8:45-9:30 a.m.: Breakfast and Networking
9:30-9:45 a.m.: Welcome
9:45-10:30 a.m.: Keynote Address – Ruth Capezzone, Cyber-Threats: Are Libraries Safe?
10:45-11:30 a.m.: Breakout Session 1
11:30 a.m.-12:15 p.m.: Lunch
12:15-1:15 p.m.: Tech Expo
1:30-2:15 p.m.: Breakout Session 2
2:15-2:45 p.m.: Snack
2:45-3:30 p.m.: Breakout Session 3
3:45-4:00 p.m.: Closing
Cyber-Threats: Are Libraries Safe?
Ruth Capezzone, Cybersecurity Expert
Irradient Technologies, Inc.
Cyber-security threats impede the mission of the library to make information available by, among other reasons, impeding patron’s access to digital information, stunting their ability to check out information while the library’s computers are down, and by diverting limited assets to fixing the damage after it occurs. In this talk, Ruth defines cybersecurity, what hackers are after and how they do it, as well as how to protect sensitive library information and resources.
Slides and Handouts
- The Next Wave of VR: Answering All Your Oculus QUESTions (slides)
- Using Technology to Add Value to Diversity Programming (slides)
- From Technology Enthusiast to Expert (slides)
- Getting Technology in the Hands of Teens (slides) , STEM Kit Costs Side 1 (handout) , STEM Kit Costs Side 2 (handout)
- The Changing Landscape of Library Privacy (slides)
- Infusing Digital Media Into Library Services (slides)
- K-12 Global Experience: Creating Digital Infrastructure for Urban Planning and Design (slides)
- Partnering with the Robotics Club (slides)
- Augmented Reality Creation with Cospaces Edu (handouts):
The Next Wave of VR: Answering All Your Oculus QUESTions – Session 1, Room 2230
Kelsey Hughes and Steve Fitzgerald, Prince George’s County Memorial Library System
Prince George’s County Memorial Library System was one of the first library systems in the state to acquire Oculus Quest headsets, which are the first untethered, standalone virtual reality headsets. This acquisition dramatically expanded our ability to engage and educate the public on this emerging technology. We will discuss how through a cross-department collaboration (digital services and program services) we trained staff, developed best practices, learned from our mistakes, and rolled these out in the library through programming.
Steve Fitzgerald, currently the Digital Services Manager at Prince George’s County Memorial Library, comes from a background in public education, having previously served as a school media specialist at all grade levels for 12 years. Kelsey Hughes is the Adult and Teen Services Specialist for Prince George’s County Memorial Library System. She is passionate about developing engaging, innovative and educational programming.
From Technology Enthusiast to Expert – Session 2, Room 2230
Ella Alonso, Prince George’s County Memorial Library System
Do you want to be more involved with innovative technology, but don’t know where to start? Learn how you can become a technology leader within your organization at any competency level. Discover valuable resources for developing your technology proficiency, learn which partnerships are critical for successful project collaboration, and formulate a strategy to implement your technology goals with confidence.
Ella Alonso is a Library Associate II at the Laurel Branch of Prince George’s County Memorial Library System, where she has been for the last three years. Her professional interests include researching emerging technology, participating in a variety of state and local committees, and doodling her branch’s mascot.
The Public Internet and Libraries – A Discussion – Session 3, Room 2230
Thomas Vose, Ruth Enlow Library of Garrett County
What is the future of the Internet? Where do libraries fit in? How can the field pull its resources together to safeguard the public sphere in an increasingly commercialized space? In this informal group discussion, participants will be able to discuss ideas and potential models for the way forward, and brainstorm ideas to help libraries move forward into this brave new world shoulder-to-shoulder.
Thomas Vose is currently director of the Ruth Enlow Library of Garrett County, a position he has held since 2017.
Build a Better Book – Sessions 1 and 2, Room 4211
LaShawn Myles and Amanda Gonzalez, Maryland State LBPH, and Muhammad Najee-ullah, Full Blast STEAM
The Build a Better Book Program at the University of Colorado, Boulder works with libraries and makerspaces to create inclusive media. The Maryland State Library for the Blind and Physically Handicapped created a Build a Better Book summer program with OpenWorks Mobile, Full Blast STEAM and Baltimore City Youthworks to create several tactile and multi-modal books, using both traditional textiles as well as electronics. With these inclusive media, LBPH is encouraging new creative approaches to accessible storytelling.
Using Mobile Technology to Create a Culture of Philanthropy at your Library – Session 1, Room 4212
Jessica El-Zeftawy, Frederick County Public Libraries
From “tipping” your library to on-the-spot text to give, mobile technology is changing the game when it comes to fundraising. A powerful and largely untapped fundraising tool, mobile technology, can convert customers into donors and generate the revenue you need. Jess will share pro-tips on how to integrate easy-to-use mobile technology at service points and events to create a culture of philanthropy at your library. Raise more money, anytime, anywhere – no wifi needed!
