Sunday, May 15, 10:30 a.m.–noon
John P. McGovern Award Lecturer: Clay Shirky
“Technology/Media: The Future, Innovation, Business Strategy, Marketing and Sales, Ethics, and Culture”
Clay Shirky is a provocative new voice on all things Internet: economics and culture, media and community, and the open source movement. He divides his time between consulting, teaching, and writing on the social and economic effects of Internet technologies. His consulting practice is focused on the way network technologies provide new ways for groups to get things done, including collaboration tools, social networks, peer-to-peer sharing, collaborative filtering, and open source development.
In addition to his consulting work, Shirky is an adjunct professor in the New York University (NYU) graduate Interactive Telecommunications Program (ITP), where he teaches courses on the interrelated effects of the ways networks shape culture and vice versa. Prior to his appointment at NYU, Shirky was a partner at The Accelerator Group, an investment firm focused on early-stage companies. Formerly, he was the chief technology officer of the web media and design firm Site Specific, where he created the company’s media tracking database and server log analysis software. Site Specific was later acquired by CKS Group, where he was promoted to vice president technology, Eastern Region.
Shirky’s recent book, Here Comes Everybody, explores the effects of open networks, collaboration, and user-created and -disseminated content on organizations and industries. Over the years, he has had regular columns in Business 2.0, FEED, OpenP2P.com, and ACM Net_Worker, and his writings have appeared in the New York Times, Wall Street Journal, Harvard Business Review, Wired, Release 1.0, Computerworld, and IEEE Computer. He has been interviewed by Slashdot, Red Herring, Media Life, and The Economist’s Ebusiness Forum. Time featured him with other futurists in a fall 2005 story, “What’s Next.” Shirky frequently speaks on emerging technologies at a variety of forums and organizations.
Shirky’s writings are archived at www.shirky.com, and he maintains a blog on his book at www.herecomeseverybody.org.
Monday, May 16, 9:00 a.m.–10:00 a.m.
Janet Doe Lecturer: T. Scott Plutchak, AHIP
“Breaking the Barriers of Time and Space: The Dawning of the Great Age of Librarians”
Janet Doe lecturers are chosen for their unique perspectives on the history or philosophy of medical librarianship. T. Scott Plutchak, AHIP, associate professor and director, Lister Hill Library of the Health Sciences, University of Alabama–Birmingham, has long been recognized for his thoughtful and provocative presentations and writing, in particular, the editorials that he wrote for the Journal of the Medical Library Association during his tenure as editor from 2000 to 2006. He has served on the MLA Board of Directors and on numerous other MLA committees and task forces, including both iterations of the Ethics Task Force, two National Program Committees, and the Nominating Committee.
Plutchak received his master’s degree from the University of Wisconsin–Oshkosh and was a National Library of Medicine library associate from 1983 to 1984. He was associate director and then director of the Health Sciences Center Library at St. Louis University before taking his current position in 1995.
As a member of the Association of Academic Health Sciences Libraries Publisher Liaison Task Force, he was instrumental in establishing the Chicago Collaborative, which brings together librarians, publishers, editors, and other stakeholders to work on the grand challenges facing the scholarly communications community. Since June of 2009, he has worked with the Scholarly Publishing Roundtable, convened by the US House Committee on Science and Technology, to develop consensus recommendations regarding public access policies for the peer-reviewed literature resulting from federal funding.
He was named MLA Southern Chapter Academic Librarian of the Year in 1999 and received MLA’s Estelle Brodman Award for the Academic Medical Librarian of the Year in 2001. In 2009, he received the Outstanding Alumni Award from the University of Wisconsin–Fox Valley.
Plutchak leads the world’s first open access librarian rock band, The Bearded Pigs, which has played at each MLA annual meeting since 2004.
Wednesday, May 18, 9:00 a.m.–10:00 a.m.
Joseph Leiter NLM/MLA Lecturer: Peter Hotez
Peter J. Hotez is distinguished research professor, Walter G. Ross Professor, and chair of the Department of Microbiology, Immunology, and Tropical Medicine, The George Washington University. He is also president of the Sabin Vaccine Institute, an affiliated nonprofit research and advocacy organization, and director and principal investigator of Sabin Vaccine Development, a product development partnership supported by the Sabin Vaccine Institute.
Hotez received a bachelor’s degree in molecular biophysics and biochemistry magna cum laude (Phi Beta Kappa) from Yale University, a doctorate from Rockefeller University, and a doctorate in medicine from Weill Cornell Medical College. He obtained pediatric residency training at Massachusetts General Hospital and postdoctoral training at the Yale University School of Medicine.
Hotez’s research focuses on vaccine development for parasitic diseases, with an emphasis on recombinant vaccines for hookworm and schistosomiasis. Hotez also has a strong policy interest to promote the control of neglected tropical diseases (NTDs). In 2006 at the Clinton Global Initiative, Hotez cofounded the Global Network for Neglected Tropical Diseases (GNNTD), with the mission to facilitate access to essential NTD medicines. In 2007, Hotez became the founding editor-in-chief of Public Library of Science (PLoS) Neglected Tropical Diseases, and he is currently the president of the American Society of Tropical Medicine and Hygiene. Hotez has published over 200 peer-reviewed journal articles as well as several books, including Forgotten People, Forgotten Diseases: The Neglected Tropical Diseases and Their Impact on Global Health and Development.
Wednesday, May 18, 10:30 a.m.–noon
Plenary Speaker: Geoffrey Bilder
Geoffrey Bilder is director of strategic initiatives at CrossRef and has more than sixteen years of experience as a technical leader in scholarly technology. He cofounded Brown University’s Scholarly Technology Group in 1993, providing the Brown academic community with advanced technology consulting to support their research, teaching, and scholarly communication. Subsequently, he was head of information technology research and development at Monitor Group, a global management consulting firm based in Cambridge, MA. From 2002 to 2005, Bilder was chief technology officer of the scholarly publishing firm Ingenta, and just prior to joining CrossRef, he was a publishing technology consultant at Scholarly Information Strategies, where he consulted extensively with publishers and librarians on emerging technologies and the ways they can affect scholarly and professional researchers.
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