Asking big questions of libraries

David McCandless and Jodie Ginsberg to keynote as Internet Librarian International explores the big questions facing librarians and info pros.

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Conference tracks include:

New Strategies, New Roles – includes radical rethinking for library services with Utrecht University discussing their experience of ‘Thinking the unthinkable, a library without a catalogue’, and Georgina Cronin on empowering librarianship through UX and ethnography.

New Tech, New User Experiences features case studies looking at 3D printing services, Bluetooth iBeacons, and open source LMS, as well as improving library websites and using tech to develop digital literacies.

New Content, New Collections explores data-driven initiatives, including sessions which consider the implications of big data for libraries, crowdsourcing the catalogue, and how libraries should respond to the increasing use of library-managed apps. 

Understanding Users and Usage: Measuring Impact and Value includes sessions on altmetrics; demonstrating impact and value to different audiences ranging from senior level decision-makers to everyday library patrons; and using measurement to drive decisions and maximise resources.

The Super Search Skills track will include Phil Bradley on ‘why search isn’t simple any more’, with an exploration of how Google search is changing, why alternative search engines are so important, and how social searching is changing search as we  know it.

This is followed by the Search, Discovery and Visibility track, with an in-depth look at the ‘bento’ approach to discovery from the University of Illinois, and an examination of ‘super scale search’ and data citation at the UK Data Service.

New Services, New Collaborations looks at how info pros can work with professional service colleagues who are responsible for strategic engagement, and explores ways in which librarians can collaborate with researchers and students to deliver research and academic success. The track will also look at peer mentoring, engaging MOOC learners, and generating community engagement by setting up hackathons.

Other highlights include ILI’s X Track (an informal space for learning, conversation and exploration), social events, awards, a delegate visit to the British Library or the City of London’s Guildhall Library, and the Sponsor Showcase.  

Further information, full conference programme, and details of a range of association and multi-delegate discounts available from

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