Cloudy with a Chance of Connecting to the Future!

New England Library Association – Information Technology Section
2012 ITS Spring Event
Cloudy with a Chance of Connecting to the Future!
Friday, June 8, 2012
9:30 am – 3:30 pm
Worcester Public Library
3 Salem Square, Worcester MA 01608

Registration fee includes lunch!

NELA members $50
Non-members $65
Library School students & unemployed librarians $35

Register at theConference Website:
DEADLINE: June 1, 2012


9:30-10:00 AM – Registration

10:00-11:00 AM – Keynote – Edward Iglesias is the Systems Librarian at Central Connecticut State University and responsible for the ILS, Digital Archive and Cloud based backup strategies. He recently edited the book An Overview of the Changing Role of the Systems Librarian: Systemic Shifts (Chandos Information Professional Series) and is currently working on a book on the future of library automation called Robots in the Academic Library for IGI. More information can be found at

Libraries and Cloud Environments: Tips, Tricks and Trepidations

Edward will focus on the general state of cloud computing in libraries with a focus on:

  • What is and is not cloud computing
  • When it makes sense to move a service “to the cloud”
  • Benefits and consequences
  • A use case scenario

11:00-11:15 AM – Break

11:15AM-12:15 PM – Jennifer Koerber is the Web Services Librarian at the Boston Public Library, and an independent trainer and speaker in emerging technologies and the social web. Her home base online is

Living in the Future: Libraries Supporting the Next Wave of Cultural Evolution

Social media, cloud computing, collaborative manufacturing and digital publishing are changing our daily lives in ways not seen since the Industrial Revolution. From Facebook pages to library Fab Labs and digital publishing repositories, libraries are facilitating, contributing to, and supporting these revolutionary changes in how we create, communicate, and collaborate. Koerber will look at current examples and consider next-step possibilities in the library world and beyond.

12:15-1:15 PM Lunch (included in registration)

1:15-2:15 PM – Jessamyn West, a technologist living in rural Vermont studying the digital divide and solving technology problems for schools and libraries.

Cloudsourcing! Considerations for libraries considering the cloud

Whether you know it or not, you’re probably already in the cloud.
Here are a few things to think about, and a few ways libraries can do
more in the cloud.

2:15-2:30 PM Break

2:30PM – 3:30 PM Panel presentations and discussion

Edward Iglesias – Systems Librarian at Central Connecticut State University

Jennifer Koerber – Web Services Librarian at the Boston Public Library

At Least 20 Social Media/Cloud Computing Tools You Haven’t Heard of (Yet)
Google Docs, Facebook and social library catalogs are all familiar, but there are new social media and cloud computing tools popping up all the time. Be inspired by what’s possible using some of the hottest new services on the block.

Mark Glisson – Information & Technical Services Specialist @ the Hooksett Library (NH), current Co-Chair of the NHLA-ITS Section and Chair of the GMILCS Technet Section, and general tech enthusiast.

The Top 10 Reasons Why I Use Google Docs

Being in the cloud doesn’t mean that it has to be a “cloudy” affair. Google Docs gives new meaning to the term “Productivity Suite” with these 10 things that keep me in the GCloud.

Michael Grosshandler – Messaging and Collaboration Services, Senior Programmer/Analyst

University at Albany, SUNY

It’s Just E-Mail! The Trials and Tribulations of Considering the Cloud

In January 2011, UAlbany completed a year-long comprehensive evaluation of the university’s existing messaging and collaboration services. This poster presentation will include information regarding the extensive evaluation process to select Live@edu, including challenges and lessons learned.

Directions and parking:

WPL has a metered parking lot. If you prefer a parking garage, there are two municipal parking garages within a two block walk of the WPL. They are Federal Plaza Municipal Parking Garage and Union Station Municipal Parking Garage. Both are $2.00 the first hour and $1.00 an hour after that.

Here are two links from the City of Worcester. The first is a listing with prices and the second is a map of all available parking facilities in downtown Worcester, including the two that are stated above. uploads/04/8a/ 048ad2dbb1e6669fc110a09bc0d49a fe/downtown-parking.pdf uploads/04/8a/ 048ad2dbb1e6669fc110a09bc0d49a fe/downtown-parking-map.pdf