Library 2.011 Conference Update -- 10/3/2011

We're so very excited--the Library 2.011 worldwide virtual conference is just a month away! We have some quick notes for you about the conference.

  • Today we started emailing session proposal acceptances, and will continue to do so throughout the week. So many great proposals! We're reviewing them in the order we received them so that submitters get scheduling priority based on when they submitted. You can see the growing list of accepted sessions at All presenters and prospective presenters must join the speaker "group" on the website, since that is where we are sending specific information for presenters!
  • We want YOU on our International Advisory Board! The only requirement for participation is that you agree to promote and encourage participation in the conference from your part of the world. In return, you get some great recognition on the website. To join the board, go to This Wednesday Scott Brown and Kim Dority, the advisory board chairs, are holding a live meeteing to give updates and answer questions. More information, including the time and the meeting room link, are at
  • We've set up a calendar of live training events to learn (or brush up on) Blackboard Collaborate: are six on-hour training sessions available at a variety of times in order to accommodate all time zones--but don't worry, you only need to attend one! You'll also find information about the training session as well as printed and recording training available from Collaborate. Remember, conference presenters are expected to know how to use Collaborate well enough to present, and anyone interesting in learning for the purpose of being a volunteer moderator gets a big round of applause from us!
  • For those who are thinking about how they will plan their time during the conference, we have start and finish times for you. The conference "Welcome" will be at 6:30am US-PDT (international times) on November 2nd, and the opening keynote will be at 7:00am US-PDT(international times). The first general sessions will then begin at 8:00am US-PDT(international times). From this point, until the closing "Party" at 10:00pm US-PDT(international times) on November 3rd, there will be multiple sessions starting each hour on the hour.
  • Finally, volunteer moderators are conference heroes! We can't tell you how much we appreciate those of you that you have volunteered already, and we'll be sending information in the next week with a scheduling calendar to choose times when you can help to moderate sessions. If you haven't joined the volunteer moderator group, please be sure to do so right now so you'll give those notices:
See you online!

Steve Hargadon
Co-Chair, Library 2.011


Library 2.011 Conference Presentation Proposal Deadline Extended to September 25

As you know, September 15 (today) was the deadline for submitting presentation proposals for the inaugural Library 2.011 Worldwide Conference, but the number of conference site signups over the past four days has been incredible--clearly, many people are just now learning about the conference. Therefore, we’ve decided to extend the deadline for submitting a short abstract of your presentation. Speaking proposals are now due by Sunday, September 25. To view the six thought-provoking topic strands, visit: 

If you already submitted your presentation proposal, we thank you for your timeliness. To show our appreciation, we will give you the choice of time slots for presenting. Proposals are currently being reviewed, and once accepted, we’ll send you an early link to the scheduling page. Then simply choose an available time slot and date, and we’ll see you online (there will be lots of training sessions in October to help you learn to use Blackboard Collaborate). 

In addition to the new deadline of Sunday, September 25 for submitting proposals, here is an updated set of important dates to note:
  • September 30:  Acceptance notification of presentations that were submitted by the original deadline of September 15 will be emailed.
  • October 1:  Presentations submitted by the original deadline of September 15 will be allowed to start scheduling presentation times.
  • October 6:  Presentations submitted by the extended deadline of September 25 will be allowed to start scheduling presentation times.
  • November 2: The conference begins!

If you haven’t already done so, take a moment to look through the set of presentation proposals that have been submitted to date: 

We are also very thankful for the support of our sponsor and partner organizations and everyone who has helped to spread the word about the conference. 

As a reminder, this exciting event will be held online in multiple languages and time zones, and it’s free to attend! We’ll see you online November 2-3! 

Thank you, 

Dr. Sandra Hirsh 
Professor and Director School of Library and Information Science 
San José State University 
More Information: 

Steve Hargadon 
916-283-7901 / stevehargadon on Skype & Twitter



25 August 2011:  Library 2.011 Presentation Proposals - September 15 Deadline Approaching!

The deadline for proposals for the Library 2.011 conference is September 15th. We encourage all to participate, and also encourage you to submit your presentation proposals early because of the ability for others to comment on and support your proposals on the website!

Library 2.011 is a free worldwide online conference, November 2 - 3, 2011. It is a unique chance to participate in a global conversation on the current and future state of libraries. Since we announced the conference, we've had over 2,000 people from 133 countries (wow!) sign up to stay informed or to participate. Subject strands include the changing roles of libraries and librarians, the increasing impact of digital media and the e-book revolution, open educational resources, digital literacy, shifts from information consumption to production (Web 2.0), multimedia and gaming spaces, libraries as community centers, the growth of individualized and self-paced learning, the library as the center of new learning models, understanding users in the digital age, assessing service delivery, and defining leadership and information professional careers in a networked and changing world.

