CIL2016Library Labs: Research, Innovation & Imagination

I’m very excited about the next year’s Computers in Libraries 2016, March 8-10 in Washington DC.  First, #CILDC is 31 years strong!  And still highlighting innovative technology and library practices, sharing leading-edge information services and community engagement strategies as well as looking at the impact these services and practices have on their communities.

Many organizations have innovation labs, incubating spaces, and ways to stimulate imagination and support research. Our theme for Computers in Libraries 2016, Library Labs: Research, Innovation, & Imagination, aims to do the following:
• Highlight library research that translates into useful strategies and practices for libraries.
• Share new and exciting projects from information industry labs.
• Feature innovative services and libraries.
• Stretch our imagination with possible areas for further library research and testing.

Monday March 7th

18 wonderful workshops — the always popular Searchers Academy, Tech Trends for Libraries, Design Thinking for Libraries, Responsive Web Design, How to Make a Makerspace, Information Architecture, User Experience (UX), Data Visualization, Essential Sharepoint, Staff Development, Demonstrating Value with the Logic Model, Marketing Your Library, and more.  A new full day workshop, Incubating Creativity & Imagination will inspire many ideas for incubating learning in your community!

Games, Gadgets & Makerspaces: Welcome & Networking Event from 5.30 to 7.30 with refreshments is a popular meeting, learning, and networking event.  Includes lots of gamers and gadget lovers and is definitely an evening of fun, playing, learning, and networking. See how you can transform your thinking, your programs, and your spaces with the latest games, gadgets, and ideas! Share with a poster about what your library is doing with creative making and makerspaces in your library. Led by Brian Pichman & Tod Colegrove this event will start your conference experience with lots of learning and laughing.

Tuesday March 8th

Opens with an icon in the knowledge management world, Dave Snowden, who will focus on innovation.  He has developed software, worked for IBM, built his own consulting company, and engaged many audiences with his presentations around the world.  Following the keynote there are four tracks of sessions including Internet @ Schools, and exhibit hall with refreshments & reception as well as cybertours on a range of topics (will be announced in February).  Themes for the day include discovery and search, UX & web presence, tech underpinning operations & systems and creative communities and makerspaces.  The day ends in the exhibit hall with a reception and time to visit our large range of library vendors and supporters.

Wednesday, March 9th

Begins with a high-level look at business and industry trends by library tech industry executives.  Industry watcher Marshall Breeding probes & facilitates discussion to get their strategic perspectives on development library management platforms, discovery services, content & tech products, as well as open source development and support. Themes for sessions and discussion revolve around library labs and research featuring some ground breaking research from OCLC and ProQuest and others, UX, Evolving Enterprises and their services, and more Creative Communities & Makerspaces.  Again the exhibit hall will feature industry-leading product and service vendors who support our communities, refreshments and cybertours.  The day ends with the popular evening event which focuses this year on the Internet of Things with popular speaker Lee Rainie of the Pew Research Center.

Thursday, March 10th

Lee Rainie shares the latest library research funded by the Gates Foundation.  Following his keynote there are cybertours and refreshments in the exhibit hall.  Themes of the day in conference sessions include innovation & innovative practices, building digital collections, Tools for Libraries, Social Media Strategies and Management & Metrics.  Definitely something for everyone.  Register here.