Monday, June 14, 2010

Handheld Librarian Online Conference III

More people than ever are using mobile devices for a wide variety of purposes including communication, internet access, text messaging, and entertainment. It is important that libraries provide services on these devices as use increases.The Handheld Librarian III is a 2-day online conference - register to attend all or part here. NEFLIN is sponsoring broadcast of the conference at several locations in our region:

  • Jacksonville Public Library, Main Library Conference Level, 303 N. Laurel Street, Jacksonville
  • St. Johns County Public Library, Ponte Vedra Branch Library, 101 Library Blvd., Ponte Vedra Beach
  • Suwannee River Regional Library System, 1848 Ohio Avenue, Live Oak
  • University of Florida, Smathers Library West, University Avenue, Gainesville
  • University of North Florida, Thomas G. Carpenter Library, Jacksonville
  • Creating the Future of Mobile Library Services
This audience-driven session will use input from you to highlight current trends, best practices, and emerging futures of mobile services. Together we will push the boundaries and pull the horizons to invent the future of mobile libraries and establish best practices for continuing success. Joe and Chad will lend their expertise to answer questions of what’s next in order to provide a clearer path to accomplishing the goal of putting your library conveniently in your user’s pocket. Presenters: Joe Murphy of the Yale Science Libraries and author of the popular Twitter account libraryfuture is a leading innovator at the forefront of designing strategies for mobilizing library services. Joe received the Library Journal ‘Movers & Shakers’ award in 2009 & earned a MLIS from the University of Hawaii in 2006.Chad Mairn is an Information Services Librarian at St. Petersburg College and is also an adjunct instructor who teaches, in both online and face-to-face formats, a variety of computer and information literacy courses. While an undergraduate studying Humanities at the University of South Florida (USF), Chad was awarded a Library of Congress Fellowship archiving Leonard Bernstein’s personal papers. During his Library and Information Science (LIS) graduate work, also at USF, Chad became a technology liaison between the Bill Gates Learning Foundation and Florida public libraries. Chad’s hobbies are spending time with his family, reading, composing/performing music, and is an avid beer and wine maker. Follow Chad on Twitter @cmairn.
  • Meta Social: Online Interactions (& How to Make them Rock)
Online is social and mobile these days – do you know what’s out there, and how to make it work for your library? This presentation will introduce you to the different types of social interactions available on today’s web. More importantly, you’ll leave knowing how to improve each type of social interaction, and how to make it ROCK for your library. Presenter: David Lee King is the Digital Branch & Services Manager at the Topeka & Shawnee County Public Library, where he plans, implements, and experiments with emerging technology trends. He speaks internationally about emerging trends, website management, digital experience, and social media, and has been published in many library-related journals. David was named a Library Journal Mover and Shaker for 2008, and recently published his first book, Designing the Digital Experience. David writes the Internet Spotlight column in Public Libraries Magazine with Michael Porter, and maintains a blog at
  • Reading on E-Book Devices: the user experience
The reading experience is getting better with the latest generation of digital reading hardware and software. In this talk, we’ll take an in-depth look at the user experience on a variety of devices and software, such as Amazon Kindle, Apple iPad and iPhone, Stanza, Adobe Digital Editions, and newer software, such as Blio and Copia. What works well, what doesn’t, and what do users prefer for different kinds of reading situations? How is the definition of an "ebook" changing and how are publishers and authors responding to the changing landscape? What does this mean for the purchasing decisions of libraries? Librarians have an opportunity to become experts on reading apps and devices, recommending the best options for our users and advocating with publishers to move in directions that will best serve our readers. Come see examples of what libraries are doing in this area and get inspired with ideas for how we can influence the future of e-reading. Presenter: Nicole Hennig is Head of the User Experience Group for the MIT Libraries. Her field of expertise is user experience, including usable web design, usability testing, and ethnographic user studies, and she has spoken on these topics at conferences such as National Online and Internet Librarian. In 2001 she won the Infinite Mile Award for Innovation and Creativity given by her peers in the MIT Libraries, in 2006 she won the MIT Excellence Award for Innovation Solutions, and in 2009, ASIS&T Chapter Member of the Year. Before coming to MIT in January of 1999, she was the Systems Librarian for Bose Corporation in Framingham, MA, where she designed and managed the home page for the corporate Intranet. She has worked in academic, corporate, and non-profit libraries for over 15 years and was formerly a classical musician, playing pipe organ and harpsichord in the Boston area. She is @nic221 on Twitter.

More information about the conference content and schedule will be available from closer to the conference dates.

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