Call for Speakers

Call to Action: Innovation in Library Technology & Communities


Submit your proposal

Deadline is April 25

Global crises create a sense of urgency for change and innovation. Libraries in their various communities definitely stepped up to the call for action during the recent pandemic as they have in the past for natural disasters! Libraries are resilient and are now resetting for the future. The 25th Internet Librarian highlights some of the exciting changes that will likely become standard in the future, those that were great experiments from which we learned much, as well as creative new insights and plans for the future. Plans which include working with their communities in rebuilding and recovering from the economic and social issues arising from recent upheavals.

There are so many positive possible futures for libraries in every community – campuses, municipalities, hospitals, schools, corporate and non-profit enterprises, governments, and more! The trick is to channel the passion that librarians have into building awareness and relationships in their communities; taking action and not waiting for citizens, students, researchers, business folks or faculty to come to them; creating and experimenting with innovative programs and services using new technologies; securing solid partnerships to expand programs and resources; and futurizing strong, collaborative, successful and sustainable communities! Internet Librarian 2021 highlights how libraries are using artificial intelligence and machine learning to save time for new programs, dealing with big data to pinpoint insights, using sensors and other “internet of things” devices to improve and extend services, experimenting with augmented and virtual reality to delight their communities, tracking and sharing applications of smart technology with their campuses, organizations and neighborhoods. Internet Librarians never, however, lose sight of people in their communities as they futurize and transform to make sure they are relevant and valuable in their communities.

Join us at the most comprehensive conference for library and information professionals interested in technology to discover the insights, strategies and practices that allow us to push the envelope in expanding the net, building solid connections to the Internet of Things, managing libraries and digital information, and enhancing the information sharing and learning experience of people in our communities. Internet Librarian 2021 provides attendees with lots of opportunities to meet and hear from leading “movers and shakers” in the information industry in all types of environments – leaders in the information industry are integrating content and delighting their clients, organizing and managing digital content in creative ways, setting the context for excellence in information utilization in their organizations, revolutionizing the roles of info pros, creating new learning and discovery areas with makerspaces, building strong collaborative communities among their customers, colleagues, and partners, as well as using new technologies in exciting ways. This conference encourages you to bring and share your ideas and champion new practices – this is where ideas and action come together, catalysts are born, and where innovation ignites.

Information Today, Inc., a key provider of technology conferences for more than forty years, is pleased to announce the 25th annual Internet Librarian – the ONLY conference for information professionals who are using, developing, and embracing Internet and Web-based strategies in their roles as information architects and navigators; digital managers, developers and integrators; content evaluators and curators; taxonomists; searchers; community builders, managers, and partners; information providers, trainers, guides, and more. This comprehensive conference offers a wide-ranging program designed to meet the needs of librarians, information managers, systems professionals, researchers, content managers, curators and information specialists. Internet Librarian 2021 caters to all interests and all levels of knowledge with four simultaneous tracks, plus many workshop and networking opportunities.

This year’s tracks encompass such topics as: Discovery & Navigation, Makerspace Strategies & Creative Services, Smart Tools & Technologies, Integrating “Internet of Things”, AI & Machine Learning, Ebooks, User Experience, Curating Digital Assets, Resetting & Inspiring Innovation, Web Presence Development & Management, Enterprise Trends, Social Media & Networking, Streaming Media, Finding & Collaborating with New Community Partners, Content Management and more. Speakers are knowledgeable, authoritative and focus on practical applications, new tools and techniques, case studies as well as technical and managerial issues. Please consider sending us a proposal to speak. Following is a list of some topics we hope to cover, but don’t let this list limit your imagination! We look forward to hearing from you.

