Library 2.011 Keynotes

Dr. Sandra Hirsh, Professor and Director

School of Library & Information Science, San Jose State University

New Career Pathways for Information Professionals in a Library 2.0 World

With the rapid introduction of new information technologies and changing user needs and expectations, the library and information science profession is one of the most exciting professions to work in. Information professionals have developed skill sets that are being used in new ways and and are increasingly applied in a diverse array of information environments. New job roles have emerged in libraries to meet the changing information landscape; librarians are now working as metadata librarians, e-learning librarians, and digital initiatives librarians. Additionally, there are increasing opportunities to apply library and information science skills to work in other settings in roles such as social media liaisons, taxonomy analysts, and user experience researchers. This session explores new career opportunities for library and information science professionals – both inside libraries and in other job settings -- along with strategies for pursuing new career paths.

Wednesday, November 2, 7:00am US-Pacific Daylight Time

BIO: Sandra Hirsh is Professor and Director of the School of Library and Information Science at San José State University. She has leveraged her knowledge as an information professional to pursue career opportunities with leading global companies. Prior to joining the School as Director, she worked in the Silicon Valley for more than a decade at major technology companies: Hewlett Packard, Microsoft, and LinkedIn. As an industry user experience researcher, leader, and manager, she contributed to R&D research projects and influenced the user experience of web, mobile, and TV consumer products resulting in 5 U.S. patents. She now heads up the world’s largest accredited graduate program in the field, ensuring that its curriculum continues to be responsive to emerging trends in the field. Dr. Hirsh’s research focuses on information-seeking behavior and understanding the information needs of a broad spectrum of users in the United States and around the world; this work has been published in peer-reviewed journals and has appeared in international conference proceedings. She speaks at and participates actively in several professional associations, including IFLA, American Society for Information Science & Technology (ASIST), and the American Library Association (ALA)

Lennart Björneborn, Associate Professor, PhD

Royal School of Library and Information Science, Copenhagen, Denmark

Participatory Libraries as Enabling Spaces for Creative Practices

Libraries can play an important role in users’ everyday life creativity. Engaging and inspiringlibrary platforms across physical and digital spaces may provide affordances for users to both create, store, share, find and learn when interacting with information resources. The keynote will present a holistic approach viewing human, physical, and digital information resources as supplementary parts of library platforms that function as enabling spaces for creative practices like user participation, direct and indirect user-to-user mediation, social navigation, and exploratory information behaviour including serendipitous findings. When interacting with physical and digital libraries users may leave marks or traces of their activities that may guide other users to find and use information resources. Examples of such behavioural traces are dog-eared pages, left-behind books on tables, user-generated ratings in online catalogues, log files of user visits, and much more. Truly participatory libraries provide more affordances for users with regard to both leaving behavioural traces (create, store, share) and to following such traces (find, learn). The keynote will point to both low-tech and hi-tech examples including new mobile and ambient technologies with rich potentials for facilitating creative user practices in libraries. In this context, barriers for user participation will be addressed as well as how users’ participatory literacies can develop and be supported.

Wednesday, November 2, 8:00am US-Pacific Daylight Time

BIO: Born in 1957 in Helsingborg, Sweden. Studied mathematics and social anthropology at the University of Lund in Sweden in the late 1970s. Worked 12 years in institutions for mentally disabled adults in Denmark (and learnt a lot about human-human interaction). From 1994 Bachelor and Master Studies at the Royal School of Library and Information Science in Copenhagen. PhD dissertation in webometrics received the award for best PhD dissertation in 2004 from ASIST, the American Society for Information Science and Technology. Since 2006 Associate Professor at the Royal School of Library and Information Science in Copenhagen. Teaching courses in media theory, participatory media, users’ information behaviour, and interaction design.

Michael Stephens, Assistant Professor

San Jose State University School of Library and Information Science

Hyperlinked Library Services for Everyone
Exploring what a connected world of continuous computing means for twenty- first century library service.

What emerging trends are changing library services? What does a connected world of continuous computing mean for twenty- first century libraries? How far have we come since the first discussions of Library 2.0? This presentation provides a roadmap toward becoming the hyperlinked library: transparent, participatory, playful, user-centered, and human, while still grounded in our foundations and values.

Wednesday, November 2, 6:00pm US-Pacific Daylight Time

BIO: Dr. Michael Stephens is an Assistant Professor in the School of Library and Information Science at San Jose State University. His research focuses on use of emerging technologies in libraries and technology learning programs. He currently writes the monthly column “Office Hours” in Library Journal exploring issues, ideas and emerging trends in library and information science education. Stephens has spoken about emerging technologies, innovation, and libraries to audiences in over 26 states and in five countries, including a 2009 speaking/research tour of Australia.

