Top Tech Trends - 2018 Midwinter

Program Date & Time

Summary of Trends

This is not a complete listing so far. Check back after the event on February 11, 2018!

Some of the themes the panel will be looking at include:

  • Drones
  • The importance of diversity
  • Inclusion and equity
  • Social entrepreneurship
  • Artificial intelligence
  • The rise of platforms
  • The merging of library and educational technology.

Come and join in the debate with your own questions and comments.


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Felton Thomas (Moderator)
Director, Cleveland Public Library

Felton Thomas, Jr., is the Immediate Past President of the Public Library Association and was appointed director of the Cleveland (Ohio) Public Library (CPL) in January 2009.  Prior to accepting the position of director of CPL, Felton served as director of Regional Branch Services for the Las Vegas-Clark County (Nev.) Library District and President of the Nevada Library Association. He has served on the PLA Board of Directors since 2012, and was named to the Aspen Institute’s Task Force on Learning and the Internet in 2014.  His awards and accomplishments include being named a “Mover and Shaker” by Library Journal, and being selected as White House Champion of Change for Making in 2016.

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Ken Chad
Director, Ken Chad Consulting, Ltd.

Ken set up his consulting business in 2007 after over 20 years working with a variety of library system vendors with customers around the world. His business mission is to help makes libraries (and archives) more effective through the better and more imaginative use of technology. Ken works with libraries and archives, sector bodies and businesses to help with strategy, business models, value propositions and innovation. He also helps libraries and archives procure new systems. Ken manages a number of free, open community resources including Higher Education Library Technology (HELibTech). As part of his pro-bono work Ken has been a committee member of UKSG, which exists to connect the knowledge community and encourage the exchange of ideas on scholarly communication and the NISO Open Discovery Initiative (ODI). He is currently a member of the advisory board of the Open Access journal Studies in Arts & Humanities.

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Kathryn Harnish
Senior Vice President, Product Strategy, Innovative Interfaces

A thought leader and change agent in the library technology industry, Kathryn pairs her deep domain knowledge with extensive experience in leading product strategy.  Throughout her career, which includes senior positions at ProQuest, OCLC, and Ex Libris/Endeavor, she has formulated and implemented forward-looking strategies that support library objectives, creating an impressive track record of strategic innovation. At Innovative, Kathryn is responsible for engaging with libraries and their partners to transform the ways in which libraries do business, helping them secure visibility and viability in a rapidly-changing landscape.  Kathryn holds an MLS from the University of Pittsburgh.

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Ida Joiner
Librarian, Universal Academy School (Irving, Texas)

Ida is currently the Librarian at the Universal Academy School in Irving, Texas. She was formerly the Technology Coordinator for the National Network of Libraries of Medicine, Mid-Atlantic Region (NN/LM-MAR).  Ida co-chaired ALA's International Relation’s Round Table (IRRT) Publication’s Committee from July 1, 2014 – June 30, 2016 and is currently a member.  She is a member of LITA also.  Ida has presented and given workshops at International Federation of Library Associations (IFLA) and BOBCATSSS international conferences.

Ida recently published “Is There a Drone in Your Library’s Future” in Public Library Quarterly (December 2017). Her upcoming book Emerging Library Technologies: It’s Not Just for Geeks will be published in June 2018 (Elsevier).

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Bohyun Kim
Associate Professor in Scholarly Technology, University of Rhode Island

Bohyun Kim is Associate Professor in Scholarly Technology at the University of Rhode Island Libraries. Formerly, she was the Associate Director for Library Applications and Knowledge Systems at the University of Maryland Baltimore. She is the author of two books, Understanding Gamification and Library Mobile Experience: Practices and User Expectations and has been working in library technology for over 15 years. She served as an invited panelist for the Top Tech Trends program at the 2014 ALA Annual Conference and was part of the Expert Panel for the 2017 NMC Horizon Report. She is the founding editor of Association of College & Research Libraries (ACRL) TechConnect Blog. She is on the Advisory Board of the American Library Association (ALA)'s Center for the Future of Libraries and the ALA Office for Information Technology Policy and also the Vice President and President-Elect of Library and Information Technology Association (LITA). She holds a MA in philosophy from Harvard University and a MSLIS from Simmons College.

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Lisa Janicke Hinchliffe
Professor/Coordinator for Information Literacy Services and Instruction, University of Illinois

Lisa Janicke Hinchliffe is Professor/Coordinator for Information Literacy Services and Instruction in the University Library and affiliate faculty member in the School of Information Sciences at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. Lisa served as the 2010-2011 President of the Association of College and Research Libraries, which launched the Value of Academic Libraries Initiative during her presidency and has served on numerous other groups including IFLA, NISO, LOEX, ILA, ARL, RDA, STM, and DLF. Lisa has presented and published widely on information literacy, teaching and learning, the value of libraries, library assessment, program evaluation, privacy, analytics, and organizational innovation. With Dale Askey, she co-authored "Finding a Way from the Margins to the Middle: Library Information Technology, Leadership, and Culture". For more information: