August 18th @ 9am Central US Time

Ready or not, here they come! We reveal the key trends, challenges, and developments in technology that are poised to disrupt academic and research libraries worldwide in this free, virtual event. The event video will be posted as soon as it is available. Stay tuned and thank you for attending the event.

You’re invited to the official release of the NMC Horizon Report > 2015 Library Edition — a collaboration between the NMC, University of Applied Sciences (HTW) Chur, Technische Informationsbibliothek (TIB) Hannover, and ETH-Bibliothek Zurich. Enjoy a front row seat to this “talk show” style event as the co-principal investigators of the project explore the findings from the report. Topics will include improving the user experience of libraries’ offerings, the evolving nature of the scholarly record, and makerspaces — among many others. Library professionals, join us to learn insights to continue advancing applications of technology at your institution.
The full list of topics selected by the expert panel for this year’s report can be viewed here.
Meet the Panelists:
Larry Johnson (NMC)
Dr. Larry Johnson. is the Chief Executive Officer of the New Media Consortium (NMC) and founder of the Horizon Project, which produces the acclaimed series of Horizon Reports that are now used by more than a five million educators each year in nearly 200 countries. The NMC is an international not-for-profit consortium dedicated to the exploration and use of new media and new technologies. Its hundreds of member institutions constitute an elite list of the most highly regarded universities, museums, research centers, and companies in the world. Larry is an acknowledged expert on emerging technology and its impacts on society and education, and the topics of creativity, innovation, and how to think about the future. With more than 25 years of experience in the higher education arena, he has served in academic roles from professor to dean, CIO, provost, and president before joining the NMC in 2001.
Samantha Becker (NMC)
Samantha Adams Becker, Senior Director of Communications for the NMC, is the Director of the NMC Horizon Project and lead writer and researcher for the NMC Horizon Report series, which analyzes emerging technology uptake in various education sectors across the globe. She has an expertise in digital communications, with a special interest in e-publishing, social media, and online learning. In 2013, she taught the first online course ever to exclusively take place in Facebook, which was geared towards training education professionals to integrate social media into their teaching practices. Previous to the NMC, Samantha facilitated the digitization of books and periodicals for several of the world’s largest publishers and was the managing editor of a lifestyle magazine.
Alex Freeman (NMC)
Alex Freeman is the NMC's Senior Director of Membership and Special Projects. At the NMC, Alex oversees membership services, produces online professional development programs, and is co-author and researcher for the NMC Horizon Report series, which analyzes technology uptake across global museums, higher education, K-12 education, and a number of other sectors and regions. Prior to the NMC, he was the Education Director at Mexic-Arte Museum in Austin and Education Curator at Artpace San Antonio. Additional roles include public speaking, grant writing, conducting technology usability studies, event planning and hosting, and developing social media content.
Lambert Heller (German National Library of Science and Technology (TIB))
Being a social scientist by education, Lambert received a postgraduate Masters in Library and Information Science from Humboldt University Berlin in 2007. Since then, he introduced new methods and practices to academic librarians in Germany, e.g. library unconferences (“BibCamp”) and, more recently, a collaborative writing project on information literacy (book sprint “CoScience”). He publishes, teaches and blogs about collaborative tagging and reference management, Wikipedia and information literacy, “living books” and academic publishing, and other topics. He’s one of the co-principal investigators of the NMC Horizon Report > Library Edition.
Andreas Kirstein (ETH-Bibliothek)
Andreas received his Master of Business Process Engineering. As Head of Media and IT Services and Deputy Director at ETH-Bibliothek, Andreas’s main emphasis is on process management for the digital library and being a co-principal Investigator for the NMC Horizon Report > Library Edition.
Rudolf Mumenthaler (University of Applied Sciences (HTW) Chur)
Since 2012 Rudolf has been professor of library science at the University of Applied Sciences (HTW) Chur in Switzerland. Before, he worked as head of Special Collections (1997-2008) and as head of Innovation and Marketing (2009-2012) at ETH-Bibliothek Zurich. His interests include digital libraries, e-books, innovation and innovation management, change management in libraries, and social media (
Franziska Regner (ETH Library)
Franziska Regner is head of division Innovation and Development at ETH-Bibliothek in Zurich, Switzerland. Before joining the ETH-Bibliothek in May 2014 she worked as a program officer in the division “Scientific Library Services and Information Systems” of the Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft (German Research Foundation, DFG). Franziska holds a Ph.D. in German literature and completed the library traineeship at the Berlin State Library and the Bavarian School of Library and Information Science.