Joe Lucia and Jessamyn West to keynote at Evergreen Conference

We are delighted to announce that Jessamyn West and Joe Lucia will be keynote speakers at the first-ever Evergreen International Conference, May 20-22 at the Classic Center in Athens, Georgia!

(See the conference website for developing information — early-bird registration opens February 18, and we’re signing hotel contracts as we speak. Start thinking about programs you could present at the conference!)

Jessamyn West

Jessamyn West is a librarian living in rural Vermont solving technology problems for schools and libraries. She has been speaking on the intersection of libraries, technology and politics since 2003 and has given presentations in twenty-six U.S. states, three Australian states and three Canadian provinces.

Jessamyn also gained YouTube fame with her video documenting installing Ubuntu on a public library computer. Jessamyn could be said to be a big fan of “open” — open source, open access, open libraries. She has written and published widely, and also maintains the highly popular, long-lived and immensely readable blog,

Joe Lucia

Joe Lucia is the University Librarian and director of Falvey Memorial Library at Villanova University. His advocacy for open source led his library to develop Vufind, an open-source discovery layer for library catalogs. Villanova University recently received a prestigious $50,000 Mellon Award for Technology Collaboration for the Project VuFind software.

Joe was also recently elected president of PALINET, one of the largest and oldest regional U.S. library networks, serving 600 institutional members in the mid-Atlantic region.

These are just TWO of the many wonderful reasons to attend the first-ever Evergreen International Conference this May. See you there!