For immediate release | May 20, 2014

Winning libraries share cutting-edge services at 2014 ALA Annual Conference

LAS VEGAS—Does your local library offer cutting-edge library services? Learn how four ALA-recognized libraries are using novel and cost-effective methods to leverage technologies to better serve their communities during the 2014 American Library Association (ALA) Annual Conference session “Cutting-edge Technology in Library Services,” which will be held Saturday, June 28, 2014, from 1 to 2:30 p.m. in the Las Vegas Convention Center, room N259/261.

Each year, the ALA Office for Information Technology Policy and the Library & Information Technology Association recognize cutting-edge technologies in library services. Speakers will provide behind-the-scenes details about developing the services—including their challenges and successes—and answer questions about how to apply these services in public, K-12 and higher education libraries of all sizes and budgets.

Recognized cutting-edge library programs include:

  • Cut-rate Digital Signboards, Somerset County Library System, Bridgewater, NJ
  • “Me Card,” Edmonton Public Library, Edmonton, Alberta, Canada
  • My #HuntLibrary, North Carolina State University (NCSU), Raleigh, NC
  • One Button Studio, Penn State University Libraries, University Park, PA

WHEN: Saturday, June 28, 2014, from 1 to 2:30 p.m.

WHERE: Las Vegas Convention Center (Room N259/261), 3150 Paradise Rd, Las Vegas, NV 89109


-Ellysa Cahoy, education and behavioral science librarian, Penn State University Libraries

-Jason Casden, lead librarian, Digital Services Development, North Carolina State University, Raleigh, NC

-Rich Loomis, digital services manager, Somerset County Library System in Bridgewater, NJ

-Pilar Martinez, deputy CEO, Edmonton Public Library, Alberta, Canada

-Andrew Nisbet, Integrated Library System Administrator, Edmonton Public Library, Alberta, Canada

-Ryan Wetzel, coordinator, Media Commons University Park, Penn State University Libraries

REGISTER: To attend the conference session, email Jazzy Wright, press officer of the American Library Association’s Washington Office, at


Jazzy Wright

Press Officer

Washington Office