With early bird registration now open, we know that you’ll be keen to know more about our NLS6 keynote speakers. In addition to Ruth Kneale and Marcus Foth, please put your hands together (*waves* on Twitter) for… Jenica Rogers, Director of Libraries at the State University of New York at Potsdam, coming from a background in cataloging, collection development, and staff training. Jenica’s already excited to be coming to Australia in 2013, as she enthused on her blog, Attempting Elegance.
We’re thrilled to have Jenica joining us in February 2013, to inspire us and to encourage us to be different. When we asked Jenica what it means to be different, she shared this with us:
I’ve always been fascinated by the firsts of human history and culture, from the mundane to the monumental. I’m just as interested in how we first began cultivating grasses until they became maize as I am in how we put a human into orbit around the Earth as I am in how we figured out that mold could cure disease.
And since I’m so intrigued by those firsts, those changes, those next and new steps, I can’t help but see that those firsts came about because someone decided to try something new. To move against the steady stream of humanity around them. To challenge the status quo. To improve on current reality. To be different.
It’s not easy making those changes and being different; you hold yourself up to your peers, your community, your culture as an object of attention when you flout convention, and that scrutiny isn’t always comfortable. But I think a willingness to be different and to challenge our base assumptions is what allows us to innovate.
I think it’s the root of most of the remarkable things we’ve accomplished.
I think it’s worth the risk.
Jenica, we’re excited that you’ll be joining Ruth Kneale and Marcus Foth as a keynote speaker at NLS6, and we’re looking forward to seeing you in Brisbane in February 2013.
Again, your challenge now folks is to follow all of our keynotes on Twitter (@sunday9pm, @jenica26, @desertlibrarian), read their blogs and think about how you want to share your ‘be different’ enthusiasm.