Preconference:Technology Planning for a 21st Century Academic Library

The Preconference is fully booked and we are no longer accepting registrations for this portion of the Conference.

Preconference:Technology Planning for a 21st Century Academic Library

10:00 am - 4:00 pm

The technology vision is central to the James B. Hunt Jr. Library, as it was to the Taylor Family Digital Library at the University of Calgary, the site of the first Designing Libraries for the 21st Century conference. At this pre-conference, attendees will learn from the technology leaders who developed and implemented the technology program at North Carolina State and the University of Calgary.

Pre-conference attendees will develop an understanding of the stages of technology planning and implementation. We will undertake an environmental scan of technologies in academic libraries, including looking at the role of inspirational spaces; we will learn how to create a technology vision and implementation plan, based around a few framing concepts for technology in library spaces and services; and we will discuss how to approach development of a technology budget. We will cover key players and their roles, including working with AV or other technology consultants and integrators. Finally, we will discuss principles of technology architecture and holistic design, including infrastructure, life cycle and sustainability assessment, furniture integration, and intelligent blending of the worlds of AV and IT.

We will discuss working with faculty, researchers and graduate students, both in the planning process and in the development of core use cases, pilot projects and innovative applications of technology in a library space.

Through the course of the day, attendees will also explore skills, staffing and the culture of change needed to make an ambitious technology program in an academic library a reality.

Finally, we will explore these topics by telling a few of our own stories, using examples drawn from NCSU and Calgary.

The Preconference will be led by Kristin Antelman, Associate Director for the Digital Library, and Maurice York, Head of Information Technology, North Carolina State University Libraries; Shawna Sadler, Technology Officer, University of Calgary Libraries; Rene Reaume, Librarian LRC Information Technology, University of Calgary; and Brian Bouterse, Associate head of Information Technologu for Academic Technologies, NCSU