CLUncon #1 was a groundbreaking event for the Chicagoland library staff community, and we have some tricks up our sleeve to make CLUncon #2 even better. We’ll keep you posted here.
Anyone who cares about libraries, whether you work in one or not, is welcome to attend, but be ready to jump in and help shape the discussions that take place at the Unconference! In addition to friends of libraries from any walk of life, we hope to see many types of staff from lots of different libraries.
When is it?
Friday, December 7, 2012
Where is it?
RAILS Wheeling Building (former NSLS)
200 W. Dundee Road
Wheeling, IL 60090
Map and directions
How do I register?
Registration will open on November 1 at noon. We expect the event to sell out, so act fast!
Libraries are not alone in trying to figure out how to adapt and survive in a changing marketplace. We’ll be hosting a lively panel discussion with two talented people who have thrived by being entrepreneurial while doing what they love. These speakers will inspire us to bring back real change to our libraries, which will also be enabled by the rest of the day’s activities.
In 1995, after receiving a patent for a CD repair device, later named the SkipDoctor, Joe Born founded Digital Innovations, LLC. Joe brought the invention to market in 1999, and as of December 2008 had sold 8 million units of the SkipDoctor globally.
In September 2001 the Neuros division was started within Digital Innovations to develop open digital media products. In December 2003, Neuros was spun off into a separate entity, Neuros Technology, LLC. Influenced by its developer community, Joe Born, as Chief of Neuros, has become a pioneer in the field of open source hardware, helping to influence many of its partners to become more open including successfully lobbying Texas Instruments to release a free compiler for a previously closed Digital Signal Processor.
In March 2011, Joe Born cofounded Sonr Labs, Inc as a provider of technology for Android accessory manufacturers. In addition to consumer electronics, Joe has also received patents in areas ranging from internal combustion engine components to cosmetic accessories. He also serves as a mentor at Excelerate Labs, a business startup accelerator. Joe is currently working with his daughter Lily to bring her invention Kangaroo Cups to market. He tweets as @JoeBorn.
Chicago area native James VanOsdol spent close to 20 years in local media, working as an air personality and programmer at radio stations like Q101 (WKQX), WXRT, WZZN, and WTMX. He’s appeared on E!, MTV, FUSE, Fox, NBC, and WGN television, and has been written about in Chicago Magazine, the Chicago Sun-Times, the Chicago Tribune, Crain’s Chicago Business, and the Chicago Reader.
As a writer, he’s had his work published by a handful of publications, including Time Out Chicago, Newcity, and Wizard.
After years of working within the traditional models for broadcasting and publishing, VanOsdol has turned to new media and the internet for content distribution. No longer heard on terrestrial radio, he produces a weekly interview show for the fledgling Steve Dahl Network, a podcast network of hosts run by broadcasting legend Steve Dahl.
Using internet resources like Kickstarter and CreateSpace, VanOsdol was able to self-publish two books (paperback and digital versions). His most recent book, We Appreciate Your Enthusiasm, comes out on November 27. He tweets as @jamesvanosdol.