Rachel Frick, Director, Digital Library Federation
Rachel Frick

Rachel L. Frick
Director, Digital Library Federation

One of my favorite parts about being the Director of the DLF Program is selecting the keynote speakers for the annual DLF Forum. I am always looking for new perspectives to bring to our community in order to inspire us, catalyze new ideas, and shake up our perspectives.

This year, I am so excited about our two speakers, R. David Lankes and Char Booth.

R. David Lankes
R. David Lankes

Dr. Lankes is an incredible, energetic speaker as well as great motivator. He is a professor and Dean’s Scholar for the New Librarianship at Syracuse University’s School of Information Studies and director of the Information Institute of Syracuse. Lankes has always been interested in combining theory and practice to create active research projects that make a difference. He is well known for his work, The Atlas of New Librarianship and just completed teaching his first MOOC on New Librarianship. Lankes is a passionate advocate for libraries and their essential role in today’s society.

Char Booth
Char Booth

Char Booth will be wrapping things up for us in Austin. Char is the Instruction Services Manager and E-Learning Librarian at the Claremont Colleges. I first saw Char speak at SXSWi in 2012. I was impressed with her direct way of concisely framing the challenges and opportunities for libraries. Her area of focus is the exploration of the integration of education, research, technology, and design in libraries. Recently, she contributed to a lively discussion at this year’s LITA Top Technology Trends panel at ALA annual conference. An ALA Emerging Leader and Library Journal Mover and Shaker, Char blogs at info-mational and tweets @charbooth.

More information about the program, schedule and registration is coming soon. It is going to be a great Forum—see you in Austin!