Keynote Speakers

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P.C. Sweeney

Patrick “P.C.” Sweeney

Patrick “P.C.” Sweeney is a founding board member and political strategist for EveryLibrary, the nation’s first and only Political Action Committee for libraries, in addition to serving as the founder and Executive Director of the state ballot committee EveryLibrary California, and as the Administrative Librarian at the Sunnyvale Public Library. In 2015 he was named a Library Journal Mover & Shaker in the Advocates category. Indeed, Sweeney is a passionate advocate for library professional development and networking. He has brought librarians together through his efforts as a founder and moderator of the wildly popular Facebook group ALA Think Tank, the Making It Happen online magazine, and the Great Librarian Write-Out writing competition. You can visit him online at or @pcsweeney.

Opening Session: Party Hard

Thursday, November 19th

Patrick will discuss how to get most out of networking and socializing with colleagues at professional events like conferences and social opportunities in your community. He will emphasize how celebrating our profession with our colleagues in an environment of positivity such as a party or an event can have a profound effect on your professional career and the opportunities that you can bring back to your organizations. Patrick will give practical advice on learning to be comfortable schmoozing and networking as well as how these skills can impact your effectiveness within your organization.

Closing Session: Making It Happen

Friday, November 20th

Patrick will use real life examples to demonstrate how to take the skills learned in the opening keynote, and (hopefully) practiced throughout the conference, and apply them to the real world.  He will talk about ways that these skills can be used within your library and your community to increase the level of influence and social capital of your library and how they can have a profound effect on your library’s funding and the number of partnerships and innovative programs you can offer. Patrick will also discuss the importance intentional communities and how to create them within the profession to move librarianship forward.

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Michael Stephens

Dr. Michael Stephens

Dr. Michael Stephens is Assistant Professor in the School of Information at San Jose State University. He was the 2009 CAVAL Visiting Scholar in Australia, consulted and presented for US Embassies in Germany, Switzerland, and Turkey, and presents to both national and international audiences about emerging technologies, learning, innovation, and libraries. Since 2010, Dr. Stephens has written the monthly column “Office Hours” for Library Journal exploring the issues, ideas, and emerging trends in libraries and LIS education. To review Dr. Stephen’s archive of work, visit his Tame the Web website and blog

Making Connections: Learning Everywhere and the Hyperlinked Library

Friday, November 20th

Emerging technologies are changing the way we live and learn. Libraries can play a key role in this future. Imagine the evolving hyperlinked library as a connection space, creation space, community space, anything space. Imagine this library available everywhere via mobile devices and tablets. Imagine opportunities for user learning and participation supported and facilitated by librarians. How will library services change the world of information in the palm of one’s hand? What skills will staff require? What does the library as creative classroom look like? What does this future look like going forward as we encourage learning everywhere as a means for transformative change for ourselves and our users. This session will explore new ideas and thinking about learning at the library.

Breakout Session: Library Learning: Mobile, Massive, and Meaningful

Friday, November 20th

Learning 2.0, created in 2006 as a staff development program for libraries, continues to evolve and grow. This session will highlight recent versions of the program, relevant research about staff learning, and offer exemplary practice for jumpstarting your own library learning for staff and users!

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