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

Professional Development Opportunities at SJSU iSchool Spring Colloquia

UPDATE: Unfortunately, due to unforeseen circumstances, the April 22nd Colloquium has been cancelled. SJSU is hoping to reschedule it for sometime in the Fall semester.


The San José State University (SJSU) School of Information offers a host of free professional development opportunities to students, alumni, and working information professionals through its series of online colloquia. Seminar topics range from helpful job search strategies to reports from industry experts and have proved popular for both students and information professionals looking to enhance their knowledge of new opportunities, events, and technologies in the field of library and information science.

The next colloquium in the spring 2015 lineup is titled “Early Childhood Literacy and the Importance of Addressing the Whole Child through Multi-literacy Experiences” and will take place on April 22, 2015, from 2-3:00 p.m. PDT. The presentation will feature award-winning SJSU Lecturer Beth Wrenn-Estes and experienced early childhood education and literacy advocate and SJSU graduate student R. Lynn Baker. With the California State Library ELF 2.0 initiative bringing attention to early childhood literacy and the role of libraries in early childhood education, the colloquium could not be more timely.

Two recent colloquia have featured guest lecturers on the establishment of rural public libraries in Africa. Thomas Kasonde Mukonde presented an insider’s perspective on the establishment of rural public libraries in Zambia with the Lubuto Library Project on January 7, 2015. On February 18, 2015, Dr. Michael Kevane of Santa Clara University, founder of the non-profit Friends of African Village Libraries, gave a talk on the challenges faced by groups working to establish rural public libraries in Africa.

The SJSU School of Information’s Virtual Center for Archives and Records Administration (VCARA) on Second Life also hosts a series of free colloquia, the most recent taking place on February 10, 2015, and featuring John Jamison, creative director at ImagiLearning, Inc. Jamison discussed how Unity3D and Second Life can be used to create learning experiences that increase both motivation and learning.

Recordings of past iSchool colloquia are available on the iSchool’s YouTube channel and can be searched via topic or keyword on the colloquia blog.

The colloquia are presented via Blackboard Collaborate web conferencing. For those unfamiliar with Collaborate, please reference the online guides to using the web conferencing program.

This post was submitted by Nicole Purviance, Director of Marketing and Communications at San Jose State University’s School of Information.

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

EVENTS: SJSU Fall 2011 Colloquia Series

Colloquia Series Kicks Off September 21

The School of Library and Information Science at San Jose State University is launching its fall semester Colloquia series on September 21, 2011, with two must-attend presentations. The kickoff also marks the return of the SLIS Career Colloquia, a series of presentations dedicated to helping LIS professionals in their job searches.

Reserve an hour at lunchtime on September 21 to hear a lively discussion about the future of health care, energy, consumer habits, education, and other impactful areas that could change our lives. The Chief Executive Officer and Publisher of Plunkett Research, Ltd., Jack Plunkett, will share insight from his most recent award-winning book, The Next Boom – What You Absolutely, Positively Need to Know About the World Between Now and 2025. This thought-provoking session is free to attend and will be held online from 12 p.m. – 1 p.m. PT, on Elluminate.

Later that same day at 5:30 p.m. PT, Blane Dessy, Executive Director of the Federal Library and Information Center Committee; and Nancy Faget, Senior Program Planning Specialist for Library Services and Content Management at the U.S. Government Printing Office will be our first speakers in the NEW! for fall 2011 Career Colloquia. Mr. Dessy and Ms. Faget will provide tips for landing a job in federal libraries and government agencies. If you’re searching for a job, you won’t want to miss this valuable session.

Colloquia presentations a re FREE, and everyone is invited to attend. Most will be held online via the web conferencing program Elluminate. More information about the presentations can be found online at: http://slisweb.sjsu.edu/slis/colloquia/2011/colloquia11fa.htm