General Session I
Friday, October 7, 2011 (10:00 – 11:30 am)
“The HyperLinked Library”
Michael Stephens, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor, School of Library and Information Science, San Jose State University, San Jose, California
Dr. Michael Stephens joined the faculty of San Jose State University School of Library and Information Science in the fall of 2011. His recent publications include over two years of the monthly “Transparent Library” column with Michael Casey in Library Journal, and other articles about emerging trends and technology in various professional and scholarly journals. He currently authors the Library Journal monthly column “Office Hours,” exploring trends in LIS education.
In addition to his articles about emerging trends and technology, Stephens has made presentations about technology, innovation, and libraries to audiences in more than 30 states and 7 countries. His most recent research involves studying the effect of Learning 2.0 programs in Australian academic libraries. He received an IMLS doctoral fellowship at the University of North Texas, was named a Library Journal Mover and Shaker, and received the 2009 Association of Library & Information Science Educators Faculty Innovation Award as well as a 2009 University of North Texas Rising Star Alumni Award. Michael speaks nationally and internationally on libraries, technology, and innovation. He is fascinated by library buildings and virtual spaces that center around users, content, digital creation and encouraging the heart. He was previously Assistant Professor, Graduate School of Library and Information Science, Dominican University, River Forest, Illinois.
General Session II
Saturday, October 8, 2011 (10:00 – 11:30 am)
“The Future of Digital Content: Four Scenarios for Renewing Libraries”
Michael Porter, MLS
President, Library Renewal
Board Member, Library Renewal
Michael Porter is a librarian, presenter, author, practical technology fan, and PEZ collector. He has 20 years of experience working in Libraryland and has presented hundreds of times to library staff around the world. In 2009 he was selected as a Library Journal “Mover and Shaker,” in 2010 was elected to the American Library Association’s governing Council, and in 2011 was also elected to the ALA Executive Board. He currently works at WebJunction.org in Seattle, Washington as their Communications Manager and also serves as the President of Library Renewal, an organization dedicated to research, partnerships and grassroots support for libraries as they struggle to offer electronic content to their users in competitive ways. Read more from Michael at libraryman.com.
Eli Neiburger joined the staff of the Ann Arbor District Library (AADL) as a Helpdesk Technician in 1997 and has been responsible for AADL’s technology program since 2000. In his current role as Associate Director for IT & Production, he’s responsible for IT, software development, events, and marketing at the AADL. He is the author of GAMERS… in the LIBRARY?! published in 2007 by ALA Editions, and has contributed to VOYA, ALA Library Technology Reports, Digitale Bibliotheek, and Carnegie Mellon Entertainment Technology Center’s Well Played. Eli serves on the board of Bricks for Brains (a small LEGO education nonprofit), Library Renewal (working to find solutions to digital content for libraries), and is the Chairman of the Jhai Foundation, working to bring Internet-powered telemedicine and economic development to rural villages of the developing world.
General Session III
Sunday, October 9, 2011 (10:30 – noon)
“SHHH… Your Image is Showing: Hollywood Looks at Librarians”
Jan LaBeause, MLS
Director, Medical Library and LRC, Mercer University School of Medicine, Macon, GA
Jan LaBeause has worked in medical libraries since 1966 although she didn't get her MLS (from Peabody College at Vanderbilt University) until 1979. She began as a hospital librarian in Memphis followed by the Head of Reference position at UT Memphis before moving to Georgia. She has been Director of the Medical Library & LRC at Mercer University School of Medicine in Macon since 2000. A longtime member of Southern Chapter, she served as Chapter Chair in 1994-1995 and represented SC/MLA on Chapter Council 2000-2006. Jan was named Southern Chapter’s Academic Medical Librarian of the Year in 2006, and received MLA’s Estelle Brodman Award for Academic Medical Librarian of the Year in 2007. She has been coordinating SC/MLA fund-raising efforts for the Scholarship Fund since 1997.