Archive for 10.08.2009

The World Library and Information Congress 2009, 75th IFLA General Conference and Assembly, is August 23-27 in Milan, Italy.  Librarians from the  Department of State’s International Information Programs will host a booth at IFLA to promote US Embassy Library Programs, including IRCs, American Corners, and Binational Centers. 

One of the booth’s activities  is a speaker series featuring prominent American librarians discussing such topics as Library 2.0, Sister Libraries, International Digital Library Projects, and Youth Services and Outreach.   These presentations will be done in person and virtually via video web chats.

You and your patrons can participate in the video web chats by logging onto CO.NX at http://statedept.connectsolutions.com/ifla.

Share the CO.NX link and  the speaker schedule below with your library contacts.


Michael Stephens  – author of the blog: Tame the Web and Assistant Professor in the Graduate School of Library and Information Science at Dominican University

Topic: Library 2.0: transparent and user centered libraries

Time: Sunday  August 23rd  16:30 – 17:30 GMT+2             

Dr. Michael Stephens is Assistant Professor in the Graduate School of Library and Information Science at Dominican University in Illinois after spending 15 years working in public libraries. His recent publications include two ALA Library Technology Reports on Web 2.0, the monthly column “The Transparent Library” with Michael Casey in Library Journal, and other articles about emerging trends and technology. Michael also maintains the popular blog Tame the Web. Michael speaks internationally on libraries, technology, and innovation.


Josie ParkerDirector of the Ann Arbor District Library, and one of the co-founders of the Internet Public Library

Topic: Innovative public library programs             

Time: Monday August 24th  12:00 – 13:00 GMT+2            

Josie Parker earned her Master’s in Information and Library Studies is from the UM School of Information. She has served as Director at Ann Arbor District Library for the past seven years.  She has served on the boards of the Michigan Library Consortium and the Michigan Library Association and is an active member of national library associations and a former Board member of the Public Library Association, a subgroup of the American Library Association.


Meaghan O’Connor  – One of ALA’s “Emerging Leaders” at ALA-Anaheim last year, developed the Sister Libraries Wiki on the ALA website, Program Coordinator Civil Society Division IREX

Topic: Sister Libraries

Time: Monday August 24th  16:00 – 17:00 GMT+2              

Meaghan O’Connor oversees library and advocacy issues on the Global Libraries Romania and Ukraine projects currently being implemented by IREX. O’Connor was part of the 2008 ALA Emerging Leaders cohort, and served as the Fellow for Dean’s Initiatives while pursuing her MLS, furthering Simmons’ international initiatives in Korea and the Middle East. Since 2007, O’Connor has been working with the Sister Libraries Subcommittee of ALA’s IRRT to raise awareness of the benefits of sister library partnerships.


Erich KesseDigitization and Preservation Consultant,  past-Director of the Digital Library Center at the University of Florida

Topic: International and collaborative digital library projects        

Time: Tuesday August 25th 12:00-13:00 GMT+2  

Erich Kesse is currently a consultant who works with archives, libraries and museums on the preservation and digitization of collections.  His clients have been located in Florida, the Caribbean (including the U.S. Virgin Islands, Haiti, and Guyana), and Botswana.  He also is the former Director at the Digital Library Center at the University of Florida, where he was responsible for creation and implementation of digitization programs.


María Gentle  – Arlington Public Library  

Topic: Youth services / teen services & outreach              

Time: Tuesday August 25th 14:00 – 15:00 GMT+2               

María E. Gentle received her MLS from the University of Texas at Austin.  She has worked as a children’s and university librarian for many years in Texas and currently has been a Youth Services Librarian since 1992 at Arlington Public Library in Arlington, Virginia.  She is very active in the ALA (American Library Association) having participated as member of the YALSA (Young Adults Library Services Association) Board of Directors and also in many book award committees such as the Printz Award, MAEdwards Award, and currently the Newbery Award committee.  She does presentations on teen library services in the United States and abroad.


Karen Coombs  – Library Journal 2009 Mover and Shaker, author of LibraryWebChic blog, Head of University of Houston’s Web Services Department          

Topic:  Making the most of your library’s internet/web presence             

Time:  Tuesday August 25th 16:00 – 17:00 GMT+2              

Karen A. Coombs serves as the Head of Web Services at the University of Houston Libraries. Her duties include development and maintenance of the libraries’ web site and virtual presence for 35,000 plus students, faculty and staff. She has an MLS and an MS in Information Management from Syracuse University. Karen has presented at many national and international conferences including ALA Annual, Internet Librarian, Access and ELAG; she has written articles for Computers in Libraries, Library Journal, Library Hi Tech, and Journal of Academic Librarianship. With Jason Griffey , she is the co-author of the book Library Blogging. In 2009, Karen was named a Library Journal Mover and Shaker. She is past-chair of the LITA Special Interest Group for Blogs, Wikis and interactive media, a member of the LITA Top Technology Trends panel, and the author of the Library Web Chic weblog.

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