Tech Day Conference with Diana Silveira and Brian Pichman
March 24 @ 9:00 am CDT – 3:00 pm CDT
Virtual Reality, augmented reality, robotics, 3D printing, green screens, drones, coding, artificial intelligence, and so much more! The world of technology and makerspaces is continuing to evolve. Join Diana Silveira and Brian Pichman in a hands-on day where every attendee will:
- Try new and exciting technology gadgets
- Attend breakout sessions on using these tools and technology at your library
- Discuss and Evaluate how we can use these technologies at our library in both makerspaces and programming
- Create some fun takeaways that you can recreate at your library
The highly-interactive session will have something for those new to technology and those who interact daily.
Diana Silveira is a librarian and President of Novare Library Services, where she works with libraries to develop, implement, and utilize technology effectively. Previously, she was employed by the Tampa Bay (FL) Library Consortium and the Charlotte Mecklenburg (NC) Library. She has an MLIS from UNC-Greensboro and a BS in psychology from Catawba College. Her book, Library Technology Planning for Today and Tomorrow, published by Rowman and Littlefield in 2018, is available.
Brian Pichman is a technology enthusiast, sharing his thoughts and ideas to libraries so they can become more interactive, innovative, collaborative, and engaging. He is a web developer with experience designing websites. Brian started a collaborative platform called the Evolve Project which aims to change the way people see libraries by introducing new technology and concepts for libraries. Libraries need to re-position themselves as community anchors in order to succeed in today’s culture.
This project was funded either under the provisions of the Library Services and Technology Act from the Institute of Museum and Library Services or the Library Cooperative Grant program. Florida’s LSTA and LCG programs are administered by the Department of State’s Division of Library and Information Services. For FY2023, 71% of the total costs for the PLAN Continuing Education program ($218,429) is supported by federal money, and 29% of this program ($90,351) is supported by state money. The total budget of the project is $308,780.