16 & 17 October 2018 · Olympia London

Celebrating innovative libraries and info pros

Call For Speakers
If you would like to be considered as a speaker, click here to submit your ideas.

Internet Librarian International (ILI to its friends!) is 20 years old this year and we’re looking for speakers to help us celebrate.

Every year hundreds of library and information professionals – and others – come together to exchange ideas, knowledge and experience at ILI. We’re looking for case studies, great stories, personal experiences and lessons learned from the ideas, strategies and practical implementations you’ve put in place.

Our focus is on real-world innovations - big or small. We want to hear how you are making a difference to your organisation, clients and communities.

Our speakers come from all sectors around the world to share their real-world projects, initiatives and transformations. Mostly they do this by presenting a 15-minute case study. We match speakers to create themed sessions. Every session has a moderator to ensure speakers have everything they need.

We also welcome alternative styles of presentation. Let us know if you have an idea for a panel session, or a mini-workshop. Would you be interested in sharing your experience with an informal group or one-to one?  Would you be interested in doing a lightning presentation? Or running a teachmeet? Perhaps you could present an interactive demonstration of a library innovation?  We really are open to your suggestions.

Submission deadline: 13 April 2018


Your proposal may fit into any of these broad topics but don’t be limited by this list. We also have a wildcard option!

Tech and tool trends – libraries have a great track record when it comes to harnessing new tech to help create new products, reach audiences and deliver real impact. We’d like to hear about interesting applications for any and all tech, for example artificial intelligence (AI); blockchain; algorithms; hacks; hackathons; augmented and virtual reality.

Information in society – share your ideas and thoughts about influencing at a global or local level; developing digital skills in the wide population; false, fake and facts; information driven activism; advocacy for libraries; libraries as change agents; information ethics; privacy and GDPR; the Open movement; library outreach.

Users and user experience – collaborating with users; understanding user behaviour; designing new services and products and reaching new audiences; marketing the library; new library spaces – virtual and real spaces.

Strategising the future – future scanning; strategic service and role design; visions for future libraries.

The changing role of information professionals – new skills sets, new roles, new team structures; the flexible professional (journalism; data mining; programming; AI; the data librarian); embedded librarians.

New learning and the digital scholar – scholarly communications; new publishing models; educational video and other formats; ethical scholarship; datafied scholarship; connected learning; Open everything.

Search tools and techniques – voice activated search tools; search engine updates; discovery systems; text and data mining.

Collections and content – digital collections; new formats; new audiences; data everywhere.

Wildcard – we really look forward to hearing your ideas and experiences!

Download the ILI infographic to find out more!

What happens next?

Please send us your speaking proposal using the online form. The advisory committee will review all submissions, and notification regarding acceptance will be made by the end of May 2018.

If you have any questions or would like to discuss your idea, please get in touch, we’d love to hear from you – email info@internet-librarian.com

Please note the primary speaker will receive a complimentary registration to the 2 day ILI conference (including lunches, coffee breaks and a drinks reception). Additional speakers receive a 40% discount on conference registration.

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