Begin Thursday, October 1, 2009, 1:00 p.m. - 5:00 p.m. and continue Friday, October 2, 8:00 a.m. - noon


jason griffey

The Future of Mobile

Preconference Evaluation

Jason Griffey, University of Tennessee - Chattanooga

A continuation of the article that appeared in NetConnect this past year, "Stranger Than We Know". The workshop will expand on the ideas from the article, including how service models in libraries change with ubiquitous computing, and how content delivery becomes much, much different. Registrants will look at specific tools that are currently available that model the direction that mobile is moving.

Jason Griffey is the Head of Library Information Technology at the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga. His latest book, Library Blogging, written with Karen A Coombs, is available now from Linworth Press and can be ordered through Amazon. Jason's next book, Mobile Technology and Libraries, is due out this fall from Neal Schuman as a part of their upcoming "Tech Set." His primary online residence is Pattern Recognition, his personal and professional blog, which has been active since 2003. He is an administrator and author for LITABlog(, and is also a columnist for the ALA Techsource blog( Jason was named one of Library Journal's Movers & Shakers in 2009, and he regularly speaks and writes on libraries, social networking, mobile technology, and other technology related issues. He can be contacted online at, or follow him on twitter @griffey.


nina mchale

Accessibility Update: Section 508 and WCAG in a Library 2.0 World

Preconference Evaluation

Nina McHale, University of Colorado - Denver

This preconference session will provide attendees with a thorough introduction to (or a comprehensive review of) Section 508 and WCAG web accessibility guidelines, specifically how they relate to online library tools. These sets of guidelines have aged, and library web sites and tools have come a long way. How can libraries and vendors continue to develop offer cutting edge technologies while remaining accessible to populations who use assistive technologies? Will include demonstrations of popular assistive technologies such as screen readers and offer guidelines for optimizing library resources (web pages, catalogs, ILL modules, etc.) to comply with Section 508 and WCAG. Knowledge of HTML strongly recommended for hands-on code validation activity on the second day.

Nina McHale is Assistant Professor, Web Librarian at the Auraria Library in Denver, which serves the University of Colorado Denver, Metropolitan State College of Denver, and the Community College of Denver. She has experience in reference and systems, and prior to coming to Auraria, she held academic positions at Howard Community College (Columbia, Maryland) and Georgetown University. Her research interests include Web and Library 2.0, usability testing, user-centered design, and federated searching. She holds a joint MA/MSLS in English and Library Science from The Catholic University of America.