Top Tech Trends - 2016 Annual

Program Recap

Program Date & Time


Panelists Bios

Maurice Coleman (Moderator)

Technical Trainer, Harford County Public Library

Maurice Coleman has been the technical trainer at Harford County (MD) Public Library in NE Maryland for 13 years and has headed a training and digital consulting practice since the 1990’s. He has hosted the podcast T is for Training, since 2008, served on the board of the American Library Association Learning RoundTable for 5 years and has written for the Learning RoundTable blog, ALALearning. For his work he was named a 2010 Library Journal Mover and Shaker, and received the Citizens for Maryland Libraries Davis McCarn Technology Award the same year.


Blake Carver
Systems Administrator, LYRASIS

Blake Carver is Systems Administrator at LYRASIS Digital Technology Services, where he manages the servers and infrastructure that support their hosted ArchivesSpace, Isandora and CollectionSpace. Blake holds an MLS from SUNY Buffalo, and has worked as an academic librarian, as a programmer at a startup, and as a records manager. He's also known as the guy behind LISNews, LISWire, and LISHost. Blake was one of the first librarian bloggers (he created LISNews in 1999) and is a member of Library Journal’s first “Movers & Shakers” cohort. Blake has presented widely at professional conferences, talking about open source systems, Drupal, WordPress, and IT security for libraries.


Lauren Comito
Job and Business Academy Manager, Queens Library

Lauren Comito is a cape wearing, ukulele playing, tech training, job search helping, activist librarian in NYC. She is responsible for coordinating the development of, a mobile website that connects library users with social service information. As the Job & Business Academy Manager for Queens Library, she helps people to fold technology into their daily lives and break down the walls that keep them from being fully employed. Lauren has been selected as a 2015 Library Journal Mover and Shaker and a Gale Cengage Librarian Superhero. She is a true believer in libraries, and is always looking for new ways that the library can have a positive impact in urban communities.


Laura Costello
Head of Research & Emerging Technologies, Stony Brook University

Laura is the Head of Research & Emerging Technologies at Stony Brook University Libraries. She formerly served as the Head of Library Materials and Acquisitions at EdLab, a design and development unit of the Gottesman Libraries at Teachers College, Columbia University. She has worked on several library technology projects including Roomer, a mobile room reservation system and Pocket Knowledge, a social and digital archive at Teachers College. Her research interests include data and demand driven strategies for acquisitions and other library management decisions, emerging technologies in libraries, education technology, and designing digital and physical library learning spaces.


Carolyn Coulter
Director, PrairieCat Library Consortium, Reaching Across Illinois Library System (RAILS)

Carolyn has worked with technology in libraries for over 20 years. She started her career with Gaylord Information Systems (later Polaris) as a client services representative and database migration specialist. In 1998, she jointed the Boston Public Library IT department where she worked in several capacities and was eventually appointed the Chief Technology Officer for the library. She later took a position as the Information Technology and Virtual Services Officer at Pikes Peak Library District, overseeing the IT and Technical Services Departments. She has recently taken on the directorship at PrairieCat, a multi-type consortium of 132 libraries across northern Illinois. She was named a Library Journal Mover & Shaker in 2012. 


Nick Grove
Digital Services Librarian, Meridian Library District - unBound

Nick is a Digital Services Librarian for the Meridian Library District and the lead at unBound, Meridian's new technology library. By taking unBound from an idea to opening in 8 months Nick was honored to be named to Library Journal's 2016 Mover & Shaker list. Nick enjoys playing around with any new technology he can get his hands on and sharing his findings with anyone who will listen.

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