Library 2.013 Worldwide Virtual Conference


The Library 2.013 Worldwide Virtual Conference connected information professionals worldwide for two days of engaging, interactive presentations. The conference was held entirely online via web conferencing, with sessions scheduled around the clock in multiple languages and time zones. The global conversation about the future of libraries was held October 18-19, 2013.

Information professionals from around the world participated in this global forum designed to foster collaborative learning and provide professional development opportunities. The online conference featured more than 140 presentations, 10 keynote addresses and four distinguished speaker presentations. Thanks to the dedication of conference partners and volunteers, the Library 2.013 Worldwide Virtual Conference was FREE to attend.

The virtual conference covered eight thought-provoking subject strands, addressing a wide variety of topics, such as building sustainable digital collections, evaluating the user experience, serving distance users, and more.

Keynote Presenters:

  • Sandra Hirsh  (USA)
  • Neil Pakenham-Walsh (UK)
  • Peter Morville (USA)
  • Michael Stephens (USA)
  • Lee Rainie (USA)
  • Barbara Stripling (USA)
  • Gene Tan (Singapore)
  • Jocelyn Cranefield (NZ)
  • Buhle Mbambo-Thata (South Africa)
  • Roy Tennant (USA)

Distinguished Speakers:

  • Susan Hildreth (USA)
  • David Weinberger (USA)
  • Joe Murphy (USA)
  • Jianzhong Wu (China)

Library 2.013 Conference Strands

  • STRAND 1: Digital Services, Preservation, and Access
  • STRAND 2: Emerging Technologies and Trends
  • STRAND 3: Learning Commons (for school libraries and/or academic libraries)
  • STRAND 4: Management of Libraries and Information Centers in the 21st Century
  • STRAND 5: User Centered Services and Models
  • STRAND 6: Library and Information Professionals – Evolving Roles and Opportunities
  • STRAND 7: Doctoral Student Research
  • STRAND 8: Library and Information Center “Tours”

Conference attendees were able to choose which live sessions they wanted to attend, and view all the sessions at their convenience after the conference. Recordings of all the Library 2.013 conference presentations can be accessed here.

The Library 2.013 Worldwide Virtual Conference was the third installment of the Library 2.0 annual conference series founded by co-chairs Dr. Sandra Hirsh, professor and director at the San José State University School of Information, and Steve Hargadon, director of Web 2.0 Labs.

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