Dr Christine Bruce

Information Studies, Information Systems Discipline, Queensland University of Technology, Australia

The experience of information literacy and learning: reflections on social media

This session will explore evolving thinking about information literacy and social media in four stages. Firstly, by looking at the views of experts from around the world on the influence of social media on information literacy theory and practice. Secondly, by exploring at the idea of information literacy as the experience of effective information use and what this might mean for working with social media in information literacy programs. Third, by reviewing recent thinking about the experience of information use in social media contexts. Fourth by reflecting on different ways of thinking about information literacy and the potential of information use in social media environments to encourage us to embrace alternative views.

Thursday, November 3, 3:00am US-Pacific Daylight Time, Christine.html

BIO: Christine Bruce is Professor in the Faculty of Science and Technology, QUT. She researches information literacy, information technology learning, graduate capabilities, and research study and supervision. Christine is best known for her development of the relational approach to information literacy and information literacy education, based on the Seven Faces of Information Literacy (1997) Auslib Press. Her most recent extension of that concept is published in Informed Learning (2008), ACRL, ALA. Christine conducts seminars and workshops internationally and is regularly sought as a conference keynote speaker. Her thinking is informed by her research and various professional roles over twenty five years, including user education librarian, LIS educator, academic developer, and assistant dean teaching and learning. In 2008 Christine was appointed a fellow of the Australian Learning and Teaching Council. In 2010 she received a State Library Board of Queensland Award for contribution to information literacy, information literacy education and research.

Ms Ellen Tise, Senior Director: Library & Information Services

Stellenbosch University

New paradigms for higher education libraries

The higher education environment is dynamic which must be supported by a dynamic library and information service. This dynamics environment, inclusive of the library, must be viewed against the backdrop of changing pedagogical paradigms. Thrown into the milieu is the growing Siamese relationship between technology and library services, the rapid growth of collaborative study, the ubiquitous nature of information and the paradoxical situation of limited access to information in an era of exponential growth of information. It is within this dynamic and constantly changing paradigm that libraries must provide a service to support institutional higher education strategic goals. Libraries have to adapt and adopt changing paradigms to contribute significantly to strategic institutional goals. This paper will engage in discussion on libraries functioning in the changing knowledge economy paradigm, in the changing social interaction paradigm, that is, the growth of iAccess to include sAccess, the changing space paradigm and, the changing pedagogical paradigm.

Thursday, November 3, 6:00am US-Pacific Daylight Time

BIO: Ellen R. Tise is the immediate past President of the International Federation of Library Associations and Institutions (IFLA) 2009-20011 and the Senior Director, Library and Information Services at Stellenbosch University, South Africa. She previously held the position of University Librarian at the University of the Western Cape, Bellville, South Africa, from March 2001 – December 2005. Prior to this, she was Deputy University Librarian (Client Services) at the University of the Witwatersrand, Johannesburg. She also previously held the position of Systems Librarian and other positions at the University of the Western Cape, Brakpan City Library and the University of the Free State in South Africa. She has published various articles in professional journals and is a regular speaker at national and international conferences, seminars, symposia, etc.

Stephen Abram, Vice President

Cengage Learning (Gale)

The New Normal: Social Institutions and the Social Web
Is there still life in web tools for library strategies?

The future is already here and it's social. The social web, colloquially referred to as web 2.0, has caught up with teh social mandates of libraries, research and educational institutions. Depending on your point of view and attitude, this can be viewed as a opportunity or a threat. The barriers to library strategies founded on books, information, sharing, questions, social interaction, and more are fading away. What is the library's magic sauce? Can we mine the opportunities in the social web to greater depths or will the world pass us by? Are our approaches to innovation and evolution too plodding to be successful? Why do library innovations take so log to diffuse? Is the public perception of libraries too narrow and how do we mine the community penetration, trust and respect we have for support? These are tough questions that go to the heart of the sustainability of library programs and mandates. What do we need to do to survive and thrive?

Thursday, November 3, 12:00pm US-Pacific Daylight Time

BIO: Stephen Abram, MLS, is Past-President 2008 of SLA and the past-President of the Ontario and Canadian Library Associations. He received the 2011 CLA Outstanding Service to Librarianship Award in June. He is the Vice President for Strategic Partnerships and Markets for Cengage Learning (Gale). He was Vice President Innovation for SirsiDynix and Chief Strategist for the SirsiDynix Institute. He was Publisher Electronic Information at Thomson after managing several libraries. Stephen was listed by Library Journal as one of the top 50 people influencing the future of libraries. He has received numerous honours and speaks regularly internationally. His columns appear in Information Outlook and Internet @ Schools, OneSource, Feliciter, Access, as well writing for Library Journal. He is the author of ALA Editions' bestselling Out Front with Stephen Abram. His blog, Stephen's Lighthouse, is a popular blog in the library sector.