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Technology Committee: Upcoming Events

Technology Committee of the Academic Libraries of Indiana (ALI)

ALI Tech Committee Events and Demos


Previous Demonstrations and Presentations

Emerging Trends in Libraries: The Impact of Generative AI on Library Discovery and Resource Management

The ALI Tech Committee is excited to sponsor a webinar featuring Marshall Breeding. Marshall is a librarian, technologist, and expert on all things library technology.   Please plan to join us for a webinar on Wed. March 6, 2024, at 3:00pm EST, to hear Marshall speak on the topic:  Emerging Trends in Libraries: The Impact of Generative AI on Library Discovery and Resource Management.  Learn more about Marshall here.  

Assessment Solutions used in Indiana Academic Libraries

The ALI Technology Committee is sponsoring a 60 minute Zoom meeting at 3:00 PM on April 24, 2023.  Amy Petts, Ball State University, Martha Barker from IU Kokomo, and Adam Crandell from IU Bloomington will share their experience with solutions used to support assessment activity at their libraries. These solutions include Qualtrics, LibInsight and Panorama.  After the presentations, there will be a few minutes for Q&A.  ALI Technology Committee member Pam Childers from Indiana Wesleyan University will be moderating the session, and Katie Bohnert from Ball State University Libraries will provide meeting support.

Assessment Tool Webinar Agenda

3:00-3:05 - Intro by Pam Childers

3:05-3:20 - Qualtrics discussion by Amy Petts, Ball State University Libraries

3:20-3:35 - LibInsight discussion by Martha Barker, IU Kokomo Library

3:35-3:50 - EBSCO Panorama discussion by Adam Crandell, IU Bloomington Libraries

3:50-4:00 - Q&A hosted by Pam Childers

Exploring the Library Analytics Landscape - November 2022

This webinar presentation featured Ken Varnum, Web Systems Manager, from the University Library at the University of Michigan. Ken works with library analytics projects at the University of Michigan and through IMLS grants.

The presentation and a related slide deck was made available to those who registered ahead of the Q&A session on Wednesday, November 9 from 3p to 4p ET. A zoom link to the Q&A session was provided. Questions were collected ahead of the Q&A. 

The presentation is divided into 5 sections:

  1. Definitions – learning analytics and library analytics

  2. Library context for library analytics

  3. Information about the data – what data needs to be collected

  4. Tensions regarding library analytics – including patron privacy and other areas of concern

  5. Wrap up of topic

This is an exploratory talk, looking more at the kinds of library data that might lend themselves well to the broader campus learning analytics efforts in the context of what might lead to changes in library service models or campus teaching models. Ken also discusses how concerns about individual privacy are in tension with desires to assist the most at-need populations -- recognizing that the most at-need may well be the most at risk of data breaches.

Meescan Demo(s):   March 2022

The ALI-Tech Committee would like to invite all member institutions to take part in the one or both of the following Meescan demos.

2:00pm (Eastern Time - US & Canada) on Wednesday, March 30, 2022

What is Meescan? (

From the ground up, Meescan is designed as a cloud-based service and is fully network-managed. This unique self-checkout solution provides High Availability with very little local infrastructure. What does that mean for you? Meescan is easy for libraries to install and easy for patrons to use, and our equipment never requires on-site installation or repairs. Meescan offers you a comprehensive self-checkout solution for a fraction of the cost.

The backbone of the Meescan cloud is our distributed data centre with servers all across the world to provide a reliable, secure, and compliant service no matter where your library is located. All components of Meescan communicate with the cloud over secured data connections. Meescan architecture is built on High Availability standards with scaling, redundancy, and automated load balancing in place. All of our system components are monitored 24/7 and respond autonomously to unexpected events.

Rest assured that the Meescan cloud is always working hard so that your circulation desk staff don't have to.

MeeScan Intro Video: