CIL 2016 -Innovation & the Knowledge Ecosystem: Opening Keynote

Innovation & the Knowledge Ecosystem — Dave Snowden, Cognitive Edge  (presenter)

There are three necessary preconditions to innovation:

  1. Starvation
    1. A shortage of resources where usually there is abundance.
  2. Pressure
    1. An immediate and relentless demand for resolution of the scarcity – a changing world.
  3. Perspective Shift
    1. New ways of thinking about the problem.

Direct video to Keynote Presentation —

Food for Thought:

  • How can libraries be more innovative so they are recognized as having an impact on knowledge ecosystem?
  • How can libraries help others innovate more?
  • How can libraries gain new perspectives and types of thinking?



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Posted by on March 31, 2016 in Conferences, Technology, Uncategorized


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CIL 2016 – Tech Trends for Libraries in 2016 & Beyond

About Computers in Libraries 2016 Conference

Many organizations have innovation labs, incubating spaces, and ways to stimulate imagination and support research. Our theme, Library Labs: Research, Innovation, & Imagination, aims to do the following:

  • Highlight library research that translates into useful strategies and practices for libraries.
  • Share new and exciting projects from information industry labs.
  • Feature innovative services and libraries.
  • Stretch our imagination with possible areas for further library research and testing.

Below is the first workshop that I attended during the conference:

Tech Trends for Libraries in 2016 & Beyond

Presenter: David Lee King, Digital Services Director, Topeka & Shawnee County Public Library — and Publisher –

10 Tech Trends for Libraries 

  1.  Internet of Things: a proposed development of the Internet in which everyday objects have network connectivity, allowing them to send and receive data.

Examples –

  • RFID receiver and sensors – track data in real time
  • Smart thermostat- control the temperature in your home by an app
  • FitBit – track health data and activities
  • Smart bridges – mentor drivers’ speed and the condition of the bridges

The new St. Anthony Falls Bridge crossing the Mississippi River in Minneapolis has a half dozen types of sensors embedded in it.


  1. Mobile Technology – 68% of Adults own a smartphone.

Examples –

  • Smartphones (technology is connected to our work in one form or fashion). Staff are using their personal devices at work.
  • Library’s web sources must be mobile friendly. Example for the library catalog – Boopsie
  • Develop an app page on your library’s website to list all your apps available to patrons.
  • Low income patrons can’t afford internet access but they still have mobile devices.
    • Libraries are providing wifi inside and outside library locations.
    • Libraries are providing charging stations for patron’s personal devices.
    • Libraries are providing mobile device training sessions (one-on-one and classroom instruction).
      • iPad Workshop
        Wednesday, March 16, 2016 | 1:30-3 p.m. | Anton Room 202 Computer
        Bring your iPad and your library card. Staff and participants share tips and tricks, iPad features and favorite apps, including our suite of digital offerings.
    • Libraries are providing mobile wifi hotspots to patrons to check out


  1. Consumer technology 



Cilauro, R. (2015). Community building through a public library Minecraft Gaming Day. Australian Library Journal, 64(2), 87-93. doi:10.1080/00049670.2015.1015209


  1. Wearable Technology


  • Apple Watch
  • Fitness trackers – Fitbit (human data)
  • Google glass – the trend is dying down for the general population but they are still useful for educational purposes
  • Google cardboard – viewfinder shaped cardboard that patrons can use with their smartphone to view pictures in a 360 view (panoramic view).
  1. Smart Machines



  1. Grassroot Tech



  1. Payment systems



  1. Drones 


  1. App Store 


  1. Web Changes


Summary: People except libraries to have technology now and never later.




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Posted by on March 16, 2016 in Conferences, Technology



Free Online Courseware for Computer Beginners

Recommend these websites and resources as additional practice for your students and use them to support independent online learning.

GCF Learn Free ( – Goodwill Industries created this website and it contains many tutorials in subjects ranging from computer basics to advanced software.

Basic Online Skills ( – The Connecticut Distance Learning Consortium created this website. This site features simple and straightforward text-based and interactive tutorials which covers: computer skills, email skills, word processing skills, and web skills.




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Posted by on December 8, 2015 in Teaching Tools, Technology


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Search Engines


You can find links to more than 100 search engines and read a description of every search engine. The list is sorted by categories (All-Purpose, Accounting, Bit Torrent, Blog, Books, Business, Email, Enterprise, Forum, Games, Human Search, International, Job,  Legal, Maps,  Medical, MetaSearch,  MultiMedia,  News,  Open Source,  People,  Q & A,  Real Estate, School, Scientific, Shopping, Source Code, Usenet, and Visual Search Engines).





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Free Alternatives to Microsoft Word

  1. Apache OpenOffice  ( – open source version of word processing.
  2. LibreOffice ( – another open source version of word processing.
  3. AbiWord ( – another open source version of word processing that runs on many different operating systems.

What does open source mean?  Definition from Wikipedia – Open Source



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Posted by on November 18, 2015 in Technology, Uncategorized



Technology Education: Recommended Websites

Common Craft Series


Video tutorials about Internet-related technologies.



Grade focus is K-12, the website strives to increase communication between content creators and content users. This collaboration will encourage a wide range of educational and technology conversations.



The website is from NPR’s KQED station. This website provides information, research, and ideas for using technology in the classroom for all grade levels.

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Posted by on November 17, 2015 in Teaching Tools, Technology, Uncategorized


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Six Word Stories

Six Word Stories can be use as an ice breaker for instructors.

Six Word Stories allow people to be creative with words and would be ideal for our short meeting time.  If you are not familiar with six word stories then here are some sites to visit.

Link to the website: Six Word Stories

Article about Six Word Stories:  New Yorker Magazine


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Posted by on October 13, 2015 in Uncategorized