Tuesday, May 19, 2015

Announcing Library 2.015 - 5th Annual Global Conference on the Future of Libraries + Call for Proposals

21st Century Tools, Skills and Competencies Take Center Stage at Global Library Conference

“How can we delight our users and customers?” That is one of five questions libraries should ask, according to author Steve Denning in his recent Forbes article about the future of libraries. Denning goes on to say, “Libraries must imagine a future that users will truly want, even though users themselves don’t yet know what that is.”

What are your thoughts about the future of libraries? Join the global discussion during the Library 2.015 Worldwide Virtual Conference, a free online conference co-sponsored by the San Jose State University (SJSU) School of Information. The fifth annual conference will take place on October 20, 2015 from 7 a.m. to 8 p.m. PDT, and presentation proposals are now being welcomed on a variety of topics addressing the ever-changing field of 21st century information.

The completely online conference offers an excellent opportunity for graduate students, doctoral candidates, scholars, and information professionals worldwide to network and present cutting-edge ideas and research on contemporary practices and emerging trends in the information profession.

Choose Your Topic

Four thematic subject strands are planned for this year’s conference:

  • Digital Services, Preservation, Curation, and Access
  • Emerging Technologies and Trends
  • The User Experience
  • Management of Libraries and Information Centers in the 21st Century
Submit a Proposal

Proposals can be submitted now through October 1, 2015. Presentations should be at least 20 minutes long, and sessions must be completed within one hour. Free training on Blackboard Collaborate will be available for all presenters. Proposals will be reviewed in the order in which they were received, and a total of 50 proposals will be chosen for the day-long conference. Complete information on how to submit a proposal is available on the Library 2.0 website.

Get Involved

The Library 2.015 Worldwide Virtual Conference is free to attend thanks to the support of partners, sponsors, advisory board members, presenters, and volunteers. Get involved and reap the benefits of the global pool of information.

Learn More

Get the latest conference news and updates at library20.com/2015. The Library 2.0 virtual conference series was co-founded by Dr. Sandra Hirsh, director of the SJSU School of Information, and Steve Hargadon of The Learning Revolution, in 2011.

About the SJSU iSchool

The San Jose State University (SJSU) School of Information prepares individuals for careers as information professionals. Graduates work in diverse areas of the information profession, such as user experience design, digital asset management, information architecture, electronic records management, information governance, digital preservation, and librarianship. The SJSU School of Information is a recognized leader in online education and received the Online Learning Consortium's Outstanding Online Program award. For more information about the school, please visit:http://ischool.sjsu.edu.

"I find television very educating. Every time somebody turns on the set, I go into the other room and read a book." - Groucho Marx

Monday, May 18, 2015

Events + News - This Month in School Libraries - Future Ready Schools Online Summit - Student Coding

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Two Week Calendar

All events are listed in US-Eastern Time. To become an event partner and have your events listed here, please email amy@learningrevolution.com. For a full calendar of all upcoming events and conferences, click here.

Learning Revolution Events

Future Ready Schools - the 2015 School Leadership Summit, June 24th

Each year TICAL holds an annual School Leadership Summit. This year's Summit, on June 24th from 8:00-4:30 PDT, will focus on the pillars of the U.S. Department of Education's Future Ready Pledge. The Pledge is a commitment by district leaders to work with educators, families, and community members to make all schools in their districts Future Ready. Future Ready Schools: the School Leadership Summit will be held online using Google Hangouts on Air. The event will be free for all to attend and to watch the recordings. You must register to watch the event live or to see the recordings. This is truly a collaborative event made possible by the leading organization and event partners. For more information and to register, please go to http://www.futureready.education.

2015 ISTE Unplugged Events, June 26th - July 1st

Thanks to our generous friends at ISTE.org, our NINTH annual set of extra-curricular events at the ISTE conference this year will launch on the Friday before ISTE (June 26th) with an all-day open Maker Day--expect lots of table, activities, and fun for all ages, geared toward education. Saturday's all-day unconference features special guest Audrey Watters again this year, and huge shout-out to this year's unconference and evening party sponsor, StudyBlue and Shutterfly. Sunday is our fourth annual Global Education Summit, a three-hour event + connecting party you don't want to miss. The Bloggers' Cafe will be open Friday - Wednesday, and we're really hoping to add an education slam poetry event still. Stay tuned for all events at http://www.ISTEunplugged.com, which also has Facebook event links for each activity.

