Library 2.017 Worldwide Virtual Conference

Library 2.017 Worldwide Virtual Conference

The Library 2.017 Worldwide Virtual Conference features three topic-specific mini-conferences scheduled throughout the year—the same format introduced last year. The first web conference for 2017 was held on March 29 and covered the topic of expertise, competencies and careers. Coming up on June 1, the topic of digital literacy and fake news will be discussed. The final web conference for 2017 will be held on October 11 and cover makerspaces. Each three-hour web conference consists of an opening and closing keynote session and crowd-sourced presentations on the specific conference topic. Registration is free.

Library 2.017: Digital Literacy and Fake News – June 1

What does “digital literacy” mean in an era shaped by the Internet, social media, and staggering quantities of information? Join the San José State University School of Information for its free web conference on June 1, 2017, and learn how libraries and librarians can help our global communities become better informed in media consumption and able to detect fake news.

The keynote panel, moderated by futurist Bryan Alexander, will discuss the foundational relationship of libraries and librarians to media, information, and digital literacy. Panelists will dig into the role of libraries and librarians in addressing fake news, propaganda, and biased research. Social media for information gathering, the requisite skills for critical thinking and decision making, and digital citizenship in our globally diverse world will also be covered in this tantalizing conversation.

In addition to the keynote speakers, attendees will hear from crowd-sourced presenters, who will deliver their 20-minute presentations on related topics. Presenters are encouraged to submit their proposals before the deadline of May 15. View Call for Proposals.

Registration is free. All registrants will receive links to the recorded sessions. Register Now!

Date: Thursday, June 1, 2017
Time: 12 - 3 p.m. Pacific Daylight Time
Location: Online
Cost: Free

Confirmed Keynote Speakers:

  • Bryan Alexander, Futurist, Future Trends in Technology Education (moderator)
  • Lisa Janicke Hinchliffe, Professor/Coordinator for Information Literacy Services and Instruction in the Library and Affiliate Faculty Member at the Graduate School of Library and Information Science, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
  • Doug Belshaw, Educator, Consultant, Speaker, Author
  • Mnar A. Muhawesh, Editor In Chief, MintPress News

Library 2.017: Makerspaces – October 11

Makerspaces are popping up at libraries more and more these days. The creative outlets for tinkering, collaborating, problem solving, and learning provide a new dynamic for library services. Just like the individual projects made, no two library makerspaces are the same. During this free web conference, attendees will investigate how library makerspaces can foster community partnerships and provide a space for patrons to innovate through hands-on learning.

Save the date for this informative presentation about library makerspaces. Registration is free. The call for proposals will open in August.

Date: Wednesday, October 11, 2017
Time: 12 - 3 p.m. Pacific Daylight Time
Location: Online
Cost: Free

Confirmed Keynote Speakers:

  • Heather Moorefield-Lang, Assistant Professor, School of Library and Information Science, University of South Carolina
  • Dr. Kyungwon Koh, Assistant Professor, School of Library and Information Studies, The University of Oklahoma
  • Dr. June Abbas, Professor, School of Library and Information Studies, College of Arts and Sciences, The University of Oklahoma

Library 2.017: Expertise, Competencies and Careers – Recordings Available

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 explored 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)

All sessions were recorded and are available on the conference's website. If you are not a member of the Library 2.0 network, please join for free to access all of the archived sessions from past conferences. The Library 2.0 Worldwide Virtual 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.