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Thanks Internet Librarian International!

ILI Crowd by mstephens7
ILI Crowd, a photo by mstephens7 on Flickr.

I am behind in a few posts, but I wanted to make sure I gave a big shout out to the delegates, organizers and advisory board of this year’s Internet Librarian International conference. I was honored to be a conference co-chair this year.

It was a wonderful two days in London, filled with intriguing discussions and ideas from around the globe. This conference always energizes me because of the perspectives our delegates bring. I especially enjoyed participating in the closing plenary with conference co-chair Donna Saxby.

Check out the roster of presentations here:

News: Internet Librarian International in London – See you in October!

Donna Saxby
Donna Saxby
Michael Stephens
Michael Stephens
Rurik Thomas Greenall
Rurik Thomas Greenall

The Internet Librarian International Conference Chairs for 2012,Donna Saxby, Michael Stephens and Rurik Thomas Greenall, look forward to welcoming you to the most international, inspiring and varied conference of the year. The conference for library innovation and creativity, where ideas and experiences from a multitude of sectors and from all over the world are shared.

From an airport librarian to a video journal, from gaming to Google, from mobile services to teaching and learning. If you’re interested in connecting with users and developers, in the creation of content or dancing with data , there is a huge range of fascinating sessions.

Our two amazing Keynote speakers will provide great openings to the days, with a focus on libraries’ relationships with their users and the opportunities digitisation brings.

Internet Librarian International is also a fantastic opportunity to network and discuss thoughts – with lunches, plenty of breaks and two drinks receptions, it’s a great way to energise and make connections. The ever useful sponsor showcase will be open throughout.

Connect now – on FacebookTwitterLinkedin, and Lanyrd – and we’ll see you in person in October!

View the full programme online here or to request a hard copy of programme click here.


We have an impressive group of sponsors for Internet Librarian International in 2012. Read more about the showcase and the sponsors here.

Read full details of all the activities taking place at Olympia, London on 29, 30 & 31 October here.

ILI 2012: New conference Programme Chairs, new venue

We’re excited to share news about the latest developments for this year’s Internet Librarian International conference.

New larger venue – Olympia Conference Centre

Following the success of last year’s standing-room only event, we are thrilled to be moving to London’s Olympia Conference Centre for the 2012 event. This purpose-built conference venue will give us more space for conference sessions, more scope for networking, and improved facilities including robust wifi. Olympia is located within easy reach of the shops and restaurants of Kensington High Street, Knightsbridge and Notting Hill, and a wide range of museums and tourist destinations.

New conference Chairs help info pros ‘Re-imagine, Renew, Reboot’

We are also delighted to announce our three conference Programme Chairs for 2012 – Rurik Thomas Greenall, Donna Saxby and Dr. Michael Stephens. Together, the Programme Chairs bring a wealth of experience and expertise in academic, research, school, public and corporate libraries. Alongside the Conference Advisory Committee, the Programme Chairs will develop a conference programme that continues ILI’s focus on technology and innovation for information professionals with this year’s theme ‘Re-imagine, Renew, Reboot: Innovating for Success’.

Find out more about the conference chairs and the Advisory Committee below, and visit
 to discover more, or to make a speaking proposal.

Rurik Thomas GreenallRurik Thomas Greenall, Norway

Rurik Thomas Greenall has worked with rich (meta) data applications and workflows within the public / private sectors since 2003 and from his last post as research librarian at the Norwegian University of Science and Technology (NTNU) since 2006. Rurik has worked on projects related to both public and academic / research libraries and publishes and speaks on library technology.

Openness is one of the major themes in Rurik’s work; he promotes use of linked open data as a common platform for bibliographic data by providing accessible information and help to use the data in a practice.

Rurik currently works for Statoil ASA as a semantic modeller for their integrated environmental monitoring operations.

Donna SaxbyDonna Saxby, The Netherlands

Donna Saxby has worked in both public and school libraries, been a coordinator for the UK’s Bookstart national reading programme, and dressed as Peter Rabbit for a community picnic in London’s Brompton Cemetery. You may also know her as sidekick to @realbatgirl, reading superhero.

As Upper School Librarian at the International School of Amsterdam she has created a library (online and offline) described as an “outstanding resource” for the school community.

“I think ILI is a very special conference because people come with very different backgrounds and experiences but are all focused on using technology to support their users and advocate for the library. I am absolutely thrilled to be a Chair this year.  My focus in this role will be to encourage as much active participation from delegates as possible, both the run-up and during the conference itself.”

Dr. Michael StephensDr. Michael Stephens, USA

Michael Stephens is an  Assistant Professor in the School of Library and Information Science at San Jose State University . Previously he worked in public libraries for over 15 years. His research focuses on use of emerging technologies in libraries and technology learning programs.  He currently writes the monthly column “Office Hours” in Library Journal exploring issues, ideas and emerging trends in library and information science education. He has spoken about emerging technologies, innovation, and libraries to audiences in over 26 states and in eight countries. He is fascinated by library buildings and virtual spaces that centre around users, participation, creating content, and encouraging the heart.

“I am honoured to serve as one of the co-Chairs for Internet Librarian International. ILI has long been one of my favourite conferences because it brings together delegates from all over the world, intent on sharing and learning. I look forward to helping the organisers and co-Chairs create a truly useful and engaging conference experience.”

