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SWON News: Library 2.018, Computers in Libraries, and New Tech to Lend!

Friday, February 9, 2018  
Posted by: Emily Wages
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Library 2.018 - Design Thinking: How Librarians Are Incorporating It Into Their Practice

We're excited to spread the word about the first Library 2.018 mini-conference: Design Thinking: How Librarians Are Incorporating It Into Their Practice, which will be held online (and for free) on Thursday, March 8th. This event is being organized in partnership with Steven J. Bell, who will serve as moderator for the opening panel and as the closing keynote speaker.

When IDEO, a globally recognized design firm, partnered with the Chicago Public Library to create the Design Thinking Toolkit for Libraries it demystified the design thinking process and gave the library community a resource to implement a design challenge in their own organization. Design thinking is a process designers use to thoughtfully identify problems and then, using a team-based approach, develop prototypes useful for implementing an elegant solution. In response to the growing interest in design thinking, this event will provide attendees with insights into the process and examples of how librarians are integrating it into their practice. If you’ve been hearing about design thinking and want to learn more about how you can develop and lead a design challenge at your library, this is your opportunity.

All library professionals, employers, LIS students, and educators are invited to provide input and participate in this event. Participants are encouraged to use #library2018 and #librarydesignthinking on their social media posts leading up to and during the event.  Please register as a member of the Library 2.0 network to be kept informed of future events. Recordings from previous years are available under the Archives tab at Library 2.0 and at the Library 2.0 YouTube channel.

The School of Information at San José State University is the founding conference sponsor.

This is a free event, being held online. Not a SWON Event.

REGISTER HERE to attend live or to receive the recording links afterwards. 

Call for proposals ongoing - ends 2/15:


Library 2.018: Design Thinking
$ Free
3/8/2018  - Online

  Register Here  


Computers in Libraries 2018 - Arlington, VA

Our world has been dealing with becoming digital for almost 30 years, but the next frontier, digital transformation is now upon us. This year, Computers in Libraries will delve deeper into library models, strategies, transformational technologies, creative processes, and innovative programs while looking for new and exciting solutions to engage communities and have positive impacts on members.

At Computers in Libraries, you'll hear from excellent and innovative libraries, network and learn from leaders in the field, and definitely be an active participant. Mark your calendar now to join your peers in Arlington, VA in 2018!

Who should attend?

•  Academic, public, corporate, government, special, and school librarians
•  Library directors and executives
•  Information managers
•  Information architects and specialists
•  Researchers
•  System professionals
•  Content managers
•  Technical managers
•  Information professionals

Why you should attend?

DISCOVER the insights, strategies and practices that allow us to push the envelope in expanding the net, managing libraries and digital information, and enhancing the information sharing and learning experience of people in our communities.

NETWORK with your peers during interactive events, including special evening programs, receptions, and dine-arounds, and connect on social media before, during, and after the conference.

GAIN access to leading-edge companies in the exhibit hall offering vistors a choice of products covering all aspects of library technology, including web-based products and services, integrated library and information systems, online services, document delivery services, internet software tools, content suppliers, search services, and more.

MEET and hear from the leaders in the information industry in all types of environments — they are integrating content and delighting their clients, organizing and managing digital content in creative ways, setting the context for excellence in information utilization in their organizations, revolutionizing the roles of info pros, building strong collaborative communities among their customers and colleagues, and using new technologies in exciting ways. 

Register using this link for a huge discount!


Computers in Libraries 2018
04/17/2018 - 04/19/2018 - Hyatt Regency Crystal City
2799 Jefferson Davis Hwy
Arlington, Virginia  22202

  Register Here  


SWON Tech to Lend Update: Tech for Learning Circuits

As SWON's new Emergent Trends & Technology Educator, I am happy to debut a few more of our new Tech to Lend items and associated resources. We now offer several toys to help children and adults alike learn about circuits - how they work, and how to work with them! 

Snap Circuits
This kit makes learning electronics easy and fun! Follow the pictures in the manual and build exciting projects such as FM radios, digital voice recorders, AM radios, burglar alarms, doorbells, and much more! You can even play electronic games with your friends. All parts are mounted on plastic modules and snap together with ease. Enjoy hours of educational fun while learning about electronics. No tools required. 

