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

NY 3Rs Association and the Academic and Special Libraries Section of the New York Library Association, in cooperation with the New York State Higher Education Initiative, present:

Academic Librarians 2012
The Future is Now! Creatively Reaching and Teaching in Academic Libraries

Date: 12-13 June, 2012
Location: Syracuse University, Syracuse, NY
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Value. Learning. Technology. Librarianship.  As with all libraries and organizations, we must constantly demonstrate our value to our stakeholders amidst the changes brought on us at an increasing rate by the technology that we and our students use.  Technology shapes our interactions with others, our learning techniques and styles, and our pedagogy; it can affect the way our value is perceived. This year’s conference explores value, community, collaboration, social awareness, and applications that enhance learning. How do we demonstrate the value of the academic library in this changing information environment? How do we reach and teach our students? How is information literacy being transformed? Is it possible to game to learn or learn to game? What is the new librarianship? We invite you to explore these issues with us!

Roy Tennant, 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, 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.


  • Demonstrating Value and Building Relationships with panelists Lisa Hinchliff & Dr. Nancy Fried Foster
  • 21st Century Literacies with panelists Camille Andrews, Trudi Jacobson, & Kaila Bussert
  • Gaming to Learn with panelists Chris Leeder, John Lester, & Dr. Jeremy N. Friedberg

Visit to register. Registration Deadline is 1 June, 2012 4:00 p.m.

Need more information? Contact any members of the planning team:  Mary-Carol Lindbloom (, Debby Emerson (, Regan Brumagen (,  Marcy Strong (, or Justin Kani (

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