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Internet Librarian International is Coming Up!

Shout out to all the fine folks organizing and attending my favorite conference – Internet Librarian International – in London in just 3 weeks. I am so sorry I cannot be there this year!

Folks come from all over the world for this conference and I have always come away inspired and energized.

Here’s a sampling of what delegates will experience:

How are library and information services evolving?
This is what ILI is all about! Technology, content and the methods for delivering it, plus evolving new services and models, all influence our ability to provide the best possible experience for our users. Hear this year’s trends in library tech – including 3D printers, the latest in digital learning materials, apps, the future of documents, library labs and more – plus meaningful social media, marketing and measuring impact, altmetrics, and how search and discovery tools and techniques are revolutionising the library experience.

Which new technologies and business models are the most appropriate for us to pursue now – and where should we focus our attention next?
All three tracks on Day One of ILI – New Blueprints for Libraries, Technology Innovation & Impact, and Content Innovation – are dedicated to technology and service trends and how to harness them now for future gain. Learn from practitioners who have redesigned their services to become key influencers in their organisations; how to create and curate innovative new content; get up to speed on real-world tech and how technology partnerships are driving change; and understand how gaming is building user experiences and encouraging social sharing.

What changes can we make to ensure our organisations and communities thrive?
ILI’s Day Two track, Closer to Communities and Customers, sets out the latest techniques for engaging new audiences, as well as models for developing your communities through co-creation and cooperation programmes. You’ll hear from experts in a range of library environments, each practising what they preach by listening to users and other key stakeholders, and developing services based on their needs.

What new models and roles have emerged to meet the changing demands of end-users?
New Blueprints for Libraries
 comprises a host of discussions on new and innovative models for libraries and librarians. Learn how radical, emerging new roles – from DJ to UX specialist – are inspiring change, plus a look at how libraries from different countries and cultures are responding to the same core issues to transform their communities.

How are libraries – and librarians – changing to ensure they are future-ready?
As information professionals, we’re not unique in our need to constantly evolve our services and roles, but we are fortunate that ILI brings together so many pioneers of library services from all over the world to show us what works, and what doesn’t! We know our libraries must grow with our users, and ILI’s track Closer to Communities and Customers provides plenty of insight into how to engage with existing audiences, and reach new ones too. If you are currently redesigning your services, then ILI’s New Blueprint for Libraries track helps you benefit from the experiences of global library leaders already exploiting multifunctional potential; while the Technology Innovation & Impact track guides you through technology that is going to make a big difference to us all in the future, and how we plan for its implementation and uptake.

ILI’s Keynote Speakers

Internet Librarian International will take place in October in London.

2014 Theme – Positive Change: Creating Real Impact

  • UNDERSTAND the changes you can make to ensure your communities thrive
  • LEARN about emerging models and roles that meet the changing demands of end-users
  • HEAR how libraries – and librarians – must change to be future ready
  • TAKE HOME new skills and ideas for transformative new services to impact positively on your organisation

The Dark Matter of the Internet
Michael Edson, 
Smithsonian Institution; Open Knowledge Foundation; Council on Library and Information Resources (CLIR), USA

According to Michael, history is defined by periods in which we thought we had a pretty good idea of what was going on, punctuated by brief moments when we realised we really didn’t have a clue – we’re going through one of those moments right now, and it’s all wrapped up with the internet and scale. Like dark matter, the internet has a force, a mass, and a capability that is often unseen or undetected. For today’s organisations, success comes down to how well we harness the dark matter of the internet and the collaborative, social, peer-to-peer and read/write opportunities it presents. Join us to hear Michael’s thoughts on how the internet’s dark matter is the future of our libraries and information environments.

Digital Inclusion – The Big Mission
Rachel NeamanGo ON UK


Rachel Neaman is the newly-appointed CEO of Go ON UK, the digital inclusion charity. Prior to joining Go ON UK, Rachel worked at the UK’s Department of Health, where she was responsible for developing digital strategy, policy and guidance on transforming public services, as well as on assisted digital and digital inclusion. In this keynote, Rachel will explore how digital skills are empowering people, businesses and countries and describes a roadmap to digital inclusion and prosperity which will have resonance for information professional from all sectors.

