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Computers in Libraries 2014 Tweet Archive

We have archived the Tweets from Computers in Libraries 2014.   There were over 14,200 tweets in total, but the archiving tool we use does not record a full record for retweets.  To accommodate that we have included a count of retweets for each item in a column of its own.

You can download the archive here (Excel in Zip).  They are also in a public spreadsheet on Google Drive.

And for some real fun, you can play with them in a Google Fusion Table – the Fusion table is flagged as public so it will allow you to make your own copy.

The Fusion Table visualization below connects Twitter users to tweets so you can see which tweets were shared the most – and see which users did the sharing.

Session A205 – Embracing the Innovative and Nontraditional

Big Data is presenting all industries with challenges but also opportunities to successfully process and organize all this information into something meaningful and comprehensible. Hear how Szkolar’s involvement in information repository building and management provides a successful, competitive advantage. As the DigiTech database manager, she oversees the creation, management, and content curating for an internal repository of digital advertising technologies. She discusses expanding how we define librarianship as a profession (not just saying it) in order to recognize innovation and encourage contribution to data repositories and data projects outside the traditional library framework. Sommers and Goldstein discuss leaving behind everything you know (and are good at, and recognized for!) to create a new identity in the library. Technology is changing work in the NPR Library. Those who have been around the longest are also doing the most to hack new identities that include very few of the activities that defined their earlier careers. Hear how they are surviving and thriving! Hear about the process of leaving reference and cataloging to develop a new product for NPR and how an earlier career in a rock band has helped ease a late career transition. Learn how new product managers are coached to imagine, create, and succeed in new roles. Speakers touch on culture-changing techniques; innovative libraries, practices, and services; alignment with strategic priorities of their organization; creative management practices; making tough choices; and more.

Dorotea Szkolar, DigiTech Database Manager, GroupM
Hannah Sommers, Program Manager, National Public Radio
Robert Goldstein, Product Owner, National Public Radio


Session A202 – Implementing an Innovation Center

Innovation centers have been formed in many public and academic libraries. However, there are no known case studies to date of federal libraries creating innovation centers. The NIST Research Library has begun implementing an innovation center to provide its scientists with space, tools, and resources for innovative experimentation that they may not have available in their labs. Tools and resources include 3D printers, data visualization software and displays, and collaboration areas. Hear about their beginning steps, the challenges and opportunities faced, and current resources and services, as well as future plans. Bruss shares customer response to the innovation center and best practices learned.

Stacy Bruss, Reference Librarian, National Institute of Standards and Technology

Session A201 – App Hacking & Packing Subs in Your Mobile

Overwhelmed by the thought of creating a mobile app? Hear how one library made its subscribed resources easily available to very busy professionals in many locations on their tablets or phones. Providing easy access to resources on the go, using a mobile device of choice, was accomplished with a combination of responsive web design, an authentication platform, and a formula to pack library subscriptions. Responsive web design was used to make the library webpage mobile friendly, serving as a portal for their app package. The authentication platform (EZproxy + Ex Libris PDS + Active Directory) ensures that the library’s users securely identify themselves as IDB members, granting them access to the resources without the need to create new personal accounts. The formula to pack library subscriptions is a tiny HTML file that just needs a cool logo for the app and the address of the subscribed resource. Speakers illustrate their formula and discuss both the technical aspects of the webpage design and the strategies of outreach and simplification of the process for users.

Sarah Berg, Embedded Librarian, Inter-American Development Bank
Rodrigo Calloni, Systems Librarian, Felipe Herrera Library, Inter-American Development Bank