To organize the Top Technology Trends events held at ALA conferences, select participants to name the trends, manage online discussions and meetings, finalize results, and help with follow-up activities. The Top Technology Trends will be used to plan programs and publications.
The Top Technology Trends Committee was formed in 1998 and held its first meeting at the 1999 ALA Midwinter Meeting in Philadelphia.
The Top Technology Trends Committee typically consists of about 10 members, appointed from the membership. Committee members serve 2-year, staggered terms.
About this Committee
- Reviews nominations for the Top Tech Trends panel
- Selects panelists based on a rubric
- Communicates regularly with the moderator and panelists
- On the day of the program at the ALA Midwinter Meeting (January) and ALA Annual Conference (June), onsite group members wrangle panelists, monitor the Twitter feed, take notes during the program to summarize the trends, take an audience count
- Monitors social media throughout the year for the hashtag #ALATTT
- Works with the Web Coordinating Committee to update the TTT website
- Works with Communication and Marketing Committee for announcements and call for panelists.
Expected Time Commitment
- Holds 7-9 virtual meetings and 2 face-to-face meetings each year
- Group members work an average of 2 hours per month
- April, May, September, and October are the busiest months
Desired Skills, Knowledge, and Experience
- Forward-thinking, tech savvy with the ability to identify technology trends that will impact libraries
- Organization and time management skills
- Familiarity with Twitter
- This Committee benefits from a diverse set of backgrounds which include library types and fresh perspectives to recognize trends and panelists.
- Leadership experience and someone with a passion for technology demonstrated through previous involvement, employment, or even academic work are the top experiences needed.