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Computers in Libraries 2015

April 27 - 29, 2015
Pre-conference workshops Sunday, April 26 
Washington Hilton, Washington DC
We value the opinion of all our conference participants and use this important feedback in the planning of future events!
Announcing the Winners of the Tour of the Big Top Prize Contest! 
BCC Research - $250 Amazon Gift Card - Winner: Stephanie Jefferson of Library of Congress
Innovative Interfaces - $200 Amazon Gift Card - Winner: Rick Mastroianni of Newseum
Mango Languages - iPad Mini valued at $299 - Winner: Jacquelyn White of Forsyth County Public Library
Mary Ann Liebert, Inc. - Librarian Appreciation Goodie Bag valued at $200 - Winner: Eileen Deegan of U.S. Department of State
OCLC - Gift Basket valued at $200 - Winner: Angeline Webb of National Defense University
Pronunciator - One-Year Instututional Subscription to Pronunciator - Winner: David B. Glenn of University of Maryland
Transparent Language - 6-Month Subscription to Transparent Language Online + 3 Hours of Online Tutoring - Winner: Susanne Darais of University of Utah Law Library
VTLS, Inc. - $250 Amazon Gift Card - Winner: John Yoke of Greenwich Library

Program Chair
Jane Dysart
Dysart & Jones Associates
Organizing and Review Committee
  • Stephen Abram - Lighthouse Partners, Dysart & Jones Associates
  • Helene Blowers - OCLC
  • Marshall Breeding - Library Technology Guides
  • Darlene Fichter - University of Saskatchewan
  • Nate Hill - Chattanooga Public Library
  • Dick Kaser - Executive Editor, Computers in Libraries
  • Donna Scheeder - CRS, Library of Congress

Computers in Libraries 2014

Hack the Library

We are pleased to present the 29th annual Computers in Libraries—the most comprehensive North American conference and exhibition on all aspects of library and information delivery technology. Although the tools and technology available to libraries and information services have changed over the years, the excellent quality and range of both topics and speakers at Computers in Libraries 2014 remain the same.

Hacking and hackathons are perhaps better known in the geek community, but Computers in Libraries 2014 is taking a page from their book and looking to hack, or change, in our case, our ideas, strategies, and practices in using technology and other methods to engage our communities. Libraries are changing—building creative spaces with learning commons and makerspaces; engaging audiences in different ways with community managers and embedded librarians; advocating for learning and literacy in new and exciting ways. Join us for insights, ideas, and strategies to apply in your library or community!

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Pre- and postconference workshops on Sunday, April 6 and Thursday, April 10 cover a wide range of topics including popular full-day Searchers Academy and Drupal in a Day and introducing a new full-day workshop How to Make a Makerspace for Kids. There are many half-day workshop topics: Change, Aggregating Content, Playing & Learning, Library Resource Management, Project Management, UX Boot Camp, Design My Library Space, Strategies of Inventive Thinking, Personas, Makerspaces and Library Creative Spaces, Responsive Web Design, Digital Repositories, Scenario Planning, Information Architecture, Negotiating Econtent, and more.


Now integrated into Computers in Libraries 2014 as Track E on Monday, April 7 & Tuesday, April 8.


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, Meg Backus, and Stephen Abram, this event will start your conference experience with lots of learning and laughing! Refreshments included.


Extreme Makeovers & Mindshifts: People & Places
7:30 p.m. - 9:00 p.m.

M.J. D’Elia, Head, Learning & Curriculum Support Team, McLaughlin Library, University of Guelph
Nate Hill, Assistant Director, Chattanooga Public Library
Erik Boekesteijn, founder and director Doklab, Doklab and ShanachieTour

In keeping with our theme, Hack the Library!, our panel shares experiences and tips for both people and places associated with libraries. D’Elia starts by sharing a framework and techniques for encouraging a start-up mindset and the results of the first Start Up Weekend for Libraries. Hill & Backus describe the transformation of the Chatanooga PL’s fourth floor and the innovative maker spirit it initiated. Boekesteijn, creator of the video series This Week in Libraries, illustrates exciting new spaces that libraries are creating and provides lots of insights and ideas to take home to your library and community.


Computers in Libraries 2014 is all about conversations. So in addition to those you find in the conference sessions, the hallways, and the exhibit hall, you can find more conversation online at the conference blog,, and don't forget to use the Twitter tag #CILDC.

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This year’s Computers in Libraries event features two specialized streams of programs within the conference, each focusing on a different type of library. One is government libraries—in conjunction with FLICC’s Libraries & Emerging Technologies. The other stream featured is for special libraries. Learn More


The Computers in Libraries exhibition will feature leadingedge companies offering the visitor 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, internet software tools, content suppliers, search services, and more. If you are looking for a particular product, evaluating competing systems, keeping up-to-date with new products and developments, be sure to visit the Computers in Libraries exhibition.


Information Today, Inc. invites all registrants and exhibition visitors to a networking reception on Monday in the Exhibit Hall from 5:00 p.m. - 5:45 p.m.


Monday, April 7 
10:45 a.m. - 5:45 p.m.

Networking Reception | 5:00 p.m. - 5:45 p.m.

Tuesday, April 8
10:45 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.

Wednesday, April 9 
9:45 a.m. - 12:45 p.m.

Dine Arounds

Join your colleagues, fellow conference attendees, and your hosts for terrific conversation, dinner on the town, and lots of fun you won't soon forget! Chat about the day's events and topics of interest. Choose from a range of wonderful food and dining expeditions to great restaurants in the DC area. Lists will be maintained online, and during the conference copies will be on the bulletin boards in the registration area at the Hilton Washington. Groups will meet either in that area before going to the restaurant together or will meet at the restaurant.


Located in the Exhibit Hall and available during regular exhibit hours.


Plan to pick up some quick tips, take a sneak peek at new products, and learn new skills at short, free Cybertours in the Computers in Libraries 2014 Exhibit Hall.

Full Schedule


This 2-day Summit is an intimate forum for library directors, CEOs, and CIOs of academic, public, government, and special libraries to problem-solve, discuss, and network with colleagues. It features a mix of high-level presentations, expert panels, and roundtable and facilitated discussions with lots of networking/peer engagement time. Aimed at library leaders, the summit is an interactive event with leading-edge thinking, collaborative opportunities for evaluating different future scenarios, various perspectives and viewpoints, as well as industry experts. Separate register is required. For more info visit

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