Top Tech Trends - 2015 Midwinter

Top Tech Trends at 2015 ALA Midwinter MeetingAudio Archive

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Program Date & Time


Trends by Panelists

  • Moderator: Karen Schneider
  • Marshall Breeding
    • Empowering underserved libraries through technology; discovery beyond the library.
  • Todd Carpenter
    • Infrastructure demands of a growing or majority OA ecosystem; balancing patron privacy and using date to improve services.
  • Casey McCoy
    • Tech programming for youth, esp. girls; app-based home technology.
  • Willie Miller
    • Gamification; e-course packs.
  • Carli Spina
    • Universal design; beacons.

Panelists Bios

  • Karen Schneider (Moderator) <bio coming>.  She can be found on twitter @kgs, and at
  • Marshall Breeding is an independent consultant, writer, and speaker. He assists libraries with defining technology strategies and other activities, especially related to resource management and discovery platforms. Marshall is currently editor of Smart Libraries Newsletter published by ALA TechSource, a columnist for Computers in Libraries, produces the annual Library Systems Report for American Libraries, and other essays, articles, or reports. He is a frequent speaker in the United States and internationally addressing a wide range of technology topics. He created and manages Library Technology Guides (
  • Todd Carpenter is currently Executive Director of NISO, the National Information Standards Organization. In this role, Todd brings together the publishing, library and systems vendor communities to improve the efficiency of content creation, discovery, distribution, management and preservation. Prior to joining NISO, Todd held management positions at BioOne, the Johns Hopkins University Press, the Energy Intelligence Group and the Haworth Press
  • Casey McCoy is the Program Coordinator at Lincolnwood Public Library District, where she plans and facilitates library events including STEM programming for youth. She believes youth learn best from exploring technology together and co-authored a published paper on "demystifying technology" for underrepresented families. She can be found on Twitter @CayMcCoy and online at
  • Willie Miller is a Librarian at Indiana University – Purdue University Indianapolis (IUPUI) University Library, where he serves as subject liaison to the School of Informatics & Computing and the School of Journalism. In addition, Miller leads the library’s Campus Outreach Group, which develops outreach programming and media to promote library services to students, faculty, and staff. His research interests focus on library outreach, instructional technology, and library instruction. Miller is a 2010 graduate of the Indiana University School of Library & Information Science, an Indiana’s Librarians Leading in Diversity Scholar, and a 2012 American Library Association Emerging Leader.
  • Carli Spina is the Emerging Technologies and Research Librarian at Harvard Law School Library. Her primary interests include accessibility, universal design, & technology use in libraries and she currently leads the ASCLA Library Services for People with Visual or Physical Disabilities that Prevent Them from Reading Standard Print (LSPVD) Interest Group. She has written on a variety of technology topics, including how to evaluate new technologies for libraries and gamification. She also writes for a number of blogs on both technology and children's/YA literature. She can be contacted on Twitter at @CarliSpina.

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