ILI's 2019 Co-Chairs pick their must-see sessions

19 August 2019

ILI's Co-Chairs tell us what they are particularly looking forward to at this year's ILI (14,15 & 16 October, Olympia London).

Jan Holmquist: Besides the keynotes that are highly relevant and extremely interesting, I am looking forward to:

C102: Delivering digital skills
Invent and create: digital skills for library staff
Kate Lomax, Co-founder/CEO, Artefacto, UK
A Moodle literacy website
Lina Becerik, Chief Librarian, Vilnius University Library, Lithuania. Libraries are about supporting learning on all levels. Many members of our communities need more digital skills. Library staff must be digital frontrunners to be able to support digital learning in their community. I am always interested in new projects in this field.

B201: Librarians leading learning
STEM in libraries: ideas for future directions
Keliann LaConte, Fulbright Global Scholar, Independent Researcher
STEM is not new in libraries but this session explores best practice and suggests a future direction for STEM in libraries. It has a focus on where we can go to do STEM even better.

C204: The rebranded librarian
Libfocus - a case of building a community
Martin O'Connor, Administrative Assistant, University College Cork, Ireland
Alex Kouker, Subject Librarian, Dublin City University, Ireland
How to be heard
Alison McNab, Academic Librarian (Research Support), University of Huddersfield, UK
Libraries are not only central places in the community. Libraries make communities (and make communities smarter).

Liz McGettigan: Apart from the keynotes I am especially looking forward to hearing from Dawn and Peggy as their work in the US and Canada is so amazing!

Tuesday B101: Re-envisioning libraries
Libraries as innovation destinations
Dawn La Valle, Director, Division of Library Development, Connecticut State Library, USA
Peggy Cadigan, Deputy State Librarian, Innovation and Outreach, New Jersey State Library, USA. This session will be a must for so many of our delegates.

So exciting too that we have a global panel looking at the future skills we will all need in B202: Panel – The futureproof librarian
Denise Carter, Managing Director, DCision Consult
Cheryl Ann Peltier-Davis, Faculty Liaison Librarian – Social Sciences, The University of the West Indies
Keliann LaConte, Fulbright Global Scholar, Independent Researcher

And on Wednesday - WOW again! I am especially excited about this session and hearing from Estonia – Named by many as  'the most advanced digital society in the world':
B203: Delicious digital skills
Library Code Camp
Antony Groves, Learning & Teaching Librarian, University of Sussex
Digital age librarian
Angelica Õunapuu, Senior Specialist, National Library of Estonia, Estonia

The CLOSING KEYNOTE: Libraries in Finland – a good news story will be fab as libraries are the second-highest rated public service in Helsinki; the number one is drinking water according to Helsinki’s executive director of culture Tommi Laitio. It is enshrined in law that every Finnish municipality must have a public library, and as a result there are 853 across the country.  Keynote speaker is Silvia Modig, MEP, President, Finnish Library Association, Finland.

Marydee OjalaMarydee Ojala:

What I find most exciting about ILI is the sharing of practical information and experiences from librarians working in so many different countries. The cross-pollination of ideas stimulates thinking about new projects.

I’m particularly delighted that Mary Ellen Bates will be joining the roster of expert searchers - with me and Karen Blakeman - presenting at ILI's Monday Workshop on Search Skills. Everyone can benefit from suggestions on how to improve their search skills and what to teach others in their organisations.

Come early for the search skills workshop and stay until the end of the conference for Silvia Modig’s closing keynote. As a librarian and politician, Silvia has so many important insights for all ILI delegates, not only those working in public libraries.

During the conference, I’m looking forward to learning about user-centered design (A101), which is becoming a very hot topic. The idea of design thinking is very appealing.

Collaboration (A105) is a trending topic and the notion of collaborating with users is particularly appealing. Two separate instances, one from the University of Hertfordshire about working with academic staff and the other at the University of Westminster about working with students, prove that none of us work in a vacuum.

Successful stories about podcasting to reach and engage reluctant or lapsed users is another interesting idea, with presentations from a Danish public library and a British high school (C203).




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