Welcome to Library 2.0!

Library 2.0 was started in 2007 by Bill Drew as one of the first modern social networks for librarians and educators. He passed the torch to Steve Hargadon in 2010 with an amazing 4,500 members, and Steve brought it into his Learning Revolution family of educational networks and online events.

In the fall of 2011 Steve and Library 2.0 started a partnership with Dr. Sandra Hirsh and (what is now) the The School of Information at San José State University to hold large-scale, free, online conference events for the library community at large, branded with the year and playing on the 2.0 theme--the first one being "Library 2.011." This successful partnership has continued to this day, transitioning from one annual two-day event to the current format of three three-hour online (and still free) topic-specific mini-conferences a year, each of which typically draws over 5,000 registrations by itself. Along with the TeacherLibrarian.org network and past event registrants, Library 2.0 now reaches a total audience of over 50,000 from 175 countries.

In late 2018, Steve also started a separate Library 2.0 paid Webinar series, and more information about those Webinars can be found below.

When you join our network, which please note that we have to approve all members to avoid spammers, and that can take up to a day. We're so glad you found our community!

THE LIBRARY 2.0 WEBINAR SERIES

 

Library 2.019 Topic-Specific Mini-Conferences

This coming year the free Library 2.019 annual conference events will start with a topic-specific mini-conference: "Shaping the Future of Libraries with Instructional Design" on March 13. More information HERE.

Everyone is invited to participate in our Library 2.0 conference events, designed to foster collaboration and knowledge sharing among information professionals worldwide. Each three-hour event consists of a keynote panel, 10-15 crowd-sourced thirty-minute presentations, and a closing 30-minute keynote.

The School of Information at San José State University is the founding conference sponsor. Register as a member of the Library 2.0 network to be kept informed of future events. Recordings from previous years are available under the Archives tab above or to the right, and on the Library 2.0 YouTube channel.

RECENTLY COMPLETED EVENTS

Our third Library 2.018 mini-conference, "Social Crisis Management in a 21st Century World," was held online October 17th, 2018. This event was organized in partnership with Patty Wong, Director of Library Services at Santa Monica Public Library.

More information HERE with session recordings HERE (you must be a member of this site [free] to access the recordings page).

Our second Library 2.018 mini-conference, "Blockchain Applied: Impact on the Information Profession," was held online June 7th. This event was organized in partnership with Drs. Sue Alman and Sandra Hirsh from the San Jose State University School of Information as part of their IMLS-funded investigation of the potential uses of blockchain technology for the information professions.

More information HERE with session recordings HERE (you must be a member of this site [free] to access the recordings page).

Our first Library 2.018 mini-conference, "Design Thinking," was held online Thursday, March 8th. This event was organized in partnership with Steven J. Bell, who served as moderator for the opening panel and as the closing keynote speaker.

More information HERE with session recordings HERE (you must be a member of this site [free] to access the recordings page).


Our third Library 2.017 mini-conference, "Makerspaces," was held online Wednesday, October 11th. It was organized in partnership with Heather Moorefield-Lang as moderator for the opening panel and as the closing keynote speaker. Invited panelists and presenters did a deep-dive look at these creative locations for tinkering, collaborating, problem solving, and creating in a library or educational space. 

More information HERE with session recordings HERE (you must be a member of this site [free] to access the recordings page).

Our second Library 2.017 mini-conference, "Digital Literacy & Fake News," was held online Thursday, June 1st, from 12:00 - 3:00pm US-Pacific Daylight Time. It was organized in partnership with futurist Bryan Alexander as moderator for the opening panel and as the closing keynote speaker. Invited panelists and presenters will look deeply at the foundational relationship of libraries and librarians to media, information, and digital literacy.

More information HERE with session recordings HERE.

Our first Library 2.017 mini-conference, "Expertise, Competencies and Careers," was held online (and for free) March 29th, from 12:00 - 3:00pm US-Pacific Daylight Time. It was organized in partnership with the American Library Association and featured ALA president Julie Todaro as moderator for the opening panel and as the closing keynote speaker. Invited panelists looked forward at the skills and knowledge needed to support successful libraries of the future, examining educational programs and employer expectations.

More information HERE with session recordings HERE (you must be a member of this site [free] to access the recordings page). 

Library 2.016: LIBRARIES OF THE FUTURE was held on October 6th, 2016. As libraries shape their futures – and adapt to the future needs of their communities – what are the near- and long-term trends that point to our brightest opportunities? What can we learn from library innovators and innovators from other sectors and industries that will help us shape the future we want and that our communities aspire towards?

We explored some of the key trends that point toward specific futures for libraries, and engage in conversations with civic, social, and education innovators to learn more about what they think about the future, and how libraries can become an integral part of their future visions. Libraries and librarians are well-positioned to envision the future – at the intersection of information, education, technology, and community – and this dialogue will help bring our best thinking together with the exciting visions of our collaborators, allies, and partners. Sponsored with ALA’s Center for the Future of Libraries.

More information HERE, with session recordings HERE.

Library 2.016: LIBRARY AS CLASSROOM was held on June 15th, 2016. In A New Culture of Learning, authors Douglas Thomas and John Seely Brown write, “Where imaginations play, learning happens.” This could and should define our services for now and in the future. The library as creative classroom means we approach the learning opportunities we create with thought, user-directed planning, and insights from research. This classroom may include physical spaces for instruction and discovery as well as online, multi-scale platforms aimed at social learning and participation.

Libraries of all kinds serve as formal and informal creative classrooms, supporting learners by employing emerging strategies in learning and engagement. These include: play, collaborative exploration of ideas and technologies, and other innovations. There are notable examples of academic, public, and K-12 library spaces that have become creative classrooms. These feature community learning spaces to help learners achieve, game-focused initiatives that make the library a laboratory for exploration, creation zones with requisite digital and 3-D hardware for building things, and potentially endless opportunities to connect virtually with people worldwide.

The library as classroom requires inspired and insightful management that can do those things and more. The library as classroom also requires well-trained, user-focused staff who understand how people of all ages can learn socially. Art programs, DIY tinkering, locally sourced expert forums, and LOOCs (local open online courses) are all part of this ­curriculum.

More information HERE with session recordings HERE.

Library 2.016: PRIVACY IN THE DIGITAL AGE was held on March 16th, 2016. What are the roles and responsibilities of libraries regarding the protections of intellectual freedom, privacy, free speech, information access, and freedom of the press? Are these still core values of the library profession, and if so, how are libraries and librarians responding to the increasing complexities of data tracking and desires for data-informed services and marketing?

In this focused conversation on privacy, we planned on hearing from a variety of library professionals as well as keynote Speakers: Lee Rainie; Director, Internet, Science, and Technology Research; Pew Research Center; Jamie Larue, Director, Office for Intellectual Freedom, American Library Association; Jonathan Hernández, Associate Researcher, Library and Information Institute, National Autonomous University of Mexico (UNAM); Deborah Caldwell-Stone, Deputy Director, Office for Intellectual Freedom, American Library Association; and Alison Macrina, Director, Library Freedom Project.

More information HERE and session recordings HERE.

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