The ipl2 institute: March 15 and March 16, 2010

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On March 17, 2010, the ipl2 (Internet Public Library) celebrated 15 years of innovation, service, and research. In conjunction with this event, The iSchool at Drexel hosted the Institute on the Future of Reference and its Impact on Library and Information Science Education on March 15-16, 2010. The institute was part of the IMLS grant Transforming the IPL into a Virtual Learning Laboratory. Faculty, students and staff from Drexel University, Florida State University, The University of Washington, The University of Illinois, The University of North Carolina, Syracuse University, and the Free Library of Philadelphia participated in the institute.

Additionally, in honor of this moment in the ipl2's history, two special open presentations on the future of reference and its impact on the future of library and information science education were given. These presentations were streamed live on video, with information also reported live on the ipl2 blog, Second Life, and Twitter.

Below find links to presentations given at this event, press releases advertising this event, guests who presented at and participated in the institute, and photos of those who attended (in real life and Second Life).

Presentation Videos

These videos can also be found at in the Special Events section.

  • IPL Birthday - 15 Years Strong (Monday 15th)
    Monday, March 15, 2010, 4:30 p.m. – 5:45 p.m. Eastern Time.
    Dr. Mick Khoo: ipl2 Merger Surprises
    Dr. Joyce Valenza: Web 2.0 Reference on the Ground K-12
    Special Guest Speaker and IPL Founder Dr. Joe Janes: IPL to ipl2: The Past, Present and Future
  • IPL Birthday - 15 Years Strong (Tuesday 16th) (Echo 360)
    Tuesday, March 16, 2010, 12:30 p.m. – 2 p.m. EST
    Dr. Lorri Mon: Digital Media and ipl2 (Begins at 00:01:34)
    Dr. Steven Bell: Preparing Today's Students for Tomorrow's Reference (Begins at 00:16:23)
    Special Guest Speaker Dr. David Lankes: What does the Future Hold for Reference Services? (Begins at 00:32:43)
    Question & Answer Session (Begins at 00:57:53)
  • IPL Birthday - 15 Years Strong - Cutting the Cake!
    Tuesday, March 16, 2010
    IPL Birthday - 15 Years Strong - Cutting the Cake!
    Mike Galloway, Manager, Digital Collections, cuts the cake for the ipl2/IPL's 15th birthday!


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Photos from Second Life

Press Releases

Related Articles


Find all tweets related to the ipl2 Institute by visiting the link below or going to Twitter and searching on #foripl2, the hash tag for the ipl2 Institute.

You may also want to review the ipl2's Twitter page.


Dr. Eileen Abels (iSchool at Drexel)
Dr. Denise Agosto (iSchool at Drexel)
Dr. Toni Carbo (iSchool at Drexel)
Michael Galloway (Manager, ipl2 Digital Collections)
Rebekah Kilzer (Hagerty Library)
Craig MacDonald (Doctoral student, iSchool at Drexel)
Danuta Nitecki (Hagerty Library and iSchool at Drexel)
Lillian Rozaklis (Doctoral student, iSchool at Drexel)
Beth Ten Have (Hagerty Library)

Florida State University
Dr. Lorri Mon (School of Library & Information Studies)
Amelia Gibson (Doctoral student, School of Library & Information Studies)

Practitioners from the Philadelphia area
Dr. Steven Bell (Temple University)
Dr. Joyce Valenza (Springfield Township HS Library)
Andrea Zimmerman (Free Library of Philadelphia)

Syracuse University
Dr. David Lankes (School of Information Studies)
Alison Miller (Doctoral student, School of Information Studies; Manager, ipl2 Reference Services)

University of Illinois
Dr. Linda Smith (Graduate School of Library and Information Science)
Kathleen Kern (Doctoral student and practitioner, Graduate School of Library and Information Science)

University of North Carolina
Dr. Jeffrey Pomerantz (School of Information and Library Science)

University of Washington
Dr. Joe Janes (Information School)
Elisabeth Jones (Doctoral student, Information School)