Steven Berlin Johnson is the afternnoon keynote speaker at the
FLICC Forum on Information Policies
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October 22, 2009
9:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.
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Steven Johnson is the best-selling author of six books on the intersection of science, technology and personal experience.  His writings have influenced everything from the way political campaigns use the Internet, to cutting-edge ideas in urban planning, to the battle against 21st-century terrorism. He has
also co-created three influential web sites: the pioneering online magazine FEED, the Webby-Award-winning community site,, and most recently the hyperlocal media site
He is named the 2009 Hearst New Media Professional-in-Residence at The Journalism School Columbia University. Steven’s books have been translated into more than a dozen languages and include, most recently, The Invention of Air. Steven is a contributing editor for Wired magazine and has also written
for The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, The Nation, and many other periodicals. He’s appeared on many high-profile television programs, including The Charlie Rose Show, The Daily
Show with Jon Stewart, and The NewsHour with Jim Lehrer.
FLICC Forum on Information Policies 
October 22, 2009
9:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.
(To view the the Forum Call, point your browser to
The world is currently awash in conflicting theories about reading.

Book sales are plummeting while readership is increasing, reversing 20 years of downward trends. Numbers of online readers continue to spiral upward yet these digital readers are still committed to print materials.  More people are using public libraries and online library visits are soaring, yet nearly half the states are cutting library funding. Demands for more data and more research echo across academia, industry and government while print and electronic publishers are downsizing. Federal libraries are in high demand but are asked to do more with less funding and staff.  Social media becomes a politician’s best communication vehicle and new weapon of the revolutionary while traditional news media retool or disappear.

Whatever society’s future, the future of reading is inexorably tied to the future of information.
The 2009 FLICC Forum will bring together renowned scholars, information practitioners, professionals and social observers who will take a broad look and comment upon at the questions of the day:
How proficient are today’s readers? Is literacy now a social practice rather than a basic skill? Will electronic media create a “reading class” or facilitate the re-evolution of “voice” as the primary mechanism of knowledge transfer? Is visual literacy, using diagrams and clouds, destined to compete with or supersede conventional, words-only texts?
Does a fast-paced society make reading an inefficient way to gain knowledge? Does burst technology shorten attention spans? Could enhanced cognitive technology play a role? Will future generations develop new neurological functioning that will alter how they acquire and store information or generally interact with their environment?
Do trends in reading reflect conclusions from human factors research? Does generational theory apply to readers, researchers and readership? Will e-books put more information in front of avid readers or make more readers out of Internet searchers? Are online readers competing with offline readers for publishing and library support? Are information professionals the new standard bearer for reading and research excellence? How can any library or information program continue to increase its services exponentially when staffing and budgets keep growing tighter?

Join this dynamic discussion among participants, presenters and panelists for a look behind the trends and analysis on this most basic skill and a look forward to not only the future of reading, but how its future affects the reader, researcher, librarian, policymaker, leader and citizen.
FLICC Forum on Information Policies
Library of Congress, Washington, DC
Date: October 22, 2009
9:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m. (Registration begins at 8:30 a.m. There is no entry to the Library of Congress prior to 8:30 a.m.)
Mumford Room, 6th Floor, MadisonBuilding
The Library of Congress
101 Independence Avenue, S.E.
Washington, D.C. 20540
Capitol South (Orange & Blue Lines)
FLICC Education Working Group
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