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Computers in Libraries 2018 -- Program Sneak Peak!

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As program director for more than 20 years for the Computers in Libraries conference, I am thrilled to introduce our keynote speakers and some of the themes to be discussed!

Keynotes:

Rick Huijbregts, VP, Strategy & Innovation, George Brown College former VP, Digital Transformation & Innovation, Cisco Jeanne Holm, Senior Technology Advisor to the Mayor, Deputy CIO at City of Los Angeles, Information Technology Agency, City of Los Angeles UCLA, In Unison, Open Data Collaboratives, International Academy of Astronautics Digital Transformation & Libraries: Participatory Culture Hubs with Brendan Howley &Daniel Lee, Co-Founders, Icebox Logic — using media & stories! Facts in the Digital Age: Coping in an Era of Total Noise! with popular #CILDC speaker Lee Rainie, Director, Pew Research Center & others! Games, Gadgets & Makerspaces: Conference Opening Networking Event!

Lots of wonderful speakers will be participating, some returning, popular experts, some new & exciting. Key themes:

Navigation & Search UX & Digital Presence Community Engagement Learning from Leaders from Toronto Public Library, British Library, Edmonton Public, Purdue, and more! Also in Library Leaders Summit! Internet@Schools & 2nd day too! Open Access Enterprises: Processes & Practices Makerspaces: Tips & Practices Systems & Operations Discovery: Practices & Possible Future Future & Innovation Metrics Management Tips & Practices Tech Tools

There are also lots of in-depth workshops on these topics for those who want more. Conversations and networking are most important at Computers in Libraries 2018 so our producer, Information Today, and our sponsors host morning breakfasts, coffee breaks, and receptions;

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What does KM mean to you?

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I’m a librarian by training and I’ve been in the “KM” business since 2000. Since that time I’ve been building a worldwide network of KM professionals, colleagues in all types of industries, communities and organizations. I have had many conversations using many different channels to find out what people are doing in their KM work so that I can profile them and have them as speakers for the KMWorld conference which I have programmed and chaired annually in the US since 2000.

I look at KM in the broadest possible way, basically to mean knowledge sharing, an activity that librarians, archivists, curators of museums and galleries, and lots of others have been doing for many many years. Towards the end of the last century ‘knowledge management’ was being used to refer to a number of processes and activities within organizations. The words “knowledge management” have gone in and out of fashion over the last 20+ years but I still believe that knowledge sharing needs to be a core activity of all organizations and communities. Think of volunteer organizations like associations where people are being elected and appointed regularly; how do they pass along the knowledge they gain while doing the activities and responsibilities assigned to them? Or in corporations or libraries where people are retiring and newbies are being hired out of university and on-boarded. How do they learn and get up to speed so they can excel in their job and the organization as a whole can thrive?

Building

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KMWorld 2017 -- Free Resources

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KMWorld 2017 was held last month in Washington to a large & engaged audience! The buzz around our theme: People Power, Thinking & Tech, and multiple events was phenomenal, in my opinion (and others too I think!). Here’s the sneak peek of the conference that I wrote prior to the event to highlight some of the program.

The KMWorld is the largest and longest running KM event in the world; the 2017 annual conference has wrapped up in Washington DC. If you were not able to attend the event, or just want to refresh what you heard, the keynotes are available in video including John Seely Brown, Tom Stewart, Stan Garfield & Jeanne Holm, Many of the Powerpoint presentations from other KMW speakers are available too. KMWorld is made up of complimentary events too:

Taxonomy Boot Camp (videos; presentations)

Enterprise Search & Discovery (presentations)

SharePoint Symposium (videos ; presentations)

Text Analytics Forum (presentations)

KMWorld also publishes a magazine (Past issues online) and the website has lots of additional resources that KM’ers members might enjoy!

 

Looking Forward to 2018

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Wishing everyone the best in this holiday season as well as a happy and healthy 2018!!

