LOCK HAVEN, Pa. - February 23-26 marked the celebration of Library Tech Week at Lock Haven University’s Stevenson Library. Throughout the four-day event, faculty, staff and students learned about new technologies and how to apply familiar technologies in new ways.Lock Haven University is a member of the Pennsylvania State
System of Higher Education (PASSHE), the largest provider of higher education in
the commonwealth. Its 14 universities offer more than 250 degree and certificate
programs in more than 120 areas of study. Nearly 405,000 system alumni live and
work in Pennsylvania.
The opening reception on Monday, February 23 kicked off the week with a preview of the sessions available to participants. Laptops and LCD projectors were set up and some of the week’s presenters gave demonstrations of the sessions to come.
Tara Fulton, dean of library and information services, commented on technology and the role of libraries in preparing students for success. “Libraries are central to students’ gaining the technology expertise they need to be successful. We wanted to take one week of fun and excitement to offer students and others workshops and other opportunities to learn some new skills or just see what wonders Web 2.0 has to offer.” Tracie Drumheller, acquisitions technician, added, “Our goal for Library Tech Week is that the LHU community will recognize the library as a place to interact with the technology that has become so integral to their lifestyle; to introduce new technologies and present familiar technologies in ways not considered before.”
Library Tech Week offered the LHU community fifteen separate session covering Outlook Calendar, social networking, iGoogle, Wiki technology, Google Docs, YouTube, Google Earth, photo sharing websites, Skype, Facebook, Keynote, Web 2.0 and Web 3.0, and more. Fulton pointed out that Library Tech Week is intended to build on President Keith T. Miller’s vision for LHU’s emphasis on technology.
Drumheller praised the work of senior Will Dowd who helped out with the early stages of planning, got in touch with potential presenters, helped publicize the event, and helped to make sure that things were moving on schedule. Fulton thanked Dowd, Drumheller, and Rick Lilla, media service librarian, for all their work in making Library Tech Week such a huge success.