FLA/PLAN Mini Conference

Were you unable to attend the 2011 Florida Library Association conference this year? Here is your chance to see some of the same programs a little closer to home.

Head in the Clouds, Feet on the Ground: Finding the Right Path to Adopting New Technology – Carl Grant, Head Librarian, Ex Libris
Join featured speaker Carl Grant for this discussion of approaches to adopting new technology – the when’s, why’s and how’s of moving in new technological directions. How do you remain open to new service delivery ideas without being on the bleeding edge? Open source, cloud computing, and other hot trends in technology are among the topics to be discussed.

Smart Services for Smartphones – Debbie Moss, Assistant Director Orange County Library System
To remain viable to tomorrow’s patron, libraries need to break their ties to place to provide service. According to a recent Pew study, 33% of cell phone owners use phones to access news. Clearly mobile is the go-to interface for an increasing number of consumers. Hear how the Orange County Library System is capitalizing on this trend by building a mobile presence across platforms. Learn about successful alternatives to accessing the library’s catalog and new tools for program and service promotion through the use of QR Codes.

Geek My Library – Jennifer Pearson, OCLC
Geek the Library, a community-based public awareness campaign, is designed to highlight the vital role of public libraries in today’s challenging economic environment and to increase local library support. Find out how to use this campaign as a springboard for initiating and expanding relationships with influential members of the community and the media, and for starting important local library funding discussions.

QR Codes – Dan Tan, Broward College
Ever wonder about those strange, square 2-D bar codes you see on printed materials? Find out about one of the fastest growing methods for tying the physical and virtual worlds. QR codes can easily encode text, URLs and other data to help mobile users easily access your library. See current examples of QR Codes and learn different ways to apply these two-dimensional matrices as a “free” source of library, librarian and library services promotion and publicity.

Register at PLAN’s website.

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