March 8 - 9, 2016
Washington Hilton
Washington, DC

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This 2-day summit is an intimate forum for library directors, CEOs, and CIOs of academic, public, government, and special libraries to problem-solve, discuss, and network with colleagues. It features a mix of high-level presentations, expert panels, and roundtable and facilitated discussions with lots of networking/peer engagement time.

Tuesday, March 8, 2016

8:00 a.m. - 8:45 a.m.

Continental Breakfast

8:45 a.m. - 9:45 a.m.

Keynote: Innovation & the Knowledge Ecosystem

There are three necessary preconditions to innovation: starvation (or scarcity, perhaps need—a shortage of resources where usually there is abundance), pressure (or urgency—an immediate and relentless demand for resolution of the scarcity—a changing world), and perspective shift (new ways of thinking about the problem). We know that libraries are a part of the knowledge ecosystem but how can they be more innovative? Our popular speaker will challenge your thinking and supply some interesting insights.

Dave Snowden
Chief Scientific Officer
Cognitive Edge
9:45 a.m. - 10:00 a.m.

Coffee with Summit Colleagues

10:00 a.m. - 10:15 a.m.

Introductions and Approach

10:15 a.m. - 11:00 a.m.

Digital Strategies: Key Issues

Just what is a digital strategy, and how does it complement and drive your organization’s strategy? Does your organization’s strategy drive your digital strategy—or vice versa?

Michael Edson
Co-founder, Associate Director
The Museum for the United Nations - UN Live
11:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.

One-on-One with Dave Snowden

With a tech background in IBM and other organizations as well as the developer of a new software to gather themes from stories and narrative, Snowden also recognizes the people and culture side of any business or organization. Enjoy a stimulating conversation with our expert on strategies and complexity.

12:00 p.m. - 1:15 p.m.

Lunch with Summit Colleagues

1:15 p.m. - 2:30 p.m.

Strategy Drivers

Peter has worked with many clients in various sectors to craft and implement their strategies. Web and information architecture are key components of a digital strategy. He helps the group identify the key drivers of digital strategies and candidly discusses what his experiences with strategy design and execution have taught him—and how this may help others.

Peter Morville
Semantic Studios
2:30 p.m. - 2:45 p.m.


2:45 p.m. - 3:00 p.m.

Roundtable Discussions: What Does This Mean for Us?

3:30 p.m. - 4:15 p.m.

Strategy Challenges & Considerations

A chance for directors to talk directly with directors. These speakers identify the challenges their organizations in the public, academic, government and corporate sectors have faced and the steps they’ve taken in creating and implementing their digital strategies. Ranging from technological to privacy to organizational, these challenges are all very real and, in many cases, very manageable.

James King
Branch Chief and Information Architect
NIH Library
National Institutes of Health
Laura Soto-Barra
RAD Chief - Research, Archives & Data Strategy
Pilar Martinez
Chief Executive Officer
Edmonton Public Library
Pam Ryan
Director, Service Development & Innovation,
Toronto Public Library
4:15 p.m. - 5:00 p.m.

Rapid-Fire Talks

This is a chance to individually identify your key outcomes from the day’s discussions and share these with each other.

5:15 p.m. - 6:00 p.m.

Networking Reception in the Exhibit Hall

Information Today, Inc. invites all Summit registrants to a special Exhibit Hall opening reception.

Wednesday, March 9, 2016

8:00 a.m. - 8:45 a.m.

Continental Breakfast

8:45 a.m. - 9:45 a.m.

Keynote Panel: Executive Perspectives of the Library Tech Industry

Marshall Breeding leads the discussion among a panel of executives of key companies which provide or support strategic technologies for libraries. These executives represent organizations with a mix of strategic perspectives, including those that develop library management platforms, discovery services, content and technology products, and open source development and support. Following a brief introduction, Breeding facilitates a lively discussion probing the technology and business trends currently in play, including industry consolidation, differing approaches to opening software to library programmers, and the shift toward cloud-based technologies.

Marshall Breeding
Independent Consultant
Library Technology Guides
Sam Brooks
Executive Vice President
Bill Davison
Beth Jefferson
Leif Pedersen
9:45 a.m. - 10:00 a.m.

Coffee with Summit Colleagues

10:00 a.m. - 10:15 a.m.

Approach & Outstanding Issues/Questions

10:15 a.m. - 11:15 a.m.

One-on-One with Tech Industry Leaders

Delve deeper with our morning keynote panel of library tech industry executives and get their ideas around digital strategies!

11:15 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.

Digital Future

Various technologies are and certainly will impact libraries and people’s lives in ways we’ve never imagined. Leif shares technologies shaping the information industry that need to be considered by participants as they define their strategies.

Leif Pedersen
12:00 p.m. - 1:15 p.m.

Lunch with Summit Colleagues

1:15 p.m. - 2:30 p.m.

Digital Strategy Mapping

Mapping out an organization’s digital strategy ensures that everyone knows where you are starting from and where you want to end up. The visualization and discussions in creating the map allow those involved to factor in the issues and considerations—many of which have been discussed at this Summit.

2:30 p.m. - 2:45 p.m.


2:45 p.m. - 4:00 p.m.

Strategy Implementations: People Make It Happen

Developing the digital strategy is just the beginning. The hard work for many libraries is influencing key stakeholders to champion, fund, and support the strategy. Donna leads off this discussion by highlighting the research into why some individuals hold more ‘”influential sway” than others. She also leads participants through an exercise to integrate their stakeholders into their strategy map and determine an approach for engaging them with the strategy.

Donna Scheeder
Library Strategies International
4:00 p.m. - 4:30 p.m.

Rapid-Fire Talks

Participants identify and share their key insights.

4:30 p.m. - 5:00 p.m.

Next Steps, Wrap-Up, & Close

7:30 p.m. - 9:00 p.m.

Evening Session: The Internet of Things & Libraries

In 2014, on the 25th anniversary of the Web, Pew released research on the Internet of Things: “Many experts say the rise of embedded and wearable computing will bring the next revolution in digital technology. They say the upsides are enhanced health, convenience, productivity, safety, and more useful information for people/organizations. The downsides: challenges to personal privacy, over-hyped expectations, and boggling tech complexity. We hear more and more about the Internet of Things these days, and our popular speaker Rainie shares Pew’s research and other insights on libraries and the expanding Internet of Things!

Lee Rainie
Director, Internet and Technology Research
Pew Research Center
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