The web continues to mature, but is the education of the next generation of web professionals maturing accordingly? So many of us arrived at the web through a circuitous path. Is the path for those students clear? And how prepared are they beyond software aptitude and knowledge programming languages? Skillsets evolve and technologies come and go, but we can create the digital experiences of the future today through the values and attitudes we instill in the next generation of web workers. Attendees will learn how they can serve as role models, ambassadors, and teachers to the web professionals of tomorrow. (Note: This talk is based on, but expands upon, this ALA article from November 2014: http://alistapart.com/article/cultivating-the-next-generation-of-web-professionals)
Georgy Cohen has spent more than a decade wrangling content for universities. She is associate creative director for content strategy at OHO Interactive, a digital agency based in Somerville, Mass., and co-founder of Meet Content, a blog and resource empowering higher education to create and sustain web content that works. Georgy previously worked at Tufts University and Suffolk University, in addition to running her own independent consultancy to higher education. She speaks frequently, including keynote addresses at HighEdWeb Pittsburgh 2014 and HighEdWeb Arkansas 2011. Georgy's background is in journalism, including a three-year stint working in the fast-paced online newsroom of The Boston Globe.