Library 2.017 Worldwide Virtual Conference

Library 2.017 Worldwide Virtual Conference

The Library 2.017 Worldwide Virtual Conference will see three topic-specific mini-conferences scheduled throughout the year—the same format introduced last year. The theme for the first web conference for 2017 is Expertise, Competencies and Careers. The March mini-conference will be followed by two other two global events focused on Digital Literacy (June) and Makerspaces (October). Each three-hour web conference will consist of an opening and closing keynote session and crowd-sourced presentations on the specific conference topic. Registration is free.

Library 2.017: Expertise, Competencies and Careers

All library professionals, employers, students, and educators from around the world are invited to attend and participate in the March web conference sponsored by the American Library Association’s “Libraries Transform: The Expert in the Library” campaign.

What: Library and Information Experts Succeeding in the 21st Century: A Town Hall Dialogue on Competencies, Careers, and Successful Practice
Date: Wednesday, March 29, 2017
Time: 12 – 3 p.m. Pacific Daylight Time (Opening keynote from 12 – 1 p.m.)
Location: Online
Cost: Free


Moderated by Dr. Julie Todaro, ALA president, the opening keynote panel of thought leaders will explore competencies, careers and successful practices for 21st century information professionals.

Keynote Panelists:

  • Dr. John Bertot, Associate Provost for Faculty Affairs at University of Maryland (College Park, Maryland)
  • Valerie J. Gross, President & CEO, Howard County Library System (Maryland)
  • Dr. Eileen G. Abels, Dean, Simmons School of Library and Information Science, Simmons College (Boston, Massachusetts)

As in years past, 10-15 crowd-sourced 30-minute presentations will follow the opening keynote and provide further discussion regarding the requirements and expectations from educators and from both the employee and employer’s perspective. Presentation proposals should address the following questions:

  • What skills, knowledge, traits, and expectations will you need to support all types and sizes of libraries and their communities in the future?
  • What competencies will be necessary for information professionals – librarians, technologists, and library workers – to deliver critical services and resources and to thrive in today and tomorrow’s society?
  • How can library and information science schools and professional development programs prepare library professionals?          

The call for proposals is now open.

Held entirely online, the Library 2.017 web events are free to attend. The global conference was co-founded in 2011 by Dr. Sandra Hirsh of the San José State University School of Information and Steve Hargadon of The Learning Revolution. Recorded sessions from past conferences are archived and freely available.