Concurrent Program Session

Tech to Go: Circulating Nontraditional Items

Thursday, April 7, 2016, 2:00 PM - 3:00 PM

Colorado Convention Center, Room 401-404

Your patrons want to binge watch Netflix, record their skiing adventures, admire Jupiter, and need Wi-Fi to find a job. Good news! Now your library can offer technology for checkout. Discover how three libraries are shaking the paradigm of libraries = books by circulating Rokus, GoPro cameras, mobile hotspots, microscopes, and much more. Libraries are all about learning – it’s time to expand the horizon of your community by offering new hands-on experiences.

At the end of this session, participants will:

1: Articulate the need for diversifying collections to include nontraditional items. 2: Create an outline to strategically identify, purchase, manage, catalog, and market new types of collections. 3: Understand the impact of circulating nontraditional items on the perceived library brand and mission.

The session organizer(s) identified this session as appropriate for:
Level 1: People with no previous knowledge of the topic.

This session will have: Low interaction: single speaker/panel with Q&A at the end of the program

Handouts: Download 1  

Track: Challenge

Tags: Collections/Tech Services, Collection Development, Emerging Technologies, Innovation, Technology, Trends and Forecasting


Suzanne Wulf, Digital Services Supervisor
Niles Public Library, Darien, IL

Suzanne Wulf is the Digital Services Supervisor at Niles Public Library, IL. In this role she leads the digital services team in providing technology resources and training to the community and the library staff. She oversees the Creative Studio ensuring that the community has access to the tools and training necessary to create and innovate. Additionally, she keeps abreast of the latest trends in technology and integrates technology into library services and programs.

Mikael Jacobsen, Learning Experiences Manager
Skokie Public Library, Skokie, IL

Mikael "Mick" Jacobsen is the Learning Experiences Manager at the Skokie Public Library. This, for Mick, entails working in a multitude of patron contact point, leading the busy Adult and Youth Services Computer areas, Digital Media Labs, STEAM projects, coordinating hundreds of technology classes a year, and many other fun projects. He became a Library Journal Mover and Shaker in 2013.

Samantha Chada, Assistant Director
Wayne County Public Library, Sandusky, OH

Samantha Chada is the Assistant Director at the Wayne County Public Library. Sam assists in coordination of the development and delivery of technology classes and programs for patrons and staff and digital offerings. She was named a Library Journal Mover and Shaker in 2012 as a Tech Leader. In 2015, under Sam's direction, the Sandusky Library was awarded the Library Innovation Award for their Internet and Roku lending programs.

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