Supporting the track Chairs, ILI’s expert advisory panel has now been confirmed.

  • Herve Basset, Information Manager, France
  • Karen Blakeman, RBA Information Services, UK
  • Ulla de Stricker, de Stricker Associates, Canada
  • Dennie Heye, Shell International, The Netherlands
  • Brian Kelly, UK Web Focus, UKOLN, UK
  • Alison McNab, De Montfort University, UK
  • Åke Nygren, Stockholm Public Library, Sweden
  • Marydee Ojala, Editor ONLINE, USA
  • Karen Marie Øvern, Gjøvik University College, Norway
  • Dave Pattern, University of Huddersfield, UK
  • Dave Puplett, London School of Economics, UK
  • David Raitt, The Electronic Library, The Netherlands
  • Bethan Ruddock, MIMAS, University of Manchester, UK
  • Martie van Deventer, CSIR, South Africa

Your chance to get involved!

To collaborate with our inspirational track Chairs and Advisory Committee, we invite you to submit your ideas to present at Internet Librarian International 2012. The call for speakers is open until 12 April 2012. Please submit your ideas at – we’re looking forward to hearing from you!

Call for Speakers: Internet Librarian International

ILI 2012 Call for Speakers Open!

If you would like to be considered as a speaker, please

The deadline for submissions is 12 April 2012.

Internet Librarian International is the innovation and technology conference for information professionals. The conference attracts hundreds of library and information professionals from around the world.

Internet Librarian International 2012 will take place at Olympia in London 30-31 October (with pre-event workshops scheduled for 29 October). We invite participation from a wide range of professionals – new and established – from all over the world to share their experiences of developing and delivering innovative information services. We seek dynamic speakers from all types of libraries – public, academic, government, national or commercial – as well as those working outside a ‘traditional’ library setting.

Share your success stories. Tell us what lessons you’ve learned if things didn’t turn out quite as expected. This is your chance to help others to rethink and recharge, and to benefit from the insights of others.

Re-imagine, Renew, Reboot: Innovating for Success

This year the conference will focus on how information and library professionals are successfully delivering innovative products and services to ever more demanding customers in a fast-changing technology landscape. Library patrons, users and customers now expect access to information wherever they are, on a variety of devices. Budgets remain under pressure. Access to information, data and knowledge is becoming more open and transparent, with partnerships and new social media contexts expanding knowledge sharing in new and surprising ways.

With all this going on, librarians need to stay at the leading edge of service provision. What innovative and imaginative solutions can make a real impact on our ability to serve our customers and our institutions? Share your experiences with your peers at Internet Librarian International.

Possible topics fall under the following headings.

  • Meeting the ‘everything everywhere’ demands of customers
  • New and innovative uses of technology
  • Managing and maximising resources
  • Redesigning services and products
  • Using the internet for research and reference
  • Marketing the service and reaching new audiences
  • Educating and mentoring users
  • Career opportunities – new skills and new roles
  • Ideas for full or half day workshops

But don’t limit your imagination – click here to see more ideas.

How do I participate?

If you would like to be considered as a speaker, please submit your ideas here. The deadline for submissions is 12 April 2012.

The advisory committee will review all submissions and you will be notified in May 2012. 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 suggestions and ideas.

Val Skelton, Programme Director

Katherine Allen, Conference Director

Please note that the expenses of attending Internet Librarian International (including travel, accommodation, and any other expenses) will be the responsibility of the presenter. By submitting your proposal, you acknowledge that you accept this financial responsibility.

Possible topics include:

  • 21st century collection management
  • Big data initiatives; open data
  • Content management
  • Creating new products
  • Demonstrating impact; influencing management; working with customers
  • Development and rollout of library apps
  • Digital libraries; digitisation projects; digital curation
  • E-learning, information literacy; training skills
  • E resources; ebooks; ejournals; creating digital collections; ebook policies; acquisition management; contract negotiation
  • Financial challenges; new sources of funding; innovative ways to manage costs
  • Future planning; service redesign; mashups; marketing the service; raising the profile, collaboration and partnering
  • Gamification initiatives; location awareness
  • Information legislation; copyright; data protection; managing digital rights
  • Leading edge technologies
  • Librarians as agents of social change; community development and cohesion
  • New ways of skills development; developing unconferences; managing tweetups
  • New roles for information professionals
  • Mobile, multiplatform information provision; working with tablet devices
  • New ways of creating content; crowdsourcing; user generated content
  • Managing information flows
  • Open access; open source
  • Open data; linked data
  • Outsourcing, offshoring, insourcing
  • Publishing trends
  • Redesigning websites; usability; optimisation
  • Semantic web
  • Supporting the mobile workforce
  • Taxonomies; ontologies
  • Using social media tools to maximum effect; podcasting; Twitter/YouTube techniques
  • Using the internet for research; search tips and techniques; new search tools
  • Web publishing; web technology; the cloud
  • Web scale discovery
  • Sector specific case studies – we are interested in case studies from a range of settings including academic libraries, public libraries, corporate settings, government libraries, health/medical libraries, law libraries, and non-traditional information settings