Wednesday, January 10, 2007

Stephen Abrams in Oakville - A Tech Forecast: Library 2.0 in the real world

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SLA Toronto Chapter
West Programming Committee

Tuesday, January 16, 2007

A Tech Forecast: Library 2.0 in the real world

RSS, YouTube, Blogs, Wikis, Facebook, MySpace, and more! There is a
global conversation going on right now about what will the next
generation of the web be like? It's happening largely under the meme of
Web 2.0. It's the McLuhanesque hot web where true human interaction
takes precedence over merely 'cool' information delivery and e-mail.
It's about putting information into the real context of our users'
lives, learning, research and play. Concurrently, a group of
information professionals are having a conversation about the vision for
what Library 2.0 will look like in this Web 2.0 ecosystem. Some are
even going so far as to talk about Web 3.0! Web 2.0 is coming fast and
it's BIG! What are the skills and competencies that Librarian 2.0 will
need? MySpace and Facebook are just the tip of the iceberg! Come and
hear an overview of Web 2.0 and a draft vision for Library 2.0 and an
opinion about what adaptations we'll need to make to thrive in this
future scenario.


Stephen Abram, MLS, is the President-elect of SLA and the past-President
of the Canadian Library Association and Vice President Innovation for
SirsiDynix. He has been VP of Corporate Development for Micromedia
ProQuest and Publisher Electronic Information for Thomson. He ran
libraries for Suncor, Coopers & Lybrand, Smith Lyons Torrance Stevenson
and Mayer and Hay Group. Stephen has been listed by Library Journal as
one of their first "Mover and Shakers", the 'key' people influencing the
future of libraries and librarianship. He has been awarded SLA's John
Cotton Dana Award as well as being a Fellow of the SLA. He was Canadian
Special Librarian of the Year and Alumni of the Year for the Faculty of
Information Studies at the University of Toronto. He is an adjunct
professor at the University of Toronto, Faculty of Information Studies.
He was President 2002 of the Ontario Library Association as well as
sitting on the SLA Board of Directors as Director and Secretary. He
gives over 90 international keynote talks annually to library and
information industry conferences and writes articles and columns for
Information Outlook, Feliciter, Access, Multimedia & Internet @ Schools,
and Library Journal.


5:30 pm: Check-in and pick up badge
6:15 p.m. : Meeting / Presentation
Light dinner will be provided.


Oakville Public Library Auditorium
120 Navy Street
Oakville, ON
(parking - free after 5 pm - at library accessible from Water Street
(lower level around the back)


The SLA Toronto Chapter requires payment with registration. Payment can
be made via PayPal or by cheque. To register, please submit your
registration form electronically via the website (payment can be made
electronically via PayPal) or in paper with cheque payment.

Payment must be received by the registration date. No payment will be
accepted at the door on the day of the event.

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Shanfield, Treasurer, SLA Toronto Chapter. Joy can be reached via e-mail

Payment By Cheque: If you wish pay by cheque, please send your
registration form and cheque to the address below. Cheques should be
made payable to SLA Toronto Chapter.


SLA Members $20.00

Non-members $25.00

Students $15.00

Contact for this meeting

Susan Salhia

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