Cozy Up with Emerging Technology: iSchool Library 2.0 Virtual Conference Oct. 30
Published: October 28, 2019 by Greta Snyder
No need to scramble for your professional super-hero suit (you know, that matching blazer and pants set you’ve stashed somewhere in your closet) to attend the virtual Library 2.0 Conference on Emerging Technology. The fully online mini-conference is this Wednesday, October 30, from 12:00 to 3:00 p.m. Pacific Time. It’s like the Netflix and chill of conferences as it is live-streamed and recorded; oh but wait, it’s also totally free! So, register now to attend live and have insider access to the recordings. Then look forward to putting on your softest sweater and comfiest pants, making some popcorn, and learning from the conference’s star-studded cast in the comfort of your own living room.
This panel though? Seriously, SJSU iSchool is truly leading the way by bringing together forward-thinking professionals in our field to share their work and insights. Accelerate your career forward and jump into the future in the LIS field by joining the opening and closing keynotes. Take a look at these visionary keynote speakers:
- Christina Mune, SJSU iSchool alumna and Associate Dean of Innovation and Resource Management at the SJSU Library, is passionate about developing technology-empowered spaces and services and working on her upcoming book: Libraries Supporting Online Learning: Digital Literacy, Open Access and Local Connectivity (from ABC-CLIO).
- Jim Hahn, Associate Professor, Orientation Services + Environments Librarian at University of Illinois, is all about designing software for technology enhanced- learning and manages the Minrva project.
- Ida Joiner, Senior Librarian at the Universal Academy in Texas is a member of MIT’s Technology Review Global Panel and is currently working on a book on drones in libraries. Check out her previous publication: Emerging Library Technologies: It’s Not Just for Geeks.
- Bohyun Kim, Chief Technology Officer and an Associate Professor at the University of Rhode Island Libraries, is the author of two books, Understanding Gamification and Library Mobile Experience: Practices and User Expectations and the founding editor of ACRL TechConnect Blog.
- Dr. Sue Alman, Lecturer at SJSU iSchool, specializes in a vast array of areas including futures, asynchronous learning, interpersonal communication, marketing, and cultural diversity. Her closing keynote title is on-point for the Halloween magic in the air: “No Crystal Balls Needed: Keeping Current with Emerging Technologies”
Customize your conference selections
Not only will the keynotes be a great way to see what’s trending in the field, it will also give you an opportunity to take your pick which 30-minute conference sessions are of most interest to you (and binge-watch all the sessions later). Check out the impressive diversity of topics and experiences of the presenters. This smorgasbord of future thinking and innovative ways to leverage technology in the field is not to be missed. Take a look:
- Breaking Down Barriers to Emerging & Innovative Technologies for Everyone – Sarah Norrell (Professional Librarian, Robert R. Muntz Library, The University of Texas at Tyler)
- Connect Communities with Technology that Matters – Amanda Sweet (Technology Innovation Librarian, Nebraska Library Commission)
- Creating A Virtual Reality Library Tour: How, Why, and What’s Next – Eliza Donne (Multimedia Specialist, Harrell Health Sciences Library)
- Design for Diversity: Towards More Inclusive Information Systems – Amanda Rust (Associate Director for Services, Digital Scholarship Group, Northeastern University Library)
- Exploring and building virtual reality experiences on the web – Liv Erickson (Senior Product Manager Social Mixed Reality, Mozilla)
- Information Gathering, AI and Manipulating Human Behaviour – Linda Feesey (librarian, Toronto Public Library)
- Introducing Immersive Technologies for Libraries – Chad Mairn (Librarian and Innovation Lab Manager, St. Petersburg College)
- Library Chatbots 101: Demystifying A.I. with the SJSU Chatbot Internship – Sharesly Rodriguez and Danica Ronquillo (SJSU)
- Robotics in Libraries – Dan Lou (Senior Librarian, Palo Alto City Library), Michael Hibben, (Senior Manager, Roanoke County Public Library), and M Ryan Hess (Digital Initiatives Manager, Palo Alto City Library)
- SUNY’s Exploring Emerging Technologies for Lifelong Learning and Success (#EmTechMOOC) – Roberta (Robin) Sullivan (Emerging Technologies Librarian & Head of Media Services, University at Buffalo Libraries, State University of New York) and Cherie van Putten
- Technology at the Learning Resources Centre, Academia Britanica Cuscatleca, El Salvador – Melissa Hernández (Library assistant, Learning Resources Centre (LRC) Academia Britanica Cuscatleca), Jennifer Garcia, Judith de Méndez, Hilda Gómez, Rodrigo Alfaro, and Raul Martínez
- Twitch + Discord in Public Libraries: New Opportunities for Adult ServicesMichael Dunbar-Rodney (Librarian, San Antonio Public Library, Central Branch) and Lorin Flores (Librarian)
What is Library 2.0?
With SJSU iSchool Director Dr. Sandra Hirsh’s visionary leadership, SJSU iSchool has been the founding sponsor of Library 2.0 starting in 2011, in partnership with Steve Hargadon, the founder and director of the Learning Revolution Project, to annually host free virtual conferences and conference mini-series, for information professionals around the world. These topic-specific mini-conferences each typically draw over 5,000 registrations, so don’t miss out. Join a global community of leaders in the field, practicing professionals, educators, and students just like yourself.
Take advantage of this career development and exceptional opportunity for virtual networking. Register as a member of the Library 2.0 network to stay updated on future events and access the archives.
To really take your online networking game to the next level, jump on Twitter and Instagram for this event:
- Use hashtags #library2019 and #libraryemergingtech on social media posts leading up to and during the event
- Tweet @SJSUiSchool; tag Instagram posts and stories with @sjsu_ischool
- I’ll be attending; follow me @futuregreta for updates!
If you’re a current iSchool student, take “The Emerging Future: Technology Issues and Trends” (INFO 282-11) with Dr. Alman this spring 2020. Here’s the spring 2019 syllabus for the course. It’s one of the best courses I’ve taken in the program and all about exploring future thinking and emerging technology: very crucial knowledge and skill-set in our field. In fact, the 2019 SJSU MLIS Skills at Work Report found that 27% of jobs demand competitive awareness and applicable skills in emerging technology.
Career development opportunities -
- Library 2.019: Emerging Technology – Oct. 30 – 12:00-3:00 p.m. PT – free, live online
- ALASC Virtual Networking Event – Oct. 30 – 5:30-6:30 p.m. PT – free, live online
- Contribute research to iSchool’s Student Research Journal (SRJ) – I’m the Editor-in-Chief so email me – we’re the iSchool’s peer-reviewed journal focusing on MLIS graduate-student research – deadline for potential fall publication, Oct. 31
- Apply to the SRJ Editorial team – deadline to apply Oct. 31 – email me
- Interested in archives? Submit proposals for publication to the SJSU’s Society of American Archivists, Student Chapter (SAASC)’s publication Archeota – deadline Nov. 4 – email email@example.com – find out more here
- Next Career Coaching Office Hours with iSchool Career Consultant Jill Klees – Nov. 6 – 5pm – 6pm PT, free, live online
- Apply for the Ilene F. Rockman CARL/ACRL Conference Scholarship – deadline Nov. 15
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