GPLS Technology Boot Camps

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#GATechBootCamp – Join us as we will be live tweet throughout!

Link for Registration

Wednesday, December 3, 2014

Bull Street Branch
2002 Bull Street
Savannah, GA 31401

930a – Packet pickup – Get your goodies and Grab a seat

10a – Introduction / Kickoff

1015a – Keynote – Spin Your Own Web – Theresa Stroisch, Principal, Brooktana Consulting

11aDigital Library of Georgia & Georgia Homeplace – Sheila McAllister, Director, Digital Library of Georgia

1145a – Break/Petting Zoo – Everything featured on our Tech Kits page & More

12 noon – Won’t Get Fooled Again – Vendor & Contract Mini-Workshop – Tim Daniels and Emily Almond, GPLS

1p - Lunch/Petting Zoo

2p – Directors Panel – Makerspaces & Innovators:
Cobb GEMS: Girls in Engineering, Math & Science - Julia Huprich, Digital Library Services & Communications Manager, Cobb County Public Library System

Tech Competencies – Beth McIntyre, Director, Piedmont Regional Library System

Hack the Libraries – Alan Harkness, Director, Chattahoochee Valley Libraries

– Break/Petting Zoo

315pTechnology Loaner Kits Q&A

330p – Lightning Round / Parking Lot Q&A – 5m lightning talks on tech initiatives at your library -and- Answers to questions that have come up during the sessions

The Technology Boot Camp is an initiative of the Georgia Public Library Service to bring together IT professionals from our libraries to share experiences and ideas and to explore opportunities made possible by emerging technologies.


How do we introduce change to our libraries? In the form of technology, new spaces, new programming, etc. Technology in libraries IS getting funded. So, how make the most of it in terms of scale, service and sustainability? 


2014 GPLS Technology Boot Camp

Unicoi Lodge, Helen, Georgia – April 22 24, 2014

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Tuesday, 4.22.2014

12 – 2 – Meet & Greet / Registration

1230 – Lunch

2 – Opening Ceremonies – Welcome to Tech Boot Camp!

230p – Comcast Internet Essentials – learn about a program offered by Comcast where patrons can qualify to receive home Internet access for $9.95/month – Ken Thomas – Senior Sales Manager, Comcast

315p – Break / Room Check-in

345p – Bridging the Digital Divide – Bringing eBooks & digital content to patrons through outreach & training. What we’ve done so far & what we’re thinking of doing… a conversation.
Julia Huprich – Digital Library Services & Communications Manager, Cobb County Library System
Burr Osoinach – Digital Services Librarian, Cobb County Library System 

430p – GPLS Network Project Update– Overview of the numbers: How far we’ve come, what kind of bandwidth we’re getting statewide + next steps
Kurt Zeiger –  Network Project Manager, GPLS
Emily Almond – Director, IT, GPLS

5p – Turning Your Meeting Room Into a Virtual Classroom – Demonstrating how you can use relatively inexpensive tech to transform a regular old meeting room into a high-tech presentation space:
Google Hangouts – Dave Daniels – Technology Support Director, Sara Hightower Regional Library
Virtual Jay’s video on turning a meeting room into a virtual classroom: – Jay Turner, Director, CE, GPLS

6 – Dinner

7-? – Demo Lab open

Wednesday, 4.23.2014

730 – Breakfast

9a – Wireless – A look at different ways to set up your wireless network
Ali Nabavi – IT Project Manager, Atlanta Fulton County Library System
Atlanta Fulton Public Library Wireless Network
Ben Dudley – System Administrator, East Central Georgia Regional Library
Wireless Access Manager – Reports
New Wireless Guide

945a – Untangle Captive Portal Demo – Using Untangle for captive portal and public wireless statistics gathering
Untangle example reports-12_31_13-Monthly
Untangle presentation outline
Curtis Spiva – Technology Librarian, Mountain Regional Library System

1030a – Tech Trends @ AFPLS
AFPL Capital Improvement Projects
 Ali Nabavi, IT Project Manager, Atlanta Fulton County Library System

1115a – Break

1130a – Google Update
Cherokee Regional Chrome Update – Wendy Cobb – Library Systems Administrator & Technical Services Coordinator, Cherokee Regional Library System
Kyle McDonald, Google Government Solutions Manager
GPLS Chrome UpdateDaniel Zeiger, System Administrator, GPLS

1215p – Print Management Solution Preview for Chrome
Charles Ellis, LibData

1230p – Lunch

2p – Using Tech to Teach Tech – Revitalizing staff training by engaging staff
Julia Huprich – Digital Library Services & Communications Manager, Cobb County Library System
Burr Osoinach – Digital Services Librarian, Cobb County Library System

3p – Library Special Interest Groups – Facilitated conversations between comparable size library systems about technology services and issues
Keith Schuermann – Director, Troup-Harris Regional Library
Gary McNeely – Director, Kinchafoonee Regional Library
Tamika Strong – IT Program Manager, GPLS

4p – Break

415p – Gateways & Filtering – From third party closed systems to open source DIY, we’ll cover the spectrum of filtering solutions in preparation for the influx of the new bandwidth superhighway.
Breaking it down into two categories:
1. If you have the expertise in-house but have limited resources – Web Filtering Open Source
Andy Witter, Information Technology Consultant & Andrew Crane – Network Engineer, GPLS
2. If you have limited expertise in-house and have some resources and would like to know how to deploy a third party system – Sayers Overview
Jay Guidry – Engineer, Sayers
David Hart – Account Executive, Sayers

630 – Dinner

7-? – Demo Lab open

Thursday, 4.24.2014

730 – Breakfast

9a – Tech Trends – Highlights from Computers in Libraries Meeting
Keith Schuermann, Director, Troup-Harris Regional Library

10a – Web Hosting Agreement – Update on maintenance of library websites hosted with GPLS – Darin Givens – Webmaster, GPLS

1030a – Break

1045a – Won’t Get Fooled Again – Vendor Assessment & Negotiation Best Practices
Emily Almond – Director, IT, GPLS

1130a – Why not? Ideas/lightning round
Gabriel Lundeen – Deputy Director, Chattahoochee Valley Libraries

1215p – Closing Ceremonies – Emily, etc.

1230p – Lunch & Go Home

Location:  Unicoi State Park & Lodge, Helen GA

Dates:     Tuesday, April 22nd – Thursday, April 24th, 2014

Who should attend:   Tech managers, computer network administrators from Georgia’s public libraries and other tech-types. If you’d like to send more than one person, please send both names to Nicol, but be sure to designate the primary attendee. We can put the 2nd person on a waiting list and, like last time, we’ll do our best to accommodate both.

Who pays for what: As per usual, GPLS will take care of room and board. Attendees are responsible for getting there and back again.

Agenda: To be decided – We are still planning the programs, presentations and workshops. If you would like to pitch an idea, do a talk, or share a project, PLEASE LET ME KNOW – We’d love to showcase your efforts! –

RSVP: Deadline: Friday, March 14, 2014 to: Nicol Bell – Your prompt responses will GREATLY help with our planning.