On October 3rd & 4th, librarians from around Alberta (as well as from B.C. and the U.S.) converged on Lister Hall at the University of Alberta for Netspeed 2017. After a 2 year hiatus, the conference came back for 1.5 days of learning, sharing, and community building.
Netspeed had two outstanding keynote speakers, Jessamyn West and Sean Gouglas, who both provided engaging talks from both the public library angle and from the academic perspective. The conference also featured 27 concurrent sessions from library staff and vendors from across Canada and the U.S. Issues such as inclusivity and access, emerging technologies, automation, staff training, indigenous initiatives, and metadata were explored (among others).
In all, 183 people attended Netspeed, and the feedback from the conference was outstanding. Here are just a few sample bouquets from our feedback survey:
A big thank-you to everyone who helped make this conference possible - our session presenters, keynote speakers, conference producer Timewise Event Management and key sponsor University of Alberta Libraries. We couldn't have done this without you!