Category Archives: Conferences & Presentations

Dr. Chris Hagar to Keynote IA Summit

Dr. Hagar is a member of our faculty at San Jose State University SLIS. Her research area – crisis informatics – is very interesting and timely.

Dr. Chris Hagar is one of our featured keynote speakers at the 2013 Information Architecture Summit. She is a full-time faculty member at the School of Library & Information Science at San Jose State University in California and holds a PhD in Library and Information Science from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. Her primary teaching and research interests are in the areas of crisis informatics and community informatics.

Dr. Hagar’s research focuses on information needs and information seeking in crises, disaster health information, and roles for librarians and information professionals in crisis preparedness and response. In 2012, she published Crisis Information Management: Communication and Technologies, a collection of perspectives from international professionals tackling issues of crisis preparedness, response, and recovery.

Read the interview at the link above.

Internet Librarian International 2013 – Call for Speakers

Internet Librarian International 2013 – Call for Speakers

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 and focuses on the exchange of ideas and experience.

Our focus this year: Smart Solutions to Real Challenges

Internet Librarian International 2013 will take place at Olympia in London on 15 and 16 October (with pre-event workshops scheduled for 14 October). We invite participation from a wide range of professionals from all over the world to share success stories and lessons learned. How are you developing and delivering transformative information services and products? We are looking for speakers and panellists from all types of libraries – public, academic, government, national or commercial – as well as those working outside a ‘traditional’ library setting.

This year the conference will be looking at how innovative information professionals and the services they offer can make a real difference in the lives of clients and end users – whether they are individuals or organisations. This is your chance to share your expertise, make connections and benefit from the insights and experiences of others.

Possible topics fall under the following headings. Visit the website to make your submission:

  • Career opportunities – new skills and new roles
  • Community engagement
  • Delivering high impact services
  • Educating and mentoring users
  • ‘Everything everywhere’
  • Managing and maximising eresources eg e-books
  • Marketing the service and reaching new audiences
  • New and innovative uses of technology
  • Open access, new publishing models and their impact on information services
  • Real-time information provision
  • Reconfiguring the library space
  • Supporting research and innovation
  • The latest search and discovery techniques
  • Transforming services and products
  • Understanding user needs
  • Ideas for full day workshops

How do I participate? If you would like to be considered as a speaker, please submit your ideas here.

Please note that most presentations are no longer than 20 minutes duration.

The deadline for submissions is 12 April 2013.

The advisory committee will review all submissions and you will be notified in May 2013. 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

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Learning Everywhere: OSLA/OLA Presentation Slides & More


Thanks to everyone who attended my talk today! Thanks to OSLA  for inviting me to speak as part of their track at the OLA Superconference.

OSLA Together for Learning Site:


Learning Everywhere article published in ASLA’a Access

ALISE Presentation Slides: “Beyond the Walled Garden”

walledI was honored to present at ALISE 2013 with Kyle Jones. Here’s a link to our presentation:

Session Abstract:

Beautiful Connections: Questions in Distance Education

Distance Education SIG
Convener: Nora Bird, University of North Carolina at Greensboro

The session will explore new research by three presenters on the connection opportunities that extend beyond the virtual classroom. Presenters will explore walled gardens, communities of practice, and ego- centric analysis of connectedness.

Presenters: Michael Stephens, San Jose State University; Kyle Jones, University of Wisconsin at Madison; Jennifer Branch, Joanne de Groot, and Kandise Salerno, University of Alberta; and Fatih Oguz and Nancy Poole, University of North Carolina at Greensboro

WISE Workshop at ALISE: Travel Woes & Slides

Sadly, cancelled flights and weather have grounded me until an early morning flight in twelve hours! I am sad to miss presenting tomorrow morning at the WISE Pedagogy Pre-conference Workshop at the Association for Library and Information Science Education Conference in Seattle. I told my colleagues I would share my slides here. I put together a quick slide deck highlighting some of my teaching practices and experiences, exploring some of the themes in my recent publications.

Download the slides here:

“Our Common Purpose”

“Beyond the Walled Garden”


Thanks Barrington Area Library!

I really enjoy participating in library staff development days. I get to visit with library staff, talk about what’s happening and coming in our world, and get a nice glimpse into how the library works on a day that everyone comes together to learn. Today at Barrington Area Library was no exception – thanks to all who made the morning so much fun!

The slides are here:

Thanks Gates Foundation Global Libraries Technology Work Group!

While in California for California Library Association and our SJSU SLIS faculty retreat, I was invited to present via teleconference for the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation Global Libraries Technology Work Group. The meeting was in Seattle and try as we might, zipping up and back from San Jose wan’t in the travel cards. Via teleconference, however, I was able to present “Tomorrow’s Libraries: Technologies & trends shaping libraries” for the group. The slides are here:

Special thanks to Darrin Hoerner and Chris Jowaisas at gates and the good folks on the SJSU campus for making everything go so smoothly!