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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.

London Calling: See you at ILI 2010

in front of Parliament

The program for Internet Librarian International is out!

I’m happy to be attending and speaking this year. Here is a break down of my sessions:


A Roadmap to the Hyperlinked Library

What does a connected world of continuous computing mean for 21st century libraries? This workshop provides a roadmap toward becoming the hyperlinked library?transparent, participatory, playful, user-centered, and human, while still grounded in our foundations and values. The notion of the hyperlinked library is relevant to academic, public, government, and commercial libraries, having its roots in the library 2.0 philosophy of collaboration, transparency, and empowerment. Bringing the library staff right to wherever the user happens to be online is a key component. But how do you do that?and how do you do it well? Emerging technologies will force many information professionals into thinking about new ways to reach their users and potential users. The roadmap that Professor Stephens has developed will ease your journey towards the hyperlinked library.

Conference Sessions:

Transparency in Hyperlinked Libraries

The emerging social technologies have profound implications for libraries, not least with becoming more transparent, both to their users and to their funders. We can now have libraries that operate around the clock in a virtual space. Are physical spaces obsolete? Are libraries defined by their collections or as meeting places that facilitate learning and research? If we keep saying “Let’s not adopt technology X because it will soon be out of date,” we’re missing the opportunity for ongoing learning and innovation in a more experimentally-based organization. If we wait for the next big thing continually, stagnation follows.

Hot Topics in Innovation

During Internet Librarian International, delegates will contribute their ideas about technologies, policies, vendors and issues that affect their ability to get real and stay relevant. The hottest of the hot of these will be addressed in this session, which is designed to be highly interactive, driven by contributions from the audience. (I’ll be moderating)

Final Panel

Thomas Brevik, Royal Norwegian Naval Academy (Norway), Ake Nygren, Stockholm County Library  (Sweden), and Michael Stephens, Dominican University and Tame the Web (USA)

Release your inner geek by hearing what these uber geeks have to say about the latest developments in internet and library technology, both in the near and far future. What are the implications of technological innovations for libraries? Come prepared to question the panelists’ philosophies of libraries and to adjust your own thinking about the future of your information seeking, managing and adoption strategies.

Thomas wrote this up to describe what we are planning: “Remember how all problems can best be solved around a table at a cafe or pub? We are going to move the cafe table to the conference room and have an informal and fun discussion about the big and small issues confronting libraries today, and maybe some of the strategies that we can employ to meet the challenges.”

Photo illustration by Michael Casey: (Used by Permission)

Internet Librarian International 2010 – Call for Participants

Deadline: 2 April 2010

  • Got information to share with your peers?
  • Worked on an innovative project at your library?
  • Introduced technologies to increase the relevancy of your information service?
  • Developed new techniques for managing electronic resources?
  • Raised the profile of your library within your organisation?
  • Created new opportunities within an information environment?

You’re invited to present at Internet Librarian International 2010, taking place on 14 & 15 October 2010 at Novotel London West, with a day of workshops on 13 October.

We’re looking for dynamic speakers from any country and all types of libraries to share their knowledge and experience about information tools, techniques, processes, innovations and management. If you’re running innovative projects within any of the following environments, we want to hear from you:

  • Academic libraries
  • Corporate information and knowledge settings
  • Government libraries
  • Health/Medical libraries
  • Public libraries
  • Non-traditional information settings

Get real, stay relevant. The reality of the current economic climate means that it’s imperative to provide pertinent services, utilise the most appropriate tools, and explore alternative approaches, regardless of your library type. Even if you’re managing information outside a traditional library setting – as web designer, content evaluator, portal creator, systems professional or independent researcher – you must continue to offer services that are relevant and cost-efficient.

Internet Librarian International seeks a mix of papers for conference sessions, workshops, and short tutorials. As always, our emphasis is on the practical rather than theoretical: case studies and proposals about initiatives in your organisation, not product pitches or overviews.

  • Share your success stories – and your failures
  • Tell us what lessons you’ve learned
  • Describe what strategies work best for your information environment
  • Continue to develop professionally by learning from your fellow information professionals
  • Help others stay relevant by sharing your experiences at Internet Librarian International 2010

Possible topics include:

  • Technology
  • Mobile delivery
  • Cloud computing
  • Semantic web
  • Social networking
  • Surface technologies
  • Moving toward Web 3.0
  • Virtual research environments
  • Augmented reality
  • Library apps
  • Future net
  • Building for multiple platforms
  • Resource Management
  • Web content management
  • Electronic resources acquisition and management
  • Next generation catalogues
  • Integrating/federating collections
  • Open access
  • Institutional repositories
  • Copyright, DRM, DAM, intellectual property protection
  • Digital curation
  • Taxonomies, ontologies, folksonomies
  • Web publishing
  • Planning for the future
  • Collaboration and partnering
  • Forecasting trends
  • Future scenarios
  • Strategic planning for libraries
  • Evidence-based librarianship
  • New roles for internet librarians
  • Information policy
  • Adding value
  • Using the web for research and reference
  • Web search engines
  • Search tips and techniques
  • Distance learning
  • Best practices for search
  • Real-time search
  • User generated content

How do I participate?

If you would like to be considered as a speaker, please submit your ideas at before the deadline of 2 April 2010.

The Advisory Committee review all submissions and notifications regarding acceptance are sent 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 reception. Please note that the expenses of attending Internet Librarian International – including travel, hotel, and any other expenses – are the responsibility of the presenter.

We’re looking forward to receiving your ideas and suggestions before the submission deadline of 2 April 2010.

