Recent Events

Cody Hennesy

Computational Text Analysis (a.k.a. Text Mining)

Cody Hennessy, E-Learning and Information Studies Librarian at the University of California-Berkeley (UCB) noted that there has been a large growth in the amount of digitized text available. There are now over 15,000 books in Google Books, which allows one to access a lot of digitized text at once. The HathiTrust Digital Library has started the […]

Charlotte Spinner (L) and Christine Rasmussen (R)


Although this session had a simple one-word title, it imparted a wealth of information on digitization projects. Charlotte Spinner and Christine Rasmussen, Information Architecture Analyst and Manager, respectively, at the AARP Library, discussed how they created the AARP The Magazine database. AARP The Magazine, the world’s largest circulation magazine, is delivered bimonthly to all AARP members. Before the […]

Jessy Irwin and Tracy Maleeff

Encryption and Information Security

  Tracy Maleeff, Principal, Sherpa Intelligence, and Jessy Irwin, a security and privacy professional, discussed some issues around information security. Tracy did a survey that asked respondents the biggest concerns they had about security, and the most often one mentioned was data privacy. Companies are starting to recognize that data is a liability because it is something to steal. Here […]

Moe Hosseini-Ara and Elizabeth Tracy

Give Us A Reason To Come Back

Why do people come to libraries, and why do they return?  In this session, Moe Hosseini-Ara, Director, Branch Operations and Customer Experience, Toronto Public Library, and Elizabeth Tracy, Public Library Director, Whistler, BC, discussed customer service and used quotes to illustrate their points (Whistler is a major ski resort and was the site of the […]

Brendan Howley

Future-Proofing Libraries: The Tuesday Keynote

Brendan Howley, Chief Strategy Officer, BothAnd, began with this quote from a library CEO who said that we want to understand and engage our communities. He said that storytelling is recursive, which means involving the repeated application of a rule, i.e. a feedback loop. If you want to grow community networks through storytelling, you must build […]