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Tech Conference 2021 Breakout Sessions

Concurrent Session #1:  11:00 – 11:45 AM

Room One

Podcasting Your Library (Launch the Pods!)
with Sarah Burris and Stephen Efird, Bay County Public Library/Northwest Regional Library System

Do you have dreams of starting a library podcast? Here are some tips to get started with a low budget, and lessons learned along the way. BCPL Unstacked is hosted by Stephen Efird and Sarah Burris from the Northwest Regional Library System where they share literary news, what they are reading/watching, what’s happening in their library, as well as author interviews. Find out how to make Podcasting your Library work best for you!

Skill Level:  Beginner
Library Type:  Academic, Public, Special

 

Room Two

Micro Video Tutorials:  Merging Physical and Digital Spaces
with Kristin Heifner, Suzanne Odom, Kaylee Erdos, and William Bowman; Evans Library/Florida Institute of Technology

We designed short videos, named Clip-ITs, for library users to learn the steps for completing everyday library tasks quickly and easily. To watch the videos, patrons can scan a QR code affixed to the equipment using their mobile device. The video will walk them through the steps of using the technical equipment. The presentation will conclude with a discussion of what worked well and what did not and plans for future videos. The participant will acquire knowledge of creating short video tutorials on frequently asked technical library questions such as document scanning, printing, and file conversion. Participants will discover best practices through practical experiences. Also, attendees will understand how to determine which topics are suited for this format.

Skill Level:  Beginner
Library Type:  Academic, Public

 

 

Room Three

Badging for Information Literacy
with Julie Pactor, Susan Mythen, Mary Dumbleton, Lea Cason, Beata Kozlowski, and Victoria Quante-Dulaney; Florida State College at Jacksonville

Participants will get an overview of an exciting new project at FSCJ – Badging for Information Literacy! FSCJ is currently creating a series of self-enrolling Canvas modules on various information literacy topics. Students who complete each tier of modules will receive a digital badge, culminating in the rank of Information Expert. This project has multiple objectives: to enhance the information literacy skills of FSCJ students, to target library instruction to the specific requirements of core courses, and to address the instructional needs of faculty and learners in asynchronous online classes. Participants will learn: How we aligned the modules with the information literacy skills currently taught in FSCJ courses and the ACRL standards/framework; How we planned and facilitated focus groups in the online environment; and the practicalities of choosing a badging system, running focus groups, and coordinating with faculty. This project is currently in development and is expected to be available to the FSCJ student and faculty community by January 2022.

Skill Level:  Beginner
Library Type:  Academic

Concurrent Session #2:  1:00 – 1:45 PM

Room One

Instructional Design for Computer Classes at the Library
with Michael Sweeney and Vanya Walker, Orange County Library System

Libraries have become the heart of learning in our communities but not all libraries have instructional designers on staff. In this session, you will learn how to be an instructional designer for your library. Developing training requires consistent and reliable curriculum that is repeatable by many instructors. Tap into patron surveys to analyze what classes to develop and determine. the direction of your training program. Effectively design curriculum that takes in to account the instructor’s and learner’s needs. Learn to maintain consistency with simply designed handouts, presentations and lessons. Write learning outcomes and class exercises using task analysis. Discover how to engage with subject matter experts to create classes that are outside your field of study. Consider learning and instructional styles when writing class materials that focus on real world projects. Evaluate classes and curriculum using free online survey tools and implement redesigns based on patron feedback.

Skill Level:  Beginner
Library Type:  Public

 

Room Two

Establishing an Omeka Digital Exhibits Presence:  Collaboration and Customization
with  Courtenay McLeland and Adam Chalmers, Thomas G. Carpenter Library, University of North Florida

In this presentation we will discuss a collaborative effort leading to the establishment of a digital exhibits program at the University of North Florida’s Thomas G. Carpenter Library. While the behind-the-scenes work on the customization of the site took place in 2020, the program was officially unveiled and promoted in January of this year. Using Omeka Classic, exhibits are created that foster discovery of content from Special Collections and University Archives in a visually appealing and thematic way. Additionally, the platform brings exhibits that are temporary and physically located in the library to a much broader audience. We will discuss ways to adapt a custom theme vs using a prebuilt theme to deliver the user experience desired. We will take a tour of the administrative side of our Omeka instance and give a brief demonstration of content configuration. Other topics covered will be design challenges, options for customization, accessibility considerations, workflows for adding content, and analytics.

Skill Level:  Beginner
Library Type:  Academic, Public, Special

Room Three

Creating Active Online Content with Genially
with Lea Cason and Julie Pactor, Florida State College at Jacksonville

This workshop will introduce attendees to Genial.ly, an online platform for creating interactive content such as quizzes, interactive images, and infographics. We will share favorite features, the platform’s pros/cons, and design advice. Attendees will have the opportunity to try their hand with our online escape game, which was created using the Genial.ly platform. Attendees should set up a free Genial.ly account (https://www.genial.ly/register) before the workshop so they can participate in the hands-on activities.

