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Computers in Libraries 2017 after Dark

Don’t miss these three evening events while you are at Computers in Libraries.

Monday Evening: Games, Gadgets, & Makerspaces – 5:30 p.m. – 7:30 p.m

Join our gamers and gadget lovers for an evening of fun, playing, learning, and networking. See how you can transform your thinking, your programs, and your spaces with the latest games, gadgets, and ideas! Share with a poster about what your library is doing with creative making and makerspaces in your library. Led by Brian Pichman & Tod Colegrove this event will start your conference experience with lots of learning and laughing! Take the opportunity to chat with library winners of the 2016 Knight News Challenge. Refreshments included.


Tuesday Evening: Exhibit Hall Opening Reception – 4:00 p.m. – 6:00 p.m.

Join us for tasty bites and drinks as we celebrate the grand opening of the 2017 Computers in Libraries Exhibition. Featuring leading-edge companies, the exhibition offers visitors a choice of products in all aspects of library technology, including web-based products and services, integrated library and information systems, online services, document delivery services, and more.


Wednesday Evening: ReImagining Libraries: Open Ecosystems – 7:30 p.m. – 9:00 p.m.

  • Moderator: Marshall Breeding, Independent Consultant, Library Technology Guides
  • Erik Boekesteijn, Global Library Motivator, Library Bureau of Innovation
  • Michael Winkler, Managing Director, OLE (Open Library Environment) Cornell University
  • Jack Ammerman, Associate University Librarian for Digital Initiatives & Open Access, Boston University Libraries
  • Dr. Frank Cervone, Executive Director of Information Technology, School of Public Health, University of Illinois at Chicago Lecturer, San Jose State University
  • K. Jane Burpee, Coordinator, Data Curation and Scholarly Communications, Digital Initiatives, McGill University

To best support diverse challenges, the core technology infrastructure of libraries must be open and flexible. Libraries no longer tolerate closed systems unable to foster innovation. No system can be expected to function ideally for all types of libraries. Instead, the core systems must be open in ways that allow libraries to connect them with a diverse set of other applications, extract and work with the underlying data, or customize or develop new services. Open ecosystems have become an expected characteristic of modern technology. Google Apps enables companies and open source developers to offer apps which plug into Google’s offerings. Other examples include Salesforce, WordPress, or Drupal. Within the library sphere, the advent of the new genre of service platforms allows libraries to break away from legacy architectures to provide an open ecosystem of APIs for interoperability and extensibility. Libraries want to embrace open ecosystems to enable innovative new approaches to managing and providing access to collections, discovery, and services. Open environments can bring about radical change by harnessing the power of global participation, knowledge and talent. Libraries are opening and sharing access to collections and building more open and flexible spaces, but how can technology help us up our game and reimagine more open library ecosystems perhaps globally? Join us for thought-provoking conversations moderated by Marshall Breeding!

Video: Panel – Executive Perspectives of the Library Tech Industry

Wednesday Keynote Panel at Computers in Libraries 2016

Moderator: Marshall Breeding, Independent Consultant, Library Technology Guides
Sam Brooks, Executive Vice President, EBSCO
Bill Davison, CEO, SirsiDynix
Nathan Curulla, Owner, CRO, Bywater Solutions
Beth Jefferson, CEO, BiblioCommons
Leif Pedersen, CTO, Innovative

Marshall Breeding leads the discussion among a panel of executives from key companies which provide or support strategic technologies for libraries. These executives represent organizations with a mix of strategic perspectives, including those that develop library management platforms, discovery services, content and technology products, and open source development and support. Following a brief introduction, Breeding facilitates a lively discussion probing the technology and business trends currently in play, including industry consolidation, differing approaches to opening software to library programmers, and the shift toward cloud-based technologies.

Video: Innovation & the Knowledge Ecosystem

Keynote: Innovation & the Knowledge Ecosystem

Dave Snowden, Founder & CSO, Cognitive Edge – There are three necessary preconditions to innovation: starvation (or scarcity, perhaps need—a shortage of resources where usually there is abundance), pressure (or urgency—an immediate and relentless demand for resolution of the scarcity—a changing world), and perspective shift (new ways of thinking about the problem). We know that libraries are a part of the knowledge ecosystem but how can they be more innovative so they are recognized as having an impact on that knowledge ecosystem? How can they help others innovate more? And how can libraries gain new perspectives and types of thinking? Our popular speaker will challenge your thinking and supply some interesting insights.