Conference Topics

  • Action for Impact – case studies
  • Artificial Intelligence & Robotics
  • Inspiring Connections & Partnerships
  • IoT: Internet of Things
  • ROI Tips & Tools for Libraries
  • Tactics Against Disinformation & Fake News
  • Customer Engagement & Service
  • Innovation & Excellence in Libraries
  • Attention-grabbing Engagement Strategies
  • Facilitating Knowledge Sharing & Learning
  • Business Practices for Library Excellence
  • Revolutionizing Roles & Services
  • Makerspaces & Libraries
  • Creative Community Connections
  • Creative Funding of Tech Initiatives
  • Dealing with Changing Space Issues
  • Information Discovery
  • Leading Edge Technologies & Libraries
  • Integrating Content for Creative Products
  • Streamlining User Online Experiences
  • User Generated Content & Services
  • New Roles for Info Pros
  • Leading Edge Digital Library Practices
  • Mobile Campuses & Communities
  • Improving Digital Info Flows & Access
  • Identifying & Working with Information Partners
  • Usability & Web Site Functionality
  • Navigating & Search Tools
  • Social Media Strategies & Practices
  • Semantic Web Strategies and Applications
  • New Workspace/place Concepts & Cases
  • Next generation ebook Strategies & Policies
  • Designing for Web Devices & Appliances
  • Knowledge Management Strategies
  • Distance Learning Technologies
  • Navigating Strategies & Techniques
  • Integrating K-12 Curriculum & Net Technology
  • Web Development Tools & Techniques
  • What’s Next for the Future?
  • Machine Learning
  • Magic Sauce Recipes for Library Success
  • Smart Campuses, Cities & Companies
  • New Funding Strategies & Practices
  • Pivot Strategies for Fast Change
  • Empowering Conversations
  • Smart Libraries & Practices
  • User Experience (UX)
  • Tech Tools for Collaboration
  • Impact & Value for Libraries
  • Harnessing Social Media
  • Digital Strategies & Practices
  • Mobile & Pop Up Libraries & Services
  • Digital Preservation
  • Digital Content Curation
  • Managing Devices & Gadgets
  • Content Streaming
  • Social Media Apps for Libraries
  • Discovery Platforms
  • Tips for Web Redesign
  • Creating & Testing New Ideas
  • New & Converging Technologies
  • Search Engine Nuts & Bolts
  • Hot Trends for Internet Librarians
  • Podcasting & Videocasting - Tips
  • Cool Video Applications
  • Shifting Roles & Strategies
  • Intranet Politics & Web Teams
  • Search Engine Tips
  • Cutting Edge Tech & Apps
  • Negotiating for E-resources
  • Visual Interfaces
  • Elearning Tips & Tools
  • Digital Rights Management
  • Digital Library Services & Archiving
  • Digital Ethnography
  • Building Customer Relationships



How to Submit a Proposal

If you would like to participate in Internet Librarian 2021 as a speaker or workshop leader, please complete the submission form here.

Or contact the Program Chair at the email address listed below as soon as possible (by April 25, 2020 at the latest). Include the following brief details of your proposed presentation: title, abstract, a few sentences of biographical information that relate to the topic, and full contact information (job title, address, e-mail, phone & fax) for you and any co-presenters. All abstracts will be reviewed by the Organizing/Review Committee and notification regarding acceptance will be made by June.

Jane I. Dysart, Program Chair
Dysart & Jones Associates
Phone: 416-903-9306
Email: jane@dysartjones.com

Organizing/Review Committee
Susan Broman, Los Angeles Public Library
Cindy Hill, Federal Reserve Bank of San Francisco
David Lee King, Topeka & Shawnee County Public Library
Chad Mairn, St. Petersberg College
Brian Pichman, Evolve Project
Marydee Ojala, Editor, Online Searcher
Donna Scheeder, Library Strategies International
Jeff Wisniewski, University of Pittsburgh

About Information Today, Inc.

Internet Librarian 2021 is organized and produced by Information Today, Inc., a diversified digital media and print publisher and conference and events organizer and producer. Our mission is to deliver world-class content in a variety of formats and serve our audiences with the information they need to make informed and critical decisions for their organizations.

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