Innovation Conference

Keynote speakers

Speakers Gary Hoover John Bertot Barbara Dewey Marsha Semmel Helene Blowers Robert McDonald Kristi Jensen

Gary Hoover

Gary Hoover
Entrepreneur and Business leader

Developing a Culture of Innovation

Gary Hoover began his entrepreneurial journey at an early age. His question about enterprises was, "What separates the losers from the winners?" He began subscribing to Fortune Magazine at the age of 12, and has acquired most of the issues back to 1930.

As part of his education, he studied economics at the University of Chicago under Milton Friedman and two other Nobel Prize winners, served as a securities analyst for Citibank on Wall Street, worked as a buyer for Federated Department Stores, and headed up acquisitions and strategic planning for the May Department Stores Company.

At the age of 30, after he finally took the plunge and created pioneering book superstore BOOKSTOP, which helped change the nature of book shopping in America. This company was sold to Barnes & Noble for $41.5 million cash when it was 7 years old, and became a cornerstone for their industry-dominating superstore chain. After he and his partners sold BOOKSTOP, Gary returned to his first love of understanding businesses, and began the company that became Hoover's, the world's largest Internet-based provider of information about enterprises. Hoovers.com covers over 40,000 companies around the world. In July of 1999, Hoover's went public and in March of 2003, the company was purchased by Dun & Bradstreet for $117 million. Like BOOKSTOP, Hoover's has changed the way we do things and today employs over 300 people.

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Bertot

John Bertot
Professor and Co-Director of the Information Policy & Access Center (iPAC) at the University of Maryland-College Park iSchool

Innovation through Education: Librarian Skills for the 21st Century

John Bertot is Professor and co-director of the Information Policy & Access Center (iPAC) in the University of Maryland College Park iSchool. He also serves as director of the MLS program, a position he began in July 2011.

John joined the iSchool faculty in August 2008. He received his Ph.D. from the School of Information Studies at Syracuse University. His research spans information and telecommunications policy, e-government, government agency technology planning and evaluation, and library planning and evaluation. He is President of the Digital Government Society of North America (DGSNA), serves as chair of the International Standards Organization's (ISO) Library Performance Indicator (ISO 11620) working group, and serves as a member ISO Library Statistics (ISO 2789) working group. John has previously served as Chair of the American Library Association's (ALA) Library Research Round Table, and currently serves on the ALA Committee on Research and Statistics and E-government Services Subcommittee. In addition, John is Editor of Government Information Quarterly and co-Editor of The Library Quarterly Over the years, John has received funding for his research from the National Science Foundation, the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, the Government Accountability Office, the American Library Association, and the U.S. Institute of Museum and Library Services.

Innovation through Education: Librarian Skills for the 21st Century

The information marketplace is competitive, diverse, and continually evolving. Libraries are but one provider in this continually changing environment, and there is a substantial need to continually rethink services, space, and the roles of libraries as information providers, particularly as information content is increasingly embedded in emerging technologies. No aspect of library operations -- reference, government information, information literacy, evaluation, building design, to name a few -- is untouched by the changing information context. Successful librarians have to be flexible to adapt to the new information environment, but also have a wide range of technology, information, assessment, management, leadership, and planning skills that foster innovation, creativity, and leading edge services that meet user and community needs. This presentation focuses on what it means to be a librarian in the 21st century, the skills necessary for success, and innovative programs designed develop the next generation of librarians.

 

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Barbara Dewey

Barbara I. Dewey
Dean of University Libraries and Scholarly Communications, Penn State

Barbara I. Dewey is Dean of the University Libraries and Scholarly Communications at the Pennsylvania State University. She was Dean of Libraries, University of Tennessee, Knoxville from 2000-2010. She held several administrative positions at the University of Iowa Libraries including Interim University Librarian and Director, Information and Research Services (1987-2000). Prior to her work at Iowa she was Director of Admissions at Indiana University's School of Library and Information Science (1980-1987), Reference and Interlibrary Loan Librarian, Northwestern University Libraries (1978-1980), and Head, Reference and Adult Services, Minnesota Valley Regional Library in Mankato, Minnesota (1977-1978). She is the author/editor of six books, and has published articles and presented papers on research library topics including digital libraries, technology, user education, fundraising, diversity, organizational change, and human resources. Her latest book, published by Chandos Press, Oxford, UK, is Transforming Research Libraries for the Global Knowledge Society.

She holds an M.A. in library science (1976), a B.A. in sociology/anthropology (1974) from the University of Minnesota, and a Public Management Certificate from Indiana University (1985). Dewey is chair of the Association for Research Libraries (ARL) Transforming Research Libraries Steering Committee and former Board of Directors member. She was a member of the State of Tennessee Governor's Advisory Board on Libraries.

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Semmel

Marsha Semmel
Director for Strategic Partnerships, Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS)

Marcia Semmel joined IMLS in 2003 as director for strategic partnerships; from 2006 to 2011, she also served as deputy director for the Office of Museum Services. She served as the acting director of IMLS from March 2010 through January 2011.

