Library 2.011 Worldwide Virtual Conference

| November 3, 2011

I have been enamored with Skype for years now for letting me call overseas for free, and I was genuinely impressed to take part in a webinar recently.  But the Library 2.011 Worldwide Virtual Conference takes digital discussion to a whole other level.

Thanks to the founding sponsorship of the School of Library and Information Science at San José State University, scholars from across the globe are convening in a virtual conference from November 2-4.  Here’s how the director of SJSU’s School of Library Science Dr. Sandra Hirsch describes the conference:

The Library 2.011 conference is a unique chance to participate in a global conversation on the current and future state of libraries. Subject strands include the changing roles of libraries and librarians, the increasing impact of digital media and the e-book revolution, open educational resources, digital literacy, shifts from information consumption to production (Web 2.0), multimedia and gaming spaces, libraries as community centers, the growth of individualized and self-paced learning, the library as the center of new learning models, understanding users in the digital age, assessing service delivery, and defining leadership and information professional careers in a networked and changing world.

From the conference’s homepage, you can register (you can still take part in sessions while your registration is pending), find the schedule, configure the schedule for your time zone, and connect to sessions of interest to you.  All sessions are recorded and posted shortly after they finish, so if you missed taking part in a session in real time, you can still listen to it.  Fittingly for a web 2.0 conference, you are also able to comment on and tweet about the conference as it’s occurring.  It’s definitely worth checking out.