Top Tech Trends - 2019 Annual

Program Date & Time

  • Sunday, June 23, 2019, 1:00 – 2:30 pm
  • Washington Convention Center, Room 146A
  • Twitter hashtag: #ALATTT

Summary of Trends

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

  • Artificial Intelligence
  • Hacker/Ransomware - Network Security
  • Online News Literacy
  • Data Mining and Curation
  • Cloud computing
  • Coding for the very young
  • Girls in STEM
  • Emerging technologies and cutting-edge humanities scholarship
  • Data Literacy education

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


photo of James NealJames Neal (Moderator)
Senior Program Officer; Institute of Museum and Library Services

James Neal is a Senior Program Officer in the Office of Library Services of the Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS) in Washington, DC. He cultivates and manages discretionary grants in the domain areas of digital inclusion (broadband & digital literacy); privacy; open data & civic technology; OER; and E-books.

photo of Matthew EnisMatthew Enis
Senior Editor, Technology; Library Journal

Matt Enis has been the technology editor for Library Journal magazine since 2012. He has an MLIS from Queens College, CUNY, and an MA in Religion from the University of Georgia.


photo of Matthew HunterMatthew Hunter
Digital Scholarship Technologist, Office of Digital Research and Scholarship; Florida State University Libraries

Matthew Hunter is the Digital Scholarship Technologist in the Florida State University Libraries Office of Digital Research and Scholarship. His work centers around providing technology and application support for faculty performing digital scholarship of all kinds, focusing primarily on novel avenues for humanistic inquiry and the dissemination of scholarly work. His current research interests include spatial humanities, data visualization, and extended reality applications in humanities research, as well as issues related to digital cultural heritage.

photo of Terry Ann LawlerTerry Ann Lawler
Assistant Manager, Adult Services; Phoenix Public Library

Terry has spent the last 5 years as the Manager of Youth Services at the Burton Barr Central Library in Phoenix, AZ. During her tenure, she created the MACH1 Makerspace and spearheaded the codePHX initiative teaching coding, 3D Modeling and Robotics to children across the City of Phoenix in Libraries and Parks (Community Centers).Terry was an ALA Emerging Leader in 2011 and has been recognized natinwide for her work with Makerspaces and with Disconnected Youth.

photo of Lavoris MartinLavoris Martin, MSLS
Associate Librarian; University of AR at Pine Bluff

Lavoris Martin, is a Tenured Associate Librarian, Director of Library Technical Services in the John Brown Watson Memorial Library at the University of Arkansas at Pine Bluff. Her research area is technology, OER, accreditation, assessment, and information literacy for library and information services. Lavoris has been instrumental in providing the library system with leading Internet, wireless, database, management, electronic data retrieval system, and reporting capabilities critical to the success of the library effectiveness and service. Innovations Lavoris have implemented includes: library cloud-based ILS (Alma), discovery and delivery system (Primo), Pharos print and copy system, WiFi in the library, mobile printing, laptop checkout, photography and audio production studio, interactive computer tables, and video conferencing systems. Lavoris Martin is a native of Arkansas, her formal education consists of a earned Master of Science in Library Science two graduate certificates, (1) Advanced Management in Libraries and Information Agencies and (2) Digital Content Management from University of North Texas and a Master of Education in Learning System Technology and a Bachelor of Arts in Art from the University of Arkansas at Little Rock.

photo of Ricardo VieraRicardo Viera
Chief Information Officer; Orange County Library System

Ricardo Viera is the Chief Information Officer for the Orange County Library System. He has been working with OCLS for 12 years as an IT leader. Prior to joining the library, he worked in Chicago, IL for a Fortune 100 company where he oversaw network infrastructure projects. Ricardo has a Bachelor’s degree in Computer Information Systems and a Masters in Telecommunication Management along with two decades of work experience dedicated to technology.