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LIVING DIGITAL: The Future of Information and the Role of the Library Cindy Hepfer 07 Dec 2009 12:08 UTC

This ALA MidWinter symposium is filling up, but there is still time to
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Cindy Hepfer

LIVING DIGITAL: The Future of Information and the Role of the Library
Thursday, January 14, 2010 (8:30am-4:30pm)
Boston Convention & Exhibition Center, Rooms 252 A/B
Boston, Massachusetts


ALCTS and the symposium planners wish to thank Sun Microsystems for its
generous support of Living Digital.


8:30-8:40  	Welcome and introduction
8:40-9:20  	Margaret Ashida
9:20-10:00  	Kevin Guthrie
10:00-10:20 	Break
10:20 -11:00  	Panel presentