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Monterey Harbor

Monterey Harbor

Welcome to the blog for Internet Librarian 2017 (IL2017).  The conference starts tomorrow; today was devoted to Pre-conference sessions. The venue for IL2017 is the Monterey Marriott–the same as last year.

Monterey Marriott

Monterey Marriott

As you can see from the photo below, significant progress has been made on the construction of the new Monterey Conference Center since last year’s IL conference. Maybe it will be ready for IL2018.

Monterey Conference Center Still Under Construction

Monterey Conference Center Still Under Construction

The IL2017 program looks great, with many fascinating talks on the schedule You can see the final program here. And the weather is cooperating magnificently–it’s unseasonably warm and sunny. I saw lots of surfers enjoying the ocean on my drive to Monterey from San Francisco.



Here’s a tip for a beautiful place to visit after the conference: If you’re a beach lover (like me!) go to Carmel Beach. It’s beautiful. And the sunsets there are spectacular!

Carmel Beach

Carmel Beach

I look forward to bringing you the conference news, so stay tuned!


Internet Librarian International Registration Now Open

ILI header image

Registration for London’s Internet Librarian International (ILI) opened last month. Some generous discounts are available to be grabbed – up to 40% – and the early bird expires next month. Always relevant, this lively European conference explores library and info pro superpowers this October, with the following six conference tracks drilling down into the incredible range of roles, skills and initiatives we carry out every day:

  • THE NEW LIBRARY, THE NEW LIBRARIAN – exploring some of the strategies, structures, teams, skills, services and collaborations librarians are using to ensure they stay at the cutting edge.
  • USERS, UX AND USAGE – understanding how libraries are working with users to redesign services, spaces and to understand usage.
  • CONTENT CREATIVITY – investigating how creative libraries are creating, curating and marketing digital collections, how librarians are publishers in their own right and how they are driving collaborative content creation.
  • FIGHT THE FAKE, FIND THE FACTS – celebrating two of the librarian’s super powers – advanced search techniques and nurturing information integrity – in a post-truth/multi-truth era.
  • MARKETING THE LIBRARY – sharing stories of librarians who are influencing use and expanding audiences for their services and collections from the DJ librarian to the digital storyteller.
  • NEW SCHOLARLY COMMUNICATIONS – exploring why the scholarly communications landscape is changing, and what this means for libraries and information professionals.

Join the discussion on ILI365, twitter and LinkedIn. 

Caroline Milner
Information Today Ltd.

Internet Librarian 2017 Registration Open

Internet Librarians have been at the focal point of their communities for many years whether on an academic campus, in a city or county, part of a non-profit or corporate organization, in a school, museum or government department.

We Hope To See You Next Year

IL 2016 has wrapped up.  It was an excellent conference and followed in the traditions established over the last 20 years. (How time flies!) Presentations from many of the speakers are available here on the conference website.

We hope you will be able to join us again next for IL 2017, hopefully in the new Monterey Conference Center. The dates will be announced soon.

Our Evolving Relationship With Data — The Closing Keynote

Daniel Rasmus

Daniel Rasmus

Our Evnolving Relationship With Data

In his closing keynote address, Daniel Rasmus, Founder and Principal Analyst, Serious Insights and Chief Knowledge Officer, Virtual World Society, reviewed some of the many impacts that data has on our lives. He started by noting that our brains have the capability of holding information, and everything that is information only exists as such for a small period of time–when the universe is acting upon it.  If it is not being acted upon, then it is data.

How we think about the future is dangerous. Most of the time, we are wrong because the future is highly variable; real-time data is at least milliseconds old. We are looking at the current world with all our biases in place, and often the future does not unfold like we think it will. From the time you are born, data is being collected about you.

Much of the information that we are publishing now is on the internet, and the flow is not stopping. Scenario planning forces us to look at the factors in the world outside of us. There future is what is possible; we must be open to all the possibilities. Uncertainties include the place of innovation, global workforce and economics, nature of learning, and our relationship with data. Technology has changed the way we think about the world. For example, we can now look at actual molecules and find out that they do indeed look like our models of them. Here are some information biases and perceptions of reality that occurred in the past.

Information Biases

Just seeing is not knowing; The Book of All Knowledge, published in 1850, is mostly all wrong now. As soon as a new element is discovered, all chemistry books in classrooms are immediately wrong.

Everything we look at is represented as data, and we must store it somewhere. Storage capacities have increased over the years, as shown here.

Memory Evolution

Memory continues to evolve, and there is a massive amount of new technology that is communicating with itself: AI, Big Data, the Internet of Things, etc. To  access all this data, we need speed: to download a whole DVD used to take over 8 days; now with a fast Ethernet connection, it takes 7 minutes, which has made downloading more widespread; for example, The Pirate Bay is a place to download movies that is completely illegal.

Data is literally in everything–watches, phones, houses, Bluetooth lights, etc. Everything is generating data through sensors, and we must make sense of all this data. Pervasive computing is setting expectations. We are in the process of becoming the center of our data universe. Eventually, everything will get self-organized.

Augmented reality and virtual reality are connected by data.

AR and VR Connected By Data

We are creating maps of everything, and everything is data. People are worrying about privacy and how ads are pushed to them. In the ecosystem of measurement, we will no longer have to think about data in silos because all information is available to be correlated.

A Model for Evaluating Emerging Technologies in a Library Setting


Jennifer Koerber

Jennifer Koerber

Jennifer Koerber, formerly at the Boston Public Library and now a technology trainer and consultant, said that people have an idea where to find information, but many of them are overwhelmed by it.  So she developed a model for evaluating emerging technologies.

Here are the steps in the typical research process.

Steps in the Research Process

Steps in the Research Process

Technologies are often emerging which means that those are on the leading edge, and you have no idea of how they will apply to your spaces. You must “keep a light pulse” in your research. That iterative process makes this model different. If something is on the “bleeding edge”, you will keep rediscovering it. When it reemerges, things will become more complex.

"Bleeding Edge" Items in the Model

“Bleeding Edge” Items in the Model

Modes of application of the model:

  • Sometimes there is a need for access, such as after Superstorm Sandy in Queens (see Kelvin Wilson’s presentation).
  • If you are doing future planning, you will keep a light pulse on the technology early in the process.
  • At the consumer level, the process is established, so you might never get past the “more questions” phase and will need to maintain a public impression and push the public’s idea of libraries into the 21st century. By keeping library staff aware, they can make suggestions to users and promote the library’s facilities. This is why you pay attention to emerging technology even if you will never use it yourself.
Application of the Model in a Consumer Setting

Application of the Model in a Consumer Setting

In the final portion of Jennifer’s presentation, she listed some resources and some questions that should be asked.


  • Libraries and nonprofits
  • Mainstream (usually the technology section of a publication, but read the business section as well)
  • Tech News (what the industry people read)
  • Conferences (you do not to attend or even register for them; simply look at the panel and session titles, then search on your own to get additional information)
  • Word of Mouth (find out who always knows about the new toys, go window shopping and play)
  • Show that professional development and staff technology proficiency are management priorities; do your research on library time.

Questions to Ask:

  • About Sources
  • Basics about the technology
  • Implementation — Frontline
  • Implementation– Financial
  • Needs
  • Uses and Users
  • 30,000 Foot Views
  • Long View — The Tech
  • Long View — Your Library

Her slides of the resources and questions are on her website and on the conference presentations site.