Thursday, February 28, 2013

Library 2.013: Call for Keynote Nominations, Partners, and the Global Advisory Board

We are pretty excited as we prepare for this years virtual Library 2.013 conference. Here's some fun news:

Nominate Keynote Presenters for the Library 2.013 Conference

Last year, we invited you to nominate keynote speakers to lead the global conversation about the future of libraries during the Library 2.012 Worldwide Virtual Conference. Thanks to your input, we celebrated a dynamic lineup of keynote presenters including Moreno Barros from Brazil, Kathryn Greenhill from Australia, David Weinberger from the United States, Laura Malita from Romania, and many other renowned library and information science leaders from around the world.

As we gear up for the Library 2.013 Worldwide Virtual Conference, scheduled for October 18-19, 2013, we invite you to once again nominate your favorite speakers. Who has inspired you lately? Have you heard a talk that gave you an aha moment? As you think about who you want to nominate, please keep in mind that keynote presenters do not have to speak English or travel for this conference. The Library 2.013 conference will be held in multiple languages and time zones entirely online. To make your nominations, please fill out and submit the online keynote speaker nomination formAll nominations must be received by March 31, 2013. Self-nominations will also be accepted.

The Library 2.013 Worldwide Virtual Conference is a participatory conference open to the public. In addition to keynote speakers, the conference thrives on the research and knowledge shared by the library and information science community. Everyone is invited to submit a presentation proposal – the official call for proposals will go out in early April 2013. This year, the virtual conference will cover eight subject strands, although presentations do not have to fit into the conference strands to be considered.

International Advisory Board

Anyone can apply to be a member of the international advisory board. Advisory board members are recognized on the website and are asked to:

  • Promote both participation and attendance at the conference
  • Help us find additional partner organizations in their region(s)
  • Help support and potentially train presenters in their geographical region and local languages
  • If possible, help moderate sessions during the actual conference
As a conference that is focused on being "inclusive," our desire is to have international attendees see this as a truly world-wide and not a North-America-centric event, and to see themselves as full participants and presenters, not just the audience.

To sign up for the advisory board, please make sure you have joined the Library 2.0 online network, and then join the advisory board group specifically at

Conference Partner Organizations

Whether you are a small school library or a multi-national organization, we want to encourage you to become a conference partner. You must be non-commercial and primarily or substantively focused on libraries, librarians, librarianship, or library programs to be approved. Once approved, your organization will be listed with a link, logo, and a short description; and you will be provided with a "spotlight" speaker session in the conference.

Our goal for the conference is to have it continue to be a milestone event, bringing together organizations and individuals from all over the world. We recognize that much (if not most!) of the outreach for this conference will come from libraries, schools, or organizations who advertise the conference to their memberships, and we want to recognize and "reward" those who do this
There are no financial obligations for being a partner organization--all we ask is that you actively promote the conference to your membership and network, and encourage participation as well as presentations and submissions. To apply to be a conference partner organization, please make sure you have joined the Library 2.0 online network, and then join the partner group specifically at


We’re also be accepting sponsor applications for the Library 2.013 conference.  Contact me for more information -

See you online!

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