Jess is a savy fundraiser, professional do-gooder, and library enthusiast. When she’s not getting Frederick County Public Libraries development program off the ground, she can be found hanging out with her family and their ridiculously good-looking English Bulldog.
Augmented Reality Creation with Cospaces Edu – Sessions 2 and 3, Room 4212
Amanda Krumrine and Liz Jones, Carroll County Public Library
Interested in moving from Augmented Reality viewing to Augmented Reality creation? Join us for a hands-on session exploring the basics of Cospaces Edu! We’ll demonstrate some of the capabilities of Cospaces, walk you through creating a simple project, and answer questions while participants engage in free exploration time. Cospaces is a web-based creation software. However, viewing of projects is best accomplished using the Cospaces app. Participants are encouraged to sign up for a free basic Cospaces teacher account and download the Cospaces app to their device prior to attending the session.
Amanda Krumrine is a Library Associate II at the Finksburg Branch of Carroll County Public Library, where she runs tech programs for teens and adults. Liz Jones is the Adult Services Supervisor at the Westminster Branch of CCPL. She has a deep interest in everything tech. As members of CCPL’s Applied Technologies Committee, Amanda and Liz experiment with new technologies, work collaboratively with other staff to develop staff trainings, and encourage library staff and customers of all ages to explore new and emerging technologies.
Diversity, Equity, Inclusion and Cultural Competency in Technology for the Library Professional – Sessions 1 and 2, Room 4215
Chukwudi Tadimma (C.T.) Unonu; Priddy Library, University of Maryland University Libraries
This presentation addresses varying technology-focused learning objectives to empower library professionals: (1) to effectively achieve a deeper understanding of local communities, (2) to become more inclusive through technology use & outreach efforts, and (3) to be cultural competent in how they construct their marketing/communications plans to their diverse users and patrons.
C.T. Unonu is a seasoned education professional new to library sciences & services at the University of Maryland University Libraries’ Priddy Library. He supports visual communication & literacy, information literacy, technology education, and community outreach efforts, while bringing prior K12 experiences of instructional leadership, education administration, and management.
Partnering with the Robotics Club – Session 3, Room 4215
Youlanda Halterman, Loyola Notre Dame Library
In 2017, the engineering department asked the library whether it could support a semi-permanent space for the robotics club. At that time, the club had to continuously pack up and redeploy their equipment due to a lack of dedicated space. After some discussion, the library repurposed the video viewing area that was languishing with aging and underutilized equipment.
Through this partnership, the club has continued to gain members and the library found a partner that not only makes use of our space and educational and makerspace technology, but has also begun providing peer-to-peer support.
Olivia Horvath is the Digital Services Specialist at the Prince George’s County Memorial Library System and manages the system’s growing 3D printer initiative. Their work in libraries revolves around digital literacy and creative spacemaking across spectrums of age, ability, and experience.
Yassin Kargbo is the Librarian Assistant ll at the South Bowie branch of Prince George’s County Memorial Library System. He has worked with MakerBot 3D printers for 3+ years and has incorporated 3D printing into a series of successful teen programs including STEM workshops, Minecraft clubs, and a monthly walk-in design lab.
Lighting the Way of Literature – Session 3, Room 4216
Charlene Saint-Jean, Barbara Liedahl, and Susan Brown; Cherokee Lane Elementary School
In the classroom, students read their stories and create a “book review” accordion book that is interactive with LED lights programmed by “lilypad”. This lesson promotes- reading, writing, speaking, listening, critical thinking, collaborative interaction, tactile engagement and computer coding. In this session, attendees will have the chance to create interactive accordion books.
Charlene is a native New Yorker, wife, and novice chef. She is currently the media specialist at Cherokee Lane ES. Her goal is to encourage the joy of learning for a lifetime.
K-12 Global Experience: Creating Digital Infrastructure for Urban Planning and Design – Session 1, Room 4225
Arnor Galang, PGCPS Robert Goddard Montessori K-8 and L. Susan Brown, co-author and co-editor of Makers in Schools: Entering the Fourth Industrial Revolution
Have you thought about taking your global experience to a deeper level? Are you and your students interested in physical computing? See K-12 students from the U.S. and their international partners describe the creative processes they used to design collaborative and interactive urban prototypes.
Arnor Galang, a certified School Library Media Specialist, holds Bachelor and Master Degree in Library and Information Science from the University of the Philippines. Arnor is now taking his 3rd through 8th grade Montessori students into the world of physical computing.
