OLA Digital Odyssey – Digital Literacy and City-Building

Served as part of this year’s OLA Digital Odyssey event on this panel:

  • Digital Literacy and City-Building: Open Data and its role in Civic Health and Urban Planning — On this moderated panel, panelists will share their thoughts on the intersections of digital literacy and city building, drawing on their expertise in urban planning, librarianship, inclusion and technology.

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Building a Digital Community Inside and Outside of the Library – Upcoming Presentation

Happy to be asked to participate on this upcoming panel at the American Library Association Annual Conference: Building a Digital Community Inside and Outside of the Library

The prolific rise of technological tools and services have dramatically changed everyday life. That trend only seems to continue to accelerate. As new and emerging technology are implemented, there is a lack of discussion about how to help the public keep pace with rapid digital transformation and to understand the impact the changes will have on people, and society as a whole. Libraries can play an important role in engaging the community about the benefits and consequences of an ever-growing digital world. This program will demonstrate how libraries are helping residents embrace digital tools, understand its impacts, and establish a digital culture within the community. The program will explore how libraries’ build internal staff capacity to become more technologically adept so they can help their residents become more productive digital citizens. The program will then examine how libraries develop programs and services about the digital landscape. Specifically, the program will demonstrate how libraries engage residents about digital tools, provide information about those tools, and build people’s skills to make them digitally literate.

Go Open Data Conference: Our Digital Community – What’s Needed?

Really enjoyed participating on this panel at this year’s Go Open Data Conference.

Our Digital Community – What’s Needed?

Our digital world holds many challenges as illustrated by Cambridge Analytica, issues related to the local Sidewalk Toronto initiative, the smart cities challenge happening in Canada and differences between our urban and rural communities. This diverse panel will speak to the current state of our digital community and where we need to go.

  • Moderator: Jury Konga, Open Knowledge Canada
  • Teresa Scassa, Canada Research Chair, Information Law and Policy University of Ottawa
  • Suneel Jethani, Open Data Engagement Manager and Research Fellow, Digital Design and Innovation
    State Government of Victoria, Australia and University of Melbourne
  • Connie McCutcheon, President of MISA Ontario, and Open Data Project lead for the Niagara Region and Niagaraopendata.ca Administrator.
  • Alex Miller, President and Founder, Esri Canada
  • Pam Ryan, Director, Service Development and Innovation, Toronto Public Library

Upcoming Conference Presentations

As a Creative Commons lifer, I’m thrilled to be able to participate with an amazing group of women, brought together by Kelsey Merkley for Uncommon Women: a conversation in leadership, allies and advocates, and reconciliation at the April Creative Commons Global Summit — so fortunate to have it in Toronto again!

In May, I’ll be on the Digital literacy for all: How can libraries help panel at RightsCon Toronto where this year’s program explores innovation policy in Canada, free expression and protection of global journalism, gender diversity and digital inclusion, encryption and cybersecurity, and other topics relevant to keeping the internet free, open, and secure worldwide.

And in June, at ALA 2018 in New Orleans, I’m participating on the panel: Evidence Based Library and Information Practice is… helping to introduce the techniques and framework of evidence based library and information practice (EBLIP) and offering examples from my practice.