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Conference on Location-Based Services for Libraries

by Joe Murphy Librarian on February 4th, 2011

I delivered the keynote for this online Trendy Topics conference about location based social networks.

Slideshow of my talk available online –

Content covered – All we need to know about the suite of geo-based social technologies and their information/library applications. (What Foursquare’s explosive growth means & how to leverage it)

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A few key points

Location is now a foundational tech for the mobile landscape

-          See Bizzy, Instagram, even locations for Flickr.

Important point for librarians – the key to the impact of Location-based services is how it is changing the ways we interact with each other, places, businesses/venues, our activities, and ultimately with information.

For libraries to use foursquare

-          To use Foursquare for your lib (brief points):

-          Don’t create a library account. Create a staff account and assign responsibility.

-          Gain full fluency as user first.

-          Use it to claim your library’s 4sq venue and become “manager” in order to see statistics and create promotions.

-          Use this to create promotions for mayors, patrons who visit a certain # of times, and use the open text rewards option to be creative.

-          Plan for your foursquare engagement to fit well into evolving social media strategy.

Wednesday Feb 16 2011            11AM – 3:30PM Eastern

My talk will check in on where we should be at the beginning of 2011 and push us towards where we will be in the coming months. I’ll bring us up to speed on location technologies, explore wider implications and applications, and push boundaries for implementations.

Register – $40 for individuals; $100 for groups; $25 for students & SJSU SLIS alumni.


  • Keynote Address by Joe Murphy from Yale University on “Location Aware Technology for Libraries”
  • Jason Clark from Montana State University on “Where are you? Surveying and Building Location-Aware Library Apps”
  • Eric Gordon from Emerson College on “Net Locality: Why Location Matters in a Networked World”
  • Jeff Wisniewski from the University of Pittsburgh on “Getting in on the Location Game”
  • Conversation about the Key Themes, Opportunities, and Action Steps articulated during this conference, facilitated by Tom Peters

From official announcement:

Geo-Based Social Networks:  FourSquare, Gowalla, MyTown and More!  An Online Conference Wednesday February 16, 2011 TAP Information Services and the School of Library and Information Science at San Jose State University are pleased to announce another in the ongoing series of online conferences on hot topics that librarians can enjoy right at their desktops.

Keynote Speaker:  Joe Murphy, a leading innovator and trend spotter at the forefront of designing strategies for meeting the changing technological landscape and Science Librarian at Yale University Libraries, will speak on “Location Aware Technology for Libraries.”  This keynote explains the growing role of location in social networking and information engagement and outlines library applications of geobased social media Other Speakers:

·       Eric Gordon is a scholar of new media, with a special interest in civic media, location-based media, and urban design. He is an associate professor in the department of Visual and Media Arts at Emerson College and will speak  on “Why Location Matters in a Networked World”

·       Jason A. Clark is Head of Digital Access and Web Services at Montana State University Libraries where he builds digital library applications and sets digital content strategies.  He will speak on “Where are you? Surveying and Building Location-Aware Library Apps.”

·       Other speakers To be announced


Registration Fees:  $40 for individuals; $100 for groups; $25 for students and SJSU SLIS alumni.  Your registration fee provides access to all the live online presentations and discussions, and to the conference archive of recordings and slide sets. SJSU SLIS current faculty and students may attend for free.  Contact Lori Bell at lbell927@gmail.comfor a free coupon code.

Register at:  Trendy Topics Conference Series Website: Start Time:  11 a.m. Eastern, 10 Central, 9 Mountain, and 8 Pacific.

End Time:  3:30 p.m. Eastern, 2:30 p.m. Central, 1:30 p.m. Mountain, and 12:30 p.m. Pacific.  More Info:  Lori Bell at Or Tom Peters at

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