[Announcement] California Conference on Library Instruction 2017

On May 5th, 2017 the California Conference on Library Instruction will return to the University of San Francisco. Registration information is available here and you can view the full conference program here. Early bird tickets are $50, regular tickets will be $62. The conference sold out quickly last year so we advise purchasing tickets at your earliest convenience.

The 2017 conference theme is New Directions in Library Instruction and Scholarly Communications.

College and university libraries are taking an increasing role in guiding scholarly communications activities on their campuses. As scholarly communications have evolved in the direction of open access and sharing of data, information literacy instruction continues to evolve in order to adapt to a rapidly changing research environment. These major shifts offer ripe territory for collaborative innovation at the crossroads. Join us for a day of presentations devoted to compelling work happening at the intersection of information literacy and scholarly communication. Our honored keynote speaker is Cassidy R. Sugimoto who will be presenting a keynote titled Defending and Disrupting the Scholarly Ecosystem. Learn more about her via our Keynote Presentation page.

Visit cclibinstruction.org for more information. We hope to see you on May 5!

Post submitted by Ryne Leuzinger, Research and Instruction Librarian at Cal State Monterey Bay.

[Conference Report] Reinvention: Thriving in the 21st Century

On November 4-6, the Mechanics’ Institute hosted 51 colleagues from Wales, Australia, Canada, England and the U.S. for the Reinvention Conference. Reinvention was the fourth in a series of international conferences for independent and subscription libraries, mechanics’ institutes, athenaeums, mercantile libraries, schools of arts, and working men’s institutes and the first one held in North America.

Our keynoters and speakers wowed us. Keynote speakers were:

  • Brewster Kahle, Digital Librarian and Founder of the Internet Archive, who spoke about “Bringing Our Libraries Digital”
  • Lee Rainie, Director of Research at the Pew Research Center, who spoke about “The Reinvention Recipe: One Part Desperation. One Part Aggravation. One Part Decimation. One Part Liberation”
  • Nina Simon Executive Director, Santa Cruz Museum of Art & History, who spoke about “The Art of Relevance”

We shared challenges, solutions and ideas for continuing to thrive, including grant research, rebranding for the future, disaster planning, analog libraries in a digital world, capital campaigns, measuring performance indicators, relevance and much more.

Sometimes we had to strain to understand accents, as we all spoke different flavors of the English language. We learned, with a bit of envy, that the Gladstone Library (in Hawarden, Flintshire, Wales) is a “residential” library, with 26 bedrooms, which include access to the 250,000 items in the library and breakfast.

In another presentation, we learned that a former Mechanics’ Institute in Heptonstall, England, that is now a private residence, is on the market for £340,000 ($420,415), which sounds like a steal compared to the San Francisco Bay Area housing market!

All presentations are available online here: https://www.milibrary.org/reinvention/content/presenters

We at the Mechanics’ Institute learned a lot too about putting on a conference, including lodging, meals, and other logistics. Most of all, we learned that we are of the same tribe and are facing common challenges, being creative in overcoming them and that we can learn so much from one another.

Post submitted by Deb Hunt, Library Director at the Mechanics’ Institute Library in San Francisco

Explore Libraries of the Future at Free, Online Library 2.016 Conference

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

Information Professionals Inspired to Become Innovation ‘Rock Stars’ at Library 2.014 Worldwide Virtual Conference

Library 2.014 Conference BannerWith gratitude for the many partner organizations that helped make the Library 2.014 Worldwide Virtual Conference a reality, conference co-chairs Dr. Sandra Hirsh, director of the San José State University (SJSU) School of Information, and Steve Hargadon, founder of The Learning Revolution, enthusiastically welcomed the conference participants who watched Hirsh’s keynote address live on Wednesday, Oct. 8.

During her keynote address at the Library 2.014 conference, Hirsh encouraged information professionals to transcend traditional boundaries in today’s global information market. Entitled “Working in a Global Environment—Success Strategies for Today’s Information Professional,” the opening keynote highlighted what would turn out to be major themes throughout the conference—the changes in the information profession due to digitization and mobile technology, the need for information professionals to connect to each other in a global information community, and the new skills required for success in today’s information economy.

In her presentation, Hirsh quoted Dr. Michael Stephens, an assistant professor at the SJSU iSchool, who said, “When asked what I see for the future of libraries—all kinds of libraries—I imagine a space where users will connect, collaborate, create, and care.” According to Hirsh, “That future is now.” Successful information professionals will, as Hirsh said, “engage in the global information community” and share innovative strategies via social media, professional networks, and community partnerships.

Since the annual Library 2.0 conferences draw participants from all over the world, the conference itself presented opportunities for global networking, as Hirsh remarked in her presentation. Present for Hirsh’s keynote address were participants from all over the United States, as well as from Great Britain, Hungary, South Africa, and New Zealand.

Hirsh also discussed the many career pathways open to information professionals with a Master’s degree in Library and Information Science, and inspired listeners to become “rock stars” in their organizations through professional development, networking, volunteering, and public presentations. Hirsh’s lively presentation introduced participants to cutting edge library technologies, and also emphasized that today’s information organizations are “creative and playful.” Through anecdotes, quotes, and data drawn from current research on the profession, Hirsh showed that exploration and innovation are keys to success for information professionals both inside and outside the library environment.

Conference attendees followed the stimulating presentation with interest, with one participant commenting that the keynote address “really framed our thinking for the entire conference.” Attendees also appreciated the strategies outlined in Hirsh’s slides, which she has made available on the iSchool’s SlideShare account. All of the 100+ conference sessions, including Hirsh’s keynote address, were recorded and are freely available on the Library 2.014 conference website.

Editor’s Note: This post was written by Nicole Purviance, Director of Marketing and Communications at the San Jose State University School of Information