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CLC's Trendspotting Symposia: 

Summaries, Highlights, Presentations



Trendspotting VI: MakerSpaces for Everyone!

Trendspotting VI: MakerSpaces for Everyone took place on October 1, 2013 at Westport Library. The program was designed to help library staff learn about the possibilities for customizing and adapting the MakerSpace concept to fit their community, thinking beyond 3D printers and dedicated spaces to the wider possibilities of "making" in libraries of all sizes and budgets.

This program also launched a series of Trendspotting "Labs" - hands-on workshops for a small group of attendees to experience "Maker" tools up close and develop practical plans for using them in their libraries.



Trendspotting V: eBooks: Collections at the Crossroads

The 2011 Trendspotting symposium took place on Tuesday, April 5, 2011 at the Darien Library, in front of a packed audience of about 150 people. CLC is grateful to our speakers, our attendees, our generous sponsors, and our hosts, Darien Library, for their valuable expertise in event coordination and technology as well as their generous support of the event.

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Library Journal article: HarperCollins Executive Calls Circulation Cap a "Work in Progress"


Eli Neiburger Keynote (courtesy of Darien Library):

Trendspotting from Darien Library on Vimeo.


Panel discussion, moderated by Kate Sheehan/Bibliomation and featuring panelists Eli Neiburger/Ann Arbor District Library, Barbara Genco/Library Journal, Mike Shontz/Overdrive, and Josh Marwell/HarperCollins (courtesy of Darien Library):

Panel Discussion: "Collections at the Crossroads" from Darien Library on Vimeo.



Trendspotting IV: Searching for the Best Search Tools

Did you miss it? Need a refresher? Here are some of the presentations from Trendspotting IV, held January 9, 2009 at the University of Hartford. See how four of your colleagues are helping to change the way we design and use search technology in libraries.

Article from the February 2009 issue of CLC CONNtext:

Four out-of-state and two in-state speakers made for a full day at the University of Hartford on January 9 for Trendspotting IV.

Marshall Breeding (Director for Innovative Technology and Research, Vanderbilt University Libraries; Editor, Library Technology Guides; Columnist, Computers in Libraries; Contributing Editor, Smart Libraries Newsletter) shared the results of his 2008 Perceptions report. The answers to this annual survey led Marshall to conclude that, although some proprietary ILS products are seeing significant numbers of library defections and competition from new companies involved with open source ILS, the open source products and companies are now struggling to meet expectations.

Joe Lucia, Director of the Falvey Memorial Library at Villanova University, is an avowed "open source evangelist." His presentation was entitled "Accident and Intention: Open Source, VUFind, & the Emerging Environment for Library Technology." Joe sees the emergence of open source software with the "library space" enhancing the library as a center for participatory culture and collaborative enterprise.

David Lindahl gave a more conceptual presentation about the eXtensible catalog (XC) being developed through a Mellon Foundation grant at the University of Rochester. XC's vision is to make a connection between metadata and end users and to take a collaborative approach to the library web presence. The development team expects to be able to launch a beta version this summer.

A most refreshing speaker was Roberta Woods, who drove herself down from New Hampshire's Franklin Pierce School of Law. She chairs NELLCO (the New England Law Library Consortium), whose IMLS-funded Universal Search Solution project (USS) was born out of a need for a federated search that would encourage users to go beyond their research "anchors" (Westlaw, Lexis and Google). The law librarians developed USS to enhance scholarship by steering researchers to relevant "boutique" resources.

Connecticut's own Director of Library Development, Sharon Brettschneider, gave an update on planning for a Connecticut Statewide Integrated Library System (ILS).

U Hart's Ben Ide gave an account of their involvement in WALDO's open source ILS project using Koha, supported by LibLime.

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Trendspotting III: Focus on Open Source

Trendspotting III was held on March 14, 2008 at the University of Hartford.

Article from the April 2008 issue of CLC CONNtext: University of Hartford's Harry Jack Gray Conference Center hosted 100 truth (or dare?) seekers on Friday, March 14. OCLC's George Needham kicked off with his keynote, "Unlocking the Walled Gardens."

Next, young CEO Josh Ferraro talked about LibLime, the company he founded to answer one of the objections that librarians might have to migrating to an Open Source ILS (Integrated Library System) - the lack of outside technical support that one would get (or not!) from a vendor of proprietary ILS software. University of Hartford's Head of Technical Services Ben Ide talked about the University's contract with WALDO to go with Open Source when their present contract with a proprietary vendor expires next year. Carl Grant, a library automation veteran, spoke about his new service company for libraries, CARE Affiliates, which was formed "in response to concerns librarians have expressed over needing lower costs, more interoperability, control, and flexibility in their automation solutions."

