Tech Summit, March 17, 2017 1 -3 pm

02 Mar 2017 8:10 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

Join us for three interesting presentations at Tech Summit,

Johnson & Wales University Innovation Lab. ​​Registration is requested.

​Zachary Broughton

Topic: Arduino, Makerspaces, and their Role in Libraries

Description: The aim of this presentation would be to introduce the Arduino platform, take a focused look into where it fits in a library makerspace when compared to other similar makerspace technologies, and close with a venture into the role that this maker technology plays in our libraries.

Bio: Zachary Broughton is currently in his last semester of his graduate studies at the University of South Carolina. He currently works as a student assistant at Medford Library, which is located in USC’s Lancaster Campus.


Mark Coltrain

​Topic: ​The Embedded Extension Service: Still Growing Like Kudzu


In 2013, Central Piedmont Community College (CPCC) partnered with UNC-Greensboro's MLIS program to start the Embedded Extension Service, a 100% online internship for graduate students interested in distance and embedded librarianship. How it works is simple: CPCC librarians train UNCG students on best practices in online embedded librarianship, then the interns are embedded in CPCC online courses. The project has allowed the CPCC Library to respond to the needs of a quickly growing online program. In 2017, CPCC teamed up with South Piedmont Community College to take the project one step further. Librarians from both community colleges are co-training interns to serve both schools' online programs. This accomplishes another of the project's longer-term goals: community college libraries from around the state come together to share knowledge and resources to better scale their services to meet the needs of growing online populations while giving interns practical experience for 21st century librarianship. Join CPCC, SPCC, and UNCG to hear more about our story.​
Bio: Mark Coltrain is Assistant Director for Instructional and Research Services at Central Piedmont Community College in Charlotte, NC. He graduated with his MLIS from UNC-Greensboro in 2012. Mark’s professional interests are in distance librarianship, instructional collaborations both inside and outside of the library, and connecting information literacy to students’ everyday lives. In his spare time, Mark enjoys craft beer, a good barbecue sandwich, riding his bike, and collecting vinyl records.

Deborah Tritt

Topic: Engaging undergraduates through Omeka: Opportunities for teaching librarian skills in the undergraduate classroom.
Description: As we seek to build our students’ digital literacy skills, librarians are finding new ways to teach our professional skills within the undergraduate classroom.  Omeka, an open-source digital asset management system, is a platform commonly used by libraries and other cultural heritage organizations to house and provide access to their digital collections online. Used as a teaching tool, Omeka gives librarians opportunities to teach students about metadata, information organization, digitization and preservation. This session will provide an insight into Omeka’s use in the classroom, as well as a brief primer for how to get started with Omeka.

Bio: Deborah Tritt, MLIS, MSIT, is an instruction/reference librarian and associate professor at the University of South Carolina Aiken’s Gregg-Graniteville Library. She is also the archivist for the Gregg-Graniteville Archives and oversees the library’s digital collections. She received her Bachelor of Arts degree in Comparative Literature from the University of Georgia, possesses a Master’s of Library and Information Science, and a Master’s of Science in Information Technology. Her research focuses on issues surrounding the practice of librarianship in small and rural academic libraries, and emerging technologies in libraries. Her publications include journal articles in theSoutheastern Librarian, South Carolina Antiquities, Codex, and Computers in Libraries, as well as essays in the South Carolina Encyclopedia Guide to South Carolina Writers, and most recently she co-edited the ACRL publication, the Small and Rural Academic Library: Leveraging Resources and Overcoming Limitations.
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