Marydee Ojala

Programme Director, Internet Librarian International

Editor, ONLINE: Exploring Technology & Resources for Information Professionals

Call for Participation: Internet Librarian International 2009


ili2009Call for Participants

Have you:

  • Got information to share that will be of value to your peers?
  • Completed an innovative project at your library?
  • Found a new way to present electronic resources?
  • Proved the versatility of information professionals?
  • Introduced exciting new technologies?
  • Learned lessons when plans didn’t go as well as expected?

Help others become inspired about leading edge technology tools and how they’re put to use in all types of libraries and information centres around the world by speaking at Internet Librarian International 2009.

Participate in Internet Librarian International 2009. Here’s how.

  • Present a paper
  • Participate in a panel discussion
  • Lead a workshop
  • Share your ideas for an exciting future for internet librarians

Information Today invites proposals for presentations at Internet Librarian International 2009, to be held at the Novotel London West Hotel in London, UK, 15-16 October 2009. Workshops are on the 14th (Wednesday).


We seek dynamic speakers from all countries willing to share their knowledge and experience about information tools, techniques, processes, innovations and management.

internet_librarian_20_1024Times have changed since the first Internet Librarian International 10 years ago: The challenge now is to maximise the value of the internet for libraries, librarians, and library users—and prove the value of librarians in our communities. This holds true for all types of libraries—public, academic, commercial and government—and for those outside the traditional library—web designers, content evaluators, portal creators, systems professionals and independent researchers

Learning from our fellow information professionals is vital to our professional development. To remain viable, we must innovate—and be willing to forego our traditional culture of absolute perfection. Technological change in libraries has been breathtaking—and it’s not stopping, not even slowing down. Please consider contributing to the expertise found at Internet Librarian International by submitting your proposal to participate, thus bringing your practical orientation, subject expertise, and professional perspectives to the conference.

We want a mix of papers for conference sessions, workshops, and short tutorials. Our emphasis is on the practical rather than theoretical; we are seeking case studies and proposals about initiatives in your organisation, not product pitches or overviews. What has worked in your work environments and what has not? Share your experiences and thoughts with your colleagues during Internet Librarian International.


If you would like to be considered as a speaker, please submit your ideas at

I had the best time at ILI2008 – especially presenting with my Transparent Library partner Michael Casey and sitting on the Next Gen Libraries panel. If you have a success story, a lessons learned case study or  some innovative project to share, don’t miss the opportunity to participate in this engaging, thoughtful and exciting conference. MS

From Canada to London: How Twitter Opens (Conference) DoorsThehigh

Next Gen Libraries Audience

Yesterday in a two part session at ILI2008, I joined Thomas Brevik, Michael Casey for a panel discussion on “Next Generation Libraries.” It wasn’t just us talking – many people in the room joined in creating a lively debate/discussion about libraries, vendors, technology, attitude, and LIS edu.

Take a look at David Kemper’s post:

From Canada to London: How Twitter Opens (Conference) Doors 

As Twitter matures and empowers people, users of the micro-blogger service are finding more ingenious ways to communicate. Twittering or sending tweets (updates) about conferences or live events, such as the Presidential debates, are gaining in popularity.

Earlier this morning, I was following the tweets emerging fromInternet Librarian International 2008, held this year in London, England. In particular, I was following librarian and blogger Michael Stephens and his tweets, while one of his colleagues, Michael Casey, was speaking on a panel.

At one point, Stephens highlighted a panel member’s point (not Casey, but someone named Thomas), who said: “Some people are Librarian by attitude…LIS edu is not necessary for all.”

I found the statement very intriguing for numerous reasons, which I will not delve into today. But I am certain long-time readers will have an idea. (Is being a librarian or archivist really only an attitude, or is it a combination of theory and training?)


I replied to Stephens’ tweet with the following: “What if you are LIS grad but do not possess a librarian attitude? What should one do?”

The point was not necessarily to receive a response or to even debate the statement (I mean, these are pro-bloggers, after all, they are busy people in the middle of a conference, so I wasn’t expecting a response).

To my surprise, however, Stephens and Casey both replied to my tweet and panel members started to discuss the question I had asked, revealing once again the power of Web 2.0 in general and Twitter in particular.


How cool is that?

While the statement regarding librarian attitude and education and the question I had asked still require more thought (and perhaps a dedicated blog post), I was pleasantly surprised to see that Twitter leveled the field, whereby someone in Canada could influence the direction of a conference in London.

Take a look at some of the tweets:

Mostly me and replies:

#ILI2008 Tweets:

Owen Stephens did extensive conference tweeting as well under a special Twitter name:

I also got to meet Adam from Hungary because of his tweets:

Wow – when did Twitter become one of my favorite conference tools? I need to share this with LIS768!

ILI Turns Ten!

Brian Kelly

Brian Kelly looks back at ten years of his involvement with Internet Librarian International:

I was on a panel with him in 2004, the first time I attended ILI and then again in 2005. I’ll never forget his “skeptic’s view” of tagging because he playfully used my Flickr stream as an example of bad tagging! Pulling up my most used tags in Flickr he said to the group and me: “What’s a Jake, Michael?”

I am excited to be attending and speaking at ILI’s 10th this year with Michael Casey. The gathering of people from all over the world makes for fascinating conversation. If you are attending, please say hi!

Checkout Brian’s post for more of his presentations.

Focus on the Positive

Rob's Tip #2

Allow me to direct you to Rob Coers’ presentation from Internet Librarian International 2007:

It’s a great, concise presentation with a list of five tips to get started with social tools lin libraries. I’m fond of the one above – Rob believes that 20% of employees are never going to be happy with innovation and change. He advocates on focusing on the other 80%, made up of early adoptors and followers. We riffed on the same topic at last ILI last year and I’m glad Rob is carrying his thinking forward. What do you think?