the future of libraries in the digital age
Library 2.018: "Blockchain Applied: Impact on the Information Profession"
Blockchain technology has the potential to enhance the role played by libraries within their communities, however, there are many questions yet to be answered about how specifically blockchain technology might be used and how much value it would add to library services and the communities they serve. The San José State University School of Information (iSchool) received an IMLS grant to investigate ways that blockchain technology can be used by libraries as a community anchor to partner with other organizations and to support city/community goals.
This online and participatory conference presents a unique opportunity to explore the possibilities of the ways that libraries and librarians can use blockchain technology in the future or are incorporating blockchain technology into their current practice. Presenters do NOT have to be experts in blockchain technology to participate in this online open conference. Presentations of all types—discussions of possible ways to use blockchain technology, research, or examples of blockchain projects--are encouraged.
Sessions slots are 30 minutes long, and the suggested presentation time is 20 minutes maximum, with 5 minutes of Q&A, and then 5 minutes for attendees to switch session rooms to attend the next session. Please plan on not exceeding 25 minutes total presentation including Q+A time.
The Call for Proposals Is Open Now
Everyone is welcome to submit a presentation proposal.
Proposals will be accepted on a first-come, first-served basis starting January 8, 2018. The number of sessions will be limited, so you are encouraged to get your proposal in early! If your proposal is accepted, you will be provided with the ability to schedule a presentation time that is convenient to your time zone and work schedule. Early proposal submission and acceptance will give you the most flexibility for scheduling your presentation.
The deadline to submit presentation proposals is May 1st, but sessions slots may fill before that time.
Your presentation proposal, once submitted, will be listed on the Library 2.0 website, with the opportunity for members of this network to view, comment on, and/or "like" your presentation proposal. This will give you and the other members of this site the chance to share ideas and to make connections before, during, and after the conference. Additionally, it will allow us to gauge the popularity of your topic or approach. It is our intention that all serious proposals be given the opportunity to be presented.
Presentations should be at least 15 minutes in length, and all sessions must be completed (including Q&A) within 25 minutes. All sessions will be held in Blackboard Collaborate. There is training information available for you at http://www.library20.com/page/training. Training is mandatory, and presenters are responsible for attending the training and being prepared to present in the conference platform.
All presentations will be recorded and released under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivs License. For more information, please visit: http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc-nd/3.0/). By submitting to present, you are agreeing to these terms.
Presentations must be non-commercial. Interest in commercial sponsorship or presentations should be directed to Steve Hargadon at firstname.lastname@example.org.
How to Submit Your Proposal:
Please follow these instructions carefully. It is your responsibility to make sure your presentation proposal is submitted correctly. You must be signed up on the Library 2.0 network and logged in to submit your proposal.
1. Copy the following text (highlight and ctrl-c on your computer):
Your Name and Title:
Library, School, or Organization Name:
Area of the World from Which You Will Present:
Language in Which You Will Present:
Short Session Description (one line):
Full Session Description (as long as you would like):
Websites / URLs Associated with Your Session:
2. Click here to open a new forum discussion post. You must use this link or your proposal will not be in the correct place and will not be visible to conference administrators.
3. Title your discussion post with the title of your proposed session.
4. Paste the template text (ctrl-v) into the body of the forum discussion post.
5. Fill in the session information according to the template. If you separate your answers with a blank line and bold the questions, it will make your proposal easier to read.
6. In the Category drop-down field, make sure it indicates Library 2.018: Blockchain - Proposal Submission. If it does not, please select this value.
7. Click the Add Discussion button to submit your proposal.
You are able to modify your proposal after it has been saved and up until the time of the close of submissions, which is May 1st. If you do modify your proposal after it has been accepted, that will place it back into the "submission" category and you will need to email email@example.com to place it back in the "accepted" category.
Proposal acceptances will be communicated on a first-come, first-served basis starting March 1st. If your proposal is accepted, you will be provided with the ability to schedule a presentation time that is convenient to your time zone and work schedule. Early submission and acceptance will give you the most flexibility for scheduling your presentation.