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Event Name:2018 Emerging Tech Symposium: Thinking Outside the [Makerspace] Box
Description:Already have a Makerspace and wondering what is next?  Still don’t have a Makerspace and wondering if you should?  The 2018 Emerging Tech Symposium, “Thinking Outside the [Makerspace] Box,” will focus on assessing community needs and evaluating emerging technologies in relationship to those needs.  Join your colleagues for a day of speakers, breakout sessions, a poster session and concluding panel discussion. Go back to your library with a better idea of what your next innovative tech project could or should be.

Featured Presentations:
We will start the day with Evaluate, Evaluate, Evaluate! presented by Jennifer Koerber, Writer, Consultant, and Trainer on Libraries & Technology.  Technology is a strange thing - we live with it every day, but we don't often think about what we need and why we need it. As library staff, that goes a step further: we believe that we should have technology and tech programming at our libraries, but we don't always think about what and why.  
There are many ways to evaluate the what and why of technology at the library - before, during, and after we've bought something or implemented a program. In this session, we'll review library, staff, and community analysis tools (including the Edge assessment process); practice evaluating gadgets and products for use in a library environment; and explore how planning for outcomes measurement can help keep you focused on your tech-related goals. Through this discussion, you'll be able to identify evaluation options that work for your library, regardless of type, size, and budget.

After break-outs, we will continue the morning with Nick Gove, Tech Library Supervisor, Meridian Library District, who will present unBound Potential.  What does it take to create something new for your library? Money helps, training is nice, new equipment is fun, and extra staffing never hurts but those are not necessary to be successful. The best results come from hiring the right staff, creating a culture of change, embracing the unknown, and being present throughout the community. Learn how we transformed an abandoned bank building into a vital asset to revitalize our downtown. This is the story of unBound, a technology library.
Doug Baldwin, Head of Technology, Piscataway Public Library will kick off the afternoon talking about Fostering Community Connection, Engagement and Learning Through the Maker Movement.   The Maker Movement is about much more than space and places, it’s about people and passions. NJ Makers Day, now in its 4th year, is a statewide initiative bringing together host organizations of all types to provide STEM and maker events embedded within their local communities. Doug Baldwin, President of NJ Makers Day, will focus on how NJ Makers Day incubated from idea to reality in trying to bring together communities and organizations statewide to foster connections, relationships, and experiences for residents of New Jersey statewide. This will include covering areas of recruitment, logistics, fundraising, professional development, cultivating collaborations and partnerships, reporting and evaluation, as well as developing support mechanisms for host locations supporting events in their communities. The presentation will also consider the impact of NJ Makers Day for participating hosts, their communities, sustainable partnerships and network development with various organizations and institutions, as well as the challenges and benefits of moving from a library consortium funded project to a stand-alone 501(c)(3) non-profit.

Breakout sessions:
Everyone will have the opportunity to attend the poster session and each of the breakout sessions throughout the day.
  • Emerging Tech Lab  gives you an opportunity to see and try out new technologies, presented by Holly Klingler, NEO-RLS Research and Innovation Coordinator
  • Introduction To Applying For Technology-Related Grants, Cindy Boyden, LSTA Coordinator / Library Consultant, State Library of Ohio
  • Innovative Solutions For Better Patient Care, Prevention And Education  This break-out session presented by Brian Moynihan, Head, Health Technology & Informatics, University of North Carolina Health Sciences Library and Director of the Carolina Digital Health Research Initiative (CaDHRI), will focus on enterprise and consumer-based e-Health devices.
Jennifer Koerber is a consultant, writer, and trainer working in the intersection of technology, libraries, and everyday life. She held a variety of roles during her 17 years at the Boston Public Library, and is currently the training project manager for Harvard (University) Library's implementation of the Alma (Ex Libris) unified resource management system. Jennifer is co-author of Emerging Technologies: a Primer for Librarians (Rowman & Littlefield, May 2015, with Michael P. Sauers) and has written extensively for Library Journal on technology and public service in libraries. In April of 2018, Libraries Unlimited published her second book, Library Services for Immigrants and New Americans: Celebration and Integration. In what remains of her time, she is a semi-professional photographer and avid traveler. Visit her online at

Nick Grove is the Tech Library Supervisor for the Meridian Library District at the new technology library, unBound. By taking unBound from an idea to opening in 8 months Nick was honored to be named to Library Journal's 2016 Mover & Shaker list. At unBound Nick has worked to create a space where anyone in the community can freely access emerging technology, design software and business working space. Nick enjoys playing around with any new technology he can get his hands on and spending time with his two sons.
Doug Baldwin is librarian, informal educator, presenter and advocate who is passionate about developing and delivering hands-on, interactive learning experiences for those of all ages. He is one of the principal organizers and current President of NJ Makers Day, a statewide showcase event highlighting innovative play, entrepreneurship, making and STEM which drew 85,000+ residents across 300 hosting locations in 2016.  He has also written and co-written successful grants to fund initiatives related to computer science education, as well as STE(A)M workshops and programs. Doug is also part of the planning team for the Build it Better Design Challenge, in partnership with ManufactureNJ, a one-day competition designed as a bridge experience in areas of engineering, design, and entrepreneurship for high school students. Additionally, he was part of the planning team which incubated and produced the first New Jersey Makers Summit at Rutgers University in August 2017. His program initiatives have been recognized for their impact and excellence from the NJ State Legislature, New Jersey Library Association (NJLA), and American Association of School Librarians. He is a recipient of the NJLA Library Service Award and was most recently named a 2017 Library Journal Mover and Shaker for Advocacy. Presently, Doug serves as Head of Technology at the Piscataway Public Library where he has worked for the last five years. He has BA (History) and MLIS degrees from Rutgers University, and an MA degree in Social Science from Montclair State University.

Lunch and light refreshments will be provided.


Event Date:06-05-18
Event Time:09:00 AM - 04:00 PM Eastern
Location:Hilton Garden Inn
8971 Wilcox Dr
Twinsburg , OH 44087

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Contact Person:Holly Klingler
(phone: 330-655-0531)
Details:Who should attend:  Everyone responsible for or interested in Emerging Technologies including administration

Cost:  FREE
$25 surcharge for facility use and amenities.

We encourage you to register a minimum of three (3) days in advance for this event in order to ensure that we can accommodate your full participation in terms of seating, hand-outs, food, etc.
Speakers for the Emerging Tech Symposium are generously sponsored by an LSTA Open Grant from the State Library of Ohio.

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