Skill Level:  Beginner
Library Type:  Academic, Public, School

Concurrent Session #3:  2:00 – 2:45 PM

Room One

Beyond COVID into the Future:  Coding + LibChata + Zoom = Teaching
with Amy Harris and Doris Van Kampen-Breit, Cannon Memorial Library, Saint Leo University

Attendees will learn: 1) the coding needed to create pop-up widgets for chat services, 2) best practices on reaching your community by combining technology platforms, and 3) how this approached led to teaching diverse users who otherwise may not have used library resources. What do you do when students are sent home, the building is getting limited foot traffic, and your reference desk gets awfully quiet? You pivot to the twenty-first century and increase reference statistics by 112% in the first month of implementation! You also reach diverse users who have been previously underserved; the ones who wouldn’t pick up the phone or email but will chat and try video conferencing. Our faculty librarians are meeting students just-in-time wherever they are (even at work). In our pivot, combining technology tools we already had, we found a new way to bring students beyond a quick chat to a personalized teaching session. Student feedback on these sessions will also be presented. Attendees will leave knowing how to tweak their own systems to get better reference results and how to lead users into a new form of “online library instruction.”

Skill Level:  Intermediate
Library Type:  Academic, Public, School, Special

Room Two

Keeping Your Social (Media) Distance:  Library Engagement in the Time of COVID
with Maria Atilano and Giannina Medell, University of North Florida

During COVID-19, University of North Florida’s Thomas G. Carpenter Library quickly expanded its social media content in order to better reach students, faculty, and staff, all of whom suddenly found themselves working and learning remotely. The Carpenter Library’s Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram accounts (@unflibrary) quickly became the face of the library, whereas in the past they had merely supported outreach, promotion, and advocacy. By transitioning in-person programs to virtual formats, focusing on supportive and uplifting campaigns, and harnessing interactive modes of communication like Instagram Stories and video, outreach staff increased and maintained the library’s online following while also creating a culture of positivity and togetherness. Attendees will hear specific examples about what worked and what didn’t, with perspective given from both an experienced outreach librarian and a new library staff member. Presenters will detail fun and innovative ways to incorporate best practices for social media engagement, social listening, and online programming. Attendees will also learn how to use social media to demonstrate the value of their own library’s changing services and resources while still supporting their community. Links to planning documents will be provided during the presentation, which attendees will be encouraged to use and re-purpose for their own libraries.

Skill Level:  Intermediate
Library Type:  Academic, Public, School Special

Room Three

AR, VR, and MR – The Promise of Simulated Environments
with Mickey Boyd, Library Consultant, MRBCNC

In this session we will introduce and explore the immergence of simulated environment technologies, specifically virtual reality, augmented reality, and mixed-reality. All of these technologies use head-mounted displays and a variety of advanced sensors to produce amazing simulated environments for the user. Early applications of these technologies focused on entertainment, but is now shifting toward education, training, remote collaborative work. These topics are germane to all types of libraries.

Skill Level:  Beginner
Library Type:  Academic, Public, School, Special

Concurrent Session #4:  3:00 – 3:45 PM

Room One

In Person to Online in 48 Hours:  Do Space’s Pandemic Experience
with Michael Sauers and Kristina Jonker, Do Space

Do Space, the country’s first and only Community Technology Library has a building full of computers, 3D printers, Tech Kits, and educational programs. On March 15, 2020 we had to shut down due to COVID. 48 hours later Do Space had moved all of its services online and continued to provided our services to the public without a building. Three months later we reopened with limited services and continue to reevaluate what we can offer as the pandemic ebs and flows. Join Technology Manager Michael Sauers and Community Technologist Kristina Jonker as they walk attendees through their experiences over the last year and provide insights on what and how services can continue when the unforeseeable happens.

Skill Level:  Beginner
Library Type:  Academic, Public, School, Special

Room Two

Connecting with the Customers…When They’re Not in Your Building!
with David Lee King, Digital Services Director, Topeka & Shawnee County Public Library

The last year has seen libraries closing their doors and at the same time scrambling to stay relevant. How does a library provide content, create programs and events, and connect with customers when the building is closed? Or (fingers crossed) when we’re open again … but it’s not convenient to visit the physical library? David shares how libraries are using simple tools to connect with customers, where ever they are.

Skill Level: Beginner
Library Type: Academic, Public, School, Special

 

Room Three

Technologies of the Future and How Libraries Can Use Them:  A Look Inside the Newest from CES
with Brian Pichman, Consultant

CES – the largest technology conference of its kind, shifted a huge in-person conference (over 200,000 attendees) with nearly 4000 exhibitors to an entirely virtual conference. The conference showcases new technology, explains the greatest tech trends, and this session will take those three amazing days of conference and cram them into a 45-minute highlight of how these technologies can impact the future of libraries. Brian will also look at some of the top tech gadgets for libraries to acquire.

Skill Level: Beginner
Library Type: Academic, Public, School, Special