Information Professional 2050 (IP 2050) Conference

June 5, 2012 9:00 am to 4:30 pm
William and Ida Friday Center

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Information Professional 2050 (IP 2050) Conference June 5, 2012

As the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill's School of Information and Library Science celebrates the ending of its 80th anniversary year, it will take a forward look at the future of our field and its graduates. The results of this event is expected to influence strategic planning and contribute to the challenges faced by all educators, employers and policy makers as they work together to ensure a bright future for the Information Professionals of 2050 and beyond.

The IP 2050 Conference will highlight selected position statements from information and library science leaders who will be asked to address key issues related to future visions, skills and values. Response panels will be used to comment on the papers and the issues raised.

Themes of the day include the areas of the 1) Information Industry, 2) Libraries and Archives, 3) Education and 4) Information Trends.  Following the Conference, the contributors will be invited to prepare final versions of their papers for publication as a monograph in both paper and e-book forms.

The contributors are thought leaders of our profession and include:

  • Marshall Breeding, director for Innovative Technologies and Research, Vanderbilt University Libraries
  • Anne Caputo, executive director, Dow Jones' Learning and Information Professional Programs
  • Bonnie Carroll, president, International Information Associates
  • Mary Chute, deputy director for Libraries, Institute for Museum and Library Services
  • Lorcan Dempsey, vice president and chief strategist, OCLC
  • Michael Eisenberg, professor and dean emeritus, University of Washington School of Information
  • Buck Goldstein, University entrepreneur in residence and professor of practice, Department of Economics University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
  • William Graves, senior vice president, Academic Strategy at Ellucian
  • Elizabeth Liddy, dean and trustee professor, Syracuse University School of Information Studies
  • Charles Lowry, executive director, Association for Research Libraries
  • Cathy Marshall, senior research scientist, Microsoft
  • Joanne Marshall, alumni distinguished professor, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
  • Nancy Roderer, director, Johns Hopkins University Welch Medical Library
  • Roger Schonfeld, director of research, Ithaka
  • David Silver, associate professor, University of San Francisco
  • Duncan Smith, co-founder, Novelist (EBSCO Publishing)

Moderators include, Susan Nutter, vice provost and director of Libraries, North Carolina State University; Sarah Michalak, university librarian and associate provost for libraries, UNC at Chapel Hill; Reagan Moore, professor at the UNC at Chapel Hill School of Information and Library Science and director of the Data Intensive Cyber Environment group; and Derek Rodriguez, Program Officer at the Triangle Research Libraries Network.

For more information on registration, please contact:  Wake Harper at For questions regarding the conference, please contact: Wanda Monroe at or Susan Sylvester at

EVENT:         IP 2050 Conference   
Location:      William and Ida Friday Center, 100 Friday Center Drive, Chapel Hill, NC 27599-1020
Date:            June 5, 2012
Time:            9:00 AM - 4:30 PM
Sponsor:      School of Information Library Science
Pay Types:   Check, Credit Card or UNC Account
Price:            Regular Rate  $80.00
                     Student Rate  $50.00

Payment Notes:  Checks may be made out to UNC-Chapel Hill. Visa and Mastercard are the only credit cards accepted.
Vegetarian Meals:  Yes

Register by clicking here for this event. 



Welcome and Overview of the Conference
Gary Marchionini

Panel 1: Education Trends
Mike Eisenberg, Bill Graves, Liz Liddy, David Silver: Moderated by Susan Nutter


Panel 2: Library and Archive Trends
Mary Chute, Charles Lowry, Joanne Marshall, Nancy Roderer: Moderated by Sarah Michalak

(provided at conference center dining room)

Panel 3: Information Industry Trends
Anne Caputo, Bonnie Carroll, Buck Goldstein, Duncan Smith: Moderated by Derek Rodriguez

Panel 4: Information Trends
Marshall Breeding, Lorcan Dempsey, Cathy Marshall, Roger Schonfeld: Moderated by Reagan Moore

Reactions and Reflections
Barbara Moran


About the Presenters

Marshall BreedingMarshall Breeding, director for Innovative Technologies and Research, Vanderbilt University Libraries in Nashville, TN and Executive Director of the Vanderbilt Television News Archive, a large-scale archive of digital video content.