We heard from Karen Schneider, whom many of you know as the Free Range Librarian and the moderator of PubLib. Karen is Head of Research & Development at Florida's College Center for Library Automation. Her thoughts on open source? "We've been paying for the wrong things. It makes more sense to just put the software out there for free, and pay to have it supported and developed. With open source, you get agility, speed - and it just works."

After lunch in the 1877 Club, vendors Brien McDonald of Greenwood Ebooks, and Lou Mutty of Books 24x7 presented in the breakout rooms; and John Stromquist, Director of CLC's longtime partner WALDO, discussed WALDO's adventurous project with LibLime to support a migration to Koha Zoom from Endeavour's Voyager system by the 2010-2011 school year.


Trendspotting II: Searching the Future

Trendspotting III was held on October 20, 2006 at Quinnipiac University.

Article from the November 2006 issue of CLC CONNtext:

Trendspotting II: Searching the Future, a CLC Symposium at Quinnipiac University, was a big success. While the presentations are no longer available online, the summary below provides a snapshot of the day's proceedings.

  • Janice Swiatek-Kelley, Associate Director of the Arnold Bernhard Library, welcomed us.
  • ALA President Leslie Burger's keynote address was just what we've come to expect from Leslie - inspiring, ambitious and practical.
  • John Blyberg, Network Administrator & Lead Developer at Michigan's Ann Arbor District Library, really stretched us into the future with his introduction to the semantic web, aka web 3.0! (And just when we were getting to know web 2.0!)
  • Michael Miller, Chief Content Officer for Ziff Davis Media and former editor-in-chief of PC Magazine, gave an absolutely charming presentation about what is new now and what libraries need to be to keep people coming, especially young people like his own children.
  • In the Connecticut-specific portion of the day, the State Library's Sharon Brettschneider gave what she called a book report on Long Overdue: A Fresh Look at Public and Leadership Attitudes about Libraries in the 21st Century. Sharon also received, for herself and for State Librarian Ken Wiggin, Trendspotter awards for the State Library's support of InfoAnytime. Bibliomation's Amy Terlaga and Mike Simonds also received a Trendspotter award for Bibliomation's support of InfoAnytime. Steve Cauffman gave an update on use statistics and new databases at iCONN, as well as a pitch for their newly designed promo materials. Carl Antonucci gave the Trendspotter Awards as well as an update on InfoAnytime, which has received over 2000 transactions since August.
  • Finally, Rob Karen of WALDO gave a Market Overview of Federated Searching and then introduced the presentations of vendors WebFeat and Serials Solutions.

The group of 100 was ready to go at the 4 pm adjournment. We never got to see the Sleeping Giant in all his glory due to one cold, rainy day, but we did get a chance to search the future with some very effective guides.



Trendspotting in the 21st Century: Highlights and Summary

October 25, 2005
Summary by Christine Bradley, Executive Director

2005's "Trendspotting in the 21st Century: Library Leaders & Vendors Reply," the second fall symposium sponsored by CLC's Database Committee, was a full day spent with thought-provoking people at the University of Hartford's wonderful Gray Conference Center. After a welcome by the University's Provost and by Director of Libraries, Randi Pritting, who had just returned from Educause, Leslie Burger, ALA's President Elect, keynoted. Leslie reminded us what it really means to be a librarian. The audience of 100 was almost evenly divided between academic and public librarians, and so were the speakers. Simmons' Terry Plum gave the academic perspective on resource assessment, and the young IT entrepreneur from Houston, Brian Hoogendam, give his take, as president of Advanced Reality, on what we need to do to keep our customers. Finally, George Needham of OCLC sent everyone off wanting more (at least a chance for a few questions!) with his environmental scan. After an elegant lunch in the University's 1877 Club, participants returned to Wilde Auditorium for updates on Connecticut projects. Jane Emerson and Ken Wiggin from the State Library brought us up to date on iCONN and the ProQuest/Hartford Courant project. Michael Roy of Wesleyan had the day's best PowerPoint (with audio and video!) to enlighten the mixed audience about his work with academic libraries and learning objects. Carl Antonucci debuted CLC's professionally-produced (by Miranda Creative) PowerPoint on CLC's planning for a statewide virtual reference project to start on July 1, 2006. Joanne Montgomery of WALDO introduced the six vendors who supported the symposium financially, and who offer discounts on their products through CLC/WALDO. The first afternoon session was with CSA, Wilson, and Proquest, all of which were well-attended. The last sessions, from 3:00 to 4:00, with Books 24/7, Xrefer, and Serials Solutions, were also well-attended, despite Mother Nature's offer of what may have been our last beautiful fall day!


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