JUN 27

OCLC Symposium: The Internet of Things: Coming Soon to Everywhere

Las Vegas, Nevada, 27 June 2014. OCLC Symposium was hosted by the Americas Regional Council.

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OCLC Symposium: “The Internet of Things: Coming Soon to Everywhere”

Hosted by the Americas Regional Council
Twitter: #OCLCiot

A recent Pew Research Internet Project report predicts that “The Internet of Things (IoT) will thrive by 2025,” and suggests that "the opportunities and challenges resulting from amplified connectivity will influence nearly everything, nearly everyone, nearly everywhere."

But the Internet of Things goes beyond smartphones and tablets. Smart cars will tell us when to get gas based on our navigation plans. Alarm clocks will wake us earlier if there’s an accident on the route to work. Health monitors for people and animals will provide real-time alerts that summon appropriate care. Applications like these are already available on relatively small scales. But how will our lives change when entire systems of objects—buildings and communities, energy grids, public safety, transportation, schools, healthcare facilities and factories—all connect, communicate and react?

View the chat archive from the webcast.


27 June 2014


1:00 PM – 3:00 PM
Pacific Daylight Time, North America [UTC -7]


Las Vegas, Nevada, USA


LVH - Las Vegas Hotel, Ballroom B


Photo_Jane Treadwell

Jane Treadwell, University Librarian and Dean of Library Instructional Services at the University of Illinois Springfield, and Americas Regional Council Chair, gave a brief update on the Americas Regional Council and welcomed new delegates.


Lisa Carlucci Thomas, Director & Founder of Design Think Do, a creative services and consulting firm specializing in libraries and information services, discussed IoT implications for libraries. Lisa is a 2010 Library Journal Mover & Shaker, a 2009 ALA Emerging Leader, and a MLIS graduate of Syracuse University.  


Daniel Obodovski, author of the 2013 book, The Silent Intelligence, gave a keynote presentation about how the Internet of Things is taking shape today. Daniel was Director of Business Development at Qualcomm for M2M (machine-to-machine) products, and today consults with companies who want to bring IoT services to market.

Following the presentations, attendees participated in facilitated table discussions.