Tech and Innovation Day 2012

This years’s NEKLS Technology and Innovation Day was on Thursday, August 16th at the Topeka and Shawnee County Public Library. The promotional flyer is still available for viewing.

Keynote – Eli Neiburger

This year’s keynote speaker was Eli Neiburger, Ann Arbor (MI) District Library’s Associate Director of IT and Production, speaking on “Access, Schmaccess: Libraries in the Age of Information Ubiquity”. The 21st century isn’t just here, it’s already 12% over. The presence of ubiquitous access to a global information network, and the cultures that flourish on that network, change everything about Libraries… or do they? Eli  highlighted some of the contrasts between the Web Culture of this Century, and the Broadcast Culture of the last century, exploring how the value, mission, and focus of libraries are impacted by this cultural change, which has still barely begun. Maybe the library of the future is not really so different from the library of the past… from a certain point of view. A video of Eli’s informative (and colorful) presentation is linked below.

Access, Schmaccess: Libraries in the Age of Information Ubiquity

Eli also spoke in 2010 at the SLJ/LJ Virtual eBook Summit, stating quite provocatively that “Libraries Are Screwed!” and discussed what he sees as the future of libraries (there is one). It was a fascinating, hilarious, and empowering talk on the future of libraries in the 21st century.

Libraries are Screwed Part 1 & Libraries are Screwed Part 2

Eli is the associate director for IT and production at the Ann Arbor District Library and is a 2011 Library Journal Mover and Shaker.

Breakout Sessions

  • Hackerspaces 101 How to Take Over the World (Video) – Jared Stakery, Ad Astra Labs
  • Inspiring Lifelong Learners with Technology (Slides, Handouts) – Linda S. Mavrinac, AWE
  • Going Social to Get Local (Slides) – Susan Brown, Rachel Smalter Hall, Jennifer Cook, Lawrence Public Library
  • Photo Editing with Picasa (PDF) – Kate Hughes, TSCPL
  • App Appeal (Slides, PDF) – Dan Alexander, NEKLS
  • Technology Benchmarks  (Benchmarks, Resources) – Brenda Hough, NEKLS
  • Creating a Culture of Innovation in Your Library and Community (Slides, Reading List) – Heather Braum, NEKLS
  • Description of all Breakout Sessions


Thanks again to all of our Presenters, Tech & Innovation Day would not happen without all of your hard work!

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We hope to see you next year at Tech & Innovation Day 2013!

Edited by Dan Alexander August 17th, 2012

Photo Credit:Ubiquitous Access Signs” by Flickr user mlovitt under a CC license.