Tuesday, May 29, 2018

Blockchain and Libraries? Yes! Mini-conference Schedule Posted + Resource Guide

Our second Library 2.018 mini-conference, "Blockchain Applied: Impact on the Information Profession," is next week! Join us online (and for free) on Thursday, June 7th, from 12:00 - 3:00 pm US-Pacific Daylight Time (click for your own time zone). We've also just posted the session schedule, which you'll find below.

This event is being organized in partnership with Drs. Sue Alman and Sandra Hirsh from the San Jose State University School of Information as part of their IMLS-funded investigation of the potential uses of blockchain technology for the information professions.

Speakers will include: Dan Blackaby, Todd A. Carpenter, Frank Cervone, Christina CornejoMichael Della Bitta, Miguel Figueroa, Patricia C. Franks, Toby Greenwalt, Jason Griffey, M Ryan Hess, Amy Jiang, Stacey Johnson, Bohyun Kim, Heather A. McMorrow, Eric Meyer, Robert Norton, Tonia San Nicolas-Rocca, Ravi Singh, and Link Swanson.

Blockchain technology has the potential for libraries to accomplish much more than housing electronic credentials. The technology enables a broader impact within the community and around the globe. Some suggestions being explored for blockchain applications in libraries include building an enhanced metadata center, protecting Digital First Sale rights, supporting community-based collections, and facilitating partnerships across organizations. This mini-conference will provide participants with an overview of blockchain technology and information about current applications within the information professions. Join the discussion on ways that blockchain technology can be used in libraries. https://ischoolblogs.sjsu.edu/blockchains. See below for a list of the mini-conference topics, and full descriptions at http://www.library20.com/page/blockchain.

We invite all library professionals, employers, LIS students, and educators to participate in this event.

This is a free event, being held online.
...to attend live or to receive the recording links afterwards, and also to receive the "Library Blockchain Bonus Guide" with 95 special resource links! Please also join the Library 2.0 network to be kept updated on this and future events

Participants are encouraged to use #library2018 and #libraryblockchain on their social media posts leading up to and during the event.

12:00 PM (US-PDT)

Opening Keynote: "Blockchain Explained"
Jason Griffey, Fellow at the Berkman Klein Center for Internet & Society at Harvard University

12:30 PM (US-PDT)

Blockchain Panel / Roundtable (1 Hour):
  • "Legal Concerns about Blockchain That May Not Have Occurred to You"
    Dan Blackaby, Head of Technologies Initiatives, Cornell University Law Library 
  • "What Might Standards for Library Blockchain Systems Look Like?"
    Todd A. Carpenter, Executive Director, National Information Standards Organization (NISO) 
  • "Using Blockchains to Authenticate and Preserve Public Discourse"
    Michael Della Bitta, Director of Technology, Digital Public Library of America 
  • "Security in Libraries: A Case for Blockchain Technology"
    Tonia San Nicolas-Rocca, Assistant Professor, School of Information at San Jose State University 
1:30 PM (US-PDT)

"From Healthcare to Information Organizations: Translating Blockchain Practice Across Disciplines"
Frank Cervone, Director of Information Technology, School of Public Health at University of Illinois at Chicago

"Applying Blockchain to the Information Professions"
Christina Cornejo, Graduate Student, San Jose State University
Stacey Johnson, Technical Services Librarian at Chino Valley Public Library and MLIS Student, San Jose State University iSchool

"Blockchain Technology for Recordkeeping"
Patricia C. Franks, PhD, CA, CRM, IGP, MARA Program Coordinator, Professor, School of Information, San Jose State University

"Setting up a Blockchain for the Public Library"
Ravi Singh, Executive Director, Demco Inc.

2:00 PM (US-PDT)

"Community-based Collections - Extending the Library through Blockchain"
M Ryan Hess, Library Services Manager - Digital Initiatives, Palo Alto City Library

"Credentialing using Blockchain for Globally Mobile and Disaster Affected Populations"
Amy Jiang, Library Technology Coordinator
Heather A. McMorrow, Instructional Designer & Program Manager

"Blockchain and a Fair Art Market"
Eric Meyer, Professor of Social Informatics, Oxford Internet Institute, University of Oxford
Robert Norton, CEO and co-founder of Verisart

"Strategies for Libraries to Provide Blockchain Education, Tools, and Training"
Link Swanson, Systems Engineer, Minitex, PhD Candidate Cognitive Science, University of Minnesota

2:30 PM (US-PDT)

Closing Keynote - Pros + Concerns
  • Miguel Figueroa, Center for the Future of Libraries, American Library Association 
  • Toby Greenwalt, ‎Director of Digital Strategy and Technology Implementation - ‎Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh
  • Bohyun Kim, Chief Technology Officer and Associate Professor at the University of Rhode Island Libraries


The full mini-conference information page is at http://www.library20.com/page/blockchainThe School of Information at San José State University is the founding conference sponsor. Please register as a member of the Library 2.0 network to be kept informed of future events. Recordings from previous years are available under the Archives tab at Library 2.0 and at the Library 2.0 YouTube channel.

Funding for this project is made possible by a grant from the U.S. Institute of Museum and Library Services – LG-98-17-0209-17. The views, presentations, conclusions or recommendations expressed on this website or in the conference do not necessarily represent those of the Institute of Museum and Library Services.

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