The CATS division of SCLA and the Suffolk Cooperative Library System will be hosting a guest speaker for the June Technology Information Forum Meeting. Our guest speaker will be Kelvin Watson of the Queens Library in NY. Mr. Watson will be speaking on his experience in the development of a lending program for the 5000 Google Nexus tablets they received through the Hurricane Sandy grant initiative. Queens Library patrons are able to borrow the tablets, with specifically chosen applications, for a maximum four month stretch. Come hear his first hand experience, pros, cons and best practices in launching this fantastic program!
Additional agenda items:
Ruth Westfal will lead a discussion regarding the Sierra implementation process, a rough timeline and Q&A on what we know so far. Any other questions can be researched and responded to at a later time.
Louis DeRobertis will lead a discussion regarding a new, inexpensive solution for an OPAC.
Brief bio of our guest speaker:
Kelvin Watson is the Director of E-Content Services and Strategy at Queens Library. His primary responsibilities have been to move Queens Library’s e-book initiatives forward, along with developing other digitally-delivered content in English and other languages.
Before coming to Queens, Kelvin served as the Branch Head, Acquisitions & Collection Development at the National Agricultural Library (NAL) in Maryland. In that role, he directed the formulation of current and long-range national resource collection policies, plans and programs, and coordinated those efforts within the organizational units of NAL and other Government agencies, land-grant institutions and related organizations, and managed a materials budget over $4,000,000.
Prior to accepting his position with the National Agricultural Library he was the Director of Business Development for The Library Corporation, a library automation company, and was the product owner for the Online Selection Assistant. Prior to TLC, he held several leadership roles in sales and marketing with Borders Group, Inc. At Ingram Book Group/Ingram Library Services, Kelvin held leadership roles in sales, marketing, collection development, warehouse management (logistics) and library technical services. Kelvin has also served as a Commissioned Officer in the Active US Army and Army Reserves.
Kelvin has a BS in Business Administration and a Minor in Military Science from Lincoln University (MO). He also has his Masters Library Science from North Carolina Central University. Kelvin is an ALA, AASL, and RUSA Spectrum Scholar. He was profiled in Black Issues Book Review Jan/Feb 2006 Issue as one of the “Influential African Americans in the Book Industry” and is also a member of Parkway School District (MO) High School Alumni Hall of Fame – Class of 2006. .
Details are as follows:
What: Technology Information Forum June 2014 Meeting
When: Thursday, June 5, 2014
Where: Suffolk Cooperative Library System – Auditorium
Time: 9:30am coffee – 10am Meeting
Hope to see you all there!!!
Robert G. Johnson
Manager of Information and Technology Services
Emma S. Clark Memorial Library
120 Main Street
120 Main Street
Setauket, NY 11733