Marshall is a speaker, writer and consultant. He is the creator and editor of Library Technology Guides ( and the lib-web-cats online directory of libraries on the Web. His monthly column “Systems Librarian” appears in Computers in Libraries; he is the Editor for Smart Libraries Newsletter published by the American Library Association, and has authored the annual "Automation Marketplace" feature published by Library Journal since 2002. He has authored nine issues of ALA’s Library Technology Reports, and has written many other articles and book chapters. Marshall has edited or authored six books. He regularly teaches workshops and gives presentations at library conferences on a wide range of topics.

He is a regular presenter at library conferences including Computers in Libraries and Internet Librarian conferences, has been a LITA Top Technology Trends panelist at ALA conferences has been an invited speaker for many library conferences and workshops throughout the United States and internationally. He has spoken in throughout the United States and in Korea, Taiwan, Thailand, China, Singapore, the Czech Republic, Austria, The Netherlands, Norway, Denmark, Sweden, the United Kingdom, Israel, Colombia, and Argentina.

Breeding was the 2010 recipient of the LITA LITA/Library Hi Tech Award for Outstanding Communication for Continuing Education in Library and Information Science.

Anne CaputoAnne Caputo, executive director, Dow Jones' Learning and Information Professional Programs  

Anne Caputo is the Executive Director of Dow Jones Learning & Information Professional Programs, where she is responsible for the planning and development of learning initiatives for Dow Jones product training, and for marketing and strategic alliances tor information professionals.  She is also a lecturer at the University of Maryland’s iSchool, where she teaches Access to Information in Electronic Environments.

Ms. Caputo was the 2010 President of SLA (the Special Libraries Association) and a history graduate of Lewis and Clark College in Portland, Oregon, Ms Caputo holds advanced degrees in architectural history from the University of Oregon and in Library and Information Science from San Jose State University.

Bonnie CarrollBonnie C. Carroll, president, International Information Associates
As founder of IIa and Chairman of the Board of Directors, Bonnie Carroll brings a cross-cutting vision of information management, policy, and technology and a deep commitment to providing excellent service to all of IIa's clients and partners. Her leadership roles outside of the corporate structure put her at the forefront of strategic futures for information management.

For almost four decades, Carroll has participated in research and development projects related to information and knowledge management. In addition to her responsibilities in managing IIa, Carroll is Executive Director of CENDI, the federal scientific and technical information (STI) managers’ group, and has been a Consultant to a number of federal science mission agencies. She serves on the National Academy of Science, National Research Council’s Board of Research Data and Information, and is the U.S. national representative to International CODATA. Carroll served as the first Executive Secretary for two White House Science Office Interagency Working Groups: the Interagency Working Group for Digital Data (IWGDD) and the Biodiversity and Ecosystems Informatics (BioEco) Working Group. She has served as President of the American Society for Information Science &Technology (ASIS&T) and as Chair of the American Association for the Advancement of Science Section on Information, Computing and Communications. Carroll has also been a consultant to foreign and international organizations including the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA), the Kingdom of Jordan, UNESCO (United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization), and the International Council for Scientific Information (ICSTI).

Among her awards and recognitions, in 2004, Carroll was named one of Federal Computer Week's Federal 100 for her work through CENDI to harness "the energy of scientists across government and around the world to launch the first government Web portal on science information." In 2005, Carroll was awarded the Department of Interior's Conservation Service Award for her role in developing the National Biological Information Infrastructure (NBII) and in other biological informatics efforts. Prior to founding IIa, Carroll worked at DOE’s Office of Scientific and Technical Information as Director of Program Development and International Activities and Deputy and Acting Assistant Manager for Information Services, at Oak Ridge National Laboratory, and began her career at Cornell University. She holds a BA from Cornell University and an MS in library and information science from Columbia University.

Mary ChuteMary Chute, deputy director for Libraries, Institute for Museum and Library Services

Mary L. Chute has served as IMLS Deputy Director for Libraries since April of 2002. During this time she also spent nine months as the agency’s Acting Director. Although Mary also has a graduate degree in Art History, it is her Masters in Library Science which has played a more direct role in shaping her career. Before joining IMLS, she held positions in Massachusetts, Maryland, and most recently in Delaware, where she was Director and State Librarian with the Delaware Division of Libraries/State Library. Throughout her career in public libraries, Ms. Chute has been engaged in staff development and customer satisfaction, promoting library services through outreach and resource sharing. In her current position, she is responsible for developing programs and partnerships that build institutional capacity and foster leadership and innovation for libraries, museums, and archives. Ms. Chute received her undergraduate degree from the University of Michigan and earned a Master of Arts in art history from Boston University and her MLS from Simmons College.

