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Barbara Fister, Wednesday Keynote

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TITLE: Information Literacy as the Practice of Freedom

DESCRIPTION: What does it mean to be information literate in a world in which "publish" is a button, pubishers and authors are suing libraries for sharing too much, and every week brings us new revelations about how the state is collecting and mining our digital lives? What can we do to help our students make sense of their world and prepare them to engage with information after they gaduate? We will explore ways to invite students to hack the library and claim it as their own meaning-maker space as we explore the values of libraries-and how those values could change the world for the better.

About Barbara Fister: Barbara Fister has coordinated instruction at the Gustavus Adolphus College library in St. Peter, Minnesota, for over 25 years, but is still learning how to help students learn. She teaches a course, Information Fluency, every spring as well as an experiential course on books and culture. You can follow Barbara on Twitter (@bfister) or find her musings at Library Journal's Peer to Peer Review and Inside Higher Ed's Library Babel Fish blog.


Trent Miller, Wednesday Luncheon

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TITLE: From Bookless to Bubbler

DESCRIPTION: Trent Miller is an artist, curator, and the maker, program coordinator & gallery director at Madison Public Library, where he is spearheading the library's new maker program called The Bubbler.  Miller has focused his energies on bringing creative, innovative, and unusual art events, shows, and workshops to the public library, including the 2012 event BOOKLESS that featured over 100 artists and drew 5,000+ people to a one-day event at the soon-to-be-renovated Madison Central Public Library.


Michael Edmonds, Thursday Luncheon

TITLE: Bunyan's Progress: How the Private Jokes of Wisconsin Lumberjacks Became America's Best-Known Folktales

DESCRIPTION: Michael Edmonds, author of "Out of the Northwoods: The Many Lives of Paul Bunyan" will share his discoveries about Paul Bunyan's origins among Wisconsin loggers in the 1880s. He will describe where the stories began, how they migrated from logging camps into print, and how publication changed them forever. He'll also share some of the earliest authentic Bunyan stories (including some about the Wisconsin Dells) as they were actually told aloud by Wisconsin lumberjacks during the 1880s and 1890s.


Maurice York, Friday Keynote

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TITLE: The Laboratory of the Humanities and Sandbox for the Sciences:  Remaking the Library

DESCRIPTION: Bookbot. Immersive Displays. Gaming labs. Virtual Environments.  The James B. Hunt Library at North Carolina State University has them all.  In the midst of the planning and completion of one of the most cutting edge libraries in the United States was Maurice York, Head of Information Technology at the Hunt Library.  This library recently won the 2014 Stanford Prize for Innovation in Research Libraries in recognition of its groundbreaking integration of library technology into the research fabric of the university. 

With ten years in library IT and library services management, Maurice is an experienced project manager for planning and deployment of enterprise-scale solutions in both IT and AV systems for hardware, software and application development. In 2013, the American Library Association named Maurice as one of the Tech Leaders on its annual Movers and Shakers list for his work on advanced applications of technology in library spaces