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The Future is Now! Creatively Reaching and Teaching in Academic Libraries

The Future is Now! Creatively Reaching and Teaching in Academic Libraries
June 12 & 13, 2012
Syracuse University, Syracuse, NY

This program is brought to you by the NY 3Rs Association and the Academic and Special Libraries Section of the New York Library Association.

Keynote Speakers:
Roy Tennant, a Senior Program Officer for OCLC Research, The Once and Future Academic Library. The academic library has for many years been considered the very heart of the university. Today that centrality is challenged by a new set of digital players and the rapidly changing needs of the organizations we serve. What are the challenges and opportunities we face today in remaining the heart of the university? How are some libraries reconfiguring their spaces, their services, and their staff to better serve the needs of the 21st century university?

Dr. David Lankes, Associate Professor of Syracuse University, The Bad, The Good, and The Great. Bad libraries build collections; good libraries build services (after all a collection is only one type of service); great libraries build communities. In a time of great change and challenges to the very model of higher education, libraries must move beyond a focus on collections to a focus on communities. As new models of instruction (flipped classrooms, inquiry based instruction, etc.) and research emerge (interdisciplinary, large scale, collaborative, data driven), libraries find themselves well positioned – but only if they see their strongest assets as the librarians, not the materials librarians have organized. This talk will look to a new librarianship that moves past artifacts to knowledge and sets a new path.

Panel Discussions on:
Demonstrating Value and Building Relationships.

  • Lisa Hinchliffe, Associate Professor at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign (UIUC) and past president of the Association of College and Research Libraries (ACRL).
  • Nancy Foster,  Anthropologist, Director of Anthropological Research, River Campus Libraries, University of Rochester

21st Century Literacies:

  • Camille Andrews, Learning Technologies and Assessment Librarian, Cornell University, Integrating 21st Century Literacies into the Curriculum.
  • Trudi E. Jacobson, Distinguished Librarian & Head of the Information Literacy Department, University Libraries, University at Albany, How Metaliteracy Changed My Life, My Teaching, and My Students’ Experiences.
  • Kaila Bussert, Visual Resources Outreach Librarian, Olin & Uris Libraries, Cornell University; co-author of ACRL’s Visual/Literacy Standards, Visual Literacy in Higher Education: New Standards for 21st Century Learners.

Gaming to Learn:

  • Chris Leeder, Doctoral Candidate in the School of Information at the University of Michigan, Game-based learning for information literacy. Game-based learning has been the subject of much research, however its application to learning information literacy skills has been barely addressed. Presentation will include BiblioBouts.
  • John Lester, Director of Community Development, ReactionGrid, Intersections of the Future: Gaming Technology, Virtual Worlds and the Web. John will share his experiences using gaming technology and virtual world platforms to augment education.
  • Dr. Jeremy N. Friedberg of Spongelab Interactive.

For more information or if you have questions contact any members of the planning team: Mary-Carol Lindbloom, Debby Emerson ( ), Regan Brumagen (, Marcy Strong (, or Justin Kani (

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