Ms. Chute is in charge of all Library programs at IMLS (the Grants to Programs, the National Leadership Grants Program, the Librarians for the 21st Century Program, the Native American Library Services Program, and the Native Hawaiian Library Services Program). She works with the IMLS Director and senior leadership team to develop policies that are in line with IMLS’ purpose as stated in the law and to partner with the library and museum communities to help meet the ever-changing needs of our end users.

Lorcan dempseyLorcan Dempsey, vice president and chief strategist, OCLC

Lorcan oversees OCLC Research and participates in strategic planning at OCLC. He is a librarian who began his career in public libraries in his native Dublin, Ireland. He joined OCLC in 2001 as Vice President, Research and was named Chief Strategist in 2004. Before moving to OCLC, Lorcan headed up national information services in the UK with JISC. Before that, he directed UKOLN, a national U.K. research and policy unit at the University of Bath.

Lorcan can be followed on the Web at Lorcan Dempsey's weblog and on Twitter. He is currently a member of the Cambridge University Library Visiting Committee and a member of the Advisory Board for the Canada Institute for Scientific and Technical Information (CISTI). In 2010 he received the National Federation of Advanced Information Services' (NFAIS) highest award, The Miles Conrad Award.

Michael EisenbergMichael B. Eisenberg, professor and dean emeritus, University of Washington School of Information

Educator, scholar, advocate, and mentor whose personal motto is, “make it better!”
Dr. Mike Eisenberg is the founding dean of the Information School at the University of Washington, serving from 1998 to 2006.  Known as an innovator and entrepreneur, Mike approached the iSchool as a startup—transforming the school into a broad-based information school with academic programs on all levels (bachelors through doctorate), increasing enrollment 400%, generating millions in funded research, and making a difference in industry, the public sector, and education on all levels.

Mike’s current work focuses on information & technology literacy, virtual worlds, and library information and technology programs, K-20. Mike is co-author of the “Big6 approach to information problem-solving” – the most widely used information literacy program in the world. Mike is a prolific author (9 books and dozens of articles and papers) and has worked with thousands of students—pre-K through higher education—as well as people in business, government, and communities to improve individual and organizational information and technology access and use. Mike particularly enjoys working with undergraduate students, introducing them to the opportunities and challenges of the information field.

Buck GoldsteinBuck Goldstein, University entrepreneur in residence and professor of practice, Department of Economics University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill

Buck Goldstein joined the University faculty in 2004 to help build The Carolina Entrepreneurial Initiative, a multi-year, multi-million dollar project to make entrepreneurship, broadly defined, part of the intellectual fabric of the campus. The UNC entrepreneurship curriculum has been named by a variety of national publications as among the nation’s best. In 2010, he co-authored, with Chancellor Holden Thorp, Engines of Innovation—The Entrepreneurial University in the 21st Century, making the case for the pivotal role of research universities as agents of societal change.

Goldstein has been involved in entrepreneurship most of his professional life. He is the co-founder of Information America, an online information business that evolved over a 15 year period from start-up through venture financing to public company before it was ultimately acquired by the Thomson Corporation. He later founded NetWorth Partners, a venture capital fund focusing on information based enterprises with Mellon Ventures as its largest investor and subsequently became a partner in Mellon Ventures, the venture capital arm of Mellon Bank where he served on the Board of Directors of numerous early stage information companies.

Goldstein also served as Chairman of Medfusion, a Raleigh based medical information technology company until its acquisition by Intuit in 2010 and as Board Observer for  iContact, an email marketing company based in the Research Triangle Park until its acquisition by Vocus in 2012. Additionally, Goldstein has served as an advisor to Liquidia, a nano-technology company founded in the UNC chemistry department, and as a Board member of Nourish International, a non-profit organization that engages college students across the United States in operating social businesses on their campuses and invest profits in poverty reduction projects internationally.

Goldstein was named Entrepreneur of the Year by the Information Industry Association and Information America and appeared numerous times on the Inc 500 list of fastest growing companies. He is a Phi Beta Kappa graduate of the University of North Carolina and an honors graduate of its law school. He lives with his wife Kay in Chapel Hill, North Carolina.

