ILI: London calling

The Internet Librarian International (ILI) event is 20 years old this year – and is marking its birthday by celebrating innovative libraries and info professionals. ILI says it remains Europe’s friendliest

forum for librarians and information professionals to exchange ideas, learn new skills, hear about new tools and tech, make unexpected connections, and explore new and interesting approaches to jobs – helping make a difference to organisations, clients and communities. Keynote speeches for this year’s ILI

are Katherine Skinner, executive director at the Educopia Institute in the USA, and Martin Hamilton, futurist at Jisc in the UK. The Educopia Institute is a US-based

non-profit run by a small group of individuals with a passion for building communities, connecting like-minded people, and using collective action to advance libraries, archives, museums, and publishers. Skinner will share stories about how impact becomes magnified when institutions band together – and encourage delegates to align their actions to make system-level changes that favour knowledge and memory. Jisc is the organisation that provides digital solutions for UK education and research. Hamilton’s job is to keep an eye open for emerging trends and new technologies, and see what can be done to

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exploit and embrace them – or to mitigate against them. He will be taking an in-depth look at some of the major trends in digital technology – including AI, blockchain, data driven decision-making, and open research practice – and how they will impact customers, organisations and the work they do. He will also look at what’s emerging from the research lab that will change how librarians work in the future.

“An exercise in storytelling using beacons, books and bots”

The meeting will be rounded up with ‘20 years in 20 minutes’ – a light- hearted quick-fire round-up of this year’s anniversary conference. ILI co-chair Phil Bradley will reflect on the key themes, ideas and innovations that have emerged over the two days, survey some of the innovations encountered over 20 years of ILI, and look ahead to future challenges and opportunities for libraries and information professionals. The event, which will be held at the Olympia Conference Centre on 16 and 17 October, will also feature:

• ILI Glass Room Experience - A pop- up workshop on digital privacy, encouraging attendees to make informed choices about their online life and instil data literacy skills into colleagues and citizens;

• ‘A Million Stories’ film show - Illustrating the work of the Million Stories project;

• Librarians with Lives podcasting from ILI - The podcast will be recorded at ILI this year; and

• ILI interactive treasure hunt - A fun, interactive adventure that lets you explore the ILI world while showcasing different interactive ways of having conversations with users. An experiment in storytelling using beacons, books and bots, following the clues to unlock the story.

Katherine Skinner and Martin Hamilton

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