Web 2.0, Social Networking & Libraries Conference 2010

Web 2.0, Social Networking, and Libraries has been cancelled. It is not being rescheduled as of this time.

The Third Annual International Conference

Web 2.0, Social Networking, & Libraries:

How Libraries Are Exploiting Web 2.0 and Social Networking

to Improve Service to Library Users

—and What It Means for Libraries, Library Users, and You

Including Ways to Better Serve Your Own Library Users with

Twitter, Facebook, MySpace, Web 2.0, OPAC and Web Site Enhancements, and more

Sponsored by:


(The International Library Information and Analytic Center;

Offices in Moscow and Washington D.C.);

The Harriman Institute and Columbia University Libraries; and

The U*N*A*B*A*S*H*E*DTM Librarian,

the ‘how I run my library good’SM letter
(Sponsor & Conference Organizer)

Place: School of International and Public Affairs, Columbia University

Kellogg Center, 15th Floor, 420 West 118th Street,

between Amsterdam Avenue and Morningside Drive, New York City.

Date and Time: Tuesday, March 16, 2010, 8:15AM – 4:00PM


Fees and Registration:

$100Early Bird Special, expires 11:59 PM, January 31st, 2010 [must be postmarked or paid on-line via PayPal by this date and time]

$130 – U*N*A*B*A*S*H*E*DTM Librarian Subscriber, Columbia University Staff, METRO Institutional Member, LACUNY Member, CLA, NJLA or NYLA Member, or ALA Member

$140 – Unaffiliated with any of the above

$120 – Student at an ALA-accredited library school

Program & Speakers

8:15 – 9:00 AM: Registration

9:00 AM – Noon: Morning Program:

Moderator: Maurice J. Freedman, Conference Organizer; Publisher, The U*N*A*B*A*S*H*E*DTM Librarian, the ‘how I run my library good’SM letter; and Past President, ALA

Greetings: James G. Neal, Host and Vice President for Information Services and. University Librarian, Columbia University (and Candidate for ALA Treasurer)

1. Keynote Speaker: Yakov Shrayberg, Web 2.0 and Social Networking in Russian Libraries.

Director General of the Russian National Public Library for Science and Technology and President of ILIAC.

Because of his preeminent leadership position in the Russian library community, Yakov Shrayberg is in an expert position to discuss the status, plans, and strategy in Russia to utilize Web 2.0 and Social Networking to facilitate library service.

Refreshments Break (10:15-10:30)

2. Damon Jaggars, Web 2.0 and Social Networking in U.S. Libraries

Associate University Librarian for Collections & Services, Columbia University Libraries & Information Services

Mr. Jaggars will provide an overview and discuss trends and Web 2.0 and Social Networking developments in U.S. libraries. Overall how have libraries exploited and responded (or not!) to the potentialities offered by social networking and emerging mobile technologies? How can library services and outreach be improved through engagement with Web 2.0 platforms (Facebook, Flickr, Wikipedia, etc.), as well as advanced mobile devices (iPhone, Google Android)? Who is exploiting these opportunities in the U.S. today and how are they doing it?

Lunch [Off-site, no host]

1:30PM Afternoon Program

3. Margaret Smith, Web 2.0 and Social Networking at an Academic Library—Successes, Problems, and Prospects

Physical Sciences Librarian at New York University

What and how Web 2.0 and Social Networking are used to promote library service at New York University will be explored in detail by Ms. Smith.

Refreshments Break (2:30-2:45PM)

4. Janie Hermann, Web 2.0 and Social Networking at a Public Library—Successes, Problems, and Prospects

Program Coordinator at Princeton Public Library

What and how Web 2.0 and Social Networking are used to promote library service at Princeton Public Library will be explored in detail by Ms. Hermann.

Conclusion and Wrap-Up (3:45-4:00PM)

The Issue:

“Web 2.0, Social Networking, and Libraries” will focus on future trends and a broad view of what is going on today in libraries in the United States and Russia; and provide an in-depth look at how a university library (NYU) and a public library (Princeton) are using Web 2.0 and Social Networking to promote library service, make connections between library users and their libraries, and connect users to each other.

It is the rare person—anywhere–who is not using one or more social networking applications, and for that matter there are fewer and fewer U.S. libraries not making some use of social networking these days. By attending this conference you’ll get both a comprehensive overview of Web 2.0 and Social Networking, as well as concrete and in-depth examples of how an academic and a public library are exploiting these tools to better communicate with, serve, and bring together their libraries’ users.

Intended Audience:

Everyone who works in or does business with libraries is in the target audience. Web 2.0 and Social Networking applications have been used by many libraries to one extent or another the last few years. The extraordinary participatory possibilities promoted by social networking can and will continue to improve library service, and communication between the library and its users and among the library’s users—these developments impact all staff. People at every administrative level can help promote library service by the use of these applications and tools. All should come and learn about what is being done and can be done in specific and broad library settings. It is vital that everyone have an understanding of this sea change in library and information services.

Other Material

Relevant URLs:

Yakov Shrayberg

http://www.iliac.org/ (ILIAC)




http://gpntb.ru/ [in Russian]

Damon Jaggars




Margaret Smith






Janie Hermann







James Neal



Maurice J. Freedman




Web 2.0, Social Networking, and Libraries is the third annual one-day international conference sponsored by ILIAC, the Harriman Institute and Columbia University Libraries, and The U*N*A*B*A*S*H*E*DTM Librarian, the ‘how I run my library good’SM letter. The 2008 conference, Google and Libraries, was so successful that attendees requested that there be another conference in 2009, which was, Open Access and Libraries. These conferences originated at the request of ILIAC , an international library organization based in Moscow and Washington, DC that conducts annual study tours of U.S. libraries. At ILIAC’s invitation, Maurice J. Freedman, Publisher of The U*N*A*B*A*S*H*E*DTM Librarian, the ‘how I run my library good’SM letter, organized both the 2008 and 2009 conferences, and this year’s 2010 conference in consultation with ILIAC and Columbia University Libraries.

We trust that you will find this year’s conference Web 2.0, Social Networking, and Libraries stimulating, informative, and, indeed, exciting. The speakers occupy positions with demonstrated experience in the application of these new tools to library service and especially qualify them to speak at this year’s conference.

Short Biographies of Speakers:

Dr., Prof. Yakov Shrayberg

Dr., Prof. Yakov Shrayberg is Director General of the Russian National Public Library for Science and Technology (http://www.gpntb.ru/), President of ILIAC (http://www.iliac.org/) and Head of the Department of Information Technologies and Electronic Libraries at Moscow University of Culture and Arts. Dr. Shrayberg has managed several projects of Russian Federal Target Programs on information technologies and electronic libraries.

ILIAC, under Dr. Shrayberg’s leadership, has been responsible for 16 annual international Crimea Conferences, and the most greatly attended conference of Russian-speaking and other librarians and exhibitors in the world. As with last year’s Sixteenth International Crimea Conference, the Crimea Conference for 2010 will be held in Sudak, Ukraine, on the shore of the Black Sea.

Damon E. Jaggars

Damon E. Jaggars is Associate University Librarian for Collections & Services, olumbia University Libraries & Information Services, Columbia University. He held several progressively more responsible positions at the University of Texas, Austin, 1996-2008, the last as Associate Director for User Services, University of Texas Libraries, University of Texas at Austin (included responsibility for public, student, and branch services) prior to coming to Columbia University. He also had information technology-related positions at Iona College (New Rochelle NY).

Mr. Jaggars has given many presentations and held innumerable committee and association positions, as well as authored several publications. Of particular note is his forthcoming article, “Web 2.0: Redefining & Extending the Academic Library Service Imperative,” in Envisioning Future Library Services, Sue McKnight, editor, Facet Publishing, London, (with James Neal).

Mr. Jaggars has an M.S., Library and Information Science, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, and a B.A., Philosophy, University of California at Davis.

Margaret Smith

Margaret Smith is Physical Sciences Librarian at New York University. She also has been a Reference Associate at NYU (2004-2007) and Music Librarian for KTRU, 91.7 FM, in Houston Texas, 1997-1999. Her current responsibilities include in-person and virtual reference services, instruction and outreach, and collection development in a variety of science and technology areas.

