Keynote Sessions

Friday, October 2, 2009, 1–2:30 p.m.

Mobile Technologies, Mobile Users: Will Libraries Mobilize?

joan lippincot Joan K. Lippincott, Coalition for Networked Information

Many types of mobile devices are currently being employed by members of our community. In addition to communicating with others, individuals are seeking information via these devices. What roles can libraries play, and perhaps more importantly what roles should they play in delivering content that is configured for mobile devices, in developing services aimed at mobile device users, and in configuring physical spaces to respond to mobile device users’ needs? The presentation will feature examples of current library practice as well as describe the use of mobile devices more broadly in teaching and learning. Factors to consider in developing a plan that addresses mobile devices will be described.

 Joan K. Lippincott is the Associate Executive Director of the Coalition for Networked Information (CNI). CNI, jointly sponsored by the Association of Research Libraries and Educause, includes about 200 member organizations concerned with the use of information technology and networked information to enhance scholarship and intellectual productivity. Joan has played a central role in establishing and expanding CNI since its founding in 1990. Joan is responsible for programs focusing on the use of networked information to transform institutions, including New Learning Communities, Working Together, and Assessing the Academic Networked Environment. Prior to joining CNI in 1990, Joan worked at the American Council on Education, the National Institute on Postsecondary Governance and Finance, Cornell University's Mann Library, George Washington University, Georgetown University, and the State University of New York at Brockport. In 1999 Joan completed her doctoral degree in Education Policy, Planning, and Administration--with a focus on higher education--at the University of Maryland at College Park. She earned a master's degree in Library Science from the State University of New York at Geneseo, and also completed graduate work at George Washington University and Cornell University. Joan has written on a variety of topics, including collaboration between librarians and information technologists, networked information, end-user searching, and teaching and learning in the networked environment.

Saturday, October 3, 2009, 9–10:30 a.m.

Knowledge in the Age of Abundance

david weinberger David Weinberger, Berkman Institute for Internet & Society 

Nothing has been more important to our culture than knowledge. We've even used it to define who we are: We are the rational animals, the animals that can know their world. But our traditional Western notion of knowledge has been premised on an implicit scarcity: of access to publishers, access to books, and a scarcity of knowledge itself. Our new connected age is one of abundance. This is bringing a change in the nature, shape, value and role of knowledge itself. 

Dr. Weinberger began his "career" in the late '70s teaching philosophy at New Jersey's Stockton State College for five years. (He has a Ph.D. in philosophy from the University of Toronto.) During this time he maintained his steady freelance writing of humor, reviews and intellectual and academic articles, publishing in places as diverse as The New York Times, Harvard Business Review, Smithsonian, Alfred Hitchcock's Mystery Magazine and TV Guide. In 1985, he became a junior marketing guy at Interleaf, an innovative start-up with new ideas on how to create and structure documents. At Interleaf he helped launch the industry's first document management system and its first electronic document publishing system, years ahead of the Web. He left Interleaf after 8 years, as VP of Strategic Marketing. He founded the one-person strategic marketing company, Evident Marketing, in 1994. He has consulted to a wide variety of companies, including RR Donnelley, Intuit, Sun Microsystems, Edelman PR, Microsoft, Yahoo, and the Christopher Reeve Foundation. He frequently advises innovative startups. In late 1995, he joined Open Text as VP of Strategic Marketing because he saw an opportunity to help shape the way intranets are used. As part of the senior management team, Dr. Weinberger helped Open Text move from one of the first Web search engine companies (the engine behind Yahoo!) to market- and thought-leadership in Web-based collaborative software. After helping to take Open Text public in 1996, Dr. Weinberger returned to consulting, writing and speaking, helping to found a couple of dot-coms, and serving on industry and company boards. In 2000, Perseus published The Cluetrain Manifesto , of which is is a co-author. It became a national best-seller. In 2002, Perseus published Small Pieces Loosely Joined to enthusiastic reviews. In 2007, Times Books published Everything Is Miscellaneous: The Power of the New Digital Disorder. Dr. Weinberger currently writes too much, including weblogs, articles for Wired, Salon, USAToday, Harvard Business Review, and many more. During the 2004 presidential campaign, he was Senior Internet Advisor to the Howard Dean campaign, consulting on Internet policy. He was a policy adviser to the John Edwards campaign in 2008. In 2004 he was made a Fellow at Harvard's prestigious Berkman Institute for Internet & Society, where he's very happy.

Sunday, October 4, 2009 10:30 a.m.–noon


liz lawley photo Liz Lawley, Director, Lab for Social Computing, Rochester Institute of Technology

Social media works best when it’s centered around objects rather than conversations.  These can be virtual objects, like bookmarks or digital photos, but increasingly they’re physical objects, like books or crafts. This talk will cover the growing importance of “social objects” in technology implementation, and how those objects serve as a focal point for cohesive social interactions.

Elizabeth Lane Lawley is the director of the Lab for Social Computing at the Rochester Institute of Technology, where she is also an associate professor in the Interactive Games & Media department.  Her current teaching and research interests focus on social computing technologies such as weblogs, wikis, multiplayer games, and collaborative information retrieval, and she speaks regularly at industry and academic conferences on social computing topics. She also conducts research and speaks on the topic of gender imbalances in technology and education. Liz received her master’s degree in Library Science from the University of Michigan in 1987. In the early 1990s she worked as a Government and Law Bibliographer at the Library of Congress and then as manager of customer support for Congressional Information Service. In 1992 she founded Internet Training & Consulting Services, which provided services to a number of clients in business, government, and education throughout the 1990s. She received her doctorate in Information Science from the University of Alabama in 1999. For more info about Liz Lawley, visit