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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



CIL 2013 – New Trends in Content and Resource Sharing Tech

New Trends in Content and Resource Sharing Tech –
Presenter: Joe Murphy, Trend Spotter & Librarian, LibraryFuture

Tech Areas- techs with wide content impact are generally those that thrive at the confluence of trend areas.
• Flipboard – it collects the content of social media and other websites and presents it in magazine format and allows users to “flip” through their social-networking feeds and feeds from websites that have partnered with the company.
• Pinterest – is a pin board-style photo-sharing website that allows users to create and manage theme-based image collections such as events, interests, and hobbies.
• Instagram – is an online photo-sharing and social networking service that enables its users to take pictures, apply digital filters to them, and shares them on a variety of social networking services.
• Aereo – – allows subscribers to view live broadcast content and to record it for later viewing.
• iPad –
• Facebook –
• Google Glass – is a wearable computer with a head-mounted display (HMD) that is being developed by Google in the Project Glass research and development project.

Questions for Libraries:
Does a particular technology area have revolutionary impact and an ability to affect the ecosystem of libraries? Is it also a tool of firm application to libraries?


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Posted by on May 20, 2013 in Conferences, Teaching Tools, Technology


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CIL 2013- Enabling Innovation

Enabling Innovation
Presenters: James King, Jill Hurst Wahl, and Heather Braum

James King presentation was focused on the “The Innovator’s DNA: Mastering the Five Skills of Disruptive Innovators” by Clayton Christensen (
5 Discovery Skills:
• Associating – connecting seemingly unrelated questions, problems, or ideas from difference fields
• Questioning – asking questions to understand how things really are today, why they are that way, and how they might be changed or disrupted
• Observing – carefully watching the world to help gain insights into and ideas for new ways of doing things
• Experimenting – constantly visiting new places, trying new things, seeking new information, and experimenting to learn new things
• Networking – going out of the way to meet people with wildly different backgrounds and perspectives to extend your own knowledge

This session generated ideas on innovative actions that could be taken this year in order to remain relevant with a library’s target audiences. Below is a list of ideas created from this session by the attendees:
• Personalize the web site for each user
• eContent vending machines
• open database access to the community with no authentication required
• Give up classification systems and let patrons shelve books where it makes sense to them
• Adjust culture to “yes” as a default, rather than “no”
• Kill failing projects rather than letting them linger
• Loan mobile devices
• Optimize to ePubs formats
• Provide iPod based content
• Make site and service more personal rather than institutional (apply a name and a face to the services rather than a generic organizational name)

My brain storming ideas –
• Outreach to Non-Library Users
o Leave the library building (remove the warehouse mindset)
 Create community topic groups
 Create community focused workshops/programs (how to use devices for research)
• Create partnerships with business and IT professionals
o Share new technology
o Get outside funding to purchase new technology


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CIL 2013 – Becoming TechCentral

Presenters: Anastasia Diamond-Ortiz, Knowledge Manager; CJ Lyne, TechCentral Manager and Olivia Hoge, TechCentral Coordinator

Cleveland Library TechCentral – Opened in 2012
Cleveland Public Library –

Old design:
1. 60 public computers in 2 buildings
2. 9 computer locations
3. 2 signup stations
Not flexible, efficient, interesting or friendly
Need to consolidate, strong desire to inspire

New design:
1. 90 public computers in 1 building
2. Highly flexible space
3. digital projected signage
4. mascot on signage
5. 7K square feet space
6. Mobile furniture
7. TechCentral is divided into 5 zones as shown below, according to usage:

TechCentral - Floor Layout

TechCentral – Floor Layout

1. Learning space where people can get help (Learners and teachers are on equal footing next to each other at a table).
2. Play – An exhibit of devices for users to play with. This area lets people experience an iPad, Kindle, etc. Staffs are stationed there to help.
3. Connect -A place for people to get help with their new devices.
4. Create – An area where people can set up new devices, etc.
5. Get things done – Space and computer for people to work.

What Services Do They Offer?

