The new year is always a time to reflect and to plan ahead.  2014 was an exciting and interesting year of events for D&J and we’re looking forward to an equally wonderful year of learning, experiencing, and sharing in 2015!  We hope to connect with many of you at these venues!

January brings the annual Ontario Library Association SuperConference where Dysart & Jones will again sponsor Contributed Papers and participate in a number of sessions:

Wed Jan 28     403C    Business Models for Libraries: Rebecca Jones with Scott Hargrove (CEO for Fraser Valley Library System) & Moe Hosseini-Ara (Director of Culture for the City of Markham)

Thurs Jan 29    911      Conversations with New Pros: Jane Dysart with 5 new info pros

1111      Extreme Library Makeovers: Jane Dysart with Madeleine Lefebvre & Susan Downs

February has two new events.

The Future of Libraries: Do We Have 5 Yearas to Live? hosted by the University of California Center for Library Leadership & Management in Los Angeles on February 5th & 6th.  Speakers include Susan Hildreth, Director, IMLS, Greg Lucas, State Librarian for California, Steve Denning, Author, Lee Rainie, Pew, Corinne Hill, Chattanooga PL, Joe Matthews, Consultant & lots of practitioners!  Check out the program.

Future Tech Strategies for Libraries is the latest iSchool Symposium from the University of Toronto.  Scheduled for February 19th & 20th, this symposium  focuses on the technological challenges and trends coming down the pipe for libraries.  What’s coming up that may not be on your radar?

  • Are your technologies and tech strategies up-to-date?
  • Are you adapting technology quickly enough? Are you studying Geo, beacons, LinkedData, discovery services, and more?
  • Are our innovation cultures ready for the world of constantly changing technology and societal expectations?
  • Are we ready for the community and learning focused tech that are emerging as game changers? 
  • Do you want to learn about technology innovation in libraries and discuss and explore opportunities with peers?
  • What’s the next step in virtual community engagement?

If these questions interest you and your team, then this is the symposium helps you explore new ways to think about tech opportunities and trends as well as to address our future challenges. Check out the speakers including Marshall Breeding, David Lee King, Rebecca Jones, Daniel Lee, and more. The program schedule.

April is really exciting!

Computers in Libraries 2015 is celebrating it’s 30th anniversary in Washington DC on April 27th-29th and it is the 20th for D&J! The theme is Sync Up: Technology & Libraries for Community Success and is the essence of the CIL conference since it’s start as Small Computers in Libraries in 1985 when amusingly enough computers weren’t all that small!  Keep your eye on our Twitter feed #CILDC and our Facebook page.  The conference website has been updated for this event and the program is now online with the following keynotes:

Continuous Innovation & Transformation with Steve Denning, Author, The Leader’s Guide to Radical Management, The Leader’s Guide to Storytelling, & others

The new economy—the Creative Economy—is an economy of continuous innovation and transformation. It is an economy of organizations and entrepreneurs that are delivering to customers what they are coming to expect, namely, “better, faster, cheaper, smaller, lighter, more convenient, and more personalized.” The Creative Economy is still relatively small, but it is the economy of the future. It includes different ways of thinking, speaking, and acting in the world. Denning shares insights, strategies, and tips for libraries and their staff to continue innovating and transforming as they head into the future, creative economy!

Creating a New Nostalgia with David Ferriero, Archivist of the United States & John Palfrey, Head of School, Phillips Academy; President of the Board, Digital Public Library of America, author of Biblio TECH

Digital life is transforming the public’s expectations of libraries and archives. Is the internet making these institutions irrelevant? The “perfect storm” of reduced bud- gets, unprecedented increases in the amount and cost of information available, and the multiplicity of platforms at play call for new strategies for the future of libraries and archives. A lively glimpse into the crystal ball!

Technology & Libraries: Now & Into the Future with Mary Augusta Thomas, Deputy Director, Smithsonian Institution Libraries

As part of the Smithsonian libraries for more than 30 years, Thomas currently directs the operation of twenty libraries located in each of the Smithsonian’s museums and research institutes. In this talk, she reflects on the changes over those years and shares some of the future strategies for libraries.

And, co-located with Computers in Libraries 2015 is the Library Leaders Summit focused on Making an Impact & Proving Value — a topic most libraries are struggling with these days.  Check out the experienced speakers and the full program and join an intimate group of your peers for great discussions and insights.

There are other events in the planning!  The call for speakers for fall events should be live shortly:

Internet Librarian 2015, October 26-28 in Monterey CA with the theme Morph! Exploring New Roles & Directions for the Info Service Biz and again the Library Leaders Digital Strategy Summit will be co-located with this event.  Watch the Twitter feed #InternetLibrarian and our Facebook page for more.

KMWorld 2015, November 2-5 in Washington DC encompases Taxonomy Boot Camp, Enterprise Search & Discovery as well as SharePoint Symposium.  The theme of this year’s event is Agile Knowledge Sharing & Innovation.  More details will be coming soon to our Twitter feed #KMWorld and our Facebook page.

We’re working on future U of T iSchool events for May 11-12, July 16-17 & October 19-20, so save those dates!   And more events are planned for USC in LA (hopefully as soon as May!).  The Future of Libraries series may again come to Toronto in September so stay tuned for that one too!

Have a great year in 2015 of learning and developing and we hope to see you at some of these events!