Library 2.011 Worldwide Virtual Conference


The Library 2.011 Worldwide Virtual Conference was the first of its kind, providing a free, online forum for information professionals from around the world to join the global conversation about the evolving roles of libraries and librarians in the Information Age.

The call for presentations was open to everyone, and keynote presentations were made by speakers representing numerous countries, including Denmark, Australia, the United States, South Africa, and Canada. Keynote speakers included:

  • Dr. Sandra Hirsh (USA)
  • Dr. Lennart Bjoerneborn (Denmark)
  • Dr. Michael Stephens (USA)
  • Dr. Christine Bruce (Australia)
  • Ms. Ellen Tise (South Africa)
  • Mr. Stephen Abram (Canada)

Altogether, 6,800 people from 153 countries in 36 time zones signed up to participate in a total of 160 virtual presentations that ran around the clock over the course of two days. The Library 2.011 conference covered six subject strands:

  • STRAND 1:    Libraries – The Roles of Libraries in Today’s World
  • STRAND 2:    Librarians and Information Professionals – Evolving Professional Roles in Today’s World
  • STRAND 3:    Information Organization
  • STRAND 4:    Access and Delivery
  • STRAND 5:    Learning – Digital Age Learning Cultures
  • STRAND 6:    Content and Creation – Changes in Accessing and Organizing Information

The Library 2.011 Worldwide Virtual Conference took place on November 2-4, 2011. The conference was held entirely online, and provided a wealth of information to the public for free. All Library 2.011 conference presentations were recorded, and links to the recordings are available.