ILI 2019 announces keynote speakers

Insights from Silvia Modig, MEP and President of the Finnish Library Association; publishing expert Yvonne Campfens on innovating like a start-up, and Kajal Odedra of on harnessing the power of community.

The conference programme and keynote speakers have been announced for this year’s Internet Librarian International (ILI). ILI will take place at London’s Olympia Conference Centre on 15 & 16 October 2019, with workshops on 14 October.

ILI celebrates library innovation of all types, from large scale, high-budget projects to small-scale practical initiatives. The theme of innovation through collaboration is picked up by Yvonne Campfens in her opening keynote ‘Create, innovate, collaborate: learning from start-ups’. Based in the Netherlands, Yvonne has researched and worked alongside many start-ups in the scholarly communications ecosystem, and will highlight examples of how innovation and collaboration can be encouraged across different information sectors.

Day 2 will open with a talk from Kajal Odedra, Executive Director of and author of the forthcoming book Do Something: Activism for Everyone. In her keynote ‘Harnessing the power of community’, Kajal will talk about engaging hearts and minds and the power of communities to bring about collaborative change.

ILI’s final keynote will come from MEP Silvia Modig, who is also President of the Finnish Library Association. In her keynote ‘Libraries in Finland – a good news story’ she describes Finland’s enthusiastic embrace of libraries, and considers what lessons can be learned from this approach.

The ILI conference programme features 6 tracks over two days and over 70 speakers. The emphasis is on case studies, providing insight, inspiration, and ideas for information professionals from every type of library setting and from all over the world.

ILI registration is now open, with a range of ticket options and discounts to choose from. See the full programme and sign up here: