Pre-ALA MidWinter ALCTS Symposium: Living Digital Cindy Hepfer 31 Oct 2009 17:28 UTC

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The Association for Library Collections & Technical Services (ALCTS)
announces a symposium which will be held prior to ALA Midwinter 2010:
"Living Digital: The Future of Information and the Role of the Library."
The event will be held on Thursday, January 14 in Boston, Massachusetts.

Four distinguished speakers from both inside and outside of librarianship
will address issues that are expected to include recruiting students into
information-related professions, information seeking behaviors of those
living in the digital age, emerging initiatives related to information
access, partnering with others in the information arena, intellectual
property issues, and techniques institutions may employ in adapting to new
information ecologies. In addition to plenary presentations, panel speakers
and breakout sessions which incorporate scenario building will help
attendees learn how to facilitate the delivery of information and
understand their role in an environment of constantly evolving genres and
increasing quantities of information.

Plenary speakers [titles/abstracts of talks will be available on the ALCTS
website soon]:

Margaret Ashida, Project Director, Empire State STEM Education Initiative,
Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, Troy, NY

Kevin Guthrie - President of Ithaka, formerly president of JSTOR

John Palfrey, Henry N. Ess III Professor of Law and Vice Dean for Library
and Information Resources at Harvard Law School and co-author of "Born
Digital: Understanding the First Generation of Digital Natives"

John Wilkin - Associate University Librarian for Library Information
Technology at the University of Michigan and Executive Director of

The symposium will include participative small group brainstorming sessions
which will enable attendees to exchange ideas with each other and with the
panelists and speakers. The four scenarios that will be discussed are:

"	Determining collections for a paperless library (academic/public
"	Designing an information commons for a generation of digital natives
(academic/public libraries)
"	Incorporating gaming into library services (academic/public libraries)
"	Delivering information to consumers in a virtual environment

Panelists who will speak about and react to the brainstorming sessions are:

Tom Corbett -- Executive Director, Fisher-Watkins Library, The Cushing
Academy (a private school for grades 9-12)
Jenny Levine - Internet Development Specialist and Strategy Guide, ALA,
owner of The Shifted Librarian blog, and former public librarian
Ann Wolpert - Director of Libraries, MIT
John Yemma - Editor, The Christian Science Monitor

Registration information for "Living Digital" can be found at:

Please consider joining ALCTS for what promises to be an informative event!

Cindy Hepfer
Continuing Resources Cataloging Team leader
Central Technical Services
University at Buffalo (SUNY)
134 Lockwood Library
Buffalo, NY 14260-2210
Tel 716-645-2784/2786 Fax: 716-645-5955