The following is a guest post by Jacinda Gill, Supervisory Information Technology Specialist in our Information Technology Office.
There was something for everyone at the 2011 Computers in Libraries Conference. As a Supervisory Information Technology Specialist at the Law Library of Congress, I would highly recommend that my peers attend this conference. I gained a greater understanding of the library business, IT techniques, evolution, and best practices by attending.
Some buzz words I heard repeatedly were Self Service, eBooks, ILS (Integrated Library System) and IP authentication. In addition, I picked up a couple of valuable books: Technology Training in Libraries, Core Technology Competencies for Librarians and Library Staff, and Securing Library Technology.
I found the presentation Demonstrating the Impact of Public Access Technology quite interesting from the standpoint of how American libraries are used and the results of a national survey on who uses public libraries. If interested, you can read the complete report, Opportunity for All: How the American Public Benefits from Internet Access at U.S. Libraries.
Based on what I have observed, I have come to the conclusion that all libraries deal with resource demands and budget limitations. As far as IT, we have accomplished a lot, yet there are still many IT-related challenges and opportunities ahead of us. I look forward to attending next year’s conference.
Did you go to Computers in Libraries? What did you take away? What were your favorite sessions?