Annual Report FY 2018-2019

Annual Report to MOBAC Administrative Council

Fiscal Year: 2018-19

Committee: MOBAC Technology Committee

Committee Member & Chair: Kris Amaral (MCFL) and Deborah Stephens (Hartnell)

Active Committee Members: Alicia Martinez(WPL), Kris Amaral (MCFL), Kristen Cardoso (UCSC), Stacy DeMatteo (NPS), Katie O’Connell (HML), Mila Rianto (SPL), Katharine Dixon(SPL), Aloha Sargent (Cabrillo), Kim Smith (MPL), Deborah Stephens (Hartnell), Glenn Swift Tozier (MPC), Kathlene Hanson(CSUMB), Julie Weirick(PGL)

Date: July 31, 2019
1. What did your committee accomplish during the last year?

• We held ten meetings throughout the fiscal year, giving participants the option of connecting through Zoom. Committee chairs attended and reported at four MOBAC Administrative Council

• We did SQL Training and Website Accessibility training using MCFL’s Lynda library subscription.

• On Friday, April 12, 2019, we held a workshop entitled, “Makerspace and Beyond”. This workshop was held at the Marina Community Room at the Marina Branch Library, Marina, CA. The workshop covered a wide variety of topics. It showed some of the latest technologies being
used in libraries today and taught some of the new programs that are possible with these new technologies. It also explained to participants how much it would cost to start these programs in their own libraries. We had over 50 people attend. Our format allowed for hands on time
with the makerspace material before and after the workshop and this format was very well received. Presenters came from the Digital Nest, Hartnell College, CSUMB, San Mateo County Library, and MCFL. The workshop was well attended, and the presentations may be viewed on
the MOBAC YouTube channel.

• We have nominated Katie O’Connell (HML) and Kristen Cardoso (UCSC) to be our new co-chairs for the next 2 years.
2. What activities, workshops, etc. are you planning for the coming year?

• IDEAS: We are currently discussing a workshop in the spring that considers feedback from our last survey. In our last survey, participants from the last workshop requested the following topics for workshops: Digital literacy, beginning coding for librarians, how to combat cyberbullying, how to spot a phone/Internet scam, outreach, animation workshop, Lego stem activities, more focus in implementation or collaboration vs here’s the cool stuff we do here, new software that speeds up routine computer tasks(speech or handwriting text, improvements to Office Suites), parent/child interaction in makerspace, how to handle difficult situations that arise while providing public service, how to best set up makerspace in the library and promoting
events, high tech partnerships with libraries(from ALA Future of Libraries website), tech and teen programming.
3. Are there any obstacles/issues/challenges you wish to convey?

• We had challenges regarding workshops in relying on our own resources/technical skills and having a limited budget for speakers.

• There was a confusion this year also of when to ask for funds.

• It was also a challenge for some members to attend meetings this year due to short staffing
4. Estimate funding need for July –December 2019: $_0___
January-June 2020: $__500 ____

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