I am into planning for 2018, yes that’s what I do, plan. I plan conferences:

* Computers in Libraries, April 17-19 (Registration open, full program online next week)

*Library Leaders Summit, April 17-18 (Registration open, full program online next week)

*University of Toronto iSchool Symposium, May 3-4 (working on topics & programs for these!)

*University of Toronto iSchool Symposium, July 19-20

*University of Toronto iSchool Symposium, Oct 1-2

*Internet Librarian, October (working on theme & call for speakers live online in January)

*KMworld, November 4-7 (working on theme & call for speakers live online in January)

* AND there may be a new event in the line-up, so stay tuned!

* AND there may be some direction planning with other organizations to help them focus on and create their futures!

In the meantime, enjoy the holiday season!

 

Computers in Libraries 2017: Sneak Peek!

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As program director for Computers in Libraries 2017, March 28-30 in DC, I have delivered the program to Information Today, the producer of the conference. The program with sessions and workshops should be online in a few weeks and you should receive your snail mail copy after that! In the meantime, our theme is Upping Our Game: Taking Libraries to New Heights with Technology and here’s a few early highlights to peak your interest:

new full day Searchers Academy workshop on Mon Mar 27 with many other half day workshops on change management, grant seeking, outcome measures, putting a press room on your website, hands-on video lessons, makerspaces, library tech update, engaging teens, Internet of Things (IoT) infrastructure and apps, innovation, fundraising, monitoring tools & dashboards, tech trends, UX, security, and more! popular Games & Gadgets networking & fun evening on Mon Mar 27 Opening keynote speaker Gina Milsap, CEO, Topeka & Shawnee County Public Library, Library Journal Library of the Year in 2016 on Tues Mar 28 New full day streams/tracks of sessions on funding strategies & practices as well as upping our marketing game a talk about winning with Pokemon Go in a special library co-located Library Leaders Summit on the topic of Future Proofing Libraries with terrific speakers & lots of time for discussion with your colleagues put the dates in your new 2017 calendar & stay tuned for lots more exciting topics and speakers!

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Authors, Libraries & Kudos for Baldacci

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Both Rebecca and I have written about author David Baldacci. In 2010, Rebecca wrote a post about supporting libraries, Rock Aid for Libraries:

“So many of our leaders, authors, speakers have known community libraries as a safe haven and education hub that you would think they would step up to the plate to find creative solutions to funding community libraries, the cornerstone of an informed democracy. Author, David Baldacci (I’ve written about him before) is very impressive with his Wish You Well Foundation which has funded many family literacy programs. But we need many, many more foundations and other funding sources for libraries.”

I mentioned him in a 2008 post on project management, “Thanks, David, for a great summer thriller and illustration of how the net can further PM in a nanosecond. Discerning what is true (facts) and finding quality information will always be a challenge and information professionals will always have a role in the process and in teaching others to beware.”

I just read Baldacci’s new novel, The Last Mile, and was pleased to see him include, “…they built a public library. You know people who read are a lot more tolerant and open-minded than those who don’t.” “Great, so let’s get everybody in the world a library card”!!! For sure, I agree!! And of course the librarian added, “Make a reader early, you make one for life.”

Every little bit helps and it was great to I was pleased the see that Knight News Challenge is funding

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Internet Literacies & Crap Detection

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Just saw this 2010 vid again from Internet Librarian keynote speaker alumni, Howard Rheingold. I knew him before the early days of the Internet, when he was focused on communities, and always love to listen to his ideas and thoughts. I love this piece on critical thinking around the Net/or as he calls it, crap detection.

He believed in 2010, and I think still relevant today, that we need to go beyond skills to literacies:

attention participation collaboration critical consumption (crap detection) network analysis

Skills, literacies and search engines help to search credibilities, but I think we as librarians, need to push our knowledge of credibility, crap detection, and trust by the public. I look forward to lots of discussions around this topic at Internet Librarian 2016, Oct 17-19 in Monterey CA especially at our Tues evening program celebrating Internet Librarian’s 20th anniversary and “Looking Forward Retrospectively”. And watch the conference website for a link to post your favorite Internet Librarian memory, picture, link, etc.

