Bonnie Tijerina is a librarian, entrepreneur and library community convener. She is founder of ER&L (Electronic Resources & Libraries) conference and organization, created to facilitate communication and foster collaboration among information management and e-resources professionals in libraries. Bonnie relishes the role of library convener and in 2013 initiated an effort to connect the library community with business with the #ideadrop Library House, an effort she led during SXSW Interactive. Bonnie is also co-founder of the Leadership, Technology and Gender Summit. Bonnie is working to engage the library community in a broad conversation on the future of libraries and the important role library professionals can play in a modern, digital world.
Specialties: collaboration in libraries, digital collections, digital librarians, e-books, e-book policy, electronic journals, electronic resource assessment, electronic resource management, ER&L, future of e-resources management, industry collaboration facilitator, libraries of the future, thought leadership for future of libraries, virtual libraries.
Libraries have great challenge as they work to deliver content and services in the digital world, and I consider my role and that of ER&L integral to addressing the new issues that arise. In my work in both academic libraries and the ER&L conference, I seek to coalesce information management professionals and spark real change in electronic resource management to prepare for the library of the future.
ER&L is often considered the most nimble, thought-provoking and industry-challenging conference in our field – a rightly earned reputation. It was also the first conference dedicated to focusing on challenges in managing the entire e-resources life cycle. My work in creating and shepherding the ER&L conference, my current post as Head of Electronic Resources & Serials at Harvard Library and my current position as a members of ALA’s Digital Content & Libraries Working Group are reflections of my commitment to the library profession and challenges within it.