Of specific relevance are such publications and presentations by Ms. Smith: “BobstRef: Blogging the Knowledge Base in an Academic Library” (2008). NMRT Footnotes: Scholarship and Research for New Librarians, 37(4) 6-7; “Punctuated Browse: The found poetry of the OPAC” (2009). Librarian Bomb, in press; “Well, what do you know?: Social Reference for Libraries.” (October 2009). Presentation accepted at Internet Librarian, Monterey, CA; and “Beyond Facebook: Blogging, Tagging, Tweeting, and More.” (October 2009). Presentation at NYU Alumni Day, New York, NY. Ms. Smith also will be presenting a paper, “Beyond the Desk: IM, SMS, Twitter for Reference Services”, at an upcoming conference.

Ms. Smith has an M.S., Library and Information Science, Syracuse University; M.A., Evolutionary Biology, Rice University; and BA, (double major) Physics and Art & Art History, Rice University.

Janie Hermann

Janie Hermann is the Program Coordinator at Princeton Public Library where she oversees the 1,500+ programs planned annually by the library’s 15 member cross-departmental programming team. Janie was chosen by Library Journal as a “Mover and Shaker” in 2007 for her work in developing Princeton’s technology training program and for her founding of “Tuesday Technology Talks” in 1999, “Tuesday Technology Talks @ PPL”, a blog to chronicle Princeton’s monthly Tuesday Technology Talks the first Tuesday of the month. Ms. Hermann’s prior positions include Children’s Literature Research Services  at the National Library of Canada and Reference/Instruction Librarian at Hobart and William Smith Colleges in Geneva, NY.

Ms. Hermann is a founding contributor to the blog, LibraryGarden.net, and can be found on many blogs, social networking, and other sites, as a Google search on her name will demonstrate. She serves on the executive board of ALA’s Learning Round Table and is active on several other ALA committees. She has lived in NJ for the last 11 years where she has been actively involved with NJLA and was appointed by the state librarian to serve on the Blue Ribbon Task Force on the Future of Libraries in New Jersey. During the last 12 years Janie has given over 100 presentations to librarians at the local, state and national level on a variety of topics ranging from Social Software to Newspaper Indexing.  In her spare time she enjoys scrapbooking, skiing and spending time with her family.

Ms. Hermann has a B.A.(Honours) from Queen’s University at Kingston, Ontario, a B.Ed. from Queen’s University, and an MLIS from University of Western Ontario, and an Ontario Teaching Certificate.


The International Library, Information, and Analytical center (ILIAC) is a non-profit US and Russia-based corporation established with the goal to contribute to the development of educational, scientific, cultural and business cooperation between Russia and CIS countries, and the USA and other developed countries. As part of its educational program, ILIAC promotes the regular exchange of teachers, students, and professionals. In attendance will be two-dozen or more English-speaking Russian and CIS librarians who are current study-tour participants.

The Harriman Institute at Columbia University, formerly the Russian Institute, has maintained its position as a leading center for the advancement of knowledge in the field of Russian and Eurasian studies through the research conducted by its faculty, students, fellows and visiting scholars and the training of scholars and professionals. The Harriman Institute, through its programs, conferences, lectures, and publications—including Open Access and Libraries—seeks to create a forum for intellectual exchange and the further enhancement of our students’ education.

Sponsor and Conference Organizer:

The U*N*A*B*A*S*H*E*DTM Librarian, the ‘how I run my library good’SM letter is a quarterly serial publication for libraries of a practical nature. Begun in 1973 by Marvin H. Scilken, it has been published by Maurice J. Freedman since 2000. In addition to the magazine, U*L offers library consulting services, and conference planning. Mr. Freedman is also a Past President of the American Library Association.


We gratefully acknowledge the assistance of Jenna Freedman, Barnard College Library; James Neal, Columbia University Libraries; and Ksenia Volkova, Chief Specialist, ILIAC, all of whom provided valuable suggestions and input for the organization of this program and its speakers.

We gratefully acknowledge the assistance of Columbia University Libraries, Harriman Institute, ILIAC, and the School of International and Public Affairs for support of the conference and facilities arrangements.