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Submit your proposal by August 31st for Innovation in Libraries 2012

Innovation in Libraries 2012 is a free post conference event to LITA Forum. Sponsored by OCLC and held at the Columbus Metropolitan Main Library, Innovation in Libraries 2012 will begin right after LITA Forum concludes on October 7th, and will continue through the morning of October 8th.

Innovation in Libraries 2012 is your chance to hear from technology experts and colleagues, and contribute your ideas. Phil Simon, author of The Age of the Platform: How Amazon, Apple, Facebook and Google have Redefined Business will give the opening keynote. All attendees will also receive a complimentary copy of his book.

Proposals requested

Whether you plan to attend LITA Forum or not, you are encouraged to share your innovations, ideas and instructive failures with fellow attendees at Innovation in Libraries 2012. There are three (3) potential ways to participate:

  • 20 minute sessions: These are your standard presentations where you showcase the interesting work you’re doing at your library/consortium, etc,.
  • 5 minute lightning talks: These are pecha kucha-style sessions designed to have 20 slides each (similar to Code4Lib lightning talks).
  • 1 hour breakout session leader: Brush up your group facilitation skills by volunteering to lead a breakout discussion on a specific topic. Examples include:
  1. Building apps for tech services.
  2. Building apps for discovery layers.
  3. Library integration with non–library functions.
  4. Non-library apps and "what's out there".
  5. Your interesting topic, "here".

Potential Themes

The following topics might get your creative juices flowing:

  • App ideation and creation
  • Apps usage and outcomes, results
  • Using APIs and Web services
  • Platform usage
  • Building a staff culture of creativity
  • Building useful tools for your library
  • Widgets, gadgets, plug-ins
  • Strategies to help staff innovate
  • Strategies to help users innovate

Basically, share something interesting, include a technical angle and explain how it helped your library/users/libraries worldwide in the process.


Submit your proposals by 31 August 2012.

Registration for Innovation in Libraries 2012 is open now, at: http://www.oclc.org/innovation. There is no charge to attend the event, but you are required to register. All accepted proposals will also need to register separately for the event, which is free to all attendees.