User Experience UX -- Indi Young

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Indi Young, IL Keynote

We are very excited to have Indi Young as a keynote speaker for Internet Librarian 2016 on Monday Oct 17th in Monterey CA. When I saw Nate Hill at a recent conference, he commented on how lucky we were to have her! Indi is also leading a workshop on stellar UX at the conference on Sunday Oct 16th!

Indi got her start as a software engineer with a computer science degree. She was a founder of Adaptive Path in 2001, a pioneer in user experience design. She has written two books: Mental Models: Aligning Design Strategy with Human Behavior and Practical Empathy: For Collaboration and Creativity in Your Work. She blogs. Here’s more info about Indi.

Indi does “research for organizations about the people they hope to support. [She] helps them think beyond “users” and beyond “user research,” gaining clarity instead about which problems to solve, which segments of people to support, where the gaps are, and how to branch services and products. [She] helps clients curate and add to this roadmap through the decades.”

Make sure you sign up for her workshop and hear her keynote speech at Internet Librarian 2016!

eBooks: Current State in Libraries

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Guest Post from Graham Lavender, Associate Librarian, The Michener Institute of Education at University Health Network [well over due for posting, sorry Graham!]

On March 17 & 18, I had the pleasure of attending eBooks Symposium! The Current State of the Art in Libraries at the University of Toronto iSchool. The room was filled with mainly public librarians from across the Greater Toronto Area (GTA), though some came from as far as Ottawa. There were a number of vendors in attendance (not just including those who gave presentations). The many insights into the world of ebooks wouldn’t all fit into a blog post, but I share some of the highlights.

Stephen Abram, conference co-chair and Executive Director, Federation of Ontario Public Libraries, kicked things off with a fascinating look at the data behind ebook usage in Ontario. For example, 41% of people surveyed indicated they had “checked the library’s online catalogue, downloaded an item, or accessed other materials via the library’s website,” and the top two “specific types of electronic resources used on the library’s website” were fiction ebooks and non-fiction ebooks. Considering that 86% of Ontarians have read at least one book in the past year, it’s no surprise that the demand for ebooks continues to grow, especially in Metro Toronto and other urban parts of the GTA, where ebook usage is most prevalent. Take a look through Stephen’s slides for more data: http://www.slideshare.net/stephenabram1/e-books-symposium-intro

Next up was Vickery Bowles, City Librarian, Toronto Public Library, to talk about the Fair

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IFLA: Connections, Collaboration, Community

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President’s Meeting in Columbus, Aug 2016

Ok, here I am in Columbus, Ohio attending IFLA‘s 82nd World Library & Information Congress and feeling really guilty that I have not posted & connected since February! Not because I didn’t have things to say, but for various reasons. So if Andrew Pace can get back to blogging, I felt I better too! Thanks Andrew for pushing me! 🙂

A lot of great stuff is happening at this IFLA meeting with the theme – Connections, Collaboration & Community. Here’s a few things:

New Continuing Professional Development Guidelines from on of the standing committees I belong to, CDPWL. And we had a great discussion of those guidelines in our session on Tues. We’ll be doing another one at next year’s conference in Poland. President’s Meeting with great speakers (session 092) — I tweeted a lot using #IFLAPres & there is also a Facebook page you can like & learn about future meetings. BTW, in his plenary session this morning David Ferriero, who blogs as AOTUS, mentioned one of my tweets from the Monday morning’s President’s meeting! I nearly fell off my chair! Knowledge Management section, which I’ve been a member of for many years, just published a book highlighting wonderful speaker presentations over the last number of years — Knowledge Management in Libraries & Organizations

Hope to share more soon!

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