Kenn Bicknell is Digital Resources Librarian for the Los Angeles County Metropolitan Transportation Authority Library & Archive, where he oversees web content, strategic initiatives, innovative collaborations and more than a dozen social media properties for the largest transit-operator transportation library in the United States.
Kenn was honored as a 2013 Library Journal "Mover & Shaker," naming him one of the top 50 innovative information professionals in the United States. He has served four years as Executive Chair of LA as Subject, a Getty / University of Southern California-hosted network of more than 230 libraries, archives, museums, historical societies and other cultural repositories whose collections pertain to the history and culture of Southern California, which he led through its first strategic plan.
He has been a featured speaker at international conferences in the United States, including Internet Librarian and the Special Library Association, the leading international corporate and governmental librarian professional organization, where he has twice been awarded the Transportation Division’s Innovation Award. Kenn has also been the featured or keynote speaker at conferences of the Society of California Archivists, the California Library Association, and the Texas Library Association. He has recently joined Special Library Association's primary communication outlet, Information Outlook, as co-author of its "InfoTech" column and will be addressing the Internet Librarian International conference in the United Kingdom in late 2015 and both the VALA Biennial conference in Australia and the Library and Information Association of New Zealand in early 2016.
His work in libraries, as a museum professional, and as a college instructor have informed his passion for exploring the new roles for libraries, archives and museums and the professionals working in them in an era of accelerated technological change and resource challenges. Kenn’s current research interests include digital humanities, leveraging historical and cultural resources through social media, crowd-sourced metadata for increased access to archival collections, civic open data and big data via infographics and data visualization, and libraries, archives and museums as news aggregators and civic journalism outlets.
Kenn distills developments from across the technology, business and media landscapes in his assessment of new tools and resources to help libraries, archives and museums strengthen their community engagement and to remain not just relevant, but a vital cornerstone of society.