Conferences

Academic Librarianship: A Crisis or Opportunity?

This post reproduces the notes taken by Harriet Sonne de Torrens, as well as some slides shown, at "Academic Librarianship: A Crisis or Opportunity?" held at University of Toronto on 18 November 2011. If you're wondering why this conference was convened, take a look at "McMastergate in chronological order, or, Do libraries need librarians?" and "UWO Librarian Strike Ends As Both Sides Ratify New Agreement." More...

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A Digital Public Library of America Conference Perspectives and Directions

The National Digital Public Library of America: Perspectives and Directions
October 11, 2011, 9am - 5pm
Columbia University, School of International & Public Affairs
New York City

The major issues to be discussed by the best speakers on the topic:
a national digital public library;
the legal ramifications of the Google BookSearch Settlement—most especially copyright and the digital objectives of libraries; and the perspective of U.S. publishers

The speakers are, respectively,
Robert Darnton, Carl H. Pforzheimer University Professor and Director of the Harvard University Library
Pamela Samuelson, Richard M. Sherman Distinguished Professor of Law and Information Management at the University of California, Berkeley, and
Tom Allen, President and Chief Executive Officer, Association of American Publishers, and
Yakov Shrayberg, Director General of the Russian National Public Library for Science and Technology and ILIAC (co-sponsor organization) President, Moscow, Russia, will speak about digital libraries in Russia and their availability to the public.

These are the key URLs:
http://unabashedlibrarian.com/ul-conferences/2011-conference (Conference information)
http://unabashedlibrarian.com/component/chronocontact/?chronoformname=conference_reg_11 (Registration Form)

Complete Announcement Follows:

Come One, Come All!
Not the Last Word, But the Best Word to Date:
A Digital Public Library of America:
Perspectives and Directions
Fourth Annual International Conference Sponsors:Columbia University Libraries & Harriman Institute,
ILIAC
(International Library Information and Analytic Center; Offices in Moscow & Washington D.C.) andThe U*N*A*B*A*S*H*E*DTM Librarian (also conference organizer)
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Columbia University
School of International and Public Affairs
Kellogg Center, 15th Floor
420 West 118th Street
New York City
Tuesday, October 11, 2011
9:00am – 4:00pm

A Digital Public Library of America: Perspectives and Directions

Come One, Come All!
Not the Last Word, But the Best Word to Date:
A Digital Public Library of America:
Perspectives and Directions
Fourth Annual International Conference Sponsors:Columbia University Libraries & Harriman Institute,
ILIAC
(International Library Information and Analytic Center; Offices in Moscow & Washington D.C.) andThe U*N*A*B*A*S*H*E*DTM Librarian (also conference organizer)
at
Columbia University
School of International and Public Affairs
Kellogg Center, 15th Floor
420 West 118th Street
New York City
Tuesday, October 11, 2011
9:00am – 4:00pm

Registration:
Early Bird Special (by September 15th: $90
METRO, LACUNY, NYLA Connecticut Library Association, NJLA, AAP, member: $100
Unaffiliated: $115
U*N*A*B*A*S*H*E*DTM Librarian Subscriber: $100
The top three people in the country to speak on the issues of:
· a national digital public library;
· the legal ramifications of the Google BookSearch Settlement—most especially copyright and the digital objectives of libraries; and
· the perspective of U.S. publishers

They are respective

ly,
Robert Darnton, Carl H. Pforzheimer University Professor and Director of the Harvard University Library
Pamela Samuelson, Richard M. Sherman Distinguished Professor of Law and Information Management at the University of California, Berkeley, and
Tom Allen, President and Chief Executive Officer, Association of American Publishers
Also, Yakov Shrayberg, [???????? ???? ??????????], Director General of the Russian National Public Library for Science and Technology and ILIAC (co-sponsor organization) President, Moscow, Russia, will speak about digital libraries in Russia and their availability to the public.
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BookExpo America Loves Librarians

...and here's the 'official' BEA Librarians blog. Why does BEA love librarians? Hmmm, probably because there are fewer and fewer bookstores around :(. [birdie's request: please support your local bookstores and partner with them whenever possible].

