About the Conference

The Around the World Conference is an experiment that brings together a research dialogue without the environmental cost of traditional conferences. Institutes and researchers are invited to participate either through presenting or by joining in the discussion. The conference is live-streamed world-wide and archived after the event.

A partnership between the Kule Institute for Advanced Study and the School of Library and Information Studies at the University of Alberta, the 2016 Around the World conference on Libraries, Archives and Public Life has been organized by Patricia Demers, Adam Dombovari, Tami Oliphant, Toni Samek, Ali Shiri, and Kirsten Uszkalo.

This Year’s Conference, Libraries, Archives, and Public Life, will take place on May 11, 2016, 9:30-13:30 MST

Last year’s conference on Big Data, took place on April 30, 2015. You can find it in our Archive.

In the digital age libraries and archives, arguably more vital than ever, are contested entities and commodities. Technologies can be great boons or severe limitations. The world of information is enlarged or shrunk depending on the availability, scope and distribution of services. Just as influential are geo-political location and a funding climate. Not all sectors and, in fact, not all populations enjoy equal influence and benefits. Concerns about access, sustainability and preservation affect and often determine the content, media and technology housed within libraries and archives. The social construction of knowledge and information behaviour emerge as key ways of understanding the changing roles of libraries and archives as meeting, creating and thinking spaces. The internet conference will explore these suggestive themes by attending to a central question: what are the implications for public life?

For Presenters

In terms of recorded video we can accept just about any digital format, however MP4 with a resolution of 1920X1080 is our preferred format. We are unable to accept quicktime (.mov) files.

For those participating via video conferencing we are using Lifesize hardware over IP, any VC hardware form Sony, Cisco, Polycom, or Lifesize made within the past 5 years should be compatible. We can only connect via IP as we no longer support ISDN on campus.

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