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Hack the Library!

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If you would like to participate in Computers in Libraries 2014 as a speaker or workshop leader, please submit a proposal as soon as possible (September 16, 2013 at the very latest).

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.

Computers in Libraries has always highlighted and showcased creative and innovative practices in all types of libraries, but this year with our theme, Hack the Library!, we plan to feature truly transformative and cutting edge services and practices along with the strategies and technologies to support them. The conference program is filled with ideas, leading edge practices, tips and techniques for creating innovative libraries, engaging communities, as well as designing and delivering strategic services that are of primary importance to our communities. The emphasis is on thinking outside of the box, learning from other industries, finding strategic partners, and creating value for our user communities with new tools, techniques and skills that build innovative and priority services.

Information Today, Inc., a key provider of technology conferences for more than thirty years with Internet Librarian and KMWorld, is pleased to announce the 29th annual Computers in Libraries – the most comprehensive North American conference and exhibition concentrating all aspects of library technology. Our theme, Hack the Library!, highlights the creative solutions, technologies and practices that those working with computers in libraries or libraries in computers are dealing with today. The conference offers a multifaceted program designed to meet the needs of librarians, community and information managers, systems professionals, researchers, webmasters and web managers, content evaluators, intranet strategists, portal creators, and information specialists. The focus of the conference is on leading edge technology that allows us to engage with, and bring strategic value to, our user communities. It provides the latest information and practices for you to make informed choices for your community -- whether it is an academic, corporate, non-profit, public, or school library community.

Computers in Libraries caters to all interests and all levels of knowledge, offering five simultaneous tracks plus many workshops, networking opportunities, and an extensive exhibit hall. This year’s tracks and themes encompass: Innovative Libraries & Practices; Internet@Schools; Community Building: Partnerships & Collaboration; Changing Your Library Culture; Social Media, Learning & Literacy; Creative Making & Makerspaces; Digital/Virtual Library Services; Research & Critical Thinking; Integrating Systems & Strategies; Information Discovery & Search; Technology Planning; Managing Content & eResrouces; Web Tools & Leading Edge Technology; Architecture & Infrastructure; Managing Information and Knowledge Assets, eLearning & Training, Web Design & Development, Streaming Multimedia, and more. Speakers are knowledgeable, authoritative and focus on practical applications, “how to” solutions, and case studies as well as technical and managerial issues. Please consider sharing your knowledge and ideas; send us a proposal to speak. Below are some of the topics we hope to cover, but don’t let this list limit your imagination! We look forward to hearing from you.

Possible Topics (suggestions only – the more creative the topic, the better!)

• Innovative Libraries, Practices & Services
• Culture Changing Techniques
• Ebook Publishing, Distribution & Lending
• User Friendly Interfaces for Positive UX
• Building Strong Communities
• Content Management & Curation
• Enterprise Information & Knowledge Management
• Understanding Community Needs & Opportunities
• Finding & Working With Partners
• Tools for Spreading Information & Ideas
• Creating Tomorrow’s Learning Environments
• Connecting People & Technology
• Creating Strategic Value
• Top Tips for Teaching Adults
• Cutting Edge Information Tools
• People Capabilities & Libraries
• Innovative Ways to Connect with Clients
• What’s New in Library Platforms?
• Gaming & Learning
• Streaming Content to Mobile Devices
• Library Performance Improvement
• Information Discovery & Visualization
• Intranets & Portals in Action
• Web Design & Usability
• Folksonomies & Metatagging
• Digitizing Collections
• Making Interfaces Usable
• Cool Web Tools
• Streamlining Systems & Workflow
• Information Architecture
• Building Community Partnerships
• Usability Testing for Web Sites
• Web Development Tips & Tools
• Writing & Publishing for the Web
• New Technologies & Libraries of the Future
• Funding Technology
• Co-ordinating Web Teams
• Mobile Computing
• Transforming Library Spaces
• Gauging Customer Needs
• Measuring Impact of Services
• Streaming Multimedia
• Digital Repository Management
• Illustrating Value & ROI
• Aligning With Strategic Priorities
• Creative Management Practices
• Beyond 2.0 for Libraries
• Community Management
• Social Listening
• Making Tough Choices
• Future Net/Web Strategies
• Leading Edge Technologies
• Experimenting & Learning
• Social Media & Libraries
• Strategic Library Competencies
• Managing Digitally
• Maximizing User Experience
• Technology Planning
• Building Technology Alliances
• Building & Using Taxonomies
• eLearning Strategies & Cases
• Digital Rights Management
• Managing Electronic Resources
• Virtual Library Services
• Acquiring & Managing Content
• Evaluating Web Resources: Tools
• Personalization & Customization
• Content Management Tools
• Collaboration Software
• Search Engine Tips & Tools
• Teaching Tips for All Ages
• Distance Learning Technologies
• Digital Archiving
• Lessons Learned From Techies

If you would like to participate in Computers in Libraries 2014 as a speaker or workshop leader, please submit a proposal as soon as possible (September 16, 2013 at the very latest). Include the following brief details of your proposed presentation on the form: title, abstract, a few sentences of biographical information that relate you to the topic, and full contact information for you and your co-presenters (title, address, email, phone & fax). All abstracts are reviewed by the Organizing/Review Committee and notification regarding acceptance will be made in the fall.

Organizing/Reviewing Committee
Jane Dysart
Program Chair
Jane Dysart
Dysart & Jones Associates
jane@dysartjones.com
Phone: 416-484-6129
Stephen Abram
Gale Cengage Learning

Helene Blowers
Columbus Metropolitan Library

Marshall Breeding
Founder of Library Technology Guides
Darlene Fichter
University of Saskatchewan

Nate Hill
Chattanooga Public Library

Dick Kaser
Executive Editor
Computers in Libraries

Donna Scheeder
Congressional Research Service, Library of Congress


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