Thursday, June 1

10:00am EDT

The Library of the Future Today: Navigating our Communities Through an Evolving Tech Landscape
We live in a time of rapid technological change! With this in mind, what are the implications for libraries? An exploration of trends, predictions and tech innovations as we gaze into the future of libraries!
Learning objectives:
  • Attendees will identify technology trends impacting libraries.
  • Attendees will plan programs and services centered on the current and future needs of library users.

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Nick Tanzi

Assistant Director, South Huntington Public Library
Nick Tanzi is the Assistant Director of the South Huntington Public Library. He is a nationally recognized library technology consultant and the author of the books Making the Most of Digital Collections Through Training and Outreach (2016) and the coauthor of the Best Technologies... Read More →

Thursday June 1, 2023 10:00am - 11:00am EDT

11:05am EDT

Time for Redesign: Creating a Library Website that is User-Focused & Future-Proof
This presentation will take a deep dive into the process of building the Claire T. Carney Library's new website. Attendees will learn strategies for approaching a website redesign and conducting usability testing to continuously improve their library's website.

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Katherine Polley

Web Services Librarian, University of Massachusetts Dartmouth
Katherine Polley recently began her library career as the Web Services Librarian at UMass Dartmouth. With a background in computer science, she enjoys working with a variety of library technologies.
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Matthew Sylvain

Systems & Digital Services Librarian, University of Massachusetts Dartmouth
Matthew Sylvain has been a librarian at UMass Dartmouth since 2005 and has experience with both information literacy instruction and library systems. He currently leads the Library Systems and Digital Services division.

Thursday June 1, 2023 11:05am - 12:05pm EDT

1:00pm EDT

Library Future: Interactive Technologies for Creative Knowledge Sharing
In this panel, we will introduce and demonstrate some innovative art/design prototypes that show how interactive technology can open up new and inspiring ways to engage library users and support knowledge creation, consumption, and sharing.

Noah Pivnick will present Luna Cycle, a physical reading experience where an audience of two negotiate a shared narrative of estrangement that can only be read together, concurrently, or not at all.
Tuan Huang will demonstrate Bookmarks, a 3D media collection that offers a retrospective of the books she owned in the past 5 years, showcasing her personal relationships with the books and inviting viewers to walk through the space and discover new connections.

Sylvan Zheng will share Fog Of War, a transformation of US mainstream news articles into an interactive geographic fantasy map that allows the user to explore the news in a new way.

The session will conclude with a participatory conversation moderated by Yeseul Song, where the panelists and listeners will be invited to share thoughts and brainstorm library futures together.

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Sylvan Zheng

New Media Artist & PhD Student, New York University Department of Politics
Sylvan Zheng is an NYC based artist and current PhD student in the New York University Department of Politics. His research areas and creative practice focus on the interaction of communication technology and sociopolitical life. His work has been shown in a diverse set of environments... Read More →
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Noah Pivnick

Assistant Manager of Facilities and Technical Operations
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Tuan Huang

Multimedia Designer
Tuan Huang is a Taiwanese designer and coder based in Brooklyn. She focuses on using browsers to explore alternative interfaces and interactions for storytelling, as well as live performances.
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Yeseul Song

Assistant Arts Professor, New York University & New Media Artist
Yeseul Song is a South Korean-born, NYC-based Artist and Assistant Arts Professor at New York University Tisch's Interactive Telecommunications Program & Interactive Media Arts (NYU ITP/IMA). She uses technology, interaction, and participation as art media to uncover creative possibilities... Read More →

Thursday June 1, 2023 1:00pm - 2:00pm EDT

2:05pm EDT

​​Integrating Innovative AI Technologies into a Library's Digital Strategy: Future-Oriented Web Design for Libraries
This presentation will explore how libraries can integrate innovative AI technologies into their digital strategy to enhance user experience, increase efficiency, and stay competitive in the rapidly evolving digital landscape. We will discuss the benefits of AI-powered web design and provide practical tips for libraries to implement these technologies into their digital initiatives.

Learning Objectives:
  • Understand the advantages of integrating AI technologies into a library's digital strategy.
  • Learn practical tips for implementing AI-powered web design in a library setting, including tools and techniques for optimizing user experience and increasing efficiency.

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Jennifer Gehly He

Lead Web Designer, Founder of WebGlow AI
Jennifer Gehly He is an award winning web designer who has managed complex web design projects for libraries, higher education, and non profit organizations for more than 15 years. She has worked on web design and usability projects for Simmons University, Smith College, the Harvard/NASA... Read More →

Thursday June 1, 2023 2:05pm - 3:05pm EDT

3:10pm EDT

Making space for the Makerspace at EPL
This session will talk about the Makerspace facility, programs and services at Erving Public Library. EPL's new building is 3 years old. The room was designed to facilitate STEAM programming and provide a drop in space for patrons to create things of their own making. Examples of programs, supplies, and budget will be provided.

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Abigail Baines

Director, Erving Public Library
Abby Baines is currently adjunct faculty for COCIS at Simmons and the Director of the Erving Public Library. She was previously the Head of Public Services for Smith College Libraries.At the Smith College Libraries Abby managed all aspects of public services including accessibility... Read More →

Thursday June 1, 2023 3:10pm - 4:10pm EDT

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