The New Tech Talk Subcommittee Needs Your Input
On May 19th Tech Talk received a piece of good news from Brenda Brown, Library Manager of the Chandler Public Library, on behalf of the MCLC Directors. The Tech Talk Interest Group has been approved to become a formal subcommittee of MCLC. In response to this new development we will have a business meeting on July 22nd to discuss and restructure Tech Talk to better fulfill this new role.
As a subcommittee we need to appoint a chair who can attend both the Tech Talk meetings (ten per year — the fourth Tuesday except for June and December) and the MCLC meetings (five per year — the third Thursday of January, March, May, September and November) to report. We will also invite a member of MCLC Directors to be our liaison who will attend the Tech Talk meetings, as well as submit a budget request at the September MCLC Directors meeting.
This is your opportunity to participate in the most exciting library networking group. We will need your contribution which can be your thoughts, ideas, knowledge, resources or time to get Tech Talk up and running. We will definitely continue our tradition of devoting our meetings to learning from each other and outside experts in the library field and maintaining a technology blog and a monthly column in the AzLA Newsletter. However, I’d like to challenge all of us by asking, “How can we do better?”
At our July meeting I propose that we elect two co-chairs and a program officer for the new Tech Talk committee. Depending on the scope of the projects we eventually take on we might elect other officers. We can work closer with the State Library to publicize Tech Talk meetings. I’d also like to see Tech Talk sponsor a state-wide technology program in the next fiscal year. Someone suggested that we podcast all of our monthly meetings. The possibilities are endless and are only limited by our imagination.
Before I ask you to e-mail us your ideas or thoughts or comment on the blog, l would like to thank several people who have made Tech Talk a success – Anali Perry (ASU Libraries), Mary Mitchell (Phoenix Public Library), Stephanie Cleland (Peoria Public Library), Rick Glady (Scottsdale Public Library), Eric Zaller (Scottsdale Public Library), Christine Pearson (Maricopa County Library District) and Vicky Torbivich (Maricopa County Library District).
The biggest thank-you goes to the following two persons whose ideas gave birth to today’s Tech Talk: Dan Lee of Chandler Public Library and Mimi Aronson of Phoenix Public Library.
SO WHAT SHOULD YOU DO NOW?
If you are a library director, please assign or suggest someone from your library to attend our July meeting.
If you are responsible for any library technology projects or are a librarian interested in technology, please join us in our July Tech Talk meeting.
If you have ideas on the directions or tasks of Tech Talk in its new incarnation, please comment on this blog post or simply reply to this e-mail.
Look forward to seeing you on Tuesday, July 22nd, at Phoenix Public Library.