L. Susan Brown, co-author and co-editor of the new Makers in Schools: Entering the Fourth Industrial Revolution published by Edumatch, has previously facilitated workshops, BYOD, poster sessions featuring hands-on, constructivist activities at ISTE conferences and other National and Regional Conferences on this topic and on Arts Integration, STEAM, and Technology Integration.
Using Technology to Add Value to Diversity Programming – Session 2, Room 4225
Johanna Doty, Anne Arundel County Public Library
Have you ever wanted to add more technology to your library programs that promote diversity? Learn how to use technology including Virtual Reality, Apps, Green Screens and Video Software to create a program that connects with and celebrates the people of Puerto Rico while also supporting their hurricane relief efforts.
Johanna is a Programming and Outreach Coordinator for Anne Arundel County Public Library. She helps coordinate STEM related programs for AACPL.
Infusing Digital Media Into Library Services – Session 3, Room 4225
Thomas Ebel and Brad Keene, Harford Community College
With the rise of digital media as a focus in today’s world, teachers and learners alike will need an understanding of the digital media tools that are available to them. In this session, Brad Keene and Thomas Ebel of Harford Community College Library, will demonstrate the new services and resources that the College’s Library has developed and implemented for students and faculty to take advantage of. They will highlight the technology known as a One Button Studio, and other digital equipment, services and instruction that the Library offers. Thomas Ebel will also highlight some of the projects that students and faculty have created using the One Button Studio and Adobe Premier.
Thomas Ebel is the Digital Media Specialist at Harford Community College. Brad Keene is the Manager for Circulation & Acquisitions at Harford Community College.
Getting Technology in the Hands of Teens – Session 1, Room 4230
Rebecca Pratte, Somerset County Library
Do you ever wish you had more hands-on, engaging activities for the t(w)eens in your building that requires little to no supervision from the staff? T(w)eens at the library can often be overlooked because of their independence and bias that some staff may have for kids in that age range. Participants in this session will learn how they can create STEM kits that can be used as passive programs in their building with little management or direction. Keep your t(w)een population up to date on the latest technology with some engaging, self-directed, and fun manipulatives they will want to use!
Rebecca received her bachelor’s degree in Elementary Education in 2009, followed by earning her master’s degree in Curriculum and Instruction in 2019 from Salisbury University. She was an elementary school teacher for ten years before accepting her current position as the Youth Services Coordinator for Somerset County, Maryland.
The Changing Landscape of Library Privacy – Sessions 2 and 3, Room 4230
Sara Brown, Baltimore County Public Library
What standards of privacy should patrons expect (or libraries demand) from third party vendors and service providers? What obligation do libraries have, if any, to inform patrons about privacy issues with the technology we offer (such as circulating Chromebooks or the browsers available on public computers)? How integrated into our tech-related programs/services should privacy concerns and education be? (For instance, should a patron’s question about using LinkedIn include a discussion of the service’s data gathering practices?) This moderated discussion will engage participants in a conversation about what part they can play in larger conversations about technology and privacy.
Sara Brown is a librarian with Baltimore County Public Library. She is the Chair of MLA’s Intellectual Freedom Panel and in 2018 was fortunate to be part of the Library Freedom Institute’s first cohort.
The Tech Expo will be available from 12:15 – 1:15 p.m. Stop by and learn about new technologies and how you might implement in your library!
Robots in Libraries: Meet Pepper
Bob Kuntz and Jen Bishop, Carroll County Public Library
XR, Statewide STEM Lending, Make-IT Place 2.0, and more!
Liz Sundermann, Tom Malley, Alex Bull, Cynthia Dennis, John Whitfield, Andy Mulieri, and Dan Chilton; Baltimore County Public Library
STEAM Educational technology to build a Computer Science literate classroom (unable to attend)
Anthony Williams, BEACON House, Inc.
Ozobots in digital citizenship (intermediate 3-5), Code and Go Mice, and teaching personal and private information (K-2)
Lynn Wilcox, Pamela Rubisch, Kristy Rubeck; Washington County Public Schools/Williamsport Elementary School
Jake Parsons, St. Mary’s County Library
360 Degree Camera
Araba Maze, Anne Arundel County Public Library
Low Cost AR/VR for Library Outreach
Katelyn Tjarks, Anne Arundel County Public Library
Full Blast STEAM
Muhammad Najee-ullah, Full Blast STEAM
Frederick County Public Library Memory Lab
Tiffany Fossett, Frederick County Public Library
Maryland Deaf Culture Digital Library
Susan Cohen, Linds Phelan, Jane Jonas, and Ray McCall; Maryland Deaf Culture Digital Library
Stephen Fitzgerald and Kelsey Hughes, Prince George’s County Memorial Library System
TelloEDU Drones and Spehros
Christine Hurley and Benjamin Hurley, Washington County Public Schools