Internet Librarian International 2011

Navigating the New Normal: Strategies for Success

Copthorne Tara Hotel


27 & 28 October 2011

Deadline to submit proposals to speak is this Friday, 8 April

We are now in a time best characterised as the “New Normal”. The new normal isn’t just about austere budgets or the old chestnut of “doing more with less” – it’s also about new technologies. The new normal is having library patrons, users, customers and clients who know as much or more about technology than we do. It’s about partnerships and transparency, about new ways to develop and disseminate knowledge, about the increasing importance of communication skills, about opening up access to information, data, and knowledge.

Internet Librarian International invites participation from a wide range of professionals to share their experiences about information services in this new normal environment. What strategies have been successful? What have information professionals done to re-think and re-vitalise their libraries, information departments, and organisations?

Internet librarians – and we use ‘librarians’ in its broadest possible sense – are amazingly proficient at revolutionising their work environments, at understanding and utilising new technologies, at bringing creative thinking to problem solving, at creating order out of chaos, and at demonstrating their value.

Internet Librarian International offers you the chance to communicate your knowledge with your peers and colleagues. They need to know the things you know! Help Internet Librarian International delegates think positively about the future of libraries and the information profession by sharing your knowledge. Submit a proposal to speak, lead a workshop, or present on a panel here.

We seek dynamic speakers from all types of libraries and information settings – public, academic, commercial or government – as well as those outside a traditional library setting, such as web designers, content evaluators, portal creators, ‘shambrarians’, systems professionals and independent researchers.

Our emphasis is on the practical rather than theoretical; we are seeking case studies and proposals about initiatives in your organisation, not product pitches or overviews. What has worked in your work environments and what has not?

Possible topics (but don’t let this limit your imagination):


  • Augmented reality
  • Delivering distance learning
  • Apps
  • Mobile delivery
  • Cloud computing
  • Linked data
  • Semantic web
  • Social networking
  • Surface technologies
  • Moving toward Web 3.0
  • Virtual research environments
  • Tablet computing
  • Upcoming transformational technologies
  • Digital content preservation
  • HTML5
  • SAAS in libraries
  • Open data
  • Green computing

Resource Management

  • Web-scale discovery systems
  • Web content management
  • Electronic resources acquisition and management
  • Open source solutions
  • Integrating/federating collections
  • Open access
  • Institutional repositories
  • Copyright, DRM, DAM, intellectual property protection
  • Digital curation
  • Taxonomies, ontologies, folksonomies
  • New business models
  • Knowledge synthesis
  • Dealing with Big Data
  • Digital preservation
  • Sustainability
  • Rethinking Big Deals
  • Creative funding

Web design

  • Location awareness
  • User interfaces
  • Open source
  • Redesigning sites
  • Website usability
  • Portal creation
  • Content curation
  • Fostering community
  • Web publishing
  • Optimization

Managing in the new normal future

  • Succeeding in the new normal environment
  • Collaboration and partnering
  • Forecasting trends
  • Learning (and teaching) new skill sets
  • New models for acquiring information
  • Digital libraries
  • “Going Google” – integrating Google apps
  • Future scenarios
  • New financial models
  • Building communities
  • Strategic planning for libraries
  • Evidence-based librarianship
  • New roles for internet librarians
  • Embedded librarianship
  • New alignment strategies
  • Information policy
  • Adding value
  • Working in multidisciplinary teams

Using the internet for research and reference

  • Alternatives to Google
  • Web search engines
  • Search tips and techniques
  • Distance learning
  • Data quality
  • Impact of search engine optimization
  • Research using non-textual sources
  • Enhanced use of ICT
  • Best practices for search
  • Information discovery
  • Real-time search
  • User generated content
  • Business intelligence
  • Evaluating web resources
  • Information literacy
  • Transliteracy (digital literacy)

Innovative projects, services and tools in:

  • Academic libraries
  • Public libraries
  • Corporate/Special libraries
  • Government libraries
  • Health/Medical libraries
  • Law libraries
  • Non-traditional information settings
  • Designing for changes in user behaviour
  • Evaluation and testing

If you would like to be considered as a speaker, please submit your ideas here.

The advisory committee will review all submissions. Notification regarding acceptance will be made at the beginning of May. If your proposal is selected, the primary speaker will receive a free registration to the full conference, which includes lunches and a reception.

Marydee Ojala
Programme Director, Internet Librarian International
Editor, ONLINE: Exploring Technology & Resources for Information Professionals

David Raitt,
Editor, The Electronic Library

Please note that the expenses of attending Internet Librarian International (including travel, lodging, and any other expenses) will be the responsibility of the presenter. By submitting your proposal, you acknowledge that you accept this monetary responsibility.


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