We are incredibly excited to introduce you to our diverse, friendly and fascinating group of keynote and invited speakers for NLS6. Hailing locally and internationally, and working within, beside and around the library and information sector, each speaker brings unique opinions, expertise and experiences to the NLS6 stage. Prepare to think differently!
Sue Gardner is the Executive Director of the Wikimedia Foundation, the non-profit organization behind Wikipedia – the world’s largest and most popular encyclopedia, which is free to use and free of advertising. Wikipedia contains more than 20 million volunteer-authored articles in over 280 languages, and is visited by more than 476 million people every month, making it the number five most-popular website in the world.
Gardner, a seasoned journalist, was formerly head of CBC.ca, the website for the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation, one of Canada’s most prominent and best-loved cultural institutions. Under her leadership, CBC.ca won many international awards for excellence, and grew to become Canada’s most popular news site. Gardner started her career in 1990 as a producer with CBC’s “As It Happens,” an internationally-recognized groundbreaking news and current events radio program. She has worked in radio, television, newspapers, magazines and online. Bio courtesy Wikimedia Foundation
Ryan Donahue is super interested in messy cultural data. In his present role as senior information systems developer at the Metropolitan Museum of Art, Ryan is working on heaps of messy data problems, including enterprise data integration, linked data, emerging cultural heritage data standards, and standardized data for scholarly publications at the Met.
Ryan has given talks at Museums and the Web, the National Digital Forum (NZ), Museum Computer Network, Powerhouse Museum, Museum Victoria, the Smithsonian Institution, and more on a wide variety of topics ranging from digitization and digital preservation to museum metadata. Recently, he co-authored a paper with Aaron Straup Cope titled “Archiving Flickr and Other Websites of Interest to Museums” at Museums and the Web 2012.
Previously, Ryan worked for the George Eastman House International Museum of Photography and Film in Rochester, New York. In his tenure there, Ryan managed the George Eastman House website, collections management system, digital asset management system and various in-gallery interactives. He was also involved in crafting strategies for digital collecting, collection dissemination and the overall IT infrastructure. He holds a Bachelor of Science in Information Technology from the Rochester Institute of Technology.
Dr Stuart Candy is a professional futurist with a design twist. He helps people engage more creatively and systematically with the worlds they could find themselves in, and generate ways to shape them. He currently works as regional Foresight and Innovation Leader for the global design and engineering firm Arup.
In the past decade of he has worked around the world with governments at all levels, the Sydney Opera House, IDEO and General Electric; lectured at New York University, UC Berkeley, and the Royal College of Art; and run workshops at Yale, Singularity University, and the TED Conference.
He has recently facilitated foresight processes for groups as diverse as the digital community of Melbourne, the Singaporean government, and Burning Man Australia. Stuart holds a Ph.D. in political science for pioneering work on ‘experiential futures’, designed immersions as a catalyst for more effective strategic conversation. His writing on this and other topics can be found at The Sceptical Futuryst.
The 2009 winner of the Canadian Association of Research Libraries (CARL) award for Distinguished Service to Research Librarianship, Ms Parent is recognized nationally and internationally for her outstanding contributions to libraries and to the library profession. She has played an active role in developing policies and best practices for libraries particularly in the areas of resource access and digital activities.
The digital agenda, including the collection of electronic publications and archival records, the provision of new and efficient digital services, and converting analogue information to digital formats, is an enduring interest for Ms Parent. While with Library and Archives Canada, she led activities to develop national standards and policies for managing digital material, and has made The University of British Columbia Library’s digital plan a top priority.
Over her career, Ms Parent has been involved with several international information associations including UNESCO, the International Publishers Association, the ISSN International Network, the World Intellectual Property Organization, and the Association of Research Libraries.
She has been actively involved in the governance of the International Federation of Library Associations and Institutions (IFLA) for the past 14 years. Ms Parent is currently serving as the organization’s president for a two year term beginning August 2011. Within IFLA, Ms Parent has been a strong proponent of equitable access to information and promoting the diversity of voices in the world of information.
Her appointment in 2009 to The University of British Columbia as University Librarian marks a return to her alma mater, where Ms Parent earned a Bachelor of Arts in Honours History and a library science degree. After her graduation, she moved to eastern Canada, and held increasingly senior positions, culminating in her role as Assistant Deputy Minister, Library and Archives Canada (LAC). Ms Parent is on the Board of Directors of the Canadian Research Knowledge Network, and is its Treasurer as well as the Chair of its Finance & Audit Committee. In June 2011, Ms Parent was awarded and honorary doctorate from the University of Ottawa.
She is often asked to speak at conferences around the world on issues related to the management of information, and on the future of libraries in a digital age.
Jenica P. Rogers is Director of Libraries at the State University of New York at Potsdam, coming from a background in cataloguing, collection development, and staff training. Jenica serves as the chief administrator of the Crumb and Crane Libraries, with responsibilities that include short-term and strategic planning, fiscal management, fundraising and donor development, representing the libraries to outside constituents, and supervision of 24 FTE employees spanning New York State Civil Service employees, professional staff, and librarians.
Jenica’s current professional interests include trying to think strategically about “the next five years”; advocating for swift but rational implementation of emerging technologies in academic libraries; breaking the bad patterns of ostrich-style library management, and informing, mentoring, and supporting new library professionals as they hit the real world face first and at full speed.
Jenica earned her MLIS from the University of Wisconsin-Madison in 2001 after graduating from Trinity College in Hartford, CT in 1998 with a BA in English Literature. In 2009 she received a SUNY Potsdam President’s Award for Excellence in Professional Service and was nominated one of Library Journal’s Movers and Shakers for 2009.
Ruth Kneale is the Systems Librarian for the Advanced Technology Solar Telescope (ATST) in Tucson, Arizona, USA. Prior to that, she was the Librarian and Webmaster for the Gemini Observatory in Hilo, Hawaii, and the Gemini 8m Telescopes Project (what observatories are before they grow up) in Tucson. Basically, she’s a librarian in geek clothing, whose first program was created using BASIC on a TRS-80 with a tape drive. A Fellow of the Special Libraries Association, Ruth holds a master’s degree in Information Resources and Library Science from the University of Arizona and a Bachelor of Science in astronomy and physics.
Ruth has written on computer topics for Information Outlook and Computers in Libraries, and publishes a regular column about librarians in Marketing Library Services called “Spectacles: How Pop Culture Views Librarians.” Even though she lives in Arizona, she’s also written twice for the Oregon Library Association about pop culture and librarians. She has presented several times at the Special Libraries Association annual meetings and at Internet Librarian. She started the website You Don’t Look Like a Librarian! in 2002; her book of the same title was published in 2009. A companion blog called Random Musings from the Desert was started in 2006.
For a sampling of publications and presentations, visit her ATST staff profile.
Associate Professor Marcus Foth is the founder and director of the Urban Informatics Research Lab, and Principal Research Fellow in the School of Design of the Creative Industries Faculty at Queensland University of Technology. Professor Foth’s research explores human-computer interaction design and development at the intersection of people, place and technology with a focus on urban informatics, social media, ubiquitous computing, location-based services, and mobile applications. The high quality of his lab’s research work has attracted over $2.3 million in national competitive grants and industry funding.
He was inducted by the planning, design and development site Planetizen to the world’s top 25 leading thinkers and innovators in the field of urban planning and technology. In 2011, as the inaugural recipient of the Australian Business Foundation Research Fellowship on Innovation and Cultural Industries, he wrote the paper “Urban Informatics Research and Insights for Libraries, Cultural Industries and Innovation Systems” for the Aurora Foundation.