Minutes

LACONI TECHNOLOGY SECTION MEETING
June 10, 2019
Directors Present:
Suzy Wulf, Gwyneth Stupar, Sarah Schroeder, Jenn Hovanec, Tony Hahn
Directors Present Remotely: Katie Rose McEneely, Terry Parker, Michael Szwed
Directors Not Present: Brodie Austin, RoseAnn Vonesh, Athens Moreno, Holly Eberle, Mike Campagna.
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1. CALL TO ORDER
Welcome new members Terry Parker (Tinley Park), Jenn Hovenec (Indian Trails), Michael Campagna (Barrington Area), and Holly Eberle (Algonquin Area). Meeting called to order at 3:08pm.
2. OLD BUSINESS
Programs in 2018-1019 and Attendance:

Understanding Artificial Intelligence: 8
Service Design for Libraries: 60
Consumer Technologies in Libraries: 49
IT Service Models in Libraries: 31

The committee unanimously agreed that in terms of topics, people are looking for practical applications more than pie-in-the sky theoretical programming.

3. NEW BUSINESS

LACONI Governing board and New Budget Process:
They are currently writing bi-laws. We will need to submit a budget in the Fall. Now we need to have an idea of how much programs will cost before we do them. They ask that 2 people per section attend these meetings. Suzy will send the schedule.

2020 Line Up:

There was a lively discussion about programming for the 2020 year.
KatieRose suggested a program on adding AR and VR technology to your library. There is a LITA webinar on multi-use spaces. Modular, flexible spaces and how they can be used. There was talk of academic libraries also partnering with LACONI for a program. KatieRose discussed build technology outreach programs at pop-up locations, such as serving the senior communities in the area. There is a new ALA guide: Technology Outreach Adventure. Another idea: leveraging your data/data-driven decisions, leverage better relationships with the community involving big data. Gwyn noted Harper College had flexible spaces. Jenn noted people from Harper are coming to Indian Trails Library. Jenn brought up the idea of how to have a successful partnership with technology-focused businesses. Navigating community partnerships with local businesses, manufacturers and maker spaces etc. Working together and common sense of expectations from both parties. Gwyn suggested how to support solopreneurs in the library.

There was a discussion about big data. Suzy noted that at times, technology people in libraries become the people who oversee data. There could be a program on designing services around data. How do you know what are the right metrics to track? How do you track so you can design services? Directors and administrators are using that data for their board. This is the data that is useful; being pro-active with the data instead of reactive. How data is helpful, etc. Numbers and how to tell the story. Storytelling with data. Connecting data to goals, etc. There was another discussion about evaluating/re-evaluating instruction services ie: How much help is too much help, etc. “Ask an Administrator,” is a model Jenn used in a past program for another committee. This “Ask an Administrator model may be fitting for other program topics. Suzy noted that if you know someone in the community who does something great, regardless of geography or profession, see if you can get them for a program if you want them. Terry talked about the enthusiasm for programming classes for adults. Surprised by the turnout/demand for it. Experimenting on how to offer 2 hour sessions. One challenge: students may expect a college-level course. Far behind the scope of what reference librarians could provide. Brandi from NYPL talked about different “Tracks” patrons could take. This also ties into digital literacy and creating a learning environment. How do we keep our offerings fresh? There is an expectation for certification, etc. Mike S: Instruction competency. How are you tracking among different libraries; patron competency. How do you internally track competency/merit increases on a staff level. Tony: It might be interesting to learn from someone from a medium-size business who had to go through this transformation to sink or swim. How does this change happen, etc. TechSoup could be a resource we have not really tapped into.: Sarah suggested Techsoup does webinars on migrations, etc. From the non-profit sector in general. HR perspective on mandatory technology training/Naperville Public Library could be a potential model of success.

After discussion and voting process, the following ideas and timeline were agreed upon.

Everything must be submitted to the committee by September 30th, with a detailed budget. Instead of starting the Fall as previously, we are switching to a calendar year to match LACONI and begin programming in 2020. These are following themes and people responsible for them. The titles of the programs may change.

(JANUARY/FEBRUARY): Community Partnerships/Business/Entrepreneurship (SUZY/TONY)

(MAY/JUNE): Digital Literacy and Standardizing Tech Instruction/Core Compotencies (TERRY/MIKE S.)

(MARCH/APRIL 2020): Storytelling with Data (GWYN/KATIEROSE)

(AUGUST/SEPTEMBER 2020): Tech Outreach/Pop-Up Programming
(JENN/MIKE C.)

There will be a status meeting over zoom phone call in early September to go over programming progress.

3. ELECTION OF OFFICERS
Suzy thanked Sarah for her dedicated service on the committee.
New Officers:
President: KatieRose McEneely
Vice President: Jenn Hovanec
Treasurer: Mike Szwed
Secretary: Gwyn Stupar
The president must attend every program.
8. ADJOURNMENT
Adjourned appx. 4:11.
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Submitted by Gwyneth Stupar, Secretary

Approved by Katie Rose McEneely, President

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