Academic Lab Management Conference

The Academic Lab Management Conference, affectionately known as LabMan, started as an informal, inexpensive, and friendly conference designed for people associated with the maintenance of computer labs in colleges, universities, K-12 school districts or libraries. Although holding true to its roots as a conference that examines and explores the challenges and creative solutions for academic computer labs, the scope has expanded as the concept of computer lab adapts with the times.   LabMan focuses on the overarching aspects of academic computing services which includes computer labs, BYOD, wireless support, classroom support, and innovation spaces for students and other patrons.   It is the goal for each ensuing conference to continue this tradition, while enhancing the content of the presentations and enjoyment for each participant.

What is Labman About?

Attendees have the opportunity to learn about the various challenges of managing academic computing and public computing services and to meet their colleagues from other institutions to discuss common topics and trends.

The Scope of the conference is wide and includes both the technical and the administrative areas of managing computing services.

The Presentations offer a broad range of topics appropriate and useful to administrators, technicians, managers, developers and front-line staff of academic computing facilities


The Great Lakes Academic Computer Lab Management Conference was started at Wayne State University in 2000 to fill a void. The staff at Wayne State's Undergraduate Library were frustrated with the lack of on-the-job human exchanges. Electronic communication was insufficient and the existing conferences failed to adequately focus on issues involving the management of computer labs. So they decided to host a conference focusing on these needs. The conference was relatively small, to allow for plenty of interaction between participants. The conference focused on issues surrounding public computing in an academic environment. The conference continues to be inexpensive, to allow those who cannot afford to attend the existing large-scale conferences to participate.

In 2001, the conference moved to the Indiana University-Purdue Universities, Library. The newly dubbed LABMAN more than doubled in size yet kept its simple roots. It remained a single-track conference focusing on issues revolving around the management of public computers in an academic environment. The Labman conference has traveled to several highly respected universities throughout the Midwest. Computing Support, IT and Management personnel as well as staff for student academic computing services are encouraged to attend from all across the Nation & abroad.


2015 (June 2,3,&4) University of North Texas Denton, TX

2014 (June 2, 3 & 4):  University of Nevada Las Vegas, Las Vegas, NVA Spark in the Desert

2013 (June 17, 18 & 19):  Evergreen State College, Olympia, WAThinking Beyond the Machines:  The Systems, The People, The Cloud

2012 (June 18, 19 & 20):  Oswego, State University of New YorkThe Future of the Computer Lab:  The Physical, the Mobile, and the Virtual

2011 (June 5, 6, & 7):  Spelman College, Atlanta, GA

2010 (June 7, 8 & 9):  Northampton Community College, Bethlehem, PA

2009:  University of Notre Dame, South Bend, IN

2008 (June 8, 9 & 10):  Minnesota State University, Mankato

2007 (June 18, 19 & 20):  Wright State University, Dayton, OH

2006 (June 6-7):  Purdue University, West Lafayette, IN

2005:  Cornell University, Ithaca, NY

2004:  Eastern Illinois University, Charleston, IL

2003:  University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, MI

2002:  Northwestern University, Evanston, IL

2001:  Indiana University – Purdue University Indianapolis -  IUPUI – Indianapolis, IN

2000:  Wayne State University, Detroit, MI