Bill GravesWilliam H. Graves, senior vice president, Academic Strategy at Ellucian

William H. Graves is senior vice president, Academic Strategy at Ellucian, where he advises client leaders on how technology can advance their strategic mission goals. He believes postsecondary educational attainment to be a “common good” essential to humanity’s future, yet not scalable without game-changing use of IT to make credentialing processes mutually affordable to all beneficiaries. His numerous publications and presentations accordingly foresee an academic enterprise more open, scalable, and broadly affordable than today’s.

Prior to his business career, Graves served the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill for over 30 years as professor of mathematics, dean, interim academic officer, senior IT officer, and founder of the nonprofit Institute for Academic Technology – a joint UNC/IBM venture. During those years he served on boards for CAUSE, EDUCAUSE, and the Coalition for Networked Information, and helped launch both Internet2 and the EDUCAUSE Learning Initiative. Today he serves on governing or advisory organizations for Antioch University, the School of Information and Library Science at UNC Chapel Hill, the U.S. Department of Education’s Fund for the Improvement of Postsecondary Education, the National Center for Academic Transformation, the IMS Global Learning Consortium, AASCU’s Red Balloon Project, and the International Association of University Presidents.


Liz LiddyElizabeth D. Liddy, dean and trustee professor, Syracuse University School of Information Studies

Elizabeth D. Liddy is dean and Trustee Professor in the School of Information Studies (iSchool) at Syracuse University. Liddy was the founding president of TextWise LLC, which she led from 1994 to 1999 in the development of an NLP-based search engine which was used by the U. S. and European Patent Offices.  In 1999, she was appointed director of the school's Center for Natural Language Processing, which advances the development of human-like language understanding software capabilities for government, commercial, and consumer applications.

Liddy has led 70 research projects, has authored more than 110 research papers, and has given hundreds of conference presentations on her work. She is the holder of eight software patents. She is a recipient of the Tibbetts Award from the SBIR Program of the U.S. Small Business Administration (1998), the Enterprise Award for Technology from the Upstate New York Technology Business Forum (1998), the Outstanding Alumni Award from SU (2000), the Post-Standard and Syracuse-Federation of Women's Clubs Achievement Award (2005), and the 12th Annual Search Engine Conference Best Paper Award (2007). In addition, she was elected chair of the Association for Computing Machinery Special Interest Group on Information Retrieval (ACM-SIGIR) for 2007-2009. Liddy is the current Chair of the iSchool Caucus. She is a member of Beta Phi Mu, the library and information studies honor society, and Sigma Xi, the international honor society of scientific and engineering research.

Charles LowryCharles B. Lowry, executive director, Association for Research Libraries 

Charles B. Lowry is the executive director of the Association of Research Libraries (ARL) and Professor Emeritus, College of Information Studies University of Maryland, College Park. He is currently on a three-year leave of absence from the University of Maryland, where he held the position of Dean of Libraries–a system composed of seven libraries. He was previously University Librarian at Carnegie Mellon University in Pittsburgh, where he led significant information technology initiatives (1992-96).

Dr. Lowry received his BS degree in History from Spring Hill College (1964); an MA in History from the University of Alabama, Tuscaloosa (1965); an MSLS from the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill (1974); and a Ph.D. in History from the University of Florida, Gainesville (1979). In 1985, he participated in the Senior Fellows Program at the UCLA Graduate School of Library and Information Science. Dr. Lowry is a professor in the University of Maryland College of Information Studies. Dr. Lowry has been the principal investigator on federal grants and foundation grants; has served as a consultant on library building projects, technology, organization, and management; and has published articles and commentary on library management and organization, information technology, and cooperation. Dr. Lowry is the founding executive editor of a new journal from The Johns Hopkins Press, “Portal: Libraries and the Academy.” He is past editor of  “Library Administration and Management”(1986-90).

Cathy MarshallCathy Marshall, senior research scientist, Microsoft Research

Cathy Marshall is a Principal Researcher in MSR's Silicon Valley Lab. She is currently working on Community Information Management applications and issues associated with personal digital archiving and social media ownership. Cathy's research falls under the rubric of personal information management and lies in the disciplinary interstices of computer science, information science, and the humanities. Her interests include digital archiving; collaborative information management; how people use and share encountered information; how people read, annotate, navigate through, and interact with ebooks and other digital material; and spatial hypertext. She holds provocative views on topics like the Semantic Web and social tagging.
Her book about reading on the screen, Reading and Writing the Electronic Book, published by Morgan & Claypool (2009), includes chapters on annotation, reading as a social activity, and thoughts about going beyond the print book. 

