Lori Bowen Ayre, MLIS
Lori Bowen Ayre is a nationally recognized expert in automated materials handling, RFID, library workflow optimization, and open source library system software. After forming The Galecia Group in 2000, her company has worked with a wide variety of city and county libraries and consortia in the areas of materials handling analysis, interlibrary delivery, Lean and workflow optimization, RFID evaluation and procurement, resource sharing and ILS software procurement, Internet filters, public access computing, and Drupal website development.
Her experience as a manager of people and technology provide her with an appreciation for the effect of change on people, and how to select and introduce technology to yield the best results. She believes libraries thrive when technology is leveraged to improve customer services, to streamline back office functions, and to reduce operating costs.
She has written pieces for ALA publications including Library Technology Reports (RFID, 2012 and Internet Filtering, 2004), the Whole Library Handbook 4 (ALA Editions, 2006), and Moving Materials: Physical Delivery in Libraries (ALA Editions, 2009, Valerie Horton, Ed.). She also wrote a chapter that appears in RFID-Applications, Security and Privacy (Addison Wesley, 2005). In addition to this site (http://galecia.com), she also maintains a website for comparing Internet filter products (http://libraryfiltering.org), and a website for looking up the features of Koha and Evergreen (https://features.galecia.com/). She also writes the Technology Matters column in Collaborative Librarianship.
Lori believes that libraries are critical institutions for our democratic society and that these institutions must change as society changes. Recognizing that technology is a catalyst of change, Lori's work is to help libraries harness the power of technology as they navigate the changing needs of their communities.