To submit your presentation to present, please go to and follow the instructions there.

See you online!

P.S. Here's a reminder of some additional things that you can do if you want to help with the conference:


25 July 2011:  Library 2.011 Conference Update

It's been exciting to see the great response to the Library 2.011 conference so far! We've had over 1,500 people from over 60 countries sign up since we announced the conference.  Wow!  This is an update email for those interested in participating in the Library 2.011 Virtual Conference being held November 2 - 3, 2011 (to learn more about the conference, you can go to

Our call for speakers has begun, and information on submitting presentations is at We are very excited about how the speaking proposals are being made visible on the website as soon as they are submitted, which allows you to connect with speakers interested in the same topics that you might be, and to begin a dialog with them right away or to comment on their proposal. You can monitor the "Strands and Submissions" page on the website to see the session proposals that have been submitted--by strand or all of them: If you have submitted a proposal already and have not joined the speaker announcement "group" please do so at to make sure you receive specific notifications for speakers.

Here is more conference-related information:

1.  Please help us promote the conference! We are very excited to be holding an international event which is free and doesn't require travel, and we are hoping it will dramatically facilitate the making of world-wide connections with those interested in the future of libraries and librarians. That means that we need your continued help in getting the word out about the conference.  Please post it on websites, on networks, in forum discussions, through email, or in any way that you can!  :)  You can use the announcement on the main conference page for standard verbiage:  Logos and a "two-up" document flier are available at (please link any images/logos to The Twitter hashtag for the conference is "LIB2011".  

2.  Volunteering!  Thanks to so many of you who have already joined the volunteer group and indicated you are willing to help in some way (  If you haven't joined that group yet and want to help, please do so as that's where we'll be sending any specific notices to the volunteers. While we are hoping the volunteers will help promote the conference and be supportive on the site in connecting with others, responding to postings, and encouraging presenters, we do have a big task for some of the volunteers during the conference:  helping moderate session in Blackboard Collaborate (formerly Elluminate). While all presenters will be required to take some basic training in Collaborate, sessions are much more likely to go well if there is a second person in the session to provide support, to watch the chat for questions, and to help make sure things to smoothly. We'll have some announced trainings coming up for both presenters and volunteers in September/October, and then we'll give you a chance to sign up by time slot for helping. A big THANK YOU to all who are able to help in this way!

Additionally, I'll be looking for a small cadre of "super-volunteers" to help manage and oversee ALL the sessions and volunteers during different global shifts (and when I will not be awake!). If you are willing to be part of this elite team, email me directly at!

3.  The International Advisory Board.  To apply to be on our advisory board, use the form at the bottom of this page: You can be both a volunteer and a member of the advisory board--in fact, many of you will be. Specifically, the International Advisory Board will focus on: promoting the conference globally, helping us find partner organizations in their geographical regions, and helping to train and support presenters in their region and local languages. As a conference focused on being "inclusive," our desire is to have international attendees not see this as a North-America-centric event--and to see themselves as full participants and presenters, not just an international audience. Once you've been accepted and your name appears on the advisory board page, be sure to join the group advisory board group to receive related announcements (instructions are on the page above). Our advisory board chairs are Scott Brown (  and Kim Dority (, who have committed to modeling the global outreach we're asking for, and who will help us convene two advisory board online meeetings in the next two months (we'll send you separate information about these through the group, and they will be scheduled at different times to accommodate the global makeup of the group as they will also be recorded).

4.  Conference Partner Organizations!  We recognize that much of the outreach for this conference will come from libraries, schools, or organizations who advertise the conference to their memberships, and we want to recognize and "reward" you for this. Whether you are a small school library or a multi-national organization, we want to encourage you to become a conference partner. You apply using the form at the bottom of and must be non-commercial and primarily or substantively focused on libraries, librarians, librarianship, or library programs to be approved. Once approved, your organization will be listed with a link, logo, and a short description; and you will be provided with a "spotlight" speaker session in the conference. There are no financial obligations for being a partner organization--all we ask is that you actively promote the conference to your membership and network, and encourage participation as well as presentations and submissions. Partner organizations also have their own announcement "group" on the network, so once approved be sure to join at

5.  Conference Sponsors.  We are actively seeking additional commercial sponsorship for the conference. Contact me directly if you are interested (

Thanks for your attention, and see you online!


Steve Hargadon
Conference Co-Chair