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Plenary 1: Over the Router and Through the Woods: An Online Tour of the Newest, Coolest, and Even a Few of the Most Useless-est Online Sites and Tools

Patrick Crispen, from The Internet Tourbus.

In this fast-paced, keynote presentation, we’ll try to catch up with all of—or at least most of—Google’s latest inventions; visit a couple of sites and resources that you can use immediately to engage your students; and even visit a few Web sites and tools that have no redeeming social value whatsoever … other than the fact that they're just darned fun.

Bio for Patrick Crispen: Patrick Crispen is the Instructional Technology Coordinator at a major university in Southern California. His is also a doctoral student in the Ed.D. in higher education administration at the University of Southern California and has earned a master's degree in educational technology from Pepperdine University (2001) and a bachelor's degree in economics from the University of Alabama (1998). Patrick is also the co-author of the Internet Tourbus, a free semi-weekly Internet newsletter read by over 100,000 people in over 130 countries. Tourbus will celebrate its thirteenth anniversary this coming summer, and PC World rated Tourbus as one of the Internet's 15 best newsletters.

Plenary 2: In Case of Abrupt Climate Shift, Break Glass

Dr. Gregory Benford (UCI)

The greenhouse problem is essentially an energy problem. To deal with climate change demands truly immense increases in energy sources. Very probably Kyoto-style agreements will fail to grasp the extent of our environmental dilemma--global climate change versus local economic growth. Carbon restriction will probably fail over the next few decades. We could be in serious trouble before we can even slow the acceleration of warming. We should have well studied methods ready to halt a sudden climate shift, if warning signs gather. Rather than adjust the rate of increase of emissions, we can attack other terms in the equation that affects the planetary heat balance. We should do the early studies to work methods and impacts of possible actions we can take quickly to manipulate the entire range of effects that can lower global heating. Among these are:

The fast, thrifty way to do this globally is by reflecting more sunlight. This directly affects the planetary heat balance. We should do the early studies to work out methods and impacts of possible actions. Easiest is to reflect sunlight with tiny aerosols in the stratosphere, which rain out before entering the lower atmosphere. This can be a bridge to a future, carbon-minimized world a century from now.

Bio for Dr. Gregory Benford: Gregory Benford is a professor of physics at the University of California, Irvine. His fiction has won many awards, including the Nebula Award for his novel Timescape.

Panel Presentation: Together We Are Stronger: Librarians and Professional Associations and Activities in the Global Arena

Barbara J. Ford (IFLA), Patrick Sullivan (SDSU), Gary E. Strong (UCLA).

Description: Panelists will describe their international activities in professional associations and the impact locally and globally of these activities. There will be discussion on how to include a global perspective in any position and suggestions on how to expand careers internationally.

Bio for Barbara J. Ford: Barbara J. Ford is the director of the Mortenson Center for International Library Programs and Mortenson Distinguished Professor at the Library of the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. She was the 1997-1998 president of the American Library Association (ALA) and her theme was "Libraries: Global Reach, Local Touch." Barbara previously worked as assistant commissioner for central library services at the Chicago Public Library, executive director of the Virginia Commonwealth University libraries, and associate library director at Trinity University in San Antonio, Texas.

She served in several capacities at the University of Illinois at Chicago, including documents librarian and audiovisual librarian. In addition, Barbara was director of the Soybean Insect Research Information Center at the Illinois Natural History Survey and a Peace Corps volunteer in Panama and Nicaragua. She was president of the Association of College and Research Libraries (ACRL), a division of ALA, from 1990 until 1991. She currently is a member of the International Federation of Library Associations and Institutions (IFLA) Governing Board. She previously served as the secretary for the IFLA Section on Government Information and Official Publications and the IFLA Academic and Research Libraries Section.

The author of many publications and presentations, Barbara has traveled around the world to address topics such as information literacy, government information, the future of libraries, the role of library associations, international cooperation among libraries, and virtual libraries. Barbara earned a bachelor's degree in history and education from Illinois Wesleyan University, a master's degree in international relations from the Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy at Tufts University, and a master's degree in library science from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.

Bio for Gary E. Strong: Gary E. Strong is the university librarian at UCLA. He was previously director of the Queens Borough Public Library in New York City and State Librarian of California. He was co-chair of the National Organizing committee of the Boston Conference of IFLA in 2001 and received the Humphrey Award for International Librarianship in 2003.

Gary created the Center for International Public Librarianship at Queens Library and established and International Cooperation Office executing cooperation agreements with the National Library of China, the Shanghai Library, the Pomedeau Library in Paris and libraries in Croatia and Argentina. He worked extensively with the Open Society Institute with public libraries throughout Eastern Europe and Russia and has spoken regularly in China. He has also served on the Governing Board of the IFLA. While at Queens, he initiated WorldLinQ which provided access to a wide range of web sites in Chinese, Korean, Russian, French, and Spanish and developed extensive public library collections in non-English languages and established the International Resource Center for the system.

As State Librarian, he initiated the Partnerships for Change program which worked extensively with immigrant and new populations. He continues his advocacy for literacy and working with children and families. His current attention is directed toward information literacy to a broad range of undergraduate and graduate constituencies within UCLA.

He holds degrees from the University of Idaho and the University of Michigan.

Bio for Patrick Sullivan: Patrick Sullivan is an associate librarian at San Diego State University (SDSU) with responsibilities in the area of business, hospitality, and tourism. He was previously employed as a business librarian at Cal Poly, San Luis Obispo and UC Berkeley. He has worked extensively with both the Mexican Library Association (Asociación Mexicana de Bibliotecarios AC - AMBAC) and the Baja California Library Association (Asociación de Bibliotecarios de Baja California AC - ABIBAC) to improve communication between their organizations and California and US librarians in general. He has been involved with the FORO Transfronterizo/Transborder Library Forum since 1999 and is part of the organizing committee for the upcoming 2009 Foro Transfronterizo, which will take place in Tijuana, Mexico from March 4-7, 2009.

Patrick is currently the International Relations Chair for REFORMA and is a member of the ALA Sister Library Committee. In 2005, he received a Fulbright Garcia-Robles Scholarship to explore the status of libraries and librarians in the Baja California border region and to organize activities that would facilitate more Mexican librarians attending US library association meetings. Additionally, he has worked with the nascent ABIBAC library association as it has organized its annual conferences and has established a sister-library relationship between SDSU and CETYS Universidad in Baja California.

Mr. Sullivan has degrees from Cal Poly San Luis Obispo and San Jose State University, and he studied abroad at the Universidad Iberoamericana in Mexico City.