Library 2.015 Worldwide Virtual Conference: Tools, Skills & Competencies, October 20th

The fifth annual global conversation about the future of libraries is scheduled for Tuesday, October 20th, 2015. The conference will be held entirely online and is free to attend. Everyone is invited to participate in this open forum designed to foster collaboration and knowledge sharing among information professionals worldwide. The Call for Proposals will open May 1st, immediately following the Library 2.015 Spring Summit (which had over 2,000 registrants and the recordings for which are now available). See this year's conference strands and plan to get your proposal in early. We are looking forward to the fifth year of this this momentous event, and to your participation!

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"If you want happiness for a lifetime, help the next generation." - Chinese saying

Investing in and caring for future generations is surely the hallmark of a mature society. It is the motivation of almost everyone I know who teaches.

The catch-22 of an education systems which produces so many students who feel like failures (and often have literally failed), where only a small minority leave as rigorous, independent thinkers, is the historic self-reinforcing downward spiral in all of our institutions--institutions which need generational-thinkers to mitigate the tendencies toward selfish and narcissistic behavior.

It's hard not see see a connection between our increasing inability as a society to think long-term and our system of schooling that makes it hard for the generationally-minded teacher to truly help a student.

Because of my recent post on W. Edwards Deming's ideas has kept me thinking about him, I remain struck by the need for those who manage a "system" to do all that they can to ensure the success of those in the system--rather than finding fault with and punishing them. It would be like HP saying, we'll, our computers are crummy because our workers are no good, so we're going to test and test and test them until we find the bad apples. Instead, we recognize the responsibility of the company to create good systems, to train and support their employees, and that the making of crummy products is not the fault of workers, but management.

My favorite definition of leadership is the act of training other leaders. Everything we do should contain a major component of helping the next generations deal with the difficult dilemmas ahead--instead of our creating the problems that they will need to solve, and then not giving them the cognitive or emotional tools to do so.

We're at senior night for our daughter's soccer team.  Each senior has answered a series of questions that the announcer is reading as the senior players are escorted onto the field with her parents at half time. One girl, a lively player, whose athleticism always seems to exude some sense of joy, is having her answers read.  One of the questions is: "Academic achievements?"  "Not applicable," she has responded. We all laugh, her energy and humor coming through. I later think about this. If she actually believes this, what did she spend the last twelve years doing? She hasn't failed, we have.

Friday, May 15, 2015

Money, Power, and "Science" as Policy

I'm so very appreciative of those who do scientific research, whose work helps to better lives and deepen understanding.

But we have to be very careful when science is used to demand conformity, or when its use in policy arguments can clearly be tied to financial gain by the parties involved. There's a difference between independent research used to help people inform their practice, and scientific conclusions that are tied directly to corporate profits, or that establish governmental powers, or that are used as arguments for political policy and as part of that bestow very direct financial benefits.

For example, the USDA dietary guidelines: which don't require that we have a degree in nutrition to see how the claims of "science" have changed over the decades, or how politics and money have influenced science-based claims, or even how much those authoritative guidelines may actually have been a part of tangible harm because of their influence. (See A Fatally Flawed Food Guide by Luise Light, Ed.D, the fascinating USDA Food Pyramid HistoryGovernment “Help” Makes Nutrition Worse: Fats, or Time to Retire the USDA's Dietary Guidelines?)

"Science," in the hands of lobbyists, or paid-by-industry employees or experts, ends up showing how easy it is for results to mirror that which produces a profit, and not that which is credibly and independently verifiable.

Malicious intent, willful blindness, or the benign unawareness from demanding task work--whatever the causal cognitive mechanism at play with individual actors in this game, it doesn't make any sense for us to allow food companies and their agents to set food guidelines, or bankers to help set banking policy, or ... you get the picture, right? ... or testing companies to influence education policy.

Even worse is when we allow these companies to perform their own studies, or to pay for others, without decent checks and balances. If you know your paycheck comes from someone, and they have an expected or hoped-for result, it takes an incredibly strong ethical backbone to deliver the opposite or contradictory results and be willing to walk away from the money.

And then there's the lobbying. Why do we let this go on?

So, the next time you hear someone tell you that we should adopt some policy decision because there is scientific proof, I hope you'll think about the following (boldface type is mine):
Peer review is a sacred cow that is ready to be slain, a former editor-in-chief of the British Medical Journal has said...

