Library and Information Science from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, Illinois
This Top Tech Trends is going to be a little different this Midwinter. We usually focus on a range of different topics but we've decided, due to the massive social movements that we're going to focus on the dangers of technology. We're going to be discussing different technologies that might be insidious or obviously dangerous. We hope you'll join us and learn how you can defend yourself and your users from these invasive pieces of technology.
TJ Lamanna is the Emerging Technologies Librarian at the Cherry Hill Public Library in Cherry Hill, New Jersey. He's also a proud member of Library Freedom Project. His working libraries consists of highlighting the dangers of current technology, privacy advocacy, and breaking down the myth of neutrality in libraries.
John Mack Freeman is interested in how public libraries interact with traditionally underserved parts of their communities. In his day job, Mack is the branch manager of the Suwanee branch of Gwinnett County Public Library. In the rest of his professional life, Mack is deeply involved with library associations at the state and national level. An ALA Emerging Leader in 2015, he was the 2018-2019 chair of ALA's Intellectual Freedom Round Table, 2017-2021 chair of the Georgia Library Association's Intellectual Freedom Interest Group, a former chair of the Stonewall Book Awards, and a member of the Library Freedom Project. Mack enjoys presenting on topics such as the intersection of technology and privacy, fake news and information literacy, library services to marginalized groups, and the tough challenges involved in the intersection between library beliefs and emerging concerns. You can find out more at www.johnmackfreeman.com
CALLAN BIGNOLI is the director of the library at Olin College of Engineering in Needham, Massachusetts. She gathers inspiration from everywhere to inform user-centered practices and push the profession forward. Callan studies and speaks about user experience design, library management, and social issues in technology, challenging students and colleagues to fight for a more just and human future.
Jeanie Austin earned their PhD in Library and Information Science from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. Their research interests and activities include the provision of library services to people in juvenile detentions, jails, and prisons. They primarily examine the complex political and social systems that surround this work. They are interested in the incorporation of critical praxis in LIS and in the critical evaluation of technology’s roles in carceral institutions and policing practices.