“Einstein Goes to a Party…” State University of New York Library Association, Syracuse, NY.
Abstract: Librarians must look beyond functional definition of the field (what we do it and how we do it) and to deeper understandings that will allow them to succeed into the future.
“Fighting for the Soul of Libraries” New York State Library Assistants Association, Troy, NY
Abstract: Libraries are changing – transforming from quiet buildings with loud rooms to loud buildings with quiet rooms – from places for things to places for knowledge and learning. This change is too big and important. Every one from librarian to assistant to patron must help shape the future of our libraries. Come start the conversation.
“Challenge your Thinking” Connecticut Library Association Annual Conference, New Haven, CT
Abstract: What if librarianship wasn’t a vocation of tools and skills, but of passion and knowledge? What if instead of identifying our roles with materials and order, we thought about embracing the chaos and excitement of change?
The Conversants Confernce/Conversation is now open to all at http://conversants.ning.com. You can already see the keynote, start conversations, watch tutorials, read papers, and see cases. We’ll be adding more presentations over the next two months…including hopefully yours.
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Here are the title and abstract for the keynote:
They Named the Building After Us: The Library as Conversation
The mission of librarians is to improve society through facilitating knowledge creation in their communities. Through service, innovation, and leadership librarians facilitate conversations in schools, communities, colleges, government, businesses, and beyond. It is this act of facilitation of knowledge in partnership with communities that makes a library – not collections, blogs, catalogs, or ivy on walls. This is the central premise of participatory librarianship. This keynote will explore the new role of librarians as a passionate and powerful force focused on the social good. It will present a unifying approach to librarianship that seeks to make sense of Library 2.0 and information commons alike.