This Thursday: Digitization and Libraries

Digitization is not the future of libraries—it’s the present. Whether your institution is a community repository or you need to digitize old materials to save space, the ability to start a digitization project is becoming an essential skill for today’s librarian.  “Digitization and Libraries,” the next broadcast of American Libraries Live, will examine this rapidly growing area of librarianship.  

Please tune in Thursday, Oct. 9 at 2 p.m. Eastern for this free, streaming video broadcast that you can view from your home, library or on the go. Our panel of experts will discuss how you can get started with digitization and what it means for the future of our profession.

This broadcast is sponsored by, an online learning company that helps anyone in any organization learn software, creative and business skills to achieve personal, academic or professional goals. Users receive unlimited access to a vast online library of high-quality, current and engaging video tutorials taught by recognized experts and working professionals.

Our panel for this broadcast:

Alex Hoffman

Hoffman is Digital Media Supervisor at the Arlington Heights Memorial Library in suburban Chicago, where he runs the Studio, the library’s digital media lab. He helps individuals with their projects and teaches classes on new technologies. Before joining the library, Hoffman studied visual communication design at the University of Dayton, worked as a designer, and helped run a small print and sign shop. He has an extensive background in music performance and audio production. In addition, he has created radio stories for WBEZ/ as well as designs and videos for area businesses and organizations. Hoffman spends his free time playing the drums and trying to cook a decent meal.

Laura Osterhout

Osterhout is the Member Services Librarian at the Rochester (New York) Regional Library Council. She oversees continuing education and digitization programs, and works with the NY 3Rs Association, Inc. to provide education and services to libraries across the state. Osterhout works with all types of libraries on educational and digital initiatives. She also has worked at the Western New York Library Resources Council, the Buffalo and Erie County Historical Society, and the Elmira College Library. Osterhout has a master’s degree in library science from the University at Buffalo in 2005, and a Bachelor of Arts degree from SUNY Brockport.

Nick Tanzi

Tanzi is Head of Digital Services at the Mastics-Moriches-Shirley Community Library in Suffolk County, New York. During his 15 years there, he has worked as a page, clerk and librarian in the Children’s and Parents’ Services and Adult Services departments. He assumed his current position in 2009. He oversees patron and staff technology instruction, developing the library’s eMedia collection and integrating technology into the library’s service model. Mr. Tanzi has a bachelor’s degree in history from Stony Brook University and a master’s degree in library science from CUNY Queens College.

Julie Whalen

Whalen is a Senior Training Solutions Advisor at, one of the most successful companies in online education. Through comprehensive instructional videos taught by industry experts, covers a wide range of technology, design and business skills. Whalen helps public libraries and local and state governments provide flexible online training to patrons and employees at all learning levels. Whalen joined in 2011, bringing more than 20 years of sales and marketing experience in the software, education and technology industries. Whalen graduated from Pepperdine University with a Bachelor of Arts degree and is a lifelong learner through