eBooks: Benefits, Challenges, and the Future September 21, 2012
Chad Mairn Chad Mairn
Chief Technology Officer, Novare Library Services

Chad Mairn is a librarian, teacher, author and 'technofile' who frequently shares his enthusiasm for 'all-things technology' as a speaker at library and technology conferences. He is an Information Services Librarian and adjunct professor at St. Petersburg College in Florida and is also the Chief Technology Officer at Novare Library Services, a company he co-founded, and whose goal is "to create custom underlying tools to help libraries interact with users, stay true to their goals and to thrive in the 21st century."

While an undergraduate studying Humanities at the University of South Florida (USF), Chad was awarded a Library of Congress Fellowship archiving Leonard Bernstein's personal papers. During his Library and Information Science (LIS) graduate work, also at USF, Chad became a technology liaison between the Bill Gates Learning Foundation and Florida public libraries.

Much of Chad's recent library technology interests have focused around mobile technologies and building mobile apps for libraries and e-book developments. Chad authored the chapter 'Acquiring, Promoting, and Using Mobile-Optimized Library Resources and Services' in the recently published book edited by Sue Polanka entitled "E-Reference Context and Discoverability in Libraries: Issues and Concepts".


11 AM Eastern
Getting the Most from Your eBook Readers: Tips and Tricks
New examples of electronic reading material — e-books, e-magazines, e-textbooks — are appearing every day as well as devices and software to read them on. Accessing, transferring, and interacting with electronic text via Nooks, Kindles, and other e-reading devices, however, can be complicated. Join Chad Mairn as he offers tips and tricks for library staff to help their patrons use their e-reading devices to their full potential. This session will include information on:
  • Dedicated and non-dedicated e-readers
  • New and innovative e-reading devices and software
  • Current and upcoming e-formats
  • Digital Rights Management
  • Privacy issues
  • Emerging technologies impacting reading in a digital age