Digital Strategy Summit for Library Directors


I am very excited about a new Information Today event being held in Monterey CA at the same time as Internet Librarian 2011.

The Library Directors Digital Strategy Summit being held at the Marriott in Monterey CA on October 17/18 will be hosted by Kim Bui-Burton, Director, Community Services, Monterey CA. This new 2 day event is focused on “Strategic Choices for 2020″ and provides an interactive forum for library directors, CEOs, and CIOs of academic, public, government and special libraries to problem-solve, discuss, and network with colleagues. It features a mix of high level presentations, chat with business leaders, expert panels, round table and facilitated discussions with lots of networking/peer engagement time.

With exclusive access to world-level and industry thought leaders, leading edge practitioners from all types of libraries, and forward thinking systems and technology experts, participants will have an intimate forum for solutions-finding, strategy building, and more.

Select sponsors will be providing complimentary registrations for key clients but to register and to view more and evolving details, check out the conference website.

Canada 3.0: Canada’s Digital Economy


Wish I’d been able to attend this event, but here are the 15 ideas, spanning 5 streams: creating, learning, empowering, changing, revolutionizing, that recommend ways to improve Canada’s digital economy based on the issues raised during the two-day discussions. Here’s the summary from Jennifer Kavur, Computer World Canada,

The creating stream, presented by Tim Jackson, founder and partner of Tech Capital Partners Inc., and Kevin Newman, anchor and executive editor at Global National:

1) An online “concierge” that would bring provincial and federal government together with one portal to make it easier for people to access and discover what government programs are available.

2) A provision of copyright laws that would allow people to choose what they want to charge and what they want to charge for to help them monetize content.

3) A “risk fund” for projects that recognizes the emerging market and allows for artistic experimentation. The fund would specifically acknowledge that the only way Canada will innovate and change is by acknowledging and accepting the risk of failure.

The learning stream, presented by Ontario College of Art and Design (OCAD) president Sara Diamond and Ken Coates, dean of the Faculty of Arts at OCAD:

4) A national provincial plan across curriculum – from K-12 to post-secondary education – that would bring literacy, numeracy, writing and digital skills to the Canadian population. This strategy coordinates literacy on both the federal and provincial scale. One component includes an open source repository for resources.

5) A national repository of co-op

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Happy Holidays & All the Best in 2010!


It’s amazing how fast a year goes by and how much we cram into 365 days. Hope everyone has a great holiday season and a terrific year in 2010! At this time of year, I always look ahead to what’s to come, and 2010 looks like it’s shaping up to be exciting. Here’s a peek —

Ontario Library Association SuperConference, Feb 24-27

Rebecca and I are facilitating a pre-conference workshop on Wed Feb 24 — Leadership Renewal: Conversations, Insights & Revitalization (P004) which includes segments with Cindy Ross Pedersen, Strategic Volunteer & Entrepreneur, Ken Haycock, Director, San Jose State University School of Libary & information Science & Senior Partner, Ken Haycock & Associates Inc. and Gordon Vala-Webb, PricewaterhouseCoopers Canada PLC. This interactive workshop should provide lots of wonderful conversations and insights. Rebecca is speaking about Resolving Conflict – Reaching Consensus (317) on Thurs Feb 25 and Service Lifecycle Management: Pruning Gives Other Services Room to Grow (1228) on Friday Feb 26. We have also put together a session on Thurs Feb 25 called Digital Strategies: Practices & Services (1021) which features Aaron Schmidt, District of Columbia Public Library, Amanda Etches Johnson, McMaster University and Daniel Lee, Navigator Ltd. We hope to see lots of our friends and colleagues in Toronto at SuperConference!

Computers in Libraries, DC, April 12-14

This vibrant conference is filled sessions on topics of interest to all those in the information business. Check out the program and join us for stimulating discussions, lots of learning and networking,

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