Richard Smith, who edited the BMJ between 1991 and 2004, told the Royal Society’s Future of Scholarly Scientific Communication conference on 20 April that there was no evidence that pre-publication peer review improved papers or detected errors or fraud. 
Referring to John Ioannidis’ famous 2005 paper “Why most published research findings are false”, Dr Smith said “most of what is published in journals is just plain wrong or nonsense.” (more)
Or this, from Drug Companies + Doctors: A Story of Corruption in the New York Review of Books, by Marcia Angell, Senior Lecturer in Social Medicine at Harvard Medical School and former Editor in Chief of The New England Journal of Medicine.
The problems I’ve discussed are not limited to psychiatry, although they reach their most florid form there. Similar conflicts of interest and biases exist in virtually every field of medicine, particularly those that rely heavily on drugs or devices.  
It is simply no longer possible to believe much of the clinical research that is published, or to rely on the judgment of trusted physicians or authoritative medical guidelines. I take no pleasure in this conclusion, which I reached slowly and reluctantly over my two decades as an editor of The New England Journal of Medicine.
Whatever the policy field (and especially in education and when children are involved), when we pretend that conflicts of interests don't exist, that motivations are not influenced by money, that financial actors don't collude for financial gain, or that money doesn't try to influence legislation, we run a terrible risk. By not recognizing the corrupting power of money in politics and policy, we risk overshadowing or shutting down the actual honest and healthy dialog where research and science can truly help inform our understanding of the world and how we improve it. 

Save the Date: June 24th - Future Ready Schools | 2015 School Leadership Summit

Each year TICAL (http://www.portical.org) holds an annual School Leadership Summit. This year's Summit, on June 24th from 8:00-4:30 PDT, will focus on the pillars of the U.S. Department of Education's Future Ready Pledge. The Pledge is a commitment by district leaders to work with educators, families, and community members to make all schools in their districts Future Ready.

Future Ready Schools: the School Leadership Summit will be held online using Google Hangouts on Air. The event will be free for all to attend and to watch the recordings. You must register to watch the event live or to see the recordings. This is truly a collaborative event made possible by the leading organization and event partners.

Keynote speakers and breakout sessions will be aligned to the Future Ready School's framework, and will encourage school leaders and administrators to learn more about the initiative. Admin20.org is the online community-of-practice network for TICAL and the Summit. Continuing networking and conversation will take place on that site, as well as individual connecting between attendees and presenters.

About Future Ready:

Future Ready highlights the critical role of district leaders in setting a vision and creating the environment where educators and students access the tools, content, and expertise necessary to thrive in a connected world. The Future Ready Pledge and Regional Summits are an important step to realizing the goals of the ConnectED Initiative announced by President Obama in 2013 to connect 99% of students to high speed Internet and empower teachers with the technology they need to transform teaching and learning.


For the last two years, TICAL (portical.org) and Steve Hargadon (LearningRevolution.com) have hosted a free, online, peer-to-peer global/U.S.-centric conference for school leaders and administrators called the School Leadership Summit (SchoolLeadershipSummit.com). This event has had special keynote speakers (including Yong Zhao, Eric Sheninger, Scott McLeod, and Pam Moran) as well as dozens of practitioner-led sessions focused on the ISTE Standards for Administrators. Sessions included: Using Technology to Bridge the Rural/Poverty Divide, Data Privacy and Our Students - How much is being shared and who are we trusting with the information?, and Facilitating 21st century Learning with Technology- Navigating the Change with a 20th Century Mindset.

The Technology Information Center for Administrative Leadership (TICAL):

TICAL provides professional development to help K-12 leaders provide informed and effective leadership in the use of technology to improve education. Starting in the year 2000 under the auspice of the Santa Cruz County Office of Education, TICAL was contracted by the California Department of Education. In 2002, the Arkansas Department of Education contracted the TICAL project to serve educational leaders in their state. The TICAL Project consists of a 3-pillared professional development approach including (1) Local PD: A core group of 20+ principals, superintendents, curriculum leaders, and other educational leaders representing all geographic regions of CA and AR who receive training and provide regional support. (TICAL Leadership Cadre); (2) Statewide PD: A statewide technology leadership symposium (Leadership 3.0 in CA and TICAL Conference in AR) and an online, global conference for NO-COST (School Leadership Summit); (3) Online PD: A website of resources including tutorials, templates, and promising practices of technology integration and leadership (www.portical.org) as well as an online Community of Practice for ongoing discussions and resources sharing (www.admin20.org) and monthly webinars on trending leadership topics.

The Learning Revolution Project:

The Learning Revolution Project holds online and physical learning events, and highlights professional development opportunities from a network of 200 partners in the learning professions. The great majority of these events are free to attend by virtue of sponsors and special partners (like TICAL). In addition to the School Leadership Summit, Learning Revolution holds annually a number of conferences and summits, including the Global Education Conference, the Future of Libraries, the Future of Museums, and the Student Technology Conference. These events draw tens of thousands of attendee log-ins annually, and the weekly Learning Revolution newsletter is sent to 130,000.

"The beautiful thing about learning is that no one can take it away from you." - B.B. King