Founded and Chaired by Baroness Lane-Fox, Go ON UK is the UK’s Digital Skills Alliance, dedicated to inspiring and supporting people and organisations that want to share their digital skills with others.

Further information about Internet Librarian International can be seen at: www.internet-librarian.com

 

ILI Final Call for Proposals – TTW is a Proud Blog Supporter of ILI

Submissions deadline this Friday, 11 April 2014

This is the final call for speakers for this year’s Internet Librarian International- THE innovation and technology conference attracting hundreds of global library and information professionals each year.

The full Call for Speakers is available here.

Taking place in London on 20 – 22 October 2014, we’re seeking international case studies, How-Tos and discussions in a variety of new formats – see below – that promote the exchange of knowledge and experience, and demonstrate how you are using transformative new ideas and services to make a positive impact on your organisation. Under the theme, Positive Change: Creating Real Impactwe’re looking for a range of presentation formats, including:

  • 30-minute scene-setting themed papers
  • 15-minute case study presentations
  • Teachmeet/unconference contributors
  • Workshop leaders
  • Panellists

The submissions deadline is this Friday, 11 April 2014 so don’t delay! Now’s the time to share your expertise, and be a part of this influential and forward-thinking event – Submit today.

 

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Internet Librarian International – Call for Speakers

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Information Today invites you to submit your presentation ideas for this year’s Internet Librarian International – THE innovation and technology conference that attracts hundreds of global library and information professionals each year.

Taking place in London on 20 – 22 October 2014, we’re seeking practical case studies, How-Tos and discussions in a variety of new formats – see below – that promote the exchange of knowledge and experience, and demonstrate how you are using transformative new ideas and services to make a positive impact on your organisation. The full Call for Speakers is available here.

How are services evolving? What changes can we make to ensure our communities thrive? Which new technologies and business models are the most appropriate now, and where should we focus our attentions next?

As always, we welcome contributions from all types of libraries – public, academic, government, national or commercial – as well as those working outside a ‘traditional’ library setting.

This year’s Call for Speakers has four main categories:

  • Transforming library and information services and roles
  • Innovation in content
  • Innovative technologies
  • Innovation in search and discovery
  • PLUS Case studies and workshops

But this is just a summary of our focus; read more detail and suggestions here.

We’re looking for a range of presentation formats, including:

  • 30-minute scene-setting themed papers
  • 15-minute case study presentations
  • Teachmeet/unconference contributors
  • Workshop leaders
  • Panellists

The submissions deadline is 11 April 2014, but don’t delay your submission until then. Now’s the time to share your expertise, and be a part of this influential and forward-thinking event -Submit today.

The New Normal: Catalyzing Ideas & People

This is the  text of my closing remarks from Internet Librarian International’s closing panel – our theme was “the new normal meets the new you.”

The new normal: libraries have the potential  be anywhere and everywhere, librarians can actively contribute to transformative social engagement.  Our foundations are built on service and access.

Sharing is key:

  • Freeing data
  • Encouraging participation
  • Sharing Within our own personal learning networks.

Civility & Kindness are key:

  •  Being nice to our users and  each other.
  •  We need to be loud, be vocal and an advocate for what you believe is right – and wrap it with kindness and empathy.

Lawrence Clark Powell wrote:   “A good librarian is not a social scientist, a documentalist, a retrievalist, or an automaton. A good librarian is a librarian: a person with good health and warm heart, trained by study and seasoned by experience to catalyze books and people.”

For the new normal, I’d change that last bit to “catalyze ideas and people.”

The New Normal Needs You

Greetings from London and Internet Librarian International!

