Top Tech Trends - 2020 Annual - ALA Virtual

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Top Technology Trends is LITA's premier program on changes and advances in technology. The panelists will describe changes and advances in technology that they see having an impact on the library world and suggest what libraries might do to take advantage of them. The hot topics covered in this program will include: Privacy and Security, Digital Inclusion and Access, and Remote Programming Solutions. Join the timely discussion and stay up to date on top technology trends in the library world. Register now!


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Tammy Allgood Wolf (Moderator)
Director of Online Strategy, Arizona State University

Tammy Allgood Wolf is currently an Associate Librarian and Director of Online Strategy at Arizona State University Library for all 8 libraries on 5 campuses. Tammy provides direction for the strategy, development, and operation of online efforts to deliver ASU Library collections and services.



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Lisa Calvert
Virtual Services Librarian and Marketing Coordinator, St. Johns County Public Library

Lisa Calvert works to grow community advocates through the library's social media channels, website, and marketing campaigns. Before her current role in Technical Services, her past experiences include roles as a Youth Services Librarian, Reference Librarian, Certified Media Specialist and Assistant Branch Manager. She is proud to be a past member of the SSYRA (Sunshine State Young Readers Award) selection committee and currently works with the Florida Library Association’s Marketing Committee, specifically creating graphics for their “FACES of Florida Libraries” campaign. In her spare time, she works hard to not talk too much shop with her librarian husband and two middle-school-aged kids.


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Laura Cole
Independent Consultant, Library Technology Guides

Laura Cole has worked in county government for the past 17 years in Washington County, Oregon, and for Bexar County, Texas, since 2008. She holds a Master of Public Administration from UTSA and Master of Library Science from Texas Woman’s University. In 2012, she was privileged to be charged with leading the development, implementation and of BiblioTech, the first all-digital public library in the United States.  Laura has directed BiblioTech’s expansion over the past seven years through numerous community partnerships including VIA Metropolitan Transit, University Health System, San Antonio Housing Authority and 14 area school districts. She is a member of the steering committee for the Digital Inclusion Alliance of San Antonio and serves as BiblioTech Director.


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Matt Hunter
Digital Scholarship Librarian, Florida State University Library

Matt Hunter is currently working at the intersection of emerging technologies and cutting-edge scholarship in the arts, humanities, and social sciences. His work centers around the application of 3D, VR, and AR tech in scholarship and pedagogy to create immersive digital experiences to deepen student engagement and push the boundaries of scholarly output. He is also concerned with implementing Critical Making concepts into Digital Scholarship support at the libraries, and contributes to a Privacy advocacy group in the libraries that fosters critical examination of the adoption of EdTech and learning analytics across his institution.  


Photo of Jeremy Kurtz Jeremy Kurtz
Director of Systems and Security, Arizona State University

  Jeremy Kurtz has served in various technical roles within ASU library since 2002, minus a two year stint in 2013 where he served as acting Chief Information     Security Officer for Maricopa’s Community College district. He holds a BS in Computer Science, an MS in Information Management, and maintains a Certified Information Systems Security Professional (CISSP) certification. Jeremy is a Tempe native, daddy to two younger kids Tristan (4) and Vivianne (7), and loves hiking and biking with his wife and kids…when he’s not busy nerding out on computer stuff.


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Alison Macrina
Director, Library Freedom Project

Alison Macrina is founder and director of the Library Freedom Project, an organization dedicated to teaching librarians about privacy and its connection to broader struggles for justice.



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  Alexandra Phillips
  Youth Services Librarian, St. Johns County Public Library

 Alexandra (or Alex!) Phillips is the Assistant Branch Manager and Youth Services Librarian of the Southeast Branch Library of the St. Johns County Public Library     System in sunny St. Augustine, Florida. When she's not singing in storytime or searching in the stacks, you can find her wrangling her three energetic boys and  drinking too much coffee.  


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Virtual and Media Services Manager, Baltimore County Public Library

Liz helps to implement emerging technology prograns and other technology infrastructure and training to promote digital equity in communities. By working to   establish national, state, and local partnerships with businesses, education providers, and technologists, her organization is improving residents' access to technology, technology education, and career opportunities.