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Keynote Speakers

Siva Vaidhyanathan, Robertson Professor of Media Studies at the University of Virginia

Plenary session: Tuesday 3 February 2015, 10:00am - 10:55am, Level 3, Grand Ballroom

Siva Vaidhyanathan is the Robertson Professor of Media Studies at the University of Virginia. He also teaches in the University of Virginia School of Law. Vaidhyanathan is the author of The Googlization of Everything And Why We Should Worry (University of California Press, 2011),Copyrights and Copywrongs: The Rise of Intellectual Property and How it Threatens Creativity (New York University Press, 2001) and The Anarchist in the Library: How the Clash between Freedom and Control is Hacking the Real World and Crashing the System (Basic Books, 2004). He also co-edited (with Carolyn de la Pena) collection, Rewiring the Nation: The Place of Technology in American Studies (Johns Hopkins University Press, 2007).

Vaidhyanathan has written for many periodicals, including American Scholar, the Chronicle of Higher Education, the New York Times Magazine, The New York Times Book Review,,,  MSNBC.COM,,, Columbia Journalism Review, BookForum,, the Washington Post, and The Nation. He is a frequent contributor to National Public Radio and to MSNBC.COM and has appeared in a segment of "The Daily Show" with Jon Stewart. In March 2002, Library Journal cited Vaidhyanathan among its "Movers & Shakers" in the library field. In the feature story, Vaidhyanathan lauded librarians for being "on the front lines of copyright battles" and for being "the custodians of our information and cultural commons." In November 2004 the Chronicle of Higher Education called Vaidhyanathan "one of academe's best-known scholars of intellectual property and its role in contemporary culture." He has testified as an expert before the U.S. Copyright Office on the Digital Millennium Copyright Act.

After five years as a professional journalist, Vaidhyanathan earned a PhD in American Studies from the University of Texas at Austin. He has taught previously at Wesleyan University, the University of Wisconsin at Madison, Columbia University, New York University, and Universiteit van Amsterdam. You can follow him on Twitter at @sivavaid.

Erik Boekesteijn, co-founder and director of Doklab

Plenary session: Wednesday 4 February 2015, 9:30am - 10:25am, Level 3, Grand Ballroom

Erik’s work has always been about libraries. First in the music department ( discOtake ), then in DOK, the library concept center in Delft, the Netherlands in the marketing and communication department. Later he set up the innovation department with Jaap van de Geer and now he is the co-founder and director of Doklab. Doklab is a private company with the mission to connect people to collections. Doklab does this through consultancy, concept- and product development for libraries, museums and archives. Erik speaks at conferences all over the world on the use of library spaces and services and Doklab's Extreme Library Makeover program.

Shanachie Media is a production company that Erik set up with his friend and colleague Jaap van de Geer that provides information and inspiration for libraries worldwide through world wide travels in the ShanachieTours and through a weekly internet library talk show This Week in LibrariesIn 2009 Erik received the honorary title of Mover and Shaker by Library Journal. 

Liz McGettigan, Director of Digital, SOLUS UK

Plenary session: Thursday 5 Feburary 2015 - 3:30pm - 4:25pm, Level 3, Grand Ballroom

Liz is Director of Digital at SOLUS UK. An award-winning Digital Library and Information Specialist, a leader in the future library and makerspace movement, and is now working across the UK to build these trans-formative spaces.Recognized for integrating technology, people, social and business strategies into effective management systems and business models designed to solve organizational challenges, improve operating performance and expand business capabilities. 

Liz is passionate about the future and potential of libraries and has authored a number of articles. At SOLUS she creates innovative and sassy digital information spaces and services to drive customers’ rapid transformation into truly high performing destination services.

Prior to this role Liz was Head of Libraries and Information Service for the City of Edinburgh where she led my team to deliver Edinburgh’s first fully-online council service, social media suite and 24/7 interactive portals and apps. Passionate about delivering on our potential as a truly digital nation Liz also initiated Edinburgh’s innovative digital participation project.

Nominated for 5 Connect awards, Public Sector Digital Award and Best UK Library Service 2013. Liz has presented on her work around the world from Singapore and Buenos Aires to Paris and Amsterdam.

Liz is a Trustee of the UK Chartered Institute of Library and Information Professionals, Senior Member of SOCITM, Member of the Institute of Informatics and Digital Innovation Advisory Board at Edinburgh Napier University.

Mitchell Whitelaw, Associate Professor, Faculty of Arts and Design at University of Canberra

Plenary session: Thursday 5 February 2015 - 9:30am - 10:25am, Level 3, Grand Ballroom

Proudly sponosred by University of Canberra 

Mitchell Whitelaw is an academic, writer and practitioner with interests in new media art and culture, especially generative systems, data-aesthetics, and digital cultural collections. His work has appeared in journals including Leonardo, Digital Creativity, Fibreculture, and Senses and Society. His current work spans materiality, data and culture, with a practical focus on creating "generous interfaces" for digital heritage. He has worked with institutions including the State Library of NSW, the National Archives, and the National Gallery of Australia, developing innovative interfaces to their digital collections. Mitchell is currently an Associate Professor in the Faculty of Arts and Design at the University of Canberra, where he leads the Digital Treasures program in the Centre for Creative and Cultural Research. He blogs sporadically at The Teeming Void.