Ms. Semmel oversees and coordinates IMLS partnerships with other federal agencies, foundations, and non-governmental organizations. She led the agency’s initiative Museums, Libraries, and 21st Century Skills, and has spearheaded a new partnership with the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation that focuses on creating “learning labs” for teens in libraries and museums.

From 1998 to 2002, Ms. Semmel was president and CEO of the Women of the West Museum, in Denver, Colorado. Prior to that, she was president and CEO of Conner Prairie, a living-history museum near Indianapolis, Indiana. From 1984 to 1996, she worked at the National Endowment for the Humanities, in Washington, DC, where, from 1993 to 1996, she was director of the Division of Public Programs, which supported humanities projects in museums, libraries, and public media.

She also worked at the Smithsonian Institution; the B’nai B’rith National Jewish Museum, in Washington DC; and The Taft Museum, in Cincinnati, Ohio. In 1979, she was a fellow in the Museums Program of the National Endowment for the Arts. She has served on the boards of the American Association of Museums, the Colorado Digitization Program, and ArtTable, a national organization for professional women in leadership positions in the visual arts.

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Helene Blowers

Helene Blowers
Director of Digital Strategy, Columbus Metropolitan Library, Ohio

Innovation Starts with "I"

Helene Blowers is a Library Journal Mover & Shaker, a LITA Hi-Tech Award recipient and the creator of the viral library learning program, Learning 2.0: 23 Things, which has been replicated by over 800 organizations in 15 countries. With nearly 15 years of experience developing innovative web sites and technology services for public libraries, Helene currently practices her passion for learning at Columbus Metropolitan Library, (OH) as the Director of Digital Strategy. She is the co-authored of the book Weaving a Library Web: A Guide to Developing Children's Websites and is well known for her energy and passion about learning and libraries. When she is not busy trying to keep CML from falling off the ever-surging technology wave, she enjoys traveling, spending time with her family and blogging at HeleneBlowers.com

Innovation Starts with "I"
Innovation has become such a bandied word these days that in some organizations it's now an expectation for library staff to be innovative from the ground up. So, where does "innovation" really come from? and how do you kick start something at an organizational level that is, by its very nature, connected to the elusive waves of individual creativity? The answer: Innovation starts with "I." This session will explore how the I, YOU, WE of organization cultures are involved in responding to the needs and desires to innovate and change

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Robert McDonald

Robert McDonald
Associate Dean for Library Technologies and Digital Libraries-Indiana University

Robert H. McDonald oversees the technological infrastructure and innovations that facilitate, support, and enhance Indiana University Libraries collections and services. As the Associate Dean for Library Technologies and Digital Libraries, he is responsible for the IU Libraries' Technology Division including the Digital Library Program, IU Enterprise Software Library Systems Department, and the statewide Indiana University Integrated Library System, IUCAT. McDonald is the co-principal investigator on several technology-related Libraries initiatives including the HathiTrust Research Center, a digital library initiative providing large-scale data access, and the Bamboo Technology Project, focused on building applications and shared infrastructure for humanities research.

McDonald is also the Associate Director of the Data to Insight Center at IU's Pervasive Technology Institute, responsible for collaborative projects that utilize the IU Digital Library Program in mass data storage, data analysis, data curation, and digital library infrastructure. Additionally, he serves as the Executive Director of Kuali Open Library Environment, a multi-institutional initiative to develop open source library management software.

Prior to joining the IU Libraries, McDonald held senior management positions with the San Diego Supercomputer Center and Florida State University Libraries. He is an active writer and speaker, covering diverse topics in library science including software, storage, marketing, metadata, and collaborative digital preservation.

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Kristi Jensen

Kristi Jensen
Program Director, Social Sciences and Professional Programs, University of Minnesota Libraries

Navigating your Organization for Successful Innovation

Kristi Jensen is the Research and Learning Department Director for Social Sciences and Professional Programs at the University of Minnesota Libraries. She previously provided liaison support to a variety of academic programs in the sciences and social sciences at Minnesota, Penn State, and the University of Michigan.  During her time at Minnesota she has been involved in two reorganization efforts aimed at aligning the organization with strategic priorities and supporting future innovative work and practices.

Navigating your Organization for Successful Innovation
Innovation today is not just about big ideas; it's also about getting things done.  In a world of scarce resources, shifting priorities, and unavailable administrators (admit it, they are busy at the top), understanding how to effectively navigate your organization to implement your innovative practices is crucial.  Explore the concepts and tools that can help lead you to greater success (read as results, resources, recognition, insert your definition of success here) when it comes to implementing your innovative ideas (or practices). 

 

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The Innovation Conference: Fostering Creativity and Invention in Academic Libraries
is co-sponsored by
The Florida State University Libraries and PLAN, The Panhandle Library Access Network

Florida State University Libraries
The Florida State University Libraries

PLAN

Panhandle Library Access Network

 

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