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Tuesday, July 21

3:00pm CDT

Sharing the Love: Working with the Community to Create Engaging Social Media Content

Many challenges arise when managing a library's social media presence, though the biggest is often generating engaging and interesting content. At Lawrence University's Mudd Library, we've begun the shift from trying to create content our target audience wants, to asking them to generate it for us. We’ll share how we have been able to work with other campus departments, students, alumni, and faculty to provide concrete examples of what the library can do for our patrons- and how we have been using social media to share these stories. Attendees will be highly encouraged to share their own social media stories.             

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Angela Vanden Elzen

Reference & Learning Technologies Librarian and Assistant Professor, Lawrence University Library
Angela Vanden Elzen is the Reference & Learning Technologies Librarian at Lawrence University’s Seeley G. Mudd Library. In this role, she provides reference services, manages the campus makerspace, oversees the library website, co-leads social media initiatives, and gets to teach... Read More →
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Holly Roycraft

Administrative Assistant for the Seeley G. Mudd Library, Lawrence University
Holly Roycraft is the Administrative Assistant for Lawrence University's Seeley G. Mudd Library, where she helps manage the library's social media presence, among a host of other responsibilities. When she's not at the Mudd, she enjoys cooking, practicing yoga, spending time in nature... Read More →

Tuesday July 21, 2015 3:00pm - 3:45pm CDT
Pyle Center, Room 325-326

3:00pm CDT

Turning Numbers into Knowledge: A Statistics Dashboard

We are often swimming in data we collect about our patrons and their usage of our library resources, but how can we make sense of those numbers in a way that will help us improve or adjust our services?  In this presentation, you'll learn about a statistics dashboard created by the Indianhead Federated Library System for member libraries to see and interpret data collected from a variety of sources in order to get a fuller picture of library resource usage.  This dashboard incorporates ILS data, e-materials information, and wireless and computer usage into visual data display to help libraries further understand how their resources are being used by their communities. 


Gus Falkenberg

Technology and Design Director, Indianhead Federated Library System
Gus has worked in libraries since 2000 in almost every possible role. He currently helps Indianhead Federated Library System members with their technology, design, and advocacy needs.

Tuesday July 21, 2015 3:00pm - 3:45pm CDT
Pyle Center, Room 335

4:00pm CDT

Artisanal Applications: In-house Software Development for Libraries

Everyone, including librarians, dreams of the killer app that will work perfectly, intuitively, and do just what you want it to do, no more nor less.  Sadly, many third-party applications fail to meet the ideal, some more so than others.  How many times have you thought, "what if I build it myself?"  This presentation, aimed primarily at library IT directors and project managers, will attempt to cover the some of the answers to that question.

Among the points that will be addressed:

  • Making the build-versus-buy decision
  • Lifecycle of application development and maintenance
  • How do we involve stakeholders outside the IT departments?  How do they involve developers?
  • What has worked well, what could use improvement?

During the course of the presentation, we will draw on lessons learned and experience developing and maintaining Forward, the UW Madison General Library System public OPAC, developed in-house by the GLS's software development department.

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Bruce Barton

Director of Library Systems and Applications Services, University of Wisconsin-Madison

Tuesday July 21, 2015 4:00pm - 4:45pm CDT
Pyle Center, Room 335