Access, Schmaccess: Libraries in the Age of Information Ubiquity

Posted by Lisa Strand on Friday, June 15, 2012 in WLA News

Attending the WLA annual conference this October 23-26 in LaCrosse?  Don’t miss this opportunity to hear Eli Neiburger, technology guru, 2011 LJ Mover and Shaker, from the Ann Arbor District Library, on Thursday, October 27. 

He’ll discuss “Access, Schmaccess: Libraries in the Age of Information Ubiquity,” stating that the 21st century isn't just here, it's already 12% over.  The presence of ubiquitous access to a global information network, and the cultures that flourish on that network, change everything about Libraries... Or do they?  He will highlight some of the contrasts between the Web Culture of this Century and the Broadcast Culture of the last century, exploring how the value, mission and focus of libraries are impacted by this cultural change, which has still barely begun.  Maybe the library of the future is not really so different from the library of the past... from a certain point of view.

Eli joined the staff of the Ann Arbor District Library as a helpdesk technician in 1997, and has been responsible for AADL's technology program since 2000.  In his current role as Associate Director for IT & Production, Eli is responsible for technology planning, software development, digitization, events and marketing.  He's the author of GAMERS... in the LIBRARY?!, published in 2007 by ALA Editions, and has spoken across the US, Europe and Australia about gaming, libraries, publishing and the Web.  He serves on the board of Bricks for Brains (a small LEGO Education nonprofit), Library Renewal, working to develop econtent solutions that work for libraries, and is the chairman of the Jhai Foundation, working to bring Internet-powered telemedicine and economic development to rural communities in the developing world.

Now that the new WLA website is up and running, the conference pages will be populated as information becomes available, so check the WLA conference website on a regular basis: http://wla.wisconsinlibraries.org/events-conferences/annual-conference.

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