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  • The first of three Library 2.017 mini-conferences: "Expertise, Competencies and Careers," has been announce and will be held online (and for free) March 29th, from 12:00 - 3:00 pm US-Pacific Daylight Time.

    More information and registration is available at

    This event is being organized in partnership with the American Library Association and will feature ALA president Julie Todaro as moderator for the opening panel and the closing keynote speaker. Invited panelists will take a look forward at the skills and knowledge needed to support successful libraries of the future, examining educational programs and employer expectations.

    All library professionals, employers, LIS students, and educators are invited to provide input and participate in what will be a "virtual Town Hall" to explore competencies, careers and successful practices for 21st-Century Information Professionals.

    What skills, knowledge, traits, and expectations will you need to support all types and sizes of libraries and their communities in the future? What will employers be expecting? What competencies will be necessary for information professionals – librarians, technologists, and library workers - to deliver critical services and resources and to thrive in today and tomorrow’s society? How can library and information science schools and professional development programs prepare library professionals?

    Sponsored with ALA’s “Libraries Transform: The Expert in the Library” Campaign and this web conference will allow participants to interact with experts in the field to identify expectations and develop competency sets and best practices from the field, LIS education. Presentation and discussion will include requirements and expectations from educators and from both the employee and employer’s perspective. Save the date and for an interactive experience that will help us frame the future of the library and information profession.

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