Program 2024

9.30 – 10.00

Opening remarks

Laura Ballestra, Presidente nazionale Associazione Italiana Biblioteche

10.00 – 10.45

Keynote speaker: Jill Bourne
City Librarian and Director of Libraries, San José, California(US)

For current generations of librarians, the essential role of safeguarding knowledge and access has been impacted by multiple technological revolutions. Technological advancements are wondrous, but often exclude the most vulnerable residents in society, as innovation edges out older generations and low-income households, AI threatens to replace many service industry employment options, and social media presents a version of truth with no commitment to accuracy or privacy. In this landscape, libraries are uniquely able to understand and authentically connect to their communities, and this embodiment of integrity and public trust has immense value. In San José, known as the “Capitol of Silicon Valley,” this trusted role shaped the City’s Digital Equity and Empowerment Strategy, with the Library leading local, regional, statewide, and national policy development. 

10.45 – 11.30

Parallel session with

Valeria Abdal
Children of Herores Co-Founder, marketing Manger, family Helper

Mike Waldron
Consultant International Active Citizenship

11.30 – 11.45 Coffee break and networking

11.45 – 13.00

Panels / Ignite talks + Q&A

13.00 – 14.00 Brown bag lunch

14.00 – 15.30

Erik Boekesteijn
Senior Advisor, National Library of the Netherlands and Member, Storyhouse Board of Directors
David Lankes
Virginia & Charles Bowden Professor of Librarianship, University of Texas at Austin, School of Information
Workshop “What are our library leaders thinking about the future?

15.30 – 15.45 Coffee break and networking

15.45 – 16.30

Parallel session

16.30 – 17.45

Panels / Ignite talks + Q&A

17.45 – 18.00 Final wrap up

Last update 2024/04/04