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Web 2.U Gets Ready for InfoNexus-2015

I know this is still summer, but we are getting ready for the February 2015 annual student-run conference…

Photo of Anastasia Prozorova, InfoNexus-2015 Organizer, on a boat in Guilin, China

Anastasia Prozorova,
McGill MLIS II Student & InfoNexus-2015 Organizer

Alexander Burdett, Emily Mackle, and I met last week to discuss some invigorating transformations for the next year’s event. Thanks to your insightful feedback as well as the generous knowledge sharing of this year’s conference runners and McGill University`s MLIS 2014 graduates, Paul Grewal and Kristy Popwell, we embarked on a mission to freshen our image and better satisfy your information needs.

We also talked about the current issues important to the contemporary information specialists and started approaching some exciting speakers for the next year’s conference…

If you have some suggestions, ideas, or thoughts, do share them with us. I am always happy to hear from you:

Your indefatigable information provider,
Anastasia Prozorova

P. S. In the next few months, we will be working on the look of our current website.
So do expect a smooth, but magical transition…

Registration closes on January 30th!

Registration for the seventh annual Web 2.U Symposium closes on Thursday, January 30th. Places are going quickly, so be sure to register soon to join the conversation!

The symposium fees are $25 for students or $45 for professionals, and include a catered lunch, tea, coffee, & snacks at McGill’s Thomson House.

Click through our website for more information about the speakers, venue and registration.

See you at Thomson House on February 7th!

Another Amazing Speaker: Mark Blevis to Present at Web 2.U!

Mark Blevis

We are super excited to announce that Mark Blevis, Digital Public Affairs Strategist and president of Ottawa-based, will be presenting a Featured Talk at Web 2.U 2014.

His presentation, titled “Mediated Engagement and Reinventing the Relationship Between Libraries and the Public”, will be sure to touch on new ideas and provide food for thought for the information community.

Read more about Mark and his expertise in digital engagement on our Speakers page!

AJ West to give a Lightning Talk about Wearable Computing!

AJ West, tech advocate, Master’s student at the School of Information Studies and Google Glass Explorer, will be talking about wearable computing during his Lightning Talk at this year’s Web 2.U.


For more information about AJ, check out the Speakers page!

Registration is open!

We are excited to announce that registration is now open for Web 2.U 2014! The conference will take place on February 7th, 2014 at McGill University’s Thomson House.

This year’s theme is “The Cutting Edge” and we will explore the cutting edge of social media technology, strategy, and  best practice in connecting with your community. All details, including speakers, are available at

We hope to see you there!



Connie Crosby is our opening keynote speaker!

We are excited to announce our latest confirmation for Web 2.U 2014 – Connie Crosby will be our opening keynote speaker! She will be presenting an intriguingly-titled talk: “Building a Career in the Brave New World of Work“.


A law librarian in a former life, Connie is principal of Crosby Group Consulting and is a Toronto-based consultant who specializes in knowledge management, information management, social media and library management.

A speaker, teacher, blogger and author, Connie currently serves as Vice President/President-Elect of the Canadian Association of Law Libraries. She co-teaches the online Social Media Engagement Certificate with Daniel Lee through University of Toronto’s iSchool Institute. She was winner of the iSchool Institute’s 2010-2011 Award for Outstanding Teaching.

Connie is a core contributor to the popular law blog, is author of the 2010 book Effective Blogging for Libraries from Neal-Schuman Publishing, and blogs at She is also co-organizer of the meetup group Knowledge Workers Toronto, which has monthly speakers on knowledge management-related topics.

Michael Groenendyk to speak at Web 2.U 2014

Exciting news – Michael Groenendyk will be one of Web 2.U’s featured speakers!

The newly hired business librarian for the Concordia University Libraries, Michael has a background in both business intelligence and computer science.

From 2011-2013 he led a project, in part funded by a Canadian Association of Research Libraries’ grant, to implement a 3D printing service at the Dalhousie University Libraries in Halifax, Nova Scotia. As part of this project he also led the creation of an open-access, online archive of 3D models, which – in large part – consisted of 3D scans of historic objects from local museum collections.

In addition to 3D printing and scanning, his research has explored the potential for other related technologies, such as 3D animation and holographic projection, to be used as educational tools.

David Lee King confirmed as Closing Keynote Speaker

We are very excited to announce that David Lee King will be the closing keynote speaker for Web 2.U 2014!
David is the Digital Services Director at Topeka & Shawnee County Public Library, where he plans, implements, and experiments with emerging technology trends.

He speaks internationally about emerging trends, website management, digital experience, and social media, and has been published in many library-related journals. David was named a Library Journal Mover and Shaker for 2008.

His newest book, Face2Face: Using Facebook, Twitter, and Other Social Media Tools to Create Great Customer Connections, was published in September. David maintains a blog at

Web 2.U needs you!

Hi MLIS-ters!

Web 2.U is our very own student-run conference that explores the intersection of technology, social media and information. Each year, we feature talks by information professionals who are pushing the edge of possibility.

This year’s conference will happen on February 7, 2014 and I am looking for one or two MLIS I students to become the conference’s assistant organizer(s).

The assistant organizer(s) will help plan the conference with the understanding that they will become the conference director(s) the following year. The position is a lot of work, but also a lot of fun. You will learn about emerging technologies, network with information professionals, and get valuable management experience.

So if you are an MLIS I student and:

- love technology
- love to plan
- want to learn about budgeting, grant writing, and event organization (skills that will look great on your CV!)
- can make the commitment

Drop me a line because I want to hear from you!

You can contact me here:

Looking forward to hearing from you!

Paul Grewal
Web 2.U Co-Organizer
MLIS II – Librarianship
McGill University
Montreal, Quebec

Feb 7, 2014 – Save the Date

The 7th annual Web 2.U Symposium will be held on Friday, February 7, 2014.

Keep an eye on this website for the latest updates!

And feel free to drop us a line at – we’d love to hear from you!