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Come Back Next Year!

IL 2015 is now over.  It was, as usual, a great conference in a wonderful place.  And the weather was really outstanding! Dates for IL 2016 are October 17-19, 2016 There will be some major changes for next year’s venue.  The Monterey Conference Center will be undergoing a major renovation and rebuilding, so the conference […]

Closing Endnote Panel

The Future of Libraries: Closing Endnote Panel

The closing panel on the challenges facing future libraries and strategies for addressing them was moderated by Ken Haycock, Research Professor at the Marshall School of Business at the University of Southern California. Panelists were Susan Hildreth, Executive Director of the Peninsula Library System, and Kim Bui-Burton, Community Services Director, City of Monterey. The following […]

Stan Bogdanov

Hack the Library: An App Building Competition

Wikipedia defines a hackathon as “an event in which computer programmers and others involved in software development and hardware development, including graphic designers, interface designers and project managers, collaborate intensively on software projects in competition with other teams”. Stan Bogdanov and Rachel Isaac-Menard (presenting via video) described how Adelphi University organized a “Hack the Library” […]

Jenny Minich

Mobile Makerspaces: Tips and Tricks

Makerspaces are currently a popular topic, and they are being established in many libraries.  But there do not seem to have been any reports of mobile ones set up, like bookmobiles.  This presentation, by Jenny Minich, Branch and Outreach Services Librarian at the La Porte (IN) County Library, described the creation of SparkLabs, a mobile makerspace […]


Tech Tools InfoBlitz

Four panelists discussed interesting technology tools that libraries are using. Gretchen Rings (now at the University of Chicago) described a mobile hotspot lending program, called LiFi, that was launched at the Oak Park (IL) Public Library (her former employer). A mobile hotspot is a small box that connects a Wi-Fi enabled device to a broadband network. […]

(L-R) David Lee King, Alexandra Zealand, Rudy Leon, Brian Pichman

Innovation in Libraries

This panel described some of the innovations the panelists have found in libraries and how they find new ones. Brian Pichman, Director of Strategic Innovation for the Evolve Project, goes to conferences outside the library field such as the Consumer Electronics Show, TechFest, and maker fairs, and talks to people about libraries. He asks exhibitors […]