Energy & Generosity at the IA Summit: An Interview with Founder Lou Rosenfeld

Lou Rosenfeld — IA consultant, head honcho at Rosenfeld Media, founder of the IA Summit, co-author of the Polar Bear Book, co-founder of Argus Associates, and all-around great guy — has done it all. Over the past 16 IA Summits, Lou has been a chair, keynote, speaker, and sponsor. So naturally, I wanted to pick his brain about why the IA Summit was started, where the conference has been, and where it might go. In this interview, we covered not only 16 years of high and lows, but also Lou’s secret fear of karaoke. Enjoy!

Diving into IA Summit History

Now in its 16th consecutive year, the IA Summit has produced its fair share of history. If you are interested in understanding where the conference has been, or want to dip your toes into the pool of important discussions that have occurred, the following four resources are excellent places to start.

Spotlight on Inclusion and Accessibility

The IA Summit brings together people from diverse backgrounds, with different abilities and experience levels who share a strong interest in IA practice and culture. All attendees come to the IA Summit with the same aim – to learn, find inspiration, and enjoy – but some may have individual access needs and requirements that, if not addressed, may prevent them from being able to fully participate in the event.

Why Peer Review for the IA Summit

Each year, the IA Summit receives many more session proposals than there are slots available. This is awesome. It means that our community is full of ideas and ready to share them. But one way or another, the curation committee — this year made up of the three co-chairs plus six curators and a curation manager — must narrow the pool from hundreds of submissions to dozens of sessions. How? With the help of hundreds of volunteers who provide the thousand eyes we need for peer review.

New Session Types & the Path to Progression

In 2015, we’re excited to be bringing some new types of sessions to your regularly scheduled conference. We have a continuing mission to support the career development of every information professional. To that end, our new session types are all about giving you more ways to participate, more springboards for ideas and dialogues. Opening paths to progression is one of our core values, and so we want every IA Summit attendee to feel their ideas are valued.