Nov 17-19, Monterey CA

Oct 26-8, Monterey CA

The program for Internet Librarian 2009, the 13th annual IL conference, is getting ready to go to print and be uploaded to the conference site.  There is a terrific faculty of speakers which you will see soon but I thought I’d give you a sneak preview of the wonderful keynote sessions and networking events we have planned.  Conference theme:  Net Initiatives for Tough Times: Digital Publishing, Preservation & Practices.

Saturday Oct 24Library Camp Monterey @ Monterey PL, 9.30-12.30 — a new free interactive discussion about people, technology, and libraries.  There are a range of workshops in the afternoon too.

Sunday Oct 25 — full and half day workshops including the popular Searchers Academy & Web Managers Academy.  At the end of the day network, play, and have fun at the Gaming & Gadgets Petting Zoo.

Monday Oct 26 — The day begins with an insightful keynote interview with Vint Cerf, Internet pioneer and VP & Chief Internet Evangelist, Google focused on Digital Publishing, Preservation & Practices.  Four tracks of sessions during the day are following by the opening reception in the exhibit hall, always goodies there.

Tuesday Oct 27Paul Holdengraber, Director, Public Programs, New York Public Library & former Founder & Director, Institute for Art and Cultures at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art, is interviewed about Libraries of the Future: Places of Desire.  He believes that public conversations are a fundamental way to make libraries irresistible, ensuring their everlasting importance.  He talks about creating moments of magic, provides tips for oxygenating and transforming libraries for the future and does it in a delightful way.  Following a full day of sessions in four tracks, we have fun evening planned.  Rockin’ Battle Decks is a new format for IL, also called “PowerPoint Karaoke” where our speakers make a coherent presentation based on hand-selected , seeminly unrelated slides that they see for the first time live on stage.  After a fantastic live musical interlude, the judges announce the winner.

Wednesday Oct 28 — Growing & Grown-Up Digital:  Net-Gen Speaks features a panel of kids, teens, and young adults interviewed about how they consume media, use technology to learn, and live, work & play in an information-rich fast-changing world.   After a free lunch in the exhibit hall, and four tracks of sessions, the day ends with another keynote — Mobile Gadgets & Apps with some of the foremost leaders who showcase exciting new and futuristic technologie, practices and applications in the mobile world.

Mark your calendars, blog & twitter with our tag — #IL2009, and join us in Monterey in October.