Mini-conference in SF on 9/23: Libraries – The Recovery Engine on the Hard Times Train

Registration is now open for The Future of Libraries (5.0): Libraries: The Recovery Engine on the Hard Times Train. Danielle Patrick Milam will be the keynote speaker. This event will take place at San Francisco Public Library, Main Library in the Koret Auditorium on Wednesday, September 23, 2009 from 9:00 am – 4:45 pm (sign-in 8:30 – 9:00). There is a $40 registration fee. It’s sponsored by the Pacific Library Partnership Staff Development Committee (formerly the Library Staff Development Committee of the Greater Bay Area) and the BayNet Library & Information Network.

“The Future of Libraries 5.0” is the fifth in an ongoing annual series of conferences where speakers draw from library traditions to highlight innovations taking place in libraries today. This year’s conference will focus on libraries’ special roles in helping our patrons navigate the challenges of today’s economy. Presentations will feature examples of what is and is not currently working for libraries, with an emphasis on projects and programs that are being implemented creatively and economically.

This year’s keynote speaker is Danielle Patrick Milam, Las Vegas-Clark County Library District Foundation Development Director and former Vice President for Program and Development of the Urban Libraries Council. She edited the Urban Libraries Council report Making Cities Stronger: Public Library Contributions to Local Economic Development. Danielle will provide a survey of how libraries and businesses are creatively forming partnerships to benefit the communities they serve.

For more details and to register, go to