Top Tech Trends - 2017 Annual

Program Date & Time

  • Time, Sunday, June 25, 2017, 1:00 pm - 2:30 pm
  • Location: McCormick Place - West, Room W192
  • Twitter hashtag - #ALATTT


Panelists Bios

Margaret Heller

Margaret Heller (Moderator)
Digital Services Librarian, Loyola University Chicago

Margaret Heller is the Digital Services Librarian at Loyola University Chicago. Margaret works on web development, scholarly communications, discovery systems, and digital preservation at Loyola. She researches and writes about those topics as well as community-driven projects and issues for working parents. She serves on the board of the Read/Write Library Chicago, is the LITA Committee Chair Coordinator, and serves on the LITA Communications and Marketing Committee.


Emily A. AlmondEmily A. Almond
Director of IT, Georgia Public Library Service

Emily started her career at CNN as an “Information Wrangler.” Yes, that was the real title. And it was apt, because that’s what she’s been doing ever since. After CNN, she worked at Emory University as a systems librarian and then at the Atlanta Journal-Constitution as an archive manager and a project manager for She started at the Georgia Public Library Service as a Software Development Project Manager and is currently the Director of IT. While in these roles, she has experienced the ways in which good project management can transform an organization and further, the ways in which  smart, quality leadership can apply project management principles to achieve strategic goals. 


Marshall BreedingMarshall Breeding
Independent Consultant and Founder, Library Technology Guides

Marshall Breeding is an independent consultant, speaker, and author. He is the creator and editor of Library Technology Guides and the online directory of libraries on the Web. His monthly column Systems Librarian appears in Computers in Libraries; he is the Editor for Smart Libraries Newsletter published by the American Library Association, and has authored the annual Library Systems Report published by American Libraries since 2014. American Library Association, Library Journal from 2002-2013 and by He has authored nine issues of ALA’s Library Technology Reports, and has written many other articles and book chapters. Marshall has edited or authored eight books and regularly teaches workshops and gives presentations at library conferences on a wide range of topics.


Vanessa HannesschlägerVanessa Hannesschläger
Researcher, Austrian Centre for Digital Humanities/Austrian Academy of Sciences

Vanessa is a literature and digital humanities scholar working at the Austrian Centre for Digital Humanities of the Austrian Academy of Sciences. Previously, she worked at the Literary Archives of the Austrian National Library on the project Ernst Jandl Online ( Her research interests include the transformation of archives in digital space, data curation and modelling, content management, legal and licensing issues, and outreach. Her e-book on “A change of perspective in digital projects of literary archives” is to be published in late spring 2017 by Ripperger & Kremers, Berlin. Learn more about Vanessa at


Veronda PitchfordVeronda Pitchford
Director of Membership and Resource Sharing, Reaching Across Illinois Library System (RAILS)

Veronda J. Pitchford is the Director of Membership and Resource Sharing for the Reaching Across Illinois Library System (RAILS). She manages the eRead Illinois Axis 360 shared ebook collection that serves over 400 libraries across Illinois and the regularly curated PopUp Picks program which lives on a statewide geolocated frictionless platform called Biblioboard. She works nationally with library consortia, vendors and publishers to position libraries as the rock stars of econtent in the communities they serve. Along with her Power of Libraries consortial posse, Veronda is committed to experimentation, innovation and advocacy for libraries in the econtent world. She was named an LJ Mover and Shaker in 2005. She is a die-hard library chick.


Tara RadnieckiTara Radniecki
Engineering Librarian, University of Nevada, Reno

Tara Radniecki is the Engineering Librarian at the DeLaMare Science & Engineering Library on the University of Nevada, Reno campus. She’s developed and continues to help manage various services in the library makerspace, including 3D printing and other large prototyping equipment, a lending technology collection, and innovative consultation services to teach users skills needed to fully utilize the makerspace. Her current research interests are in maker literacies and how academic libraries can support innovation and entrepreneurship.


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