Category Archives: Conferences & Presentations

Be the Spark: Looking Back at R-Squared One Year Later

On Sept. 9-11, 2012, 350 library professionals from 38 states and three countries embarked on a journey to Telluride, Colo., to rethink libraries and learn about taking risks to move libraries forward. This is what they discovered.

R2 continues to be the most engaging, rewarding and challenging conference I have ever attended!

I wrote about my experience at R2 here:

Save the Dates: Library 2.013 Conference is just a few weeks away!



The Library 2.013 Worldwide Virtual Conference will connect information professionals worldwide for two days of engaging, interactive presentations. The conference will be held entirely online via web conferencing, with sessions scheduled around the clock in multiple languages and time zones. The global conversation about the future of libraries begins October 18, 2013.

Information professionals are encouraged to participate in this global forum designed to foster collaborative learning and provide professional development opportunities. Everyone is welcome to submit a presentation proposal and participate in this virtual event. Presentation proposals will be accepted from April 9 to September 30, 2013. Thanks to the dedication ofconference partners and volunteers, the Library 2.013 Worldwide Virtual Conference isFREE to attend.

The virtual conference will cover eight thought-provoking subject strands, addressing a wide variety of topics, such as building sustainable digital collections, evaluating the user experience, serving distance users, and more.

Library 2.013 Conference Strands

  1. Digital Services, Preservation, and Access
  2. Emerging Technologies and Trends
  3. Learning Commons (for school libraries and/or academic libraries)
  4. Management of Libraries and Information Centers in the 21st Century
  5. User Centered Services and Models
  6. Library and Information Professionals – Evolving Roles and Opportunities
  7. Doctoral Student Research
  8. Library and Information Center “Tours”

Conference attendees can choose which live sessions they want to attend, and view all the sessions at their convenience after the conference. All the Library 2.013 conference presentations will be recorded.

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The first two conferences in the Library 2.0 annual conference series (Library 2.011 Worldwide Virtual Conference and Library 2.012 Worldwide Virtual Conference) had more than 150 presentations each, and this year’s conference is expected to offer a similar number of presentations, spanning topics that are relevant to information professionals who work in a range of library types, including public libraries, academic libraries, school libraries, and special libraries.

Library 2.013 Conference Snapshot

  • October 18-19, 2013 – Sessions are scheduled around the clock over the course of two days.
  • Fully Online – The conference is held via Blackboard Collaborate web conferencing.
  • Free to Attend – All you need is an Internet connection to join the live sessions. Session links will be posted on the conference website.
  • Multiple Languages – Everyone is encouraged to present in this global conference. The call for presentation proposals will be going out in April 2013.
  • Multiple Time Zones – Regardless of where you live or time of day, you can join the live sessions.
  • Eight Conference Strands – Sessions cover timely topics on the minds of information professionals. See examples of topics.
  • Flexible Format – Mix and match your sessions and attend when convenient for you. The conference schedule will be posted on the conference website in the fall.
  • Registration Not Required – The Library 2.013 conference is open to the public. Everyone can join the sessions starting on October 18.


Learning Everywhere in New Zealand

lianza13_conflogo_updatedJust submitted my abstract for my keynote at LIANZA 2013. I am honored that my keynote presentation is sponsored by Victoria University of Wellington! :-)

LEARNING EVERYWHERE: The Transformative Power of Hyperlinked Libraries

Michael Stephens, PhD, San José State University, San José, California USA

Mobile and Web technologies are creating a world of everywhere and anytime learning opportunities, and libraries can play a key role in this future. Imagine the emerging hyperlinked library as an active creation space, magnetic community space, new tools and resources space— a practical anything space. Imagine this library available everywhere and at anytime via mobile devices and tablets. How will services change? What training, skills, and support will staff require? What does this future look like going forward as we encourage “edgeless” learning as a means for transformative change for ourselves and for our users?

Michael Stephens, Assistant Professor in the School of Library and Information Science at San Jose State University, will explore the culture of “Learning Always” and the emerging models of connected, open, and free instructional environments that offer great potential for staff and the public. Can we support students of all kinds in Massive Open Online Courses? Can we create spaces in our institutions for discovery, play and knowledge creation? What’s the potential for professional development and lifelong learning when courses can be designed to present the latest from the best of the best in every discipline and offer experiences and exploration anywhere and anytime? This session will explore the creative ideas and thinking behind the momentum toward learning everywhere, and how our libraries can be at the forefront for supporting and taking advantage of this new learning culture.

Thanks TADL!

I am honored to be spending the day at my hometown library for staff development institute: Traverse Area District Library.  Take a look at this page of stats they make available:


Please take a look at their Web site and catalog – built on Evergreen. To me, this library is an outstanding example of making things WORK on so many levels. I’m speaking this afternoon – the slides are here:

News: Library 2.013 Conference Call for Proposals

This is the official call for presentation proposals for the Library 2.013 Worldwide Virtual Conference, October 18 – 19, 2013 (in some time zones the conference will conclude on the 20th).

This fully online, participatory conference presents a unique opportunity to showcase the excellent research and work that done every day, with a focus on peer-to-peer presentations. How does your library manage digital collections? Is your library mobile friendly? Do you have a story to tell about maker spaces? Your participation as a presenter can help to steer the global conversation about the future of libraries.

Everyone is welcome to submit a presentation proposal and participate in this free event. There are no registration fees and no travel requirements. The entire conference will be held online via web conferencing, with presentations held in multiple languages and scheduled around the clock over the course of the two days.

The Library 2.013 Worldwide Virtual Conference presentations will cover eight subject strands, addressing a wide variety of timely topics, such as MOOCs, e-books, maker spaces, mobile services, embedded librarians, green libraries, and more! Doctoral students will also have their own strand for presenting their research. Plus, there will be a new strand dedicated to virtual library tours.

The Library 2.013 Conference Strands:

  • Digital Services, Preservation, and Access
  • Emerging Technologies and Trends
  • Learning Commons (for school libraries and/or academic libraries)
  • Management of Libraries and Information Centers in the 21st Century
  • User Centered Services and Models
  • Library and Information Professionals – Evolving Roles and Opportunities
  • Doctoral Student Research
  • Library and Information Center “Tours”

To view examples of presentation topics for each subject strand, click here. Your presentation does not have to fit into the conference strands to be considered – the strands exist for the convenience of those interested in finding particular themes.

Proposal acceptances will be communicated on a first-come, first-served basis starting June 15. If your proposal is accepted, you will be provided with the ability to schedule a presentation time that is convenient to your time zone and work schedule. Early proposal submission and acceptance will give you the most flexibility for scheduling your presentation. The deadline to submit presentation proposals is September 30.

The Library 2.013 Worldwide Virtual Conference is our third installment of the Library 2.0 conference series, sponsored again by founding partner San Jose State University School of Library and Information Science. Last year’s Library 2.012 conference featured 150 fully online presentations given by scholars and information professionals worldwide. If you missed any of the presentations, you can still access recordings of the presentations. A wealth of information was also shared during the inaugural Library 2.011 conference, and a list of those recordings can be found here.

For more information about the conference and how you can get involved as a partner, sponsor, volunteer, and advisory board member, please visit:

Please do share this call for proposals with your colleagues and friends. We look forward to receiving your presentation proposals!

See you online!


Steve Hargadon
Co-Chair, Library 2.013

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