Congratulations to Deb Robertson of the Kilgore Memorial Library in York, NE! Deb participated in ITART's raffle at the NLA Annual Conference last week, and she's the lucky winner of a $50 Amazon.com Gift Card.

Thanks to everyone who came to see us at the conference! Keep looking to ITART for exciting tech learning opportunities and occasional fabulous prizes.

ITART Spring Meeting Online: Tech Topics in a Flash

May 22, 2014 - 10:00am-2:30pm Central Time

Join us online for a day of short, tech-themed talks:

  • iPads in Your Library: You Can Make This Happen!
  • Technology Tools for Technical Services
  • Virtual Author Visits - Cheap and Easy!
  • Animoto for Educators
  • Creating Workflows and Projects with Web 2.0 Tools
  • 40 Tech Tools & Tips in 20 Minutes
  • What You Need on a Library Website

Check out the Spring Meeting webpage for the full session descriptions.

Our 2014 Spring Meeting will be broadcast completely online. This live webinar format is designed to allow participants to “attend” the meeting conveniently from their own desks. All you need is a computer and an internet connection! You can get together with colleagues or watch on your own.

Register today to reserve your seat! Registration deadline is Tuesday, May 20, 2014.

Registration is now open for "Tech Topics in a Flash", the ITART Spring Meeting Online, to be held on Thursday, May 22 from 10am-2pm CT.

Our 2014 Spring Meeting will be broadcast completely online. This live webinar format is designed to allow participants to “attend” the meeting conveniently from their own desks. All you need is a computer and an internet connection! You can get together with colleagues or watch on your own.

Check out our Spring Meeting webpage for the preliminary agenda and list of session topics.

Call for Presentations Extended

We are looking for a few more presentations to round out our agenda, so the Call for Presenters has been extended to April 30.

We’re looking for presenters to give short, tech-themed talks – 10-20 minutes would be ideal. Presenters will join us remotely on May 22, from 10am to 2pm to share their expertise with online attendees.

We’d love to have YOU as a presenter. Here are some ideas for topics:

  • effective technology training methods for staff and customers
  • work-arounds and shortcuts for popular software and gadgets
  • tips and tricks for optimizing hardware and software usage
  • tools and methods you are using to solve a tech problem in your library

Please consider being a presenter at our first-ever ITART Spring Meeting Online. If you are interested, contact Lisa Voss at l.voss@lincolnlibraries.org with a short synopsis and working title. We hope to hear lots ideas that make accessing information and technology easier!

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UPDATE! The date for the meeting has been moved to May 22. The deadline to submit session proposals remains April 15.

ITART needs you! On Thursday, April 24 May 22, we will host the "ITART Spring Meeting Online", our first-ever online conference. Our theme is "Tech Topics in a Flash", and we are calling for presenters.

We're looking for presenters to give short, tech-themed talks - 10-20 minutes would be ideal. We'll have presenters join us remotely on April 24 May 22, from 10am to 2pm to share their expertise with online attendees.

We'd love to have YOU as a presenter. Here are some ideas for topics:

  • effective technology training methods for staff and customers
  • work-arounds and shortcuts for popular software and gadgets
  • tips and tricks for optimizing hardware and software usage
  • tools and methods you are using to solve a tech problem in your library

Please consider being a presenter at our first-ever ITART Spring Meeting Online. If you are interested, contact Lisa Voss at l.voss@lincolnlibraries.org with a short synopsis and working title. Our deadline is April 15, and we hope to hear lots ideas that make accessing information and technology easier.

ITART Fall Business Meeting Minutes
NLA/NSLA Annual Conference
October 18, 2013
Kearney, Nebraska

In attendance:  Amy Mather, Rebecca Stavick, Becky Wymer, Michael Sauers, Scott Childers, Christa Burns, Jean Hurst, Jon Ritterbush, Andrew Sherman.

1.       Call to order by Becky Wymer

2.       Introductions/Announcements

a.       Election Results/Changing of the Guard - Election results – Rebecca Stavick is the Vice Chair/Chair Elect. Lisa Voss is the new Chair. Christa Burns will continue as Secretary.  Christa will make Rebecca an Admin of the ITART Facebook page.

