New Ideas from Awesome Libraries at METRO's 2016 Annual Conference

by Davis Erin Anderson, Community Engagement Manager, METRO


We like to shake up our Annual Conference from year to year, and 2016 is no exception.

This time around we're excited to bring you not one but TWO engaging keynote presentations. Krista Graham, Department Head for Digital Library Services at Georgia State University and Kari Lämsä, Head of Library 10 and Urban Workshop@Lasipalatsi, will begin and end our day with their thoughts on providing library services to 21st c. library users.

Krista Graham is the Department Head for Digital Library Services at Georgia State University, where she provides leadership and management for web services, network and desktop systems, and digital initiatives. She has worked with library information technology throughout her career and is committed to providing technology programs, infrastructure, and services that are innovative and responsive to the teaching and learning needs of faculty and students.

Recently, Krista served as a member of the core design team for the GSU Library’s CURVE: Collaborative University Research & Visualization Environment, a technology-rich environment developed to provide students, faculty, and staff with access to data visualization resources and stimulate multidisciplinary research.

In addition to her work at Georgia State, Krista authors a regular technology column, TechMatters, for LOEX Quarterly where she reviews and explains emerging instructional technologies and considers their possible application in support of library instruction.

Mr. Kari Lämsä is the manager of Library 10 and Urban Workshop, both of which are Helsinki City Library’s development centers for new physical and digital library services. These services will form the foundation of Helsinki’s new Central Library that will open its doors in 2018.

Together, Library 10 and Urban Workshop offer services that customers do not even expect of the library, such as recording studios, audio and video editing rooms, working facilities for entrepreneurs and Maker Space with 3D printers and other Fab Lab equipment.

Each year, hundreds of domestic and foreign cultural and library professionals come to acquaint themselves with Library 10 and Urban Workshop. Mr Lämsä has given lectures on new library services at numerous international conferences. He has worked in the public library sector for over 20 years and his particular interests deal with developing public city spaces in a way that satisfies the new needs of the customers.

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Now that you've heard about our keynote speakers, we hope you'll consider sharing your projects at our conference as well. We look forward to hearing from you!