Tech Toy Box – device lending program for patrons to check out & learn (Problem: eventually all devices went missing)
Tech Tool Box – device lending program for library staff to check out & learn
myCloud – personalized virtual desktop that allows users to save data & access at later time – required 1 hour orientation for users (mechanics, legality of activity, etc) – loaded onto laptop with 3 hour checkout – laptops stop working if device leaves library campus
3D printer service – patrons drop off model program, library staff puts into queue & prints out for patron (2-3 days to 2-3 weeks, depending on size of queue), charge by the gram – encourage patrons to use Thingiverse for ready-to-print model schematics before trying to use Sketchup
Maker Kits – K’Nex kit, SnapCircuits kit, LittleBits kits, monotrons kits – patrons can check out kits to experiment with creativity & building things
Makerlabs – 1-1.5 hours – specific targeted process/project (custom 3D cookie cutters from that is taught by staff & gives patron an object they can take home – patrons tend to help each other with learning process – video slideshow, digital kaleidoscope abstract art, font making lab
Digital graffiti wall – laptop + projector + webcam + laser pointer + Laser Tag 2.0 program (

What’s Next?

Tech Toy Box 3.0 – 3 hour in-house-use devices + tiered at-home checkouts
Electronics Soldering Lab – this summer
Create Space – expand & create dedicated space for maker labs
Spread Tech Central to other branches
Read more:


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Posted by on May 20, 2013 in Conferences, Technology, Uncategorized


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CIL 2013 – Change Without Pain?

Change without Pain?
Colleen Harris, University of Tennessee-Chattanooga
Laura Botts, Special Collections at Mercer University
Jill Sodt, Learning Resources Center Coordinator at Black Hawk College – East Campus

Description of Session – Library staff is expected to rapidly absorb technology change and implement appropriate strategies and service models. A team of academic librarians from various sized institutions discuss implementing physical/virtual/technological upgrades and changes for users.

I thought that this session was very refreshing. I am including the video to this posting


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Posted by on May 17, 2013 in Conferences, Technology


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CIL 2013 – New Face of Reference

New Face of Reference –

Shari Clayman (internet reference librarian) and Abbey Gerken (assistant library network coordinator) shared information about on how an ask-a-librarian service leverages the time and expertise of EPA librarians across the country to present a unified service to all EPA staff. They shared lessons learned during the last 3 years and future plans.
• Ask-a-Librarian (Online Reference Service)
o Patrons can……
 Live chat
 Submit a question
 View frequent questions (most used service by patrons)
• Includes 11 EPA libraries
• Service is staffed 8am – 8pm Monday to Thursday and 8am – 7pm Friday

David Stern shared information about workspace collaboration tools (, Google+,) and describes the use of a shared workspace for manipulating multiple media materials and the sharing of real-time workstation screens to understand and demonstrate more sophisticated search methods and to facilitate the mastery of more advanced tools and techniques. While increasing collaboration and interaction at a distance, remote control is also the next step in offering advanced instruction, assistance, and collaboration.
• is one of the sites mentioned during the session. David Stern shared his experience with this collaboration tool. Students could see and hear him as well as view the PowerPoint slides. They responded to his questions using the text chat function. Vyew is free for up to ten participants. It does not require a software download, nor do participants even need to register. He created a demonstration of Vyew – Vyew Intro Video on

Crystal Shiffert (reference librarian) shared information her partnership with a vendor (Boopsie to develop a mobile app for the Monroe County Library System.
Boopsie for Libraries –
• Different packages to fit every library
• Design your app with your branding and imaging
• Work on multi-devices
• Libraries can use it as a readers’ advisory tool
• Librarians are more mobile in the stacks.

Krista Schmidt (research & instruction librarian) and Joel Marchesoni (technical support analyst) shared information about their development of a tablet-based kiosk to extend reference services at the Western Carolina University Library.

The Issues:
Understaffed at the reference desk
Increasing Workload to existing reference staff
Low Productivity at the reference desk
Tool to Solve Issues:
The library purchased a computer tablet and the technical support staff created an app which works like a “help button”. The tablet-based app notifies the reference staff when a patron needs assistance at the reference desk. The app is a chat client (they used their existing chat service provider and just created a profile for the “help button”). During the slow time periods, reference staff can work away from the reference desk and still service patrons. Kiosk style reference desk is very popular during the slow desk time. – Speakers Information List



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