Dr. Mike Eisenberg: Keynote Speaker for the 2014 iYouth Conference

For the next few weeks, we’ll be running some posts about the exciting speakers that we will have for the iYouth Conference on Saturday, February 8th, 2014.  For more information, see our page “iYouth Conference 2014.

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Dr. Mike Eisenberg is the founding dean of the Information School at the University of Washington, serving from 1998 to 2006. Known as an innovator and entrepreneur, Mike approached the iSchool as a startup—transforming the school into a broad-based information school with academic programs on all levels (bachelors through doctorate), increasing enrollment 400%, generating millions in funded research, and making a difference in industry, the public sector, and education on all levels.

Mike’s current work focuses on information & technology literacy, virtual worlds, and library information and technology programs, K-20. Mike is co-author of the “Big6 approach to information problem-solving” – the most widely used information literacy program in the world. Mike is a prolific author (9 books and dozens of articles and papers) and has worked with thousands of students—pre-K through higher education—as well as people in business, government, and communities to improve individual and organizational information and technology access and use. Mike particularly enjoys working with undergraduate students, introducing them to the opportunities and challenges of the information field.

Mike’s keynote will address the exciting opportunities that change within the field of youth librarianship bring about. He will stress the importance of embracing innovation and leadership within the field and excite us all about the future of our field!

Bobbi deMontigny – iyouth Online representative

Bobbi deMontigny - iyouth Online representative


My name is Bobbi deMontigny and I would like to welcome you to the iyouth blog and introduce myself. I live, play and work in Helena Montana with my two awesomesauce daughters, ages eight and nine and the ultimate nerdcore husband.  During the summer you just about have to use a crow bar to pry me away from my kayak, but now that the cold Montana wind is starting to blow, I am content with school work, fuzzy socks, and a warm beverage.

At work you will find me behind the information desk at the Lewis and Clark library. I have a fun job that not only allows me to interact with members of my community, but also gives me the opportunity to create library displays, run a book group for teens and even offer training and workshops for educators in Helena Montana by request. I get to read to children in the capital during the week of the young child and dress up as a 5’9 sparkly fairy to read fierce stories about reluctant dragons and school going gingerbread men during the local fairy festival. In March I accepted the role of co-chair for the Children and Young Adult Advocacy Group for the Montana Library Association. So far it has been great and we are getting the voices of youth services librarians and teacher librarians heard throughout the state.

Between these activities and beginning my second year at UW’s ischool I never find myself lacking for something to do! Thanks for stopping by.

2010-2011 School Year Kickoff

The 2010-2011 iYouth officers are working hard to plan the 2010-2011 school year activities. Coming up shortly is the iSchool Welcome Week for incoming iSchool students (see events relevant to iYouth below)

Friday, September 24, 2010

All iSchool Orientation

Time: 1:00-2:30 pm
Location: Johnson Hall 102
Sponsored by Student Services
Check-in begins at 1:00 pm, and orientation begins at 1:30 pm.  The All iSchool Orientation is the Information School’s official welcome event for all incoming Informatics, MLIS, MSIM, and PhD students.

All iSchool Fair

Time: 2:30-4:00 pm
Location: Suzzallo Library Cafe, Room 101
Sponsored by Student Services
Immediately following the Orientation, come join us for the All iSchool Fair, featuring a number of iSchool student groups.  It is a great oppoprtunity to mingle with current students and faculty.

Thursday, September 30, 2010

Overview: School Library Media Program
Time: 11:30-12:15

MGH 420
Sponsored by Student Services

Are you interested in working in a K-12 public school library? Attend this session for more information on how to obtain the School Library Media certificate program while completing your MLIS degree. This session may also benefit those interested in children’s/youth services in general.

iYouth Pizza Party & Book Swap
12:15-1:30 pm
MGH 420
Sponsored by iYouth

iYouth is sponsoring a pizza party and book swap for anyone interested in being involved with the group aimed at supporting children and teen librarianship.  Bring any used or new children’s/teen book and trade for another book!  Meet the officers and get involved.

Looking Ahead

We’ve also scheduled the iYouth Scrabble event for Wednesday, October 20 at 5:30 pm (location TBD but probably in MGH 420).