Technology

I seek to help libraries improve the technology services they provide to their communities.

Technology Benchmarks

  • Edge Initiative benchmark webinar series and blogging for TechSoup for Libraries
  • Edge Initiative benchmark subject matter expert for the Public Library Association course development

Technology Planning

  • Instructor for Edge Initiative course: Assessing Your Community Needs — 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016, 2017
  • Instructor for Elements of Technology Management — an online 6-week Certified Public Library Administrator (CPLA) course offered by the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign. 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014

Technology Training

  • Presenting Online: How do you Engage a Virtual Audience? Presentation for ASCLA Consultant Networking Luncheon at ALA Midwinter 2014
  • Delivering Training Online, an online session for Ben Franklin Library, Embassy of the United States México. November 2012
  • Let’s Play De-Tech-Tive, a 2-hour session for the Basehor Community Library (KS) staff in-service day (August 2012)
  • Accidental Technology Trainer pre-conference delivered with Stephanie Gerding at Internet Librarian 2008

User Centered Digital Information

Relevant work experience:

  • Technology Consultant for the Northeast Kansas Library System 2005-2008
  • Technology Trainer for the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation’s US Library Program 1999-2003
  • Reference Librarian (and Technology Trainer) for the Lake Agassiz Regional Library System Detroit Lakes, MN 1996-1999
  • Instructor for LI815 Information Technology for Emporia State University’s School of Library and Information Management, 2014-2016Learning Outcomes – By the end of the course, students are able to:
    • Identify and evaluate resources and tools for  existing and emerging technologies within  information environments.
    • Evaluate vendor proposals, determine best fit  across different information environments, and  make recommendations for technology solutions.
    • Discuss potential access issues for diverse  populations, and recommend  technology solutions  to provide equal access.
    • Assess personal technology skills and develop a plan for continuous self-directed technology learning.
    • Discuss technology instructional roles of  information organizations serving communities  and describe appropriate training methods  available to support end – user needs.
    • Select and plan the implementation of technology  solutions that consider all end – users.
    • Identify policy frameworks  surrounding  technology use within information environments  and examine how these may best support the  promotion of democratic principles and  intellectual freedom.
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