3.       Secretary’s Report by Christa Burns

a.       Approval of Spring 13 minutes - Motion to accept - Amy. Jean – second. Approved.

4.       Treasurer’s Report – Christa shared the report. Current balance is $2,301.34. Becky – Fall conference expenses will be less than $100.

5.       Old Business

a.       Spring Meeting summary– ITART teamed with C&U for the Spring meeting at Bellevue University. ITART headed up table talks at lunch. Percentages of attendance was 20/80 –this is what had estimated, so good. 60 attendees total.

b.      Fall 13 Conference summary – ITART sponsored 5 sessions. Becky counted about 110 people at Christa’s session, “20 Cool Tools for You and Your Library”. Christa counted 25 at our smallest session, “Advancing Library Communication through Lync and Adobe Connect”, which is very good.

c.       Web presence - One of goals this year was to work on outreach – make people more aware of ITART’s presence. Officers decided to expand and add a Facebook page - 82 likes so far. Officers share posting technology related items of interest. We made a conscious decision not to go to Twitter and focus on the blog and Facebook.

d.      Membership drive results – In June we ran a drawing – join ITART by the end of the month and be entered into a drawing for a $50 ThinkGeek gift card. We started with about 35 members and ended up with 47 - increased membership by 25%. Deirdre Routt won the gift card. Rebecca asked – how many total NLA members are there? Scott – about 700.

e.      Board Members duties update - Karin Dalziel had created list of officer duties previously. Becky will update as outgoing chair.

6.       New Business

a.       Spring 14 meeting discussion – Lisa not at NLA/NSLA. But as far as we know, no plans have been made yet. Scott – there is a formula used at the NLA conference to split profits, we should use that for when we share a meeting with another group. Lisa can get it from Michael Straatmann. Jon – C&U and S&I are doing a Spring meeting together - could 3 groups share a meeting? Scott – there is a triconference formula.

7.       Other Business – none.

8.       Adjournment.

Respectfully submitted by Christa Burns, Secretary.

ITART is sponsoring the following sessions:

Thursday, October 10 - 8:00 to 8:50 - Keynote Room
Tinkers, Printers & Makers, a Marketplace in the Library (Hour One) with Marcia Dority Baker, Michael Sauers and Gordon Wyant

Thursday, October 10 - 9:00 to 9:50 - Keynote Room
Tinkers, Printers & Makers, a Marketplace in the Library (Hour One) with Marcia Dority Baker, Michael Sauers and Gordon Wyant

Thursday, October 10 - 11:00 to 11:50 - Room D7
20 Cool Tools for You and Your Library with Christa Burns

Thursday, October 10 - 4:00 to 4:50 - Room R7
Engaging IT with Michael Sauers, Amy Mathers and Andrew Sherman

Friday, October 11 - 10:00 to 10:50 - Room D7
Advancing Library Communication through Lync and Adobe Connect with Terri Rickel

ITART Business Meeting - Information Coming Soon.

Be sure to stop at the ITART booth to talk Apps and charge your electronics.

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Come join NLA's favorite Geeks and you might win a gift card to Think Geek, the technology-lover's favorite shopping spot. ITART members focus on how technology, and the access to it, can enrich, elevate and, yes, exasperate library staff and users. We're looking for new voices, new energy and new ideas. With your membership, you will help us take the tech conversation to the next level and into the future via blog http://nebraskalibraries.org/ITART/, Facebook https://www.facebook.com/NLAITART, and Twitter (coming soon!) 

Existing ITART members will also be eligible for the drawing. For new or renewing members, send your $5 membership dues to NLA Executive Director Michael Straatmann, PO Box 21756. Lincoln, NE 68542-1756 and include a note that you want to add ITART to your membership. Questions about payment can be sent to nlaexecutivedirector@gmail.com.

We'll announce the winner on our Facebook page during the first week of July, so be sure to check us out. Of course, we'll notify the winner individually, too. Deadline for entry is June 30, 2013.

So good luck, and remember when you Think Geek with ITART, you're always a winner.

