Call for Speakers: Internet Librarian International 2011 London!

Navigating the New Normal: Strategies for Success

Information Today invites proposals for presentations at Internet Librarian International 2011, to be held at the Copthorne Tara Hotel in London on 27 & 28 October 2011.

We are now in a time best characterised as the “New Normal”. The new normal isn’t just about austere budgets or the old chestnut of “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 invites participation from a wide range of professionals 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?

Internet librarians – and we use ‘librarians’ in its broadest possible sense – are amazingly proficient at revolutionising their work environments, at understanding and utilising new technologies, at bringing creative thinking to problem solving, at creating order out of chaos, and at demonstrating their value.

Internet Librarian International offers you the chance to communicate your knowledge with your peers and colleagues. They need to know the things you know! Help Internet Librarian International delegates think positively about the future of libraries and the information profession by sharing your knowledge. Submit a proposal to speak, lead a workshop, or present on a panel here.

We seek dynamic speakers from all types of libraries and information settings – 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.

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?