Wednesday, October 12, 2011

CFP: Library Technology Conference 2012

CFP: Library Technology Conference 2012

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The 2012 Library Technology Conference will be held March 14th and 15th, on the campus of Macalester College in St. Paul, MN.
The conference grew out of a very successful Midwest Library Technology conference held in St. Paul, MN in May 2008 which attracted about 250 participants from five states. Each year since, participation levels have continued to grow with the conference reaching full attendance capacity of 500 total participants each of the last two years. This year's conference is again expected to attract full participation levels as it provides an opportunity for librarians to come together to discuss the technologies that are affecting library services; to see examples of what libraries are doing with these technologies; and to allow participants to learn specific skills or knowledge that they can take back and adapt for use within their own library.
This conference should be attended by library staff and the technologists who support them. Sessions will be offered on a wide range of topics and at varying skill levels. Anyone interested in the changing technologies that are affecting libraries should plan to attend.

Some suggestions for possible session topics include:
  • Web 2.0 technologies
  • Digital Preservation
  • Mobile technologies in libraries
  • Cloud computing uses for library services
  • Social networking for outreach /service promotion
  • Strategies for staying current with library technology trends
  • Digital copyright/licensing
  • Technology & Information Literacy
  • Web / interface design
  • Library technology space planning
  • Virtual Learning
  • Search engines
  • Specific tools—Sharepoint, LibGuides, others
  • Multimedia creation spaces
  • QR codes
  • Managing digital collections
  • Privacy and freedom of speech in a hyperlinked world
  • Working with vendors in the digital age
Please do not let this list of suggestions limit your imagination on session proposal topics.

We are looking for the following types of sessions:
  • Traditional Conference Session - sixty minute traditional lecture-style presentation highlighting a technology, resource or service.

  • Hands-On Session - two hour session offering participants a more in-depth, active learning opportunity or hands-on experience working with a technology tool/resource or learning the details of a software resource.

  • Workshop Session - two hour session offering participants a more in-depth active learning opportunity with a technology-related topic.

  • Poster Session - poster sessions include posters and handouts describing and explaining a technology resource or service of interest to libraries.