Library 2.018 Worldwide Virtual Conference

The SJSU School of Information presents three Library 2.0 web conferences during 2018, each focusing on a specific topic addressed by experts in the information profession. The conferences will be held entirely online and registration is free. The format includes an opening keynote panel, concurrent crowdsourced sessions and a closing address.

Who Should Attend: Library professionals, employers, LIS students, and educators  

Design Thinking: How Librarians Are Incorporating It into Their Practice

  • Thursday, March 8, 2018
  • 12–3 p.m. US-Pacific Time
  • Free and Online 

Abstract: Design thinking is a process designers use to thoughtfully identify problems and develop prototypes useful for implementing an elegant solution. In response to the growing interest in design thinking, this web conference will cover insights into the process and examples of how librarians are integrating it into their practice. You’ll learn how you can develop and lead a design challenge at your library.

This event was organized in partnership with Steven J. Bell, who served as moderator for the opening panel and as the closing keynote speaker.

Visit the conference web page to access the session recordings.

Blockchain Applied: Impact on the Information Profession

  • Thursday, June 7, 2018
  • 12–3 p.m. US-Pacific Time
  • Free and Online – Register Now!

Abstract: Blockchain technology on the brink of revolutionizing the public and private sectors. However, its potential for libraries and information centers has yet to be fully explored. This web conference is part of an IMLS-funded grant project led by SJSU School of Information faculty members who are investigating the potential of blockchain technology for small and large, rural and urban libraries and their communities. Sessions will review the blockchain recommendations made at the national forum and provide opportunities for input from conference participants. Let's imagine ways in which the technology can be used to advance the role of libraries in serving global communities.

SJSU School of Information lecturer Dr. Sue Alman is one of the grant's co-principal investigators and will serve as moderator for the opening panel and as the closing keynote speaker. 

Visit the conference web page for details, including the call for proposals, speaker biographies, and registration.

Social Crisis Management in a 21st Century World

  • Wednesday, October 17, 2018
  • 12–3 p.m. US-Pacific Time
  • Free and Online (registration will open soon)

Abstract: Our human condition has changed dramatically and has implications for libraries of all types on a global scale. Food insecurity and hunger, housing policies and homelessness, violence, mental health service needs, social, economic, educational and racial equity, substance abuse and drug overdose—all of these and many more challenges impact the people who frequent our libraries—as customers, students, faculty, and staff. Operational decisions continue to be influenced by social concerns. Join us for a series of conversations on how libraries have developed, responded, and championed programs and services to address some of these social crises and learn about outcomes. What’s the new normal for libraries in this world of social and economic disparity? Has it altered or enhanced our core mission?

The call for proposals will open on May 15, 2018, and close on September 15, 2018. More information will be posted on the conference website soon.