Keynote Sessions

Friday, September 30, 1:00 pm

Gathering the Sparks: Rebuilding With the Same Old Brand New Technology

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John Blyberg, Assistant Director for Innovation and User Experience, Darien Library

You may ask yourself, how did we get here? And you may ask yourself, how do I work this? Will the old familiar librarian attitudes and approaches toward technology continue to serve us as we head in to the second decade of the 21st century?  How far can we kick the can down the road before we run out of pavement?  One thing is for certain: there has never been a better time to be a librarian.

John Blyberg is the Assistant Director for Innovation and User Experience at the Darien Library in Connecticut. He was formerly the System Administrator and Lead Developer for the Ann Arbor District Library (AADL) in Michigan. Prior to working in libraries, John was the IT manager for the North American office of the British car company, Lotus Engineering.

He has had an intense interest in technology since disassembling and escaping from his crib when he was fifteen months old but has spent the last ten years applying that passion in more constructive and professional ways. He is an open source software advocate and considers unfettered collaboration and participation the primary intent of information technology. To that end, he has authored a number of open source projects, including SOPAC, Locum, and Insurge, a social catalog application suite that allows libraries to focus holistically on digital strategy.

Saturday, October 1, 9:00 am

On the Web, Of the Web: A Possible Future

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Karen Coyle, Library Consultant

The "cloud" of cloud computing and "in the cloud" is not an amorphous mass but a structured environment with resources, data, and metadata.  It has the same issues of standards, quality control, trust, and authority as any other information space. Library data will be a welcome addition to the cloud and its presence has been formally requested by the World Wide Web Consortium. The first question, of course, is how best to add library data to the growing web of data.  But there is also a greater philosophical question of what influence libraries can bring and whether traditional library values of longevity, neutrality and dedication to users can be translated to this growing information space.

Karen Coyle is a librarian with over thirty years of experience with library technology. She now consults in a variety of areas relating to digital libraries. Karen has published dozens of articles and reports, most available on her web site, She has served on standards committees including the MARC standards group (MARBI), NISO committee AX for the OpenURL standard, and was an ALA representative to the e-book standards development that led to the ePub standard. She follows, writes, and speaks on a wide range policy areas, including intellectual property, privacy, and public access to information. As a consultant she works primarily on metadata development and technology planning. She is currently investigating the possibilities offered by the semantic web and linked data technology.

Sunday, October 2, 10:30 am

The Evolving Semantic World

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Barbara McGlamery, Taxonomist at Martha Stewart Living Omnimedia

The landscape of the semantic web is changing.  Early adopters learned the hard lessons for all of us, that semantic web solutions can be difficult to implement and perhaps not vital to every organization’s interests.  Barbara McGlamery, of Martha Stewart Living Omnimedia will share her experiences of building a Semantic Web tool from scratch for Time Inc. and how a smaller more manageable initiative has been undertaken at Martha Stewart.  She’ll share case studies and lessons learned as well as give a glimpse as to how she sees the industry evolving.

Barbara McGlamery has been creating taxonomies and employing semantic solutions for websites for 10 years.  She assisted in the development of a Semantic Web tool for Time Inc. called TOPICS, which uses ontologies and industry standards (RDF) to create a semantically meaningful web of data, allowing for rich relationships that were used to enhance the web experience.  She currently works at Martha Stewart Living Omnimedia, constructing taxonomies that are used to facilitate and improve website search and browse.  She also directs the company’s initiative to employ Semantic/semantic web standards for enhancing external search and social media presence, with such tools and standards as Google’s Rich Snippets and Facebook’s Open Graph Protocol.