Follett Shelf™ Classroom Connections™ offers the connection you are looking for.  Follett Shelf™ Classroom Connections™ provides teachers with integrated instructional tools to support the use of Follett eBooks as teaching and learning tools for all students. Follett eContent offerings can support all parts of curriculum and help to make digital learning a fundamental part of instruction.

Curated by:




Ann Fondren
, retired district library coordinator and an education moderator on Follett Community.


POSTER SESSION: Marketing best practices to maximize patron usage of Library Ideas digital

Preso Description: Learn how the Tulsa City-County Public Library (OK) is marketing and leveraging Library Ideas’ suite of innovative digital products and media solutions to improve service, maximize use, and build user engagement.

Curated by:




Gary Shaffer, CEO, Tulsa City-County Library


POSTER SESSION: Where Do Ebooks Stand in Public and School Libraries?

Top line learning from LJ’s 2015 public libraries’ ebook survey and SLJ’s 2015 school libraries’ ebook usage studies.






Richard Romano
, writer and analyst for the graphic communications industry


POSTER SESSION: Meet SELF-e! An Innovative Self-Published Ebook Selection and Hosting Solution from Library Journal and BiblioBoard®

SELF-e is an innovative collaboration between Library Journal and BiblioBoard® that enables authors and libraries to work together, to exposing notable self-published ebooks to voracious readers who are looking for something new. Learn more about this simple and effective way to catalog and provide access to ebooks by local authors and build a community around indie writing. You’ll also hear about new books on how to create a great self-published book.








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