Top Tech Trends - 2019 Midwinter

Program Date & Time

Summary of Trends

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

  • Augmented/virtual/mixed reality
  • Open Educational Resources (OER)
  • Artificial intelligence and machine learning
  • Prototyping
  • Privacy
  • GDPR
  • Equity and access
  • Implementation, maintenance, and funding
  • Impact measurement and reporting for unknown outcomes

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


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Kate Tkacik (Moderator)
Director, Network Engagement, Foundation Center

Kate is director of Network Engagement at Foundation Center. She leads the direction, growth, and deeper engagement of the Funding Information Network, a network of more than 400 local resource centers which support their nonprofit and social entrepreneurs with access to Foundation Center resources. She oversees Foundation Center’s website and AskUs online librarian service. Kate also leads the Visualizing Funding for Libraries project, which provides free funding data and grantseeking training to libraries looking for private grant opportunities. Kate holds a Bachelors and Masters of English Literature from St. Bonaventure University and a Masters in Library and Information Science from Dominican University (IL). Away from work, Kate enjoys adventures on the Internet, around her neighborhood of Brooklyn, and in the great outdoors.

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Joyce Valenza
Assistant Professor, Rutgers University, SC&I

After 25 years of joyful practice as a teacher librarian, and several more as a public and special librarian, Joyce Valenza joined the faculty of Rutgers University where she prepares future librarians to lead cultures of literacy and engage communities.
She writes the NeverendingSearch Blog for School Library Journal, contributes to several other library and edtech publications, and speaks globally about the thoughtful use of technology in learning and the power of librarians to lead.
Joyce was awarded AASL's Social Media Leadership Luminary honor in 2017.  She is active in ALA, AASL, ALISE and ISTE.
Her research interests include: school librarianship, youth information seeking, educational technology, social media curation, OER, emerging literacies, social media and online communities of practice.

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Cynthia Dudenhoffer
Director of Information Resources and Assessment, Central Methodist University

Cindy Dudenhoffer is the Director of Information Resources and Assessment at Central Methodist University, where she has worked since 2006. She received her M.A. in Information Science & Learning Technologies and her Educational Specialist degree in 2016 from Webster University, and is currently working on her doctorate in educational innovation, focusing on educational technology. Cindy has presented at conferences all over Missouri and the US, on topics ranging from “Managing the DIY Library and Librarian” to “Keep Calm and Visualize Your Data: Statistical Dashboards and Infographics.” Having participated in more than 35 presentations and panels, as well as having held many leadership positions within Mobius, MLA, ACRL, and RUSA, Cindy is always ready to do her part for the betterment of libraries and the communities they serve.  She lives in Fayette, MO with her husband and three children.

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James Neal
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 …

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Suzanne Wulf
Head of Digital Services, Niles-Maine District Library

Suzanne Wulf is the Head of the Digital Services at the Niles-Maine District Library where she manages the technology desk, maker space and digital media lab. During her time at Niles, she started a circulating technology collection and developed innovative technology programming including a monthly VR experience. She is an enthusiastic leader in the field who presents at conferences, serves on local and national committees and spearheads professional learning experience in the Chicagoland area. 

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Becky Yoose
Library Applications and Systems Manager, The Seattle Public Library

Becky Yoose is a wearer of many hats, both physical and metaphorical. She has wrangled library data and technology for over a decade in academic and public libraries, most recently focusing on patron data privacy in her work as the Library Applications and Systems Manager at the Seattle Public Library. Becky's work and interests fall into the many intersections of technology, culture, privacy, community, and libraries. She received her MA-LIS from University of Wisconsin – Madison in 2008, and has been a Certified Information Privacy Professional/United States (CIPP/US) with the International Association of Privacy Professionals since 2018. You can find her online at and @yo_bj on Twitter.