Take a break from your day-to-day work and shift your thoughts to the future at the Library 2.016 mini-conference on Thursday, October 6, 2016, from noon to 3 p.m. PDT.

Completely free and fully online, “Library 2.016: Libraries of the Future” will explore trends and opportunities shaping the future of libraries. Hosted by the San José State University School of Information, the event will be a unique opportunity to learn from library experts and civic leaders, meeting at the intersection of information, education, technology, and community.

An opening keynote panel, “Inspiring the Future: A Conversation with Innovators,” will be moderated by SJSU iSchool Director Dr. Sandra Hirsh. Panelists will include:

  • Nigel Jacob, co-founder of the Boston Mayor’s Office of New Urban Mechanics, a civic innovation incubator that focuses on education, engagement, and other issues
  • Jesus Gerena, managing partner of the Family Independence Initiative, which leverages the power of information to support economic and social mobility
  • Grif Peterson, learning lead for Peer 2 Peer University, a nonprofit organization that facilitates lifelong learning, often in collaboration with libraries

Additional keynote speakers will be announced soon. The conference will also feature a variety of break-out sessions on topics ranging from open educational resources to disruptive technologies.

Information professionals everywhere are invited to participate at no charge, and all sessions will be recorded. Registrants will receive links to the recorded sessions after the conference. Register today!

For more information about the conference, including the latest keynote speaker line-up and accepted crowd-sourced presentations, visit the conference website. You can also follow conference news on Twitter using the hashtag #library2016.

The “Library 2.016: Libraries of the Future” mini-conference is sponsored by the American Library Association’s Center for the Future of Libraries. This event is part of the sixth annual Library 2.0 Worldwide Virtual Conference series, a global conversation about the future of libraries co-founded by Hirsh of the SJSU iSchool and Steve Hargadon of the Learning Revolution Project.

This post was submitted by Nicole Purviance, the SJSU iSchool Director of Marketing and Communications