May 24, 2022

One Day Event in June: Information Professional 2050 (IP 2050) Conference at U. of North Carolina-Chapel Hill

One VERY impressive list of contributors scheduled to participate. We hope it will be webcast live and/or sessions recorded for online viewing after the conference concludes.

From the UNC School of Library and Information Science:

Information Professional 2050 (IP 2050) Conference June 5, 2012 – featuring thought leaders in the information professions at a one-day conference in Chapel Hill.

As the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill’s School of Information and Library Science celebrates the ending of its 80th anniversary year, it will take a forward look at the future of our field and its graduates. The results of this event are expected to influence strategic planning and contribute to the challenges faced by all educators, employers and policy makers as they work together to ensure a bright future for the Information Professionals of 2050 and beyond.

The IP 2050 Conference will highlight selected position statements from information and library science leaders who will be asked to address key issues related to future visions, skills and values. Response panels will be used to comment on the papers and the issues raised.

Themes of the day include the areas of the 1) Information Industry, 2) Libraries and Archives, 3) Education and 4) Information Trends. Following the Conference, the contributors will be invited to prepare final versions of their papers for publication as a monograph in both paper and e-book forms.

The contributors are thought leaders of our profession and include:

  • Marshall Breeding, director for Innovative Technologies and Research, Vanderbilt University Libraries
  • Anne Caputo, executive director, Dow Jones’ Learning and Information Professional Programs
  • Bonnie Carroll, president, International Information Associates
  • Mary Chute, deputy director for Libraries, Institute for Museum and Library Services
  • Lorcan Dempsey, vice president and chief strategist, OCLC
  • Michael Eisenberg, professor and dean emeritus, University of Washington School of Information
  • Buck Goldstein, University entrepreneur in residence and professor of practice, Department of Economics University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
  • William Graves, senior vice president for Academic Strategy, Sungard Higher Education
  • Elizabeth Liddy, dean and trustee professor, Syracuse University School of Information Studies
  • Charles Lowry, executive director, Association for Research Libraries
  • Cathy Marshall, senior research scientist, Microsoft
  • Joanne Marshall, alumni distinguished professor, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
  • Nancy Roderer, director, Johns Hopkins University Welch Medical Library
  • Roger Schonfeld, director of research, Ithaka
  • David Silver, associate professor, University of San Francisco
  • Duncan Smith, co-founder, Novelist (EBSCO Publishing)

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