Top Tech Trends - 2014 Midwinter

Video Archive

Program Date & Time


  • Monique Sendze  (Moderator)
    Associate Director of Information Technology, Douglas County Libraries, CL.
  • Brett Bonfield
    / @appearingmoment
    Director, Collingswood Public Library, NJ.
  • Emily Gore
    / @ncschistory
    Director for Content, Digital Public Library of America.
  • John Shank
    / @IDLibrarian
    Associate Instructional Design Librarian and Director of The Center for Learning & Teaching, Penn State Berks College, PA.
  • Leslie Johnston
    / @lljohnston
    Chief of Repository Development at Library of Congress
  • Lisa Bunker
    / @mutabilis
    Social Media Librarian, Pima County Public Library. AZ.

Trends by Panelists

  • Monique Sendze (Moderator)
    • Big data
  • Brett Bonfield
    • Trend One: Women in Tech. We're finally making the structural and
      institutional changes necessary to begin getting the greatest possible
      benefit from our collective brainpower.
    • Others:
      - Lavabit and Fastmail and privacy
      - Making FOIA more participatory: FOIAMachine, Muckrock, and Alaveteli
      - The SEC's decision to lift the general ban on solicitation
      - Making digital permanence more available (primarily
      - Slow communication
  • Emily Gore
    • Trend One: Open data
    • Trend Two: APIs
  • John Shank
    • Trend One: Open educational resources (particularly the interactive ones)
    • Trend Two: Mashable browser web apps
  • Leslie Johnston
    • Trend One: Digital forensics
  • Lisa Bunker
    • Trend One:
    • Trend Two: Creating a community online

Panelists Bios

  • Monique Sendze  (Moderator)
    Monique Sendze has worked in information technology management in libraries for over fifteen years. In the last four years, as the Associate Director of IT for Douglas County Libraries, Ms. Sendze architected the first library owned eBook platform (widely known as the DCL Model) for the integration and distribution of eBooks to libraries. Previously she worked as the IT manager at the Johnson County Library in Kansas. She has a B.A in English, a M.Ed. in teacher education and a M.Sc. in management information technology. She has contributed to information technology management articles published in various library publications. At Douglas County Libraries, Ms. Sendze oversees information technology, the contact center, web and digital services. Ms. Sendze has been a frequent LITA Top Tech Trends Panelist and is actively engaged in issues related to mobile technologies, innovation in libraries, digital media, discovery systems, data/analytics, customer service and self-service technologies. Ms. Sendze is also a 2011 graduate of the Castle Rock Chamber "Leadership Douglas County" program.
  • Brett Bonfield
    Brett Bonfield is the director of the Collingswood (NJ) Public Library and an editor at In the Library with the Lead Pipe. He also writes at He  contributed a book chapter in Planning Our Future Libraries: Blueprints for 2025 recently published by ALA.
  • Emily Gore
    Emily Gore is the Director for Content of the Digital Public Library of America. In this role, Emily oversees the Digital Hubs Pilot Project and provides vision and oversight for content in the DPLA. Emily came to the DPLA after working for 12 years in digital library and technology development in academic and state libraries. Most recently, Emily served as the Associate Dean for Digital Scholarship and Technology at Florida State University Libraries. Emily’s work has largely focused on building digital collection collaborations among cultural heritage institutions. Emily managed the former statewide digital library in North Carolina, NC ECHO, and co-directed the South Carolina Digital Library. Emily has been the recipient of over $5 million of grant funding during the course of her career. She has a Master’s degree in Library and Information Studies from the University of Alabama, a BA in English/Technical Writing from Clemson University and is a 2011 graduate of the Frye Leadership Institute.
  • John Shank
    John D. Shank is the Instructional Design Librarian and founding Director of The Center for Learning & Teaching at Penn State Berks. Prior to his appointment in July 2001, he held positions at Bryn Mawr, Haverford, and Montgomery County Community College. He was selected by Library Journal in 2005 as a Mover and Shaker. His responsibilities include teaching, administration, research, and service. He teaches CAS 283 (Communication and Information Technology) & CAS 383 (Culture & Technology). He developed the Berks Educational Technology Grant Curriculum Program in 2002 and since that time has directed more than 90 grant projects that have been awarded to over 60 faculty, initially impacting more than 100 courses and 3500 students. These initiatives focused on enhancing the student-centered teaching and learning environment. His research interests include the role, use, and impact of instructional technologies in higher education and academic libraries. He has given hundreds of presentations at conferences, meetings, webinars, and workshops. Additionally, he has authored and coauthored a book, book chapters, and articles that focus on library integration into learning management systems, Learning Objects (Digital/Interactive Learning Materials), and the development of instructional design librarian positions. He is the co-founder and Advisory Board Co-Chair of the Blended Librarian On-line Community (, as well as a reviewer for the Journal CRL.
  • Lisa Bunker
    Lisa has been the Social Media Librarian at Pima County Public Library for over three years, where she manages the Library’s 30+ social media accounts, writes for five of them, and provides training to PCPL staff. She also trains and is a consultant to the Pima County government’s social media staff. Lisa also created the Pima County Public Library’s Catalyst CafĂ©, a monthly meetup for small business and nonprofits, where local experts speak on topics such as crowdfunding, social entrepreneurship, social media, and the maker movement are discussed. She is passionate about connecting organizations and individuals with the Library. In 2012, she was named a Library Journal Mover and Shaker. She is also a co-author of the infamous The Lexicon: An Unauthorized Guide to Harry Potter Fiction and Related Materials.

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