A day that is dedicated exclusively to networking and celebrating the profession
Come and join this MentorNJ in-person networking event!
10:00 - 10:35 am
Sign-in & Networking
Keeping It Current with Your Professional Network
Meet wonderful NJ library mentors and mentees
(Refreshments will be served!)
10:35 - 10:50 am
Greetings & Introduction
10:50 - 11:30 am
11:30 am - 12:30 pm
Moving Forward with Digital Disruption: A Right Mindset
presented by Bohyun Kim,
Chief Technology Officer and Associate Professor at the University of Rhode Island Libraries
We live in the era of digital disruption in which digital technologies are rapidly changing the fundamental expectations and behaviors in libraries, library users, and beyond. We all know that (a) library professionals need to be conversant with emerging technologies and should be able to anticipate new opportunities and challenges those technologies may bring to libraries and library users. At the same time, (b) doing this successfully also requires a certain shift in our mindset. This is part of the greatest challenge to library professionals as they advance in their career, look to gain new skills, and move up in responsibilities and positions along the way. What kind of mindset would move forward our ability to stay up-to-date with emerging tech trends and to find ways to apply them productively to libraries? How do we cultivate such a mindset in individuals as well as in organizations? We will discuss emerging technologies, their potential to libraries, and what it means to be a library professional capable of successfully navigating the digital era.
12:30 - 1:30 pm
Lunch & Networking
Enjoy the networking time with your colleagues and make new friends!
(A lovely catered lunch will be served!)
1:30 - 3:50 pm
Breakout Table Discussions - All about Technologies
Participate in table discussions for various topics of your interest
which will be led by a group of librarians who have extensive knowledge and experience in those topic areas:
Designing tech-friendly library spaces led by Andre Levie, Princeton Public Library
Password 911 - Helping customers with tech problems led by Jonathan Upton, Old Bridge Public Library
Selecting the Right Tech Hardware for Your Library led by Doug Baldwin, Piscataway Public Library
Tips & tricks for tech troubleshooting led by Kevin Ruppel, South Brunswick Public Library
Using Technology in Non-Tech Library Programming led by Deena Caswell, Cherry Hill Public Library
Using Technology in Day-to-Day Reference Work led by Claire Schmieder, Cherry Hill Public Library
3:50 - 4:00 pm
About the Presenter:
Bohyun Kim is Chief Technology Officer and Associate Professor at the University of Rhode Island Libraries. Formerly, she was the Associate Director for Library Applications and Knowledge Systems at the University of Maryland Baltimore. She is the author of two books, Understanding Gamification and Library Mobile Experience: Practices and User Expectations, and has been working in library technology for over 15 years.
Read more about Bohyun!
MentorNJ - Linking Library Staff Statewide,
a new joint initiative funded by the New Jersey State Library and LibraryLinkNJ.
It is co-sponsored by the NJLA Professional Development Committee &
Leadership and Education Subcommittee.