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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


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:—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:

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:

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 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.

Internet Librarian International Interview

I was recently interviewed for an email blast for ILI2010. Hope to see you in London in October! Here’s the text:

Internet Librarian International continues to provide pertinent resources and support for today’s information environments. With the shifting emphasis on information provision; constantly-evolving methods for delivering it; increased demands from users; and tighter than ever budgets, we asked Advisory Board member, Michael Stephens, for his views on the future for library technologies and more … Read the full Internet Librarian International programme here.

I would have to say the advent of participatory technologies has been the single most important technology development for librarians in the last 5 years. Call it the social Web, social networking, 2.0, mobile technology, whatever, but the importance is four-fold:

– The tools/technologies have allowed people to interact in ways online that go beyond simple one way publishing.

– It’s created a sense of community for many people. Look at all the various communities we can participate in online just in our profession.

– These technologies allowed for the creation of Learning 2.0 from Helene Blowers and the people at Charlotte Mecklenberg Library. My current research focus is on the impact and benefits of “23 Things” and what happens in libraries after the completion of the program.

– I see this as the advent of DIY Culture with technology. Open source solutions have put high end development of content and community sites in the hands of everyone

Amplify these with what location-aware services are enabling for people and physical spaces and you have a powerful connector. I am fascinated by the power there is in adding data and knowledge to geographic spaces, turning a community into a large collaboration space. This will change the way we travel, work and play in ways we probably haven’t even imagined. That’s why I want libraries to be playing an active role in user education about all of these technologies as well as creating vibrant info spaces with them and for them.

My current favourite technology innovation?
I am REALLY enjoying my iPad and all its possibilities. I’ve started reading much more via the iPad Kindle app and iBooks reader. I can use my iPhone 4 or iPad to share via Facebook or Twitter, and I can snap a photo or record and edit a movie for upload to YouTube. I think this must mean that my favourite technology right now is mobile technology access to my life-streams and friends – wherever I happen to be.  This speaks to the possibilities for our connected future. As networks improve and devices become more powerful, the opportunities for learning, exploration and connection with friends/family is huge.

As a professor, the potential for delivering course content and interacting with students via a handheld device is very attractive.I can’t imagine the model of driving to a classroom and sitting for 3 hours for a class will be the definitive one much longer. The library supporting the future of learning will have to be just as mobile and just as connected.

Where’s it all headed? My predictions for library technologies in the next few years
We’ll see even more advances with open source, more libraries making the jump to software developed for the common good, and more development of user communities built around library services. I think we’ll also see streamlined services more-focused on user needs and wants – wherever those users happen to be.

Content will continue to shift to a model of direct producer delivery to the end user, cutting out the middleman… I think broadcast has done a good job of diversifying into new methods of delivery. The music industry and even movie business came kicking and screaming. I’m also watching ebooks closely; it just makes so much sense to circulate Kindles, etc. That doesn’t mean libraries won’t have content – they always will. Some of it may be of a different sort. Some of it will be made up of user-contributed content.  I look to libraries like DOK in the Netherlands and libraries in Finland and Sweden for a glimpse at what’s possible with user-generated content and creation spaces.

I’m really looking forward to Internet Librarian International for this reason – interaction, networking and discussion about innovative practice in libraries that will point to the future.

Michael Stephens leads the Internet Librarian International workshop: A Roadmap to the Hyperlinked Library onWednesday 13 October. In addition, he presents Transparency in Hyperlinked Libraries; Hot Topics in Innovation; and Library Futures: Views and Visions for the Future of Libraries & Information Professionals at Internet Librarian International on Friday 15 October.