PCI Webinar with Samantha Chada

Emerging Technologies in Libraries – Part One
Digital Delivery of Products and Services

The rate of adoption of emerging technologies in the public library space is challenging to predict. When and if to invest in a technology as it emerges is a critical question, and the answer may dramatically affect the future of your library.

In this three part series of Emerging Technologies in Libraries we will explore the new and exciting integration of traditional library roles and emerging technologies using examples from the mobile environment, maker/creator spaces, and massive open online opportunities. We will also discuss best practices and practical applications of these emerging technologies and how they may be adopted to meet the needs of your patrons.

In the first session in the series, Digital Delivery of Products and Services, we will explore the top trends in mobile platforms as well as the availability and creation of mobile apps for libraries.

Yes, you can develop an app with minimal programming skills!

We will also learn about the growing popularity of streaming media and creative ways that libraries can market their digital products to patrons.

Thursday, July 11th, 2013 from 2:00 – 3:00 pm EST

Emerging Technologies in Libraries – Part Two
Maker Movement

The rate of adoption of emerging technologies in the public library space is challenging to predict. When and if to invest in a technology as it emerges is a critical question, and the answer may dramatically affect the future of your library.

In the second session in the series, Maker Movement, we will explore the popularity of maker/creator spaces in public libraries. We will also discuss the differences between Digital Media Labs, Fab Labs and Maker Spaces, and how public libraries have integrated these labs into their physical spaces and developed innovative programs.

We will also take a look at how you can start your own maker movement on a budget.

Thursday, August 1st, 2013 from 2:00 – 3:00 pm EST

Emerging Technologies in Libraries – Part Three
MOOCs

The rate of adoption of emerging technologies in the public library space is challenging to predict. When and if to invest in a technology as it emerges is a critical question, and the answer may dramatically affect the future of your library.

In the third and final session in the series, Massive Open Online Opportunities, we will take a look at the emergence of MOOCs (massive open online courses) and how you can learn to code (for FREE!).

During this session we will delve into how MOOCs are changing the landscape for traditional learning environments, how MOOCs can be integrated into public libraries as well as provide programming opportunities and how you can use these skills to enhance your library’s offerings and also your professional development.

Thursday, August 22nd, 2013 from 2:00 – 3:00 pm EST

Samantha Chada ~ Biography

Samantha Chada is currently the Director of Technology at the Sandusky Library in Sandusky, Ohio. Prior to her position at Sandusky Library, she spent 3.5 years at OverDrive Inc. as both a Support Specialist and a Project Manager.

She was named a 2012 Library Journal Mover and Shaker for her work in staff and patron technology training. Her interests include emerging library technologies, tech training and digital media. She holds a Masters in Library and Information Science from Kent State University and a Bachelor’s in Sociology from Bowling Green State University.