Library conference goes worldwide

Library 2.013, a worldwide virtual conference that was co-founded by the San José State University School of Library and Information Sciences, and Steve Hargadon, the director of Web 2.0 Labs, goes online Friday. The virtual conference is free to attend and will run around the clock starting on Oct. 18, at 6:30 a.m., standard pacific time, until Oct. 19 at 9 p.m., standard pacific time.

The conference is geared toward library and information specialists and is a free forum “designed to foster collaboration and knowledge sharing among information professionals worldwide,” according to a welcome letter on the conference’s website ( The schedule will run around the clock to accommodate virtual attendees from around the world. Visitors can click on their nearest timezone to get a schedule of events that will match their clocks.

Those who participate will have a chance to discuss such topics as:

  • MOOCs
  • e-books
  • maker spaces
  • mobile services
  • embedded librarians
  • green libraries

Dr. Sandy Hirsh, the director of the School of Library and Information Sciences in the College of Applied Sciences and Arts at San José State University said University President Mohammad Qayoumi recorded a welcome address that will start the conference off Friday morning. She said in past years participants have also been in attendance for the closing reception.

“People actually like to attend to debrief,” Hirsh said.

For more on the conference, visit For more on the School of Library and Information Sciences, visit