Don’t miss this conference theme-related article by Ulla De Stricker at Info Today Europe:

http://www.infotoday.eu/Articles/Editorial/Featured-Articles/The-new-normal-needs-you—to-tell-it-like-it-is-78092.aspx

Fragmented, opaque, multidimensional, fast-changing … however we view the profession we chose, we share the need to assess constantly how our professional contributions match the evolving needs of employers in light of their new tools - and translate that assessment into language they understand:

  • Because society is brimming with new technologies and new ways of communicating, our unique capabilities and skills, and the results we can produce, are ‘lost in the din’ more and more frequently.
  • Because the workplaces of today are brimming with the tech-savvy, the appearance that ‘we’re doing fine using social media and collaboration tools – who needs an info pro?’ is more and more prevalent.
  • Because we were slow to speak up about our value as technology took flight, we now must ‘cut to the chase’ and speak bluntly:  No, it is not OK for knowledge workers to be left fending for themselves without professional information support.  No, it is not OK to ‘throw technology at it’ and hope that will solve the corporate memory challenges (and so on).  Hard messages to hear for executives, perhaps … but haven’t we been polite about it long enough?

See you at ILI 2011 – London

The programme is up for Internet Librarian International 2011 in London October 27 & 28:

http://www.internet-librarian.com/2011/programme.php

I’ll be presenting this on Friday:

C201 – Teaching Others
10.30 – 11.15
Michael Stephens, San Jose State University & Tame the Web

Expanding on his research on the effect of Learning 2.0 programmes in Australian libraries, initially done when he was the 2009 CAVAL Visiting Scholar, Michael Stephens, whose background is in public libraries, presents an overview of emerging literacies related to digital media, information exchange and education. The phrase “information literacy” has expanded well beyond its original meaning and now encompasses a wide range of media with which information professionals should be familiar and able to explain and teach to others.  

And I’m very interested in this session:
C202 – Teaching Information Skills
11.30 – 12.30
Jenny Evans, Imperial College London
Ruth Harrison, Imperial College London
Andy Tattersall, ScHARR University of Sheffield
Karen Marie Øvern, Gjøvik University College

The Learning 2.0 programme at Imperial College, based on Helene Blowers’ 23 Things idea, is now moving ahead to Research 2.0. The programme has been adapted to best meet the needs of PhD students. Engaging with the web 2.0 community has been a key objective. At ScHARR, Bite Size technology sessions, lasting only 20 minutes, have effectively helped staff and students learn something new about technology. In Norway, new methods of performing and assessing information literacy courses suggest that embedding the courses makes learning meaningful. 

Take a look at the full programme for all of the other sessions, info about the speakers and more.

The Lanyard site for the conference is here: http://lanyrd.com/2011/ili2011/

ILI2011: Navigating the New Normal – Strategies for Success Call for Speakers

Internet Librarian International – Call for Speakers
Deadline: 8 April 2011
Navigating the New Normal – Strategies for Success

We are now in a time best characterised as the “New Normal”. The new normal isn’t just about austere budgets or doing more with less – it’s also about new technologies. The new normal is having library patrons, users, customers and clients who know as much or more about technology than we do. It’s about partnerships and transparency, about new ways to develop and disseminate knowledge, about the increasing importance of communication skills, about opening up access to information, data, and knowledge.
Internet Librarian International 2011 invites participation from a wide range of professionals and from all over the world to share their experiences about information services in this new normal environment. What strategies have been successful? What have information professionals done to re-think and re-vitalise their libraries, information departments, and organisations?
We seek dynamic speakers from all types of libraries – public, academic, commercial or government – as well as those outside a traditional library setting, such as web designers, content evaluators, portal creators, ‘shambrarians’, systems professionals and independent researchers.
Share your success stories. Tell us what lessons you’ve learned if things didn’t turn out quite as expected. What strategies work best? Help others rethink and recharge in our new normal environment by presenting at Internet Librarian International.
  • Technology
  • Resource Management
  • Managing in the new normal future
  • Using the internet for research and reference
  • Web design
  • Innovative projects, services and tools
How do I participate?
If you would like to be considered as a speaker, please submit your ideas at http://www.internet-librarian.com/CallforSpeakers.shtml. The deadline for submissions is 8 April 2011.
The advisory committee will review all submissions and you will be notified in early May. If your proposal is selected, the primary speaker will receive a free registration to the full conference, which includes lunches and a drinks reception.
We’re looking forward to receiving your ideas and suggestions by the deadline of  8 April 2011.