Library technology, video preservation and information literacy at virtual Internet Librarian International

While we wait for the opportunity to host an in-person Internet Librarian International conference, we decided to go ahead with another Bite-sized one. On 11 May 2022, we'll have a half day virtual event, featuring librarians from the United States, Germany, and Mexico covering library technology, preserving videos, and information literacy topics.

Bite-sized ILI  will start off with a presentation from Marshall Breeding, Independent Consultant, Library Technology Guides, and popular speaker at past ILI conferences. Marshall has just published the latest edition of his library technology report, where he provides his unique take on recent developments in the rapidly changing and consolidating library tech world. Get in on the ground floor and be among the first to learn about what’s going on with library technology companies—because what’s going on with library technology companies affects libraries in terms of budgets, usability and training.

Next up is Sven Strobel, Product Owner (Scrum Team AV-Portal), German National Library of Science and Technology (TIB), Department for Research and Development Competence Center for Non-Textual Materials. The aim of the TIB AV-Portal is the professional hosting, semantic indexing and publishing of scientific videos for research purposes. Unlike commercial platforms like YouTube of Vimeo, the TIB AV-Portal in the perfect solution for publishing scientific videos and making them sustainably findable, accessible, citable, interoperable and reusable.

The portal hosts some 36,000 videos, most of which carry Creative Commons licenses. They are digitally preserved and receive a DOI as well as an MFID (Media Fragment Identifiers). Indexing is on a fine-grained and time-based basis. This is an exciting project exploring new media in a library setting.

Rounding out our bite-sized ILI is Jesus Lau, a world renowned expert on information literacy. Professor, Universidad Veracruzana, Mexico, and Co-Chair, UNESCO Media and Information Literacy Alliance, Jesus puts the perils of misinformation and disinformation in perspective and describes initiatives to strengthen people’s ability to discern good information from bad. We all have a stake in this, given the amount of misinformation, disinformation and malinformation pervading the modern world. Information literacy is no longer constrained to the print world, we need to consider media literacy and information skills.

I look forward to “seeing” you in person via our virtual bite-sized ILI and hope we can meet in person soon. But in the meantime, these three presentations let us share world-class speakers and important topics with our international colleagues.