Hold onto your seat for this fast-paced session where staff from a variety of libraries do brief and informative presentations on a myriad of topics! Each presenter is given ten minutes and encouraged to use 10 slides or less. Think tweet, not blog post. The start times listed below for each session are approximate. There will also be an opportunity at the end to ask questions.
Here are the 2014 Lib Tech Conference lightning talks:
Avoiding ʺAlma-geddonʺ: Strategies for Access Services
Chris Martin and Megan Richardson, North Dakota State University Libraries
North Dakota University Libraries implemented Ex Libris’ new Alma platform in early 2013. They will share the successful problem-solving strategies they developed to address the inevitable challenges encountered when transitioning to a new library system.
eKids: Birth to Tech @ HCL
Hilary Murphy, Amy Luedtke and Jane Boss, Hennepin County Library
Learn about a program at the Hennepin County Library, part of their Current Tech Together initiatives, that connects young children to appropriate technology. Projects include adding dedicated Birth to Six computers to all HCL libraries, incorporating iPads and other technology into story times, offering app advisory classes for parents and caregivers, and checking out iPads in library buildings.
Flex Those Pipes: Create a Current Awareness Service Using Yahoo! Pipes and LibGuides
Elizabeth Kiscaden, Waldorf College
Web-based tools make the implementation of dynamic current awareness services in our libraries simple and economical. Learn how the Luise V. Hanson Library developed a current awareness service, dubbed Info SOS, that utilizes Yahoo! Pipes and LibGuides to provide aggregate subject-specific feeds to patrons.
How discovery tools changed instruction and reference
Jennifer Nelson, and Gretel Stock-Kupperman, Viterbo University
In fall 2011, Viterbo University migrated from a legacy ILS and public catalog to a next generation ILS and discovery layer. Learn how the transition to a discovery environment affected reference and instruction services, librarian expectations of students, student interactions with the library, and faculty reactions to student research.
If It’s Canceled, Do They Find It? Library Users’ Responses to Canceled Interlibrary Loan Requests
Nancy Marshall and Mary Kraljic, South Dakota State University
When an interlibrary loan request is canceled, how do users respond? Do they ultimately obtain the item the wanted? Find out the results of a study using both quantitative data and patron interviews to answer these questions and help inform library policies and procedures.
Next Gen Information Literacy Tutorials:Guide on the Side
Susan Schuyler, Jen Holman, and Kate Russell, University of Wisconsin-La Crosse
UW-La Crosse Librarians teach 50 sections of an information literacy session that packs a semester’s worth of information into one overwhelming 55-minute class. Seeking to be more effective, librarians are using Guide and the Side software to develop interactive tutorials for a series of self-paced modules that may be completed outside of class. Initial production, testing and assessment of two of the modules has been very promising.
Why Openness Matters: Creating slides and notes using non-proprietary software
John Fink, McMaster University
Library workers have always recognized the importance of the free exchange of information, and have often championed open protocols. Why then do we persist in using proprietary tools like Microsoft Word and Powerpoint to document and share ideas? This session will talk about open data interchange formats and how you can use them in your day-to-day work.