Library 2.0: Stephen Abram to Speak at the ACPL!

Stephen Abram, noted Library 2.0 speaker and Vice President of Innovation for SirsiDynix and Chief Strategist for the SirsiDynix Institute will be at the Allen County Public Library in Fort Wayne, Indiana to speak to the ACPL staff on the Top 10 Strategies for Library Success and a public speech on Library 2.0 in the Real World on September 19, 2007 at the ACPL Downtown Main Library Auditorium. Follow the link above for more information about Stephen Abram. Here is an overview of each session.

The Top 10 Strategies for Library Success

Session 1: 8 am – 9 am Auditorium Main Library (ACPL staff only)

“Now that we are well into the new Millennium, what are the top ten issues facing libraries and the library profession? What are the top strategies we need to employ to ensure our success in our communities and learning institutions? Will advertising driven search engines really win the hearts and minds of our customers? Are our collections right for today or will use of Google’s vault of digitized books grow wildly? Are we ready for the next round of technology and social change? Will our local and national cultures be overwhelmed by generic world services?”

A Tech Forecast: Library 2.0 in the Real World

Session 2: 11 am – noon (Open to general public and ACPL staff)

RSS, YouTube, Blogs, Wikis, Facebook, MySpace, and more! There is a global conversation going on right now about what will the next generation of the web be like? It’s happening largely under the meme of Web 2.0. It’s the McLuhanesque hot web where true human interaction takes precedence over merely ‘cool’ information delivery and e-mail. It’s about putting information into the real context of our users’ lives, learning, research and play. Concurrently, a group of information professionals are having a conversation about the vision for what Library 2.0 will look like in this Web 2.0 ecosystem. Some are even going so far as to talk about Web 3.0! Web 2.0 is coming fast and it’s BIG! What are the skills and competencies that Librarian 2.0 will need? MySpace and Facebook are just the tip of the iceberg! Come and hear an overview of Web 2.0 and a draft vision for Library 2.0 and an opinion about what adaptations we’ll need to make to thrive in this future scenario.”

(Note: you can substitute “concept” for “meme” and “media-rich” for “McLuhanesque” if you are like me and don’t really understand those terms) 🙂

Here is the Public Service Announcement (on YouTube, of course!) about Stephen Abram’s upcoming visit by Sean Robinson, Head of Information Technology at the Allen County Public Library.

I am really looking forward to it and I will definitely be there!

~Susan Mellott

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