Opening and Closing Keynote Speakers

We are pleased to announce our opening and closing speakers.

Opening Plenary

Dr. James Paul Gee
Mary Lou Fulton Presidential Professor of Literacy Studies

Arizona State University

James Paul Gee is a member of the National Academy of Education. His book Sociolinguistics and Literacies (1990, Third Edition 2007) was one of the founding documents in the formation of the “New Literacy Studies”, an interdisciplinary field devoted to studying language, learning, and literacy in cognitive, social, and cultural contexts.

Professor Gee’s most recent books deal with video games, language and learning. What Video Games Have to Teach Us About Learning and Literacy (2003, Second Edition 2007) argues that good video games are designed to enhance learning through effective learning principles. His most recent book is Good Video Games and Good Learning: Collected Essays (2007). Professor Gee has published widely in the fields of linguistics, psychology and education.

Closing Plenary

Steven Bell
Associate University Librarian, Research and Instructional Services

Temple University

Steven Bell conducts research and teaches in the areas of information technology and academic libraries. He is one co-author with John Shank of Academic Librarianship by Design: A Blended Librarian’s Guide to the Tools and Techniques (2007) and the Blended Librarians Online Community . Steven is also a member of the blogging team for ACRLog and maintains The Kept-up Academic Librarian blog.

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