ITART Fall Meeting Minutes
MPLA/NLA/NSLA Tri-Conference
La Vista, NE
October 18, 2012

In attendance: Amy Mather, Christa Burns, Karin Dalziel, Becky Wymer, Andrew Sherman, Scott Childers, Angela Kroeger, Dana Boden.

1. Announcements – none

2. Approval of minutes of Spring 2012 Meeting. Dana – 4b – “number generator app”. Becky - 5a – typo – duplicate ‘fall”. Scott Childers - move to accept. Andrew Sherman seconded. Approved.

3. Treasurer report – Christa Burns shared the Treasurer’s report. Current balance is $2112.37. Not reflected on the report yet - Raffle - $25 Amazon gift card and about $45 conference expenses for candy sharing with TSRT.

4. Old Business

a. ITART logo – good time to get new logo since NLA site is changing. Previously, someone submitted a logo to Karin Dalziel, she brought it to the board, assumed they would just approve or deny. But board wanted change (color). Karin didn’t feel comfortable changing someone else’s work. Karin suggested maybe doing a contest, ask for submissions to coincide with new web page. Scott – will NLA have any restrictions/rules for new site? Don’t think so, but not sure. Maybe wait until NLA is done to figure it out. Amy – putting it out for a call would be fun. Becky – sounds like we need more feedback on web transition. But would want something by Spring meeting. Put call out in February – by then we should be able to define the parameters. Karin – do we want to limit to a color? Karin – will contact Kelly to let him know what’s happening, encourage him to submit again.

b. ITART blog - Amy needs to work on annual report for this past year. Rebecca Stavick had volunteered to keep it going, but told Michael Sauers she had gotten too busy. Karen and Amy – it can just be a repository for info, reports, minutes, presentations we do/sponsor.

c. Annual reports – Amy – They are up to date and on the website.

d. Facebook – Christa waiting to see how blogging would go, and needed a logo for the profile. Decided to use Facebook page to show how desperate we are for a new logo. Christa will set it up now, so it can be used when we do the contest for a new logo.

e. Handbook covering duties of chair and other officers - Clarifying ?? - 1st one – if ITART has any committees, like membership, etc. 2nd one – Karin will consult the NLA bylaws to clarify. Karin will post to blog when she has it all done – then will ask for any input. Will be helpful for anyone coming into the group to know what their duties are and when they normally do them.

f. ITART sponsoring/co-sponsoring 7 events at MPLA/NLA/NSLA - More than we’ve done in past years.

5. New Business

a. Welcome new Vice Chair, Lisa Voss.

b. Incoming Chair, Rebecca Wymer, Past Chair now Amy Mather - Amy will look for new people to run for open officer positions.

c. Handbook covering duties of chair and other officers.

d. Annual report – Amy will submit.

e. Policy on reimbursement for out-of-state presenters. Do we have one? Amy – it’s always nice to be reimbursed, especially for gas. Scott – wouldn’t many speakers ask at the start? – “if you want me to speak, it will cost this”. Karin – not sure if we need policy, but it should be discussed before we agree to bring someone in. Jennifer – we reimbursed registration, we should reimburse for mileage. Becky – we should look when proposals are submitted and decide if they are out of state if we can afford it, should consult with ITART executive committee to see what we can afford. Scott – in previous years, NLA asked sections if they were sponsoring the submitted programs. Becky - did not happen this year, vice chairs were not included in developing the NLA program, we were ‘presented’ with it. We were told by bringing in MPLA, it was just too hard. So should only be a problem this year. Karin – if an ITART member wants to bring someone in to present with them, should bring it to the board. Becky – C&U does a stipend. Becky – suggested $100 for stipend. New policy – Becky will work on the wording to be put on the website. Scott – moved that we pay Louise Alcorn a stipend of $100 for her participation in this conference. Karin seconded. Motion passed.

f. Spring Meeting – Becky has been speaking to both TSRT and C&U about co-sponsoring. Looking at the themes each group is developing, C&U will work better with ITART. Theme is still being developed, but they are looking at technology, viewpoints from other perspectives, other collaborations, faculty input, etc. C&U is May 10 – Bellevue Univ.

Amy officially passed invisible gavel on to Becky.

Adjourned.

Respectfully submitted by Christa Burns, Secretary.