Tuesday, September 17, 2013

STEMxCon is Two Days Away; Library 2.013--Time for Presentation Proposals!

Our first ever Global STEMx Education Conference starts this Thursday, and it's going to be AWESOME. We have 178 accepted practitioner sessions on science, technology, engineering, math, and more; as well as sixteen terrific keynotes; all starting 24 hours a day at 11am US Pacific Time Thursday. Don't miss out--all sessions are free, and all are being recorded as well for free viewing indefinitely afterwards. Sign up for information and the schedule at http://www.STEMxCon.com (and check out the very cool page that lets you see all the conference events in your own time zone!).

NEXT: The dust won't long have settled on STEMxCon when we'll be finalizing all the details on the Library 2.013 Conference. This is the third year of our also virtual and also free worldwide conference on the present and future of libraries, librarians, and librarianship--with a bonus half-day special event this year on "Connected K12 Librarians" (more information soon!). We've already accepted 92 presentations for this two-day (24-hour-a-day event) and they are GREAT presentations, plus we hope you will consider adding a proposal as well! The deadline for session proposals is Monday, September 30th (end of day). The focus of this conference is also on practitioner presentations, so be brave and tell us how you can showcase something valuable or can contribute to the audience. Sign up at htt://www.Library2013.com and then look for the link "Call for Presentation Proposals" on the left side or in the main drop-down conference menu.

We have a very special lineup for you with the Library 2.013 conference keynote speakers:  Doris Samanez Alzamora (Director Biblioteca Nacionel de Peru); Dr Jocelyn Cranefield (Senior Lecturer School of Information Management, University of Wellington); Dr. Sandra Hirsh (Director of the School of Library and Information Science San José State University); Buhle Mbambo-Thata (Executive Director of Library Services University of South Africa-UNISA); Peter Morville (President, Semantic Studios); Neil Pakenham-Walsh (Coordinator, Healthcare For All By 2015 and Co-Director, Global Healthcare Information Network); Lee Rainie (Director, Pew Reasearch Center's Internet & American Life Project);  Barbara Stripling (President, ALA and Assistant Professor of Practice Syracuse University); Roy Tennant (Senior Program Officer, OCLC Research); and Gene Tan (Director, National Library of Singapore). We also have several keynote speakers from previous Library 2.0 conferences returning as "Distinguished Speakers:" Susan Hildreth, R. David Lankes, Laura Malita, Joe Murphy, Michael Stephens, Ellen Tise, David Weinberger, and Jianzhong Wu.

Really, where else are you going to get this caliber of a speaker lineup, plus a huge number of peer presentations, all for free and all from your desk or the comfort of your favorite chair? Do mark October 18-19 on your calendar!

Eager for even more participation? Join the Library 2.013 advisory board HERE or sign up to be a volunteer session moderator HERE. Non-profit groups can sign up for free to be conference "partners," and for-profit group can email steve@hargadon.com for help in making this all come to pass.

HUGE thanks as always to the School of Library and Information Science (SLIS) at San José State University, our founding conference sponsor.

See you online!

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