Library 2.015 Worldwide Virtual Conference


This year, the San José State University School of Information had the honor of hosting an expanded array of Library 2.015 events, including a Spring Summit, the Library 2.0 Webinar Series, and the 5th annual Library 2.0 Worldwide Virtual Conference. These free, online Library 2.015 events brought together information scholars, practitioners, and students from over the world to foster collaboration and knowledge sharing in completely virtual settings.

The Library 2.0 conferences are the largest free virtual conferences in the information profession. The SJSU School of Information is a founding partner of the Library 2.0 virtual conference series. Dr. Sandra Hirsh, professor and director at the SJSU School of Information, and Steve Hargadon, founder and director of the Learning Revolution Project, co-chair the Library 2.0 events.

Library 2.015 Worldwide Virtual Conference

The 5th annual Library 2.0 Worldwide Virtual Conference took place on October 20, 2015, with sessions held across multiple time zones, allowing participants live access from any personal computer and most mobile devices.

Tools, Skills, and Competencies was this year’s conference theme, with information professionals from around the world providing “fresh perspectives and vibrancy to the world of ideas and information.” The thought-provoking sessions covered a range of current library and information science trends and topics, from building sustainable digital collections, green libraries and funding, emerging models of literacies such as game-based learning, innovative delivery techniques in storytelling, and reaching out to diverse communities. All sessions were recorded and are freely available for viewing on demand via the hyperlinks below.

Library 2.015 Keynote Speakers:

  • Toby Greenwalt
  • Sandra Hirsh
  • Norm Jacknis

Library 2.015 Distinguished Speakers:

  • Michael Stephens
  • David Weinberger

Library 2.015 Conference Subject Strands:

  • Digital Services, Preservation, Curation, and Access
  • Emerging Technologies and Trends
  • The User Experience
  • Management of Libraries and Information Centers in the 21st Century

The Library 2.015 annual conference welcomed international attendees as participants, advisors, and presenters, in the desire to ensure that this event was truly worldwide. Previous attendees described the conference as “a grand example of emerging community on a global scale” and note that, particularly for libraries that lack the funding to send employees to conferences, “this conference is not only free, but the ability to hear from people around the world is priceless.”

Library 2.015 Webinars

Library 2.0 conference co-chair Hargadon is organizing a series of year-round discussions about the future of libraries. The Library 2.0 webinars are free, but do require registration. To view the schedule and register for the events, please click here.

Library 2.015 Spring Summit

The SJSU iSchool co-sponsored the Library 2.015 Spring Summit, The Emerging Future: Technology and Learning, on April 30, 2015. The pre-conference event was inspired by the iSchool’s popular Emerging Future: Technology Issues and Trends MOOC and addressed a number of timely topics about the future of libraries. The discussion was divided into three parts featuring notable speakers on emerging technologies. All sessions were held in Blackboard Collaborate, and recordings can be accessed below.

Part 1: Chasing Storms or Rainbows?

This opening session with keynote panelists Miguel Figueroa, Udi Chatow, Jason Swanson, and Casey McCoy covers the effects of emerging technologies on current and future learning trends.


Part 2: In the Know

Continuing the conversation about emerging technologies, Samantha Adams Becker, Tina Jagerson, and Mary Alice Ball share tips for how to stay up to date and plan for new technologies.


Part 3: The Here and Now

During this closing panel session, Jen Jumba, Sara Gillespie Swanson, and Joyce Valenza discuss technology and social media trends.


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