At the opening session, Tom Hogan, Sr., president of Information Today, said that about 2,300 attendees are expected at CIL this year–a good turnout! They come from 46 states (all except NV, ID, AK, and HI) and 22 countries. There are 240 speakers and moderators and 54 companies in the exhibit hall. Here is a view of part of the audience at the keynote session.
The CIL keynote address was an interesting review of innovation, what hinders it in an organization, and how to promote it. Jeffrey Phillips, VP of OVO, a company that helps organizations to innovate, and author of Relentless Innovation and Make Us More Innovative said that libraries are full of books that contain new ideas. They are keepers of the flame of innovation and hold records of innovation.
Since the keynote was on innovation and how to make it succeed, it is appropriate that it was followed by a track entitled Inspiring Innovation. (This is the first of two postings describing this session.) And it proved that this decision by the program planners was highly appropriate: the talks drew standing room only crowds, and additional seats had to be added in the meeting room.
Session A302, “What About E-Book Readers?” on Friday from 11:30am to 12:15pm will feature extensive audience participation, both from the physical audience and hopefully from a widespread virtual audience as well.