Category Archives: Track A

Opening Keynote: Mix It Up for ROI Secret Sauce!

Opening Keynote – Monday 23 October 
08:45 – 09:45

EEPMON is a Millennial hybrid new media artist exploring the creative intersections through the usages of art and technology. He has collaborated and worked with various projects both in art and technology with firms and galleries across North America, the U.K., and Asia. He has held several shows and won awards internationally. He says, “Technology provides a new area for innovators and artists to experiment and develop new modes of creative expression.” He sees the computer as an artistic tool, just like the paintbrush, and with a desire only a truly passionate artist could have, set out to generate dense, dynamic, and beautiful digital graphic compositions that attracted clients such as Marvel, Canada Goose, Microsoft Xbox, and the Canada Science and Technology Museum. His creative and innovative nature is inspiring and has allowed him to transform retail stores into art exhibitions for his creations, combine open-data weather and color to create artistic works, and more. Currently EEPMON is doing his digital artist in residence at Algonquin College Applied Research and Innovation Center in Ottawa, Canada. Follow him on social media: EEPMON or his website at

Presented by: Eric Chan

A101: Search Tips

Track A: (International Ballroom Center) —  Discovery, Navigation, & Search – Monday 23 October 
10:30 – 11:15
San Carlos 1 & 2

Our popular and knowledgeable speaker is an annual favorite attendees flock to hear! She is a super searcher who continues to surprise and impress with new strategies, techniques, and tips for getting the most out of web research. The host of Searchers Academy (where even more secrets are shared) provides an upto- the minute and jam-packed-with-valuable-tools-and-tips talk that’s always a hit! Bates tells us she takes 2 days to research this session, so take advantage of her knowledge and gather tips and tools to share with others!

Presented by: Mary Ellen Bates

A102: Apps, Sites, & Tools

Track A: (International Ballroom Center) —  Discovery, Navigation, & Search – Monday 23 October 
11:30 – 12:15
San Carlos 1 & 2

Our eagle-eyed industry watcher talks about how to find good apps and shares a number of apps that library customers, info pros, and newbies will want to check out. He also shares the top sites and tools that info pros and searchers will be anxious to try. Come and benefit from his vast knowledge and gather tips and tools to share with others.

Presented by: Gary Price

A103: Practitioners Panel: Search Tips & Millennial Searcher Secrets

Track A: (International Ballroom Center) —  Discovery, Navigation, & Search – Monday 23 October 
13:30 – 14:30
San Carlos 1 & 2

This fast-paced session features a panel of practitioners and a Millennial searcher who share their search techniques and strategies, approaches to fake news, and more. Adegoke starts with searching tips. With “post-truth” as Oxford Dictionaries’ Word of the Year for 2016, and “fake news” pulling thousands of articles on Factiva, Affelt discusses IFLA’s infographic, Reuters editor-in-chief Steve Adler’s edict of best practices, and other techniques to assist public librarians helping patrons to avoid falling victim to scams and hoaxes; news librarians guiding reporters through the minefield of this Brave New World; academic librarians tasked with ensuring sound science and intellectual thought; and corporate or law firm librarians working on highstakes deals or litigation to avoid the “permanent exclusive” (first but wrong). Reamy describes the use of a number of text analytics approaches that range from comparing patterns of words that can distinguish fake news from real to categorizing the content of news more accurately and consistently, thus flagging inappropriate news.

Presented by: Kudirat Abiola Adegoke, Amy Affelt, Tom Reamy

A104: Future Watch: Coming AI Tools for Libraries

Track A: (International Ballroom Center) —  Discovery, Navigation, & Search – Monday 23 October 
15:15 – 16:00
San Carlos 1 & 2

Artificial Intelligence (AI) is one of the next big things. It’s being used in many industries, and libraries need to keep their eye on the coming possibilities for AI. For instance, how can libraries use chatbots?  Our industry watchers and writers share the things we should be watching and studying as tools for the future.

Presented by: Stephen Abram, Gary Price