Library 2.019: Shaping the Future of Libraries with Instructional Design

We're excited to announce our first Library 2.019 mini-conference: "Shaping the Future of Libraries with Instructional Design," which will be held online (and for free) on Wednesday, March 13th, from 12:00 - 3:00 pm US-Pacific Daylight Time (click for your own time zone).

This is a conference for librarians, instructional designers and educators to share their work and challenges, as well as for those who believe in the value of integrating instructional design into their practice to help them innovate and evolve library services for the future.

This is a free event, being held live online and also recorded.
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We invite all library professionals, employers, LIS students, and educators to participate in this event.
The call for proposals is now closed.

Instructional Designers, technologists, and online learning specialists are in high demand across all levels of education as it shifts online. In 2004, the Blended Librarians Online Learning Community was established to promote the adoption of instructional design and technology as a vital skill set for librarians seeking to more deeply integrate their teaching and learning initiatives into the curriculum and community. Since then, instructional design and dedicated staff positions to support it, have become more commonplace in and critical to libraries, particularly at colleges and universities, but they are by no means ubiquitous.

This edition of Library 2.019 will bring together the community of librarians, instructional designers and other educators whose work happens at the intersection of instructional design, educational technology, learning, and libraries. This is also a conference for those wanting to learn more about how instructional designers are advancing the educational mission of their libraries and institutions, how the latest innovations in educational technology are being applied in libraries and classrooms, and what we can expect as instructional design and technology transitions from a peripheral to core function within libraries. While the future of libraries may be uncertain and unpredictable, this is an opportunity to explore how library professionals and their colleagues can shape it through the application of instructional design and technology.

Participants are encouraged to use 
#library2019 and #libraryid on their social media posts leading up to and during the event.

KEYNOTE PANEL: (organized and moderated by John Shank and Steven Bell)

Dana Bryant
Lead Instructional Technologist for Academic Technology Services, Woodruff Library, at Emory University

Dana Bryant, PhD, is the Lead Instructional Technologist for Academic Technology Services, Woodruff Library, at Emory University. Dr. Bryant has 12+ years of faculty instructional design support and undergraduate teaching experience, all while engaging in scholarship and research. Previous roles include Science Education Technology Specialist, Howard Hughes Medical Institute, at Spelman College and Instctional Designer at Emory’s Rollins School of Public Health, in the Center of Public Health Preparedness. In her current role, Dr. Bryant focuses on promoting best practices in course design for higher education,instructional support for Emory’s learning management system (Canvas), and managing the Instructional Design & Technology Community of Practice (IDTCoP) for faculty, support professionals and course content developers across Emory University and Emory Healthcare. Dr. Bryant is an active member of Educause, and the Online Learning Consortium (OLC); she also served as an Exemplary Course Program reviewer for Blackboard, Inc. She has a Ph.D. in Instructional Technology from Georgia State University, and earned an M.S. and BS in Industrial Engineering/Human Computer Interaction from University of Alabama and North Carolina A&T State University, respectively.

Michael Flierl
Assistant Professor of Library Science, Purdue University

Michael Flierl is an Assistant Professor and Learning Design Specialist at Purdue University Libraries and the School of Information Studies. In this position, he aims to enable Purdue students in transition (e.g. first-year and international students) to use information intentionally and creatively to learn. His research interests include informed learning, self-determination theory, and student-centered teaching and learning environments. He has published in Library & Information Science Research, portal: Libraries and the Academy, and The Journal of Academic Librarianship. Michael also teaches and serves in a leadership role for Purdue’s Instruction Matters: Purdue Academic Course Transformation (IMPACT) program. In 2018, IMPACT was named one of six innovative educational programs by the Chronicle of Higher Education and was recently featured in Change: The Magazine of Higher Learning.

Lindsay O'Neill
Faculty, California State University, Fullerton’s Master of Science in Instructional Design and Technology Program

Lindsay O'Neill is a faculty member in California State University, Fullerton’s Master of Science in Instructional Design and Technology program. She was previously the Instructional Design Librarian at the campus’ Pollak Library. Lindsay holds a Master of Education, specializing in Educational Technology/Instructional Design, as well as a Master of Library and Information Science. Under her side business, Lone Pine Learning, Lindsay consults and trains faculty and librarians on effective pedagogy, instructional design, educational technology, elearning development, open licensing, and accessibility.

Steven J. Bell (moderator)
Associate University Librarian for Research and Instructional Services at Temple University

Steven J. Bell is the Associate University Librarian for Research and Instructional Services at Temple University. He writes and speaks about academic librarianship, learning technologies, library leadership, textbook affordability, higher education, design thinking and user experience. Steven is a past-president of ACRL. He currently writes at Designing Better Libraries, a blog about design thinking and library user experiences. He authors weekly columns for Library Journal Academic Newswire, "From the Bell Tower" and "Leading From the Library." He is co-author of the book “Academic Librarianship by Design” and editor of the book “Crucible Moments: Inspiring Library Leadership.” Steven is an adjunct instructor for San Jose State University's iSchool where he teaches the Design Thinking seminar.

John D. Shank (moderator)
Head of the Boscov-Lakin Information Commons & Thun Library at Penn State University Libraries

John D. Shank is currently the Head of the Boscov-Lakin Information Commons & Thun Library. He was one of the first Instructional Design Librarians in the country and was promoted to the rank of Full Librarian in 2013. He also is the founding Director of The Center for Learning & Teaching at Penn State Berks. Prior to his appointment in July 2001, he held positions at Bryn Mawr, Haverford, and Montgomery County Community College. He was selected by Library Journal in 2005 as a Mover and Shaker.

His responsibilities include teaching, administration, research, and service. He has taught courses on Communications & Information Technology as well as Culture & Technology. His faculty development efforts include developing the Berks Educational Technology Grant Curriculum Program in 2002. Over the past decade he has directed more than 90 grant projects that have been awarded to 60 faculty, initially impacting over 100 courses and more than 3500 students. These initiatives focus on enhancing teaching pedagogy and the learner-centered educational environment. His research interests include the role, use, and impact of instructional technologies in higher education, online teaching and academic libraries.

He has given hundreds of presentations at conferences, meetings, webinars, and workshops. Additionally, he has authored and coauthored books, book chapters, and articles that focus on library integration into learning management systems, Learning Objects (OERs & Interactive Learning Materials), and the development of instructional design librarian positions. He is the co-founder and Advisory Board Co-Chair of the Blended Librarian On-line Community (, as well as a reviewer for the Journal College & Research Libraries.


The School of Information at San José State University is the founding conference sponsor. Please 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 at Library 2.0 and at the Library 2.0 YouTube channel.