General News
October 23, 2014
Library Journal Webcast Covers Exciting Trends Unveiled at Library 2.014 Conference

Hyperlinked library services, maker movements, and emerging technology were just a few of the trending topics at the recent Library 2.014 Worldwide Virtual Conference. The conversation continues on Oct. 30, 2014, when Library Journal presents a special webcast featuring a panel of Library 2.014 conference presenters.   

Sponsored by the San José State University (SJSU) School of Information, Follett Corporation, and the Center for International Scholarship in School Libraries at Rutgers, the free webcast will be moderated by Dr. Michael Stephens, an assistant professor at the SJSU iSchool. Panelists include Samantha Adams Becker of the New Media Consortium; Susan Hildreth, director of the Institute of Museum and Library Services; and Ayyoub Ajmi of the University of Missouri, Kansas City Law Library.

“We are really excited to be partnering on this takeaway webcast on the heels of the Library 2.014 Virtual Conference,” said Rebecca T. Miller, editorial director of Library Journal and School Library Journal. “We hope it will extend the conversation regarding key ideas that are gaining more and more traction in the library world—such as the rise of participatory librarianship and continuous services enabled by our increasingly interconnected digital world. And, who better to help mine the ideas of the day than this powerhouse roster of panelists led by Michael Stephens?”

Stephens was one of the distinguished speakers at the Library 2.014 conference, giving a presentation entitled, “Finding Balance: Reflective Practice and the Profession.” In addition to moderating the Library Journal session, he will discuss participatory, hyperlinked library services in today’s connected global community. Becker will be talking about the role of emerging technology in academic and research libraries. Hildreth will be speaking about how libraries are becoming local learning hubs in in the wake of maker movements and the focus on STEM education in schools. For Ajmi, “the post-conference recap is just another opportunity to share and learn.” He will further discuss the innovative ways the University of Missouri has been using Google Glass.

Technology was an important theme in the Library 2.014 Virtual Worldwide Conference, and for information professionals like Ajmi, it is an essential part of professional development in order to stay abreast of innovative practices in the field of information science. “I think it's a must for any information professional to keep up with emerging technologies,” he explained, “as it is the only means for us to remain competitive and relevant to our stakeholders in a changing environment.”

Library Journal will be hosting the free post-conference webcast on Thursday, Oct. 30, 2014, from 12-1 p.m. Pacific Daylight Time. The webcast will also be recorded and archived for on-demand viewing after the event. Registration for the webcast is open on the Library Journal website.

Recordings of all Library 2.014 conference presentations are available on the Library 2.0 website, and the keynote sessions are available via YouTube as well. The SJSU School of Information is a founding partner of the Library 2.0 virtual conference series.