Call for Speakers: Futurizing: People, Technology & Communities

Call for Speakers: Futurizing: People, Technology & Communities

There are so many positive possible futures for libraries in every community – campuses, municipalities, hospitals, schools, corporate and non-profit enterprises, governments, and more! The trick is to channel the passion that librarians have into building awareness and relationships in their communities; taking action and not waiting for citizens, students, researchers, business folks or faculty to come to them; creating and experimenting with innovative programs and services using new technologies; securing solid partnerships to expand programs and resources; and futurizing strong, collaborative and successful communities! Internet Librarian 2020 highlights how libraries are using artificial intelligence and machine learning to save time for new programs, dealing with big data to pinpoint insights, using sensors and other “internet of things” devices to improve and extend services, experimenting with augmented and virtual reality to delight their communities, tracking and sharing applications of smart technology with their campuses, organizations and neighborhoods. Internet Librarians never, however, lose sight of people in their communities as they futurize and transform to make sure they are relevant and valuable in their communities.

Join us at the most comprehensive conference for library and information professionals interested in technology to discover the insights, strategies and practices that allow us to push the envelope in expanding the net, building solid connections to the Internet of Things, managing libraries and digital information, and enhancing the information sharing and learning experience of people in our communities. Internet Librarian 2020 provides attendees with lots of opportunities to meet and hear from leading “movers and shakers” in the information industry in all types of environments – leaders in the information industry are integrating content and delighting their clients, organizing and managing digital content in creative ways, setting the context for excellence in information utilization in their organizations, revolutionizing the roles of info pros, creating new learning and discovery areas with makerspaces, building strong collaborative communities among their customers, colleagues, and partners, as well as using new technologies in exciting ways. This conference encourages you to bring and share your ideas and champion new practices – this is where ideas and action come together, catalysts are born, and where innovation ignites.

Information Today, Inc., a key provider of technology conferences for more than thirty years, is pleased to announce the 24th annual Internet Librarian – the ONLY conference for information professionals who are using, developing, and embracing Internet and Web-based strategies in their roles as information architects and navigators, webmasters and web managers, content evaluators and curators, digital managers, developers and integrators, taxonomists, searchers, community builders and managers, information providers, trainers, guides, and more. This comprehensive conference and exhibition offers a wide-ranging program designed to meet the needs of librarians, information managers, systems professionals, researchers, content managers, curators and information specialists.

Conference Topics

Internet Librarian 2020 caters to all interests and all levels of knowledge with five simultaneous tracks, including Internet@Schools, plus many workshop and networking opportunities.

This year’s tracks encompass such topics as: Discovery & Navigation, Makerspace Strategies & Creative Services, Smart Tools & Technologies, Integrating “Internet of Things”, Ebooks, User Experience, Curating Digital Assets, Inspiring Innovation, Web Presence Development & Management, Enterprise Trends, Social Media & Networking, Streaming Media, Finding & Collaborating with New Community Partners, Content Management and more. Speakers are knowledgeable, authoritative and focus on practical applications, new tools and techniques, case studies as well as technical and managerial issues. Please consider sending us a proposal to speak. Following is a list of some topics we hope to cover, but don’t let this list limit your imagination! We look forward to hearing from you.

  • Inspiring Connections & Partnerships
  • IoT: Internet of Things
  • ROI Tips & Tools for Libraries
  • Customer Engagement & Service
  • Action for Impact – Case Studies
  • Innovation & Excellence in Libraries
  • Attention-Grabbing Engagement Strategies
  • Facilitating Knowledge Sharing & Learning
  • Business Practices for Library Excellence
  • Revolutionizing Roles & Services
  • Makerspaces & Libraries
  • Creative Community Connections
  • Creative Funding of Tech Initiatives
  • Web Publishing
  • Information Discovery
  • Leading Edge Technologies & Libraries
  • Integrating Content for Creative Products
  • Streamlining User Online Experiences
  • User Generated Content & Services
  • New Roles for Info Pros
  • Leading Edge Digital Library Practices
  • Mobile Campuses & Communities
  • Improving Digital Info Flows & Access
  • Identifying & Working with Information Partners
  • Usability & Web Site Functionality
  • Navigating & Search Tools
  • Social Media Strategies & Practices
  • Semantic Web Strategies & Applications
  • New Workspace/place Concepts & Cases
  • Next Gen Ebook Strategies & Policies
  • Designing for Web Devices & Appliances
  • Knowledge Management Strategies
  • Distance Learning Technologies
  • Navigating Strategies & Techniques
  • Integrating K-12 Curriculum & Net Technology
  • Web Development Tools & Techniques
  • Magic Sauce Recipes for Library Success
  • Smart Campuses, Cities & Companies
  • New Funding Strategies & Practices
  • Empowering Conversations
  • What’s Next for the Future?
  • Smart Libraries & Practices
  • User Experience (UX)
  • Tech Tools for Collaboration
  • Impact & Value for Libraries
  • Harnessing Social Media
  • Digital Strategies & Practices
  • Mobile & Libraries
  • Digital Preservation
  • Digital Content Curation
  • Managing Devices & Gadgets
  • Content Streaming
  • Social Media Apps for Libraries
  • Discovery Platforms
  • Tips for Web Redesign
  • Creating & Testing New Ideas
  • New & Converging Technologies
  • Search Engine Nuts & Bolts
  • Hot Trends for Internet Librarians
  • Podcasting & Videocasting – Tips
  • Cool Video Applications
  • Shifting Roles & Strategies
  • Intranet Politics & Web Teams
  • Search Engine Tips
  • Cutting Edge Tech & Apps
  • Negotiating for E-resources
  • Visual Interfaces
  • Elearning Tips & Tools
  • Digital Rights Management
  • Digital Library Services & Archiving
  • Digital Ethnography
  • Building Customer Relationships

 

How to Submit a Proposal

If you would like to participate in Internet Librarian 2020 or Internet@Schools as a speaker or workshop leader, please complete the submission form here.

Or contact the Program Chair at the email address listed below as soon as possible (by March 15, 2020 at the latest). Include the following brief details of your proposed presentation: title, abstract, a few sentences of biographical information that relate to the topic, and full contact information (job title, address, e-mail, phone & fax) for you and any co-presenters. All abstracts will be reviewed by the Organizing/Review Committee and notification regarding acceptance will be made by June.

Jane I. Dysart, Program Chair
Dysart & Jones Associates
phone: 416/903-9306
email: jane@dysartjones.com

Organizing/Review Committee
Susan Broman, Los Angeles Public Library
Cindy Hill, Federal Reserve Bank of San Francisco
David Lee King, Topeka & Shawnee County Public Library
Chad Mairn, St. Petersberg College
Brian Pichman, Evolve Project
Marydee Ojala, Editor, Online Searcher
Donna Scheeder, Library Strategies International
Jeff Wisniewski, University of Pittsburgh

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