This Tech to Lend kit contains two Snap Circuits kits, the Extreme Version and the Lights Electronic Discovery Kit. The Extreme Version contains over 80 color-coded, real circuit components that snap together to create working electronic circuits and devices and builds over 750 projects. The Lights kit contains over 55 additional components and 175 projects. The kit includes snap wires, color changing LED, glow-in-the-dark propeller, infrared receiver, strobe IC and much, much more. All pieces snap together easily on the included plastic grids -- no soldering required. Each piece is numbered and color-coded to make identifying them easy. These components combine to create working circuit boards just like the ones found inside televisions, radios, and other electronic devices. Because the projects are arranged in order of complexity, users can build on their skills as they progress through the numbered manuals. The lessons start out simple and get more complicated over the course of the manuals.

Physical manuals are included in the kit and digital versions (as well as other resources) are available on our Google Drive here

MaKey MaKey
An invention kit for the 21st century! With these kits, users can turn everyday objects into touchpads and combine them with the internet. It's a simple invention kit for everyone from beginners to experts doing art, engineering, and everything in between! Our kit includes: four (4) MaKey MaKeys with alligator clips & USB, as well as accessories like coins, sticky notes, batteries, lights, Play Doh, tape, paper clips, tooth picks, foil, and more! Check out our Google Drive for links, projects, and lesson ideas. 

Squishy Circuits Kit
Squishy Circuits use conductive and insulating play dough to teach the basics of electrical circuits in a fun, hands-on way. There’s no need for breadboards or soldering – just add batteries and pre-made doughs (or make your own dough with the provided recipes). Let your creations come to life as you light them up with LEDs, make noises with buzzers, and spin with the motor. Squishy Circuits are very simple and are based on two play doughs – one that is conductive (electricity flows through it) and one that is insulative (does not allow electricity to flow through it). Power is supplied by a 4AA battery pack and travels through the conductive dough to provide power to LEDs (Light Emitting Diodes), buzzers, or motors. SWON provides batteries in the kit. See our Google Drive for Squishy Circuit resources

If you have any questions about these products or our other Tech to Lend, please feel free to reach out to me at

Emily Wages, MLIS
Emergent Trends & Technology Educator, SWON Libraries

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Please register for SWON & PCI events by the Friday before they take place

      SLA Winter Social
FREE (an SLA Event)
2/26/2018 - Cincinnati, OH

Webinar - Encouraging Physical Activity in Preschoolers
FREE (an edweb event)
2/27/2018 - Online

Webinar - Dialogue & Deliberation (Part 1 of 3 of a series)
FREE (a Programming Librarian event)
2/28/2018 - Online

Webinar - Eleven Ways Your Current Tutorials Are as Forgettable as Barb and What to do about it
FREE (an NCompassLive event)
2/28/2018 - Online

SWON Webinar - Meeting a need: “Less Stress” resources to share
FREE for employees of Supporting Member Institutions
$15 for members in our Ohio service area
$20 for everyone else
3/1/2018 - Online

Webinar - Feminist Reads, a Penguin Reading list for readers grades K-12!
FREE (a BookList event)
3/2/2018 - Online

INFOhio Hands-On Workshop
FREE (an INFOhio Event)
3/2/2018 - Cincinnati, OH

Webinar - Google Doc Tips and Tricks You May Not Know
FREE (a SimpleK12 event)
3/3/2018 - Online

Webinar - What Castomers™ Want: A Disney-Inspired Approach To Employee Care
FREE (a TrainingMag event)
3/6/2018 - Online

Webinar - Celebrate 60 Years of Earth Observations with NASA
FREE (a STARnet event)
3/6/2018 - Online


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      Spring Summer Reading Program Workshop 2018 - Libraries Rock
3/8/2018 - In-Person

3rd Annual Nonfiction Read-In with Graphic Novels
3/22/2018 - In-Person

Computers in Libraries 2018 - Arlington, VA
4/17/2018 to 4/19/2018 - In-Person

National Library Legislative Day
5/7/2018 to 5/8/2018 - Online and In-Person

Annual Conference of The Ohio Valley Group of Technical Services Librarians - Notre Dame, IN
5/13/2018 to 5/15/2018 - In-Person


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Blue Ash, OH 45242

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