4th DISH2013 key note: Mitchell Davis
We are very happy to introduce our fourth keynote speaker: Mitchell Davis.
Mitchell Davis is a publishing and media entrepreneur. He was a founder in 2000 of BookSurge, (acquired in 2005 and now Amazon’s CreateSpace), the world’s first integrated global print-on-demand and publishing services company. After working in senior management at Amazon for two years he co-founded BiblioLabs in 2007, where he serves as Chief Business Officer. BiblioLabs are the creators of BiblioBoard: an award-winning mobile App and web platform that is reinventing the library-patron user experience and mainstream digital humanities. Mitchell is also a founder and producer at Organic Process Productions (OPP) an ‘active philanthropic’ media production company. OPP's Web of Water documentary project won a National Education Innovation Award in 2011. He is a frequent writer and speaker on publishing, digital media and increasing the reach and influence of the library in modern society.
About the key note speech:
"A brave new world; How libraries and digital humanities will flourish in the 21st Century"
Over the past two decades, a tremendous gap has emerged between the user experiences delivered by consumer companies like Amazon, Apple, and Netflix and those delivered by the library. In a media world that is faster and increasingly mobile, the library is not even mentioned as part of the general consumer media experience. What is at risk if libraries cannot keep pace with the general media experiences being delivered by consumer companies? How do cultural institutions fit into this picture as publishers and curators? What new audiences are being created for these digital humanities projects? This talk explores the importance of user experience in the digital realm, the role of the library as consumer media distributor and the changing nature of cultural institution as mainstream publisher.