This morning the conference committee announced the first of the real Keynote speakers for LIANZA10 in Dunedin.
From one extreme to the next, from the past to the future, from the fumigation of books to discussing the real challenges that libraries and the library profession are facing and the strategies we need to employ to ensure our success in our own and other learning communities. The Centennial Conference Committee is delighted to announce Stephen Abram as one of the keynote speakers for the LIANZA Centennial Conference in Dunedin where he will deliver a future focused address to inspire and focus delegates.
Stephen Abram describes himself as “a recovering librarian about to enter a 12 step program as an association junkie”. He is currently the past President of SLA but has endured the presidencies of his local, provincial, and national associations. Previously Vice President Innovation for SirsiDynix and Chief Strategist for the SirsiDynix Institute, in January 2010 Stephen moved to Gale Cengage as Vice President for Strategic Partnerships and Markets where “he swims upstream continually to try to discover the future for all types of libraries and their vendors”.
Stephen was listed by Library Journal as one of the top 50 people influencing the future of libraries and has received numerous honours. He holds audiences hostage for about 150 speeches a year, writes all or parts of 6 books a year, posts thousands of blog postings and writes about 36 articles a year. His columns appear in Information Outlook and Multimedia and Internet @ Schools, and he is the author of ALA Editions 2007 bestseller, Out Front with Stephen Abram. He blogs at the popular Stephen’s Lighthouse. He is nuts and doesn’t sleep. He has two children in university and is therefore quite broke. He takes his wife to Europe every year to apologize.
Stephen says that we are well into the new Millennium and the challenges facing libraries are reaching an exponential roar. It’s the information age, there must be a huge role for libraries, right? What are the real challenges facing libraries and the library profession? Is it Google and the web, or is it what it’s always been – lighting the darkness with information? What are the top strategies we need to employ to ensure our success in our communities and learning institutions? Will advertising driven search engines really win the hearts and minds of our customers? Are our collections right for today or will use of Google’s vaults of digitized books grow wildly in importance? Are libraries and librarians ready for the next round of technological and social change? Will our local and national cultures be overwhelmed by generic world services? Stephen as always will deal with these issues in a provocative and entertaining manner.”
My first LIANZA conference was in Wellington nearly five years ago, and one of the Keynote speakers then was Stephen Abram. Even then he was a little controversial as the conference split between the Abram camp and the Tara Brabazon camp. He will certainly be polarizing for our Open Source enthusiasts. So that’s one speaker I will be sad to miss.