Keynote: Donna Scheeder

What's next? Building and Implementing the Change Agenda

Aarhus, “an incubator of emerging library ideas” brings together 350 library managers, professionals, designers sponsors and representatives from library associations and related partners from 30 countries.  Discussion around 6 pre-selected themes, LIBRARY BUILDINGS/ SPACE DESIGN/ CIVIC MEDIA/ SOCIAL INNOVATION/ SERVICE DESIGN/ PLAY & GAMIFICATION/ THE DARK SIDE OF THE INTERNET/ DATA-DATA-DATA/ INCUBATOR FOR CREATIVITY & LEARNING/ OPPOSITES ATTRACT reveal a cornucopia of choices on how to transform library services.  What’s next? Can Aarhus go from a showcase to a movement for change on a greater scale? What other aspects of the change agenda must be addressed to support a transformative service movement?

Donna Scheeder, President of the International Federation of Library Associations and Institutions will explore these issues and invite you to have your own conversations on what’s next at Aarhus. Ms. Scheeder retired recently as the Deputy Chief Information Officer of the Congressional Research Service after a long career at the U.S. Library of Congress. She provided leadership for the provision of a wide range of information and collection services for the U.S. Congress, the Courts, the Executive Branch agencies and the public. Ms. Scheeder introduced a number of innovative services during her career including establishing the first collection of legal blogs and instituting the Electronic Briefing Book product for the Congress. She serves on the organizing committees for both the Computers in Libraries and Internet Librarian conferences which place a heavy emphasis on showcasing the latest developments in the field and the innovative services that take advantage of those developments.

Ms. Scheeder has been a member of the IFLA Governing Board for 8 years including two as Treasurer. Her networking skills have been sharpened over her 45 year career and record of volunteer public service. She is a former President and Treasurer of SLA. She is also a SLA fellow and a recipient of the John Cotton Dana award given in recognition of outstanding contributions to the field of special librarianship. She was elected to the SLA Hall of fame.

Ms. Scheeder lives on Capitol Hill in Washington DC. She is a founding member of the Board of Directors of the Hill Center and she also serves as Chair of the Eastern Market Community Advisory Committee.

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