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 innovative programming and 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, and is the recipient of the 2016 HistoryIT American Association for State and Local History Annual Meeting Scholarship for Digital Thinking.
Kenn currently serves as a member of the Coalition to Advance Learning in Archives, Libraries and Museums' Collective Wisdom research cohort, exploring cross-sector professional development and continuing education opportunities across the LAM landscape. His international speaking engagements include the Internet Librarian International conference in London, the VALA: Libraries, Technology and the Future biennial conference in Melbourne, Australia, SLA Australia / New Zealand Chapter in Melbourne, and a joint meeting of SLA ANZ and the Library and Information Association of New Zealand in Auckland.
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, promoting historical and cultural resources through social media, crowd-sourced metadata for increased access to archival collections, leveraging 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 vital cornerstones of society.