Year: 2014

More keynotes confirmed

Abby Covert is an independent information architect working and living in New York City. With a proven track record in establishing user-centric practices in a variety of creative environments, Abby has a reputation for stellar information architecture work in a variety of consulting contexts.

Abby holds credit for inventing World Information Architecture Day. The inaugural event was held in 2012 serving 14 locations; IA was celebrated on that day by over 1600 attendees globally. World IA Day 2015 looks to serve 25 locations. Since its inception, World IA Day has reached 10,000 attendees globally.
Because of her continued service within the IA community, Abby was elected as the President of the Information Architecture Institute in 2014. Abby teaches information architecture at Parsons the New School and The School of Visual Arts.

Professor David Nicholas

David Nicholas is the Director of the CIBER research group ( The group is best known for monitoring behaviours in the virtual space, especially in regard to the virtual scholar and the Google Generation, which has been featured widely in the media, including BBC TV. David is also a professor at the University of Tennessee, University of Northumbria and Tomsk State University (Siberia). Previously David was Head of the Department of Information Studies at University College London (2004 – 2011) and previous to that was Head of the Department of Information Science at City University, London. David’s interests also include the digital consumer, mobile information (information on-the-go), e-book and e-journal usage and scholarly communications. David has undertaken more than 70 funded research studies, published more than a dozen books and over four-hundred peer reviewed articles.

Invited keynotes are starting to get confirmed

We are happy to announce that Jurgen Appelo has said yes to attend emtacl15.

Jurgen Appelo offers concrete games, tools, and practices so you can introduce better management, with fewer managers.

Jurgen calls himself a creative networker. But sometimes he’s a writer, speaker, trainer, entrepreneur, illustrator, manager, blogger, reader, dreamer, leader, freethinker, or… Dutch guy.

Since 2008 Jurgen writes a popular blog at, covering the creative economy, agile management, and personal development. He is the author of the book Management 3.0, which describes the role of the manager in agile organizations. And he wrote the little book How to Change the World, which describes a supermodel for change management.

Jurgen is CEO of the business network Happy Melly, and co-founder of the Agile Lean Europe network and the Stoos Network. He is also a speaker who is regularly invited to talk at business seminars and conferences around the world.

After studying Software Engineering at the Delft University of Technology, and earning his Master’s degree in 1994, Jurgen Appelo has busied himself starting up and leading a variety of Dutch businesses, always in the position of team leader, manager, or executive. Jurgen has experience in leading a horde of 100 software developers, development managers, project managers, business consultants, service managers, and kangaroos, some of which he hired accidentally.

Nowadays he works full-time managing the Happy Melly ecosystem, developing innovative courseware, books, and other types of original content. But sometimes Jurgen puts it all aside to spend time on his ever-growing collection of science fiction and fantasy literature, which he stacks in a self-designed book case. It is 4 meters high.

Jurgen lives in Rotterdam (The Netherlands) — and in Brussels (Belgium) — with his partner Raoul. He has two kids, and an imaginary hamster called George.

Opening keynote confirmed

We are very pleased to announce our opening keynote speaker  Peter Morville.


Peter Morville is a writer, speaker, and consultant. He is best known for helping to create the discipline of information architecture. His bestselling books include Information Architecture for the World Wide Web, Ambient Findability, and Search Patterns. Peter is currently hard at work on a new book, Intertwingled, to be published in 2014. He advises such clients as AT&T, Harvard, IBM, the Library of Congress, Macy’s, the National Cancer Institute, Vodafone, and the Weather Channel. His work has been covered by Business Week, The Economist, Fortune, NPR, and The Wall Street Journal. Peter lives in Ann Arbor, Michigan with his wife, two daughters, and a dog named Knowsy. He blogs at


Things are happening… Keynotes have been “picked”

Well you probably all wonder why everything turned so quiet on this blog after announcing the conference dates? Well we have been busy working in order to soon start posting news about opening keynote and invited keynotes. We now have narrowed it down to 10 names, including opening keynote. We will very soon start sending out invitations and will eagerly await the response and feedback from our chosen candidates. Name dropping of keynotes will start as soon as we have gotten a  100 %  confirmation in written form of there presence as a keynote on the conference.

The emtacl15 programme committee will urge you all to be patient a little longer…

By the way the programme committee consists of the following members:

Joost Hegle, NTNU University Library (chair), Norway
Guus van den Brekel, University Medical Center Groningen, The Netherlands
Ole Husby, NTNU University Library (until june 2014), Norway
Randi Øvsthus Bakkejord, NTNU University Library, Norway
Rune Brandshaug, NTNU University Library, Norway
Karen Johanne Buset, NTNU University Library, Norway
Marius Warholm Haugen, NTNU University Library, Norway
Daniel Forsman, Library director at Chalmers University of Technology, Sweden
Thomas Brevik, Bookboat Librarian, Lindaas Public Library, Norway





Hello everybody. Hope you haven’t forgotten previous emtacl conferences? The date for the next emtacl conference in Trondheim, Norway has been decided, it will be held the 20-22 of April 2015. Be sure to set a mark in your calendar. The conference venue will be the same as previous years.

Welcome both “previous attendees and new ones.

Be sure to check out this blog for more information concerning the conference. For those of you not familiar with the conference just take a look at the previous conferences held (emtacl 10 and emtacl12).