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Concerns & Travels

It has been quite a couple of months since my last post, and I suppose the best I can say right now is that my fears that were outlined in Stand, Fight, Resist have only amplified. Fascism is no longer a theoretical threat, it is real and it is working systematically to tear down the checks and balances of our republic, from an open and free press to judicial oversight of legislative and executive overreach. In the midst of all of this, I have never been prouder to be a librarian, to watch the profession react (sometimes poorly, but react all the same) to these political times. I’ve been doing what I can as a citizen to communicate to my elected representatives how important their choices are, and what they might mean for our collective future. I’m also looking for opportunities to write and present on privacy and information security for libraries and librarians, trying to help where my particular set of knowledge and skills may.

As a librarian and technologist, I’m doing several thing over the next few months that I wanted to mention here…if you are attending any of these events, please let me know!

February 24-26th – MisInfoCon, Cambridge, MA – http://www.misinfocon.com

I’m incredibly excited to be a part of this event, which is being hosted by the MIT Media Lab and the Neiman Foundation for Journalism. From their website:

MisinfoCon is a community of people focused on the challenge of misinformation and what can be done to address it. The gathering seeks to strengthen the trustworthiness of information across the entire news ecosystem: journalism, platform, community, verification, fact checking and reader experience.

Bringing together participants from different backgrounds to lead discussions and develop and test product prototypes, our goal is to connect leaders and develop actionable steps on how the various sectors can work together.

This is obviously somewhere where I think librarians have enormous knowledge and potential to make a difference. I often find that, unfortunately, journalists and policy makers don’t think about librarians in this capacity, but I’ll be there flying the librarian flag high. I hope others are there to help me in that quest.

March 5-10th – Special Libraries Association, Arabian Gulf Chapter Conference, Manama, Bahrain
http://slaagc.com/

I am very excited about the opportunity to meet and speak with librarians from the Middle East, as it is a part of the world where I have very little personal knowledge of their challenges and opportunities. At the same time, the last couple of weeks have made me extremely cautious of international travel…especially to a Muslim-majority country. Not because I am concerned about my safety there, or that I have worries about Islam, but because of the recent actions of my own country relating to re-entry into the United States. Reports of highly-improper questioning, requests for social media information (including passwords), and seemingly arbitrary delays and overly-aggressive confrontations with DHS officers have all made me carefully consider what I am comfortable with on those fronts. And I’m a white male American, cis-presenting and everything…I am, as Scalzi pointed out, playing this game on easy mode. I cannot imagine the difficulties and considerations that must go into this sort of travel if I were not.

June 10-15th – Next Library 2017, Aarhus, Denmark
http://www.nextlibrary.net

I will be participating in the Next Library conference, as a part of a panel on Smart Libraries. It will be the European debut of Measure the Future, and I am very excited to be a part of it. I’ve spent most of the last 2 years thinking about and working on the development of sensor-based metrics that give librarians much better ideas of usage and attention in their spaces. I can’t wait to meet and learn from the amazing librarians in Aarhus.

There are a couple of open possibilities in April and May, but those aren’t quite nailed down yet, including maybe a couple of online “Personal Information Security” classes that I’m hoping to offer very soon. If you’re interested in that, watch this space.

Spring & Summer Speaking schedule

Spring and Summer are bringing another round of speaking appearances, all of which I am very excited to be doing. I’m heading to some great conferences and am really excited to meet awesome librarians across the country.  If you are going to be attending any of the following, please say hello!

If you are planning a conference in the Fall or Winter and are looking for someone to talk libraries, technology, the failures of the present and the promise of the future, or the promise of the present and the failures of the future, get in touch. I would love to speak for your libraries and librarians.

Photo credit: Cindi Blyberg

Kentucky and New South Wales

So over the next 10 days I will be doing talks in two different states, but also on two different continents. Here’s the details, if anyone is interested in coming to say hello!

Tomorrow I am driving up to beautiful Louisville, KY for the Kentucky Library Association Conference. I’m speaking twice on Thursday, once on mobile devices in libraries and once on the future of technology and media. As a native of that fine Commonwealth, I am very excited to be able to be a part of KLA. I’ll have a LibraryBox with me, sharing files as I go…if you have questions or just want a demo, find me and say hello!

Unfortunately, I am not able to stay as long as I wanted at KLA, and I have to head back south on Thursday evening and spend all day Friday packing like mad because on Saturday I leave to give a keynote at the New South Wales State Library in Sydney, Australia. I’m in Sydney all of the following week, and would very much like to have a meetup with all the awesome librarians there. I was thinking of something maybe Wednesday night, Sept 18, but I’m open to suggestions as to where…any natives want to speak out for their favorite pub? I’ll plan something, and send it out to the LibraryBox discussion group as well…maybe we can get some librarians and techies together in Sydney for a few rounds. Email me (griffey at gmail) if you have suggestions, or throw me a message @griffey on twitter.

I’m very excited to get to meet new librarians and talk technology…if you are attending one of the above events, please find me and introduce yourself.

5 days, 3 states

In the next 5 days, I’m speaking for two different state conferences that someone out there in bloglandia might be interested in.

First, I’m heading out to Minneapolis, MN for Academic & Research Library Day. I’ll be presenting a keynote tomorrow morning entitled The Everywhere Patron, where I’ll be talking about the expectations of patrons vis a vis personal electronics and services. I’m really excited about the talk…if you’re going to be at ARLD please say hello!

After that, I head over to Stamford, CT for the Connecticut Library Association conference. There, I’ll be doing a presentation on eBooks, both in terms of content, containers, and the challenges for libraries during the transition to digital texts.

If you are at either presentation, come introduce yourself and say hi!

Heading to Toronto

This Friday I will be doing a keynote for the Ontario Library Information Technology Association‘s Digital Odyssey 2010, and I couldn’t be more excited. I have never had the opportunity to visit our neighbors to the North…I’m a southern boy, and the farthest north I’ve ever been is *looks at map*, at least by sheer latitude, Seattle, WA.

I will be talking about, unsurprisingly, Mobile, specifically the future of mobile and what we can expect to see in the next 3-5-10 years.

If anyone has absolute DO NOT MISS stuff for Toronto, please let me know. I won’t have a ton of time to look around, but I’d love to not waste the opportunity. For those of you that will be there, please excuse my horrific yet quaint Southern accent. 🙂

InfoLink Tech is IT Day 2009

On Thursday, I’ll be speaking on the campus of Rutgers in New Brunswick, NJ for InfoLink’s 6th Annual Tech is IT day. I was asked to talk about podcasts and videocasts, and given two and a half hours total to try and educate people about practical how-to stuff about both.

This will be the first speaking gig where I’m going to try and do the trip with my Hackintosh (a Dell Mini 9 running OSX). I’ve tested the video-out, and aside from a minor glitch it works well. Keynote runs well on it, and I’m curious how it will hold up displaying Keynote and recording audio at the same time, but we’ll see!

As long as the recording holds out, I’ll post my talk, along with slides and such, next week. If you’re going to be at Tech is IT day, make sure you say hi!