Joanne MarshallJoanne Marshall, alumni distinguished professor, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill

Joanne Marshall is an Alumni Distinguished Professor at SILS where she served as Dean from 1999 to 2004. Her areas if research interest include: the evaluation of library and information services; workforce issues; evidence-based practice and health information services. Joanne is currently working on an IMLS funded project entitled, "Workforce Issues in Library and Information Science and a study funded by the National Library of Medicine on  "The Value and Impact of Library and Information Services on Patient Care". At SILS Joanne teaches courses on Consumer Health Information, Research Methods and Cultural Institutions. Her passions include linking research to practice, yoga and gardening.

Nancy RodererNancy K. Roderer, MLS, AHIP, ACMI, director, Johns Hopkins University Welch Medical Library

Nancy Roderer is a Professor of Medicine and Public Health at Johns Hopkins University and serves as the Director of the Welch Medical Library and the Director of the academic Division of Health Sciences Informatics (DHSI). She has pursued her interests in understanding and facilitating information use and in integrated information management through both operational and research activities at Columbia, Yale and Johns Hopkins Universities. She teaches in the areas of library and information science and health sciences informatics, and is currently Co-Director of a National Library of Medicine-funded post-doctoral training program in informatics. She has a lifelong interest, pursued primarily through ASIS&T, in advancing and promoting the information professions.

Ms. Roderer is a graduate of the University of Dayton (Mathematics and Computer Science) and the University of Maryland (Library and Information Services and Computer Science). She is a Distinguished Member of the Academy of Health Information Professionals and a fellow of the American College of Medical Informatics.

Roger SchonfeldRoger C. Schonfeld, director of research, Ithaka

Roger leads the research efforts at Ithaka S+R, including examinations of the impact of new technologies on academia through studies of faculty attitudes and practices, teaching and learning with technology, and the changing role of the library.

Key projects at Ithaka S+R under Roger's leadership have examined changing scholarly methods and practices and teaching with technology, including the Ithaka S+R Faculty Survey since its inception; several projects on the changing research methodologies of faculty members in a digital environment; and an analysis of the impact and sustainability of courseware initiatives. In addition, Roger has researched the future of the academic library through the Ithaka S+R Library Survey and a number of projects on library strategy and economics for the digitization, management, and preservation of collections, culminating in What to Withdraw for scholarly journals, an early system-wide collections analysis of library book holdings, two national consulting projects on behalf of ARL/COSLA and GPO for government documents, and service on the NSF Blue Ribbon Task Force for Sustainable Digital Preservation and Access. Roger was the 2011 Joanna Sherrer Memorial Lecturer at Lewis & Clark College, and he has spoken at other campuses including those of Berkeley, Columbia, Yale, and the University of Pennsylvania, as well as at numerous conferences.

Previously, Roger was a research associate at The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation. There, he collaborated on The Game of Life: College Sports and Academic Values with James Shulman and William G. Bowen (Princeton University Press, 2000). He also wrote JSTOR: A History (Princeton University Press, 2003), focusing on the development of a sustainable not-for-profit business model for the digitization and preservation of scholarly texts.

SilverDavid Silver, associate professor, University of San Francisco

David Silver is an associate professor of media studies and environmental studies at the University of San Francisco where he teaches classes on media history, digital media production, and green media. David is currently working a history of the farm at Black Mountain College. He blogs at silver in sf.

Duncan SmithDuncan Smith, co-founder, Vice-President, NoveList Division, EBSCO Publishing

Duncan Smith is the creator and founder of NoveList, EBSCO's electronic readers’ advisory service. He is currently the Vice-President for the division whose products include NoveList Plus, NextReads, NoveList Select and a new product called LibraryAware that is soon to be released. Duncan is a nationally recognized trainer and researcher in the area of readers’ advisory service. He has published widely in this field and in 1997 received the Margaret E. Monroe Award from Library Adult Services from ALA’s Reference and User Services Division for his teaching and writing in this area. His latest article is "Books: An Essential Part of Essential Libraries" which was included in the Oct-Dec. 2011 issue of the Public Library Quarterly. “Your Brain on Fiction,” appeared in the Fall 2009 issue of Reference and User Services Quarterly.

Smith earned a Master of Science in Library Science from the School of Information and Library Science at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Prior to NoveList and his work continuing library education, Smith served in public libraries in North Carolina and Georgia.