This month's entry includes YA, Middle Grade, Non-Fiction and Fiction favorites and asks librarians...what do YOU like? Check it out.

Major publishing deal for writer who sold 1m copies online

Self-published author John Locke has just signed a deal with a major publisher. In June this year, the American writer of contemporary crime became the first author to sell a million copies on Kindle.
While the publisher, Simon & Schuster, will handle sales and distribution for Locke’s books, they won’t cash in on his digital sales.

Locke – who sold his digital books via Amazon’s Kindle Direct Publishing platform – is responsible for the popular Donovan Creed novels.

Read more: http://www.digitaljournal.com/article/310683#ixzz1VuB6qw5U

Commentary by Mike Shatzkin on this story: John Locke and S&S show us another kind of deal we can expect to see again

Internet Librarian 2011 Advance Program

If you're like me, and you know you want to be, you're all excited about Internet Librarian 2011! Well, good news, the Advance Program is now out.
Revolutionizing the Net with Content, Connections & Conversations
Internet librarians have been revolutionizing the Net for many years and are creating new and exciting opportunities for connections and conversations, adding value and providingaccess to many types of content, implementing user-friendly interfaces, and much more. Hear about leading-edge tools and techniques for revolutionizing your community, campus or organization at Information Today, Inc.'s 15th annual Internet Librarian. This conference provides the ideal opportunity to gather insights and ideas to ignite our imaginations and to spark innovation.
Some of those Sunday Workshops look AWESOME!

Computers in Libraries 2012 Call For Speakers Cil2012

http://infotoday.com/cil2012/
Creating Innovative Libraries is what librarians, systems and information professionals, and teams of other partners and experts do with computers, the internet and cutting edge technology. At Computers in Libraries 2012, the focus is on practices and techniques, technology, and the “secret sauce” or “extra” that creates innovative libraries.

The conference program is filled with ideas, leading edge practices, tips and techniques for creating innovative libraries, engaging communities, as well as designing and delivering strategic services that are of primary importance to our communities. The emphasis is on thinking outside of the box, learning from other industries, finding strategic partners, and creating value for our user communities with new tools, techniques and skills that build innovative and priority services.

TEDxLibrariansTO:Librarians as Thought Leaders

TEDxLibrariansTO:Librarians as Thought Leaders
The first speaker was Amy Buckland. The driving force behind her talk was the idea that access to information is a human right. She spoke passionately about how librarians need to fight to make the world a better place. Rather than thought leaders,Buckland wants librarians to become revolutionaries willing to overthrow and challenge the system. She hit on many points that I think a lot of librarians worry about,e.g. the broken world of scholarly publishing,big companies controlling electronic content,the digital divide and privacy issues. If librarians work harder to be “doers”instead of “sayers,”they can effect all of these things in a positive way.

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Free Online Conference – Trends in Library Training and Learning: Developing Staff Skills for the 21st Century

ALA Learning Round Table and OCLC’s WebJunction collaborate to offer free online conference
Trends in Library Training and Learning: Developing Staff Skills for the 21st Century program is set for August 10–11

WebJunction, OCLC’s online learning community for library staff, and the ALA Learning Round Table, which promotes quality continuing education for all library personnel, will team up to offer a free, online learning and training conference August 10–11, 2011.

The conference, to include eight one-hour sessions over two days, will be hosted using the WebEx web conferencing tool, which will provide attendees with easy online access to all live sessions and the ability to interact with other attendees and presenters using text-based chat. Registration will open by June 1 when full conference details are available on WebJunction.org.

“Libraries are changing quickly and staff need more training than ever to navigate nimbly through change,” said Sharon Morris, ALA Learning Round Table President 2010–11. “This conference will help library trainers, managers and staff to find new ways to train, learn and keep up. The Learning Round Table members are excited to be working with WebJunction on this cutting-edge online conference.”

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Librarians at the Gate Of Book Expo America

Librarians at the Gate Of Book Expo America
Librarians have become an important constituency at Book Expo America, showing up in increasing numbers year after year to hear publishers pitch their latest offerings. This year, however, BEA won't just be about the books librarians will buy, but how they will buy them, and, in the case of e-books, if they can buy them at all.
[Thanks to Peter Murray for the link!]

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