Building a Digital Community Inside and Outside of the Library – Urban Libraries Council session at ALA Annual Conference 2019


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

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. 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 Administrator.
  • Alex Miller, President and Founder, Esri Canada
  • Pam Ryan, Director, Service Development and Innovation, Toronto Public Library