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NCompass Live: Tech Talk with Michael Sauers: Enter the Mozillarian: Weaving the Mozilla and Library Communities - Online 


More and more librarians and library-lovers are realizing that they have a lot in common with Mozilla. While some people think Mozilla is just a tech company that makes Firefox, these savvy "Mozillarians" know that they’re more than that: Mozilla is a global community of people who believe that openness, innovation, and opportunity are key to the continued health of the Internet.

Mozilla creates initiatives like Webmaker and drives the Hive Learning Networks — both focused on advancing web literacy, connected learning, and digital skills. These programs spark creativity and innovation, as well as build tools, curricula, and a community of people dedicated to helping others. Initiatives that enable citizens to develop 21st-century skills, become creators and shapers of the web, explore interests and opportunities, and develop themselves and their communities. Which kinda sounds like, well, what librarians do :)

In this session we’ll highlight some Webmaker tools and resources, showcase some emerging Mozillarians, and give you some easy ways to get started by throwing a Webmaker Party.


Åke Nygren, Stockholm Public Library
Over the years Åke has been active in various library projects with a focus on lifelong learning, learning environments, digital inclusion, and social media. He is currently working with digital signage and social media for the Stockholm Public Library Digital Library Dept. Åke is a big fan of Mozilla and other projects working for a free and open internet. In January 2014, he launched a collaborative blog — — where he and other "Mozillarians" explore the intersection between the Mozilla community and the library world.

Chris Lawrence, Mozilla Foundation
Chris is the Senior Director of Mozilla’s Webmaker community team. Through this work Chris helps guide the Hive Learning Network project — helping to spread connected learning and web literacy through the exploration of digital skills for youth and educators. He is a graduate of Bank Street College’s Museum Education program and previously worked at the New York Hall of Science.

Christine Prefontaine, Facilitating Change
Christine is a strategist, activist, innovator, and designer. She is the founder of Facilitating Change, a boutique consultancy focusing on international, nonprofit, and community development. Her recent work focuses on civic media and technologies, libraries and other innovation spaces, and web-first publishing. She is a huge library advocate and an active member of the Mozilla community. Previously, she worked for the Technology & Social Change Group (TASCHA) at the University of Washington Information School, Canada’s International Development Research Centre (IDRC), and Deloitte’s Emerging Markets Group.

In this monthly feature of NCompass Live, the NLC’s Technology Innovation Librarian, Michael Sauers, will discuss the tech news of the month and share new and exciting tech for your library. There will also be plenty of time in each episode for you to ask your tech questions. So, bring your questions with you, or send them in ahead of time, and Michael will have your answers.

NCompass Live is broadcast live on Wednesdays, from 10am - 11am Central Time. Convert to your time zone on the Official U.S. Time website or use the World Clock Time Zone Converter. In the Time Zone Converter, NCompass Live is broadcast from U.S.A - Nebraska - Lincoln.

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Class Format
Date Time
6/25/2014 10am - 11am  (Central Time)
No Charge
Åke Nygren, Chris Lawrence, Christine Prefontaine Michael Sauers
CE Hours
Capacity Available Seats
1000 959
Registration Starts Registration Ends
5/13/2014 6/23/2014
For Further Information Sponsor
Christa Burns
402-471-3107 or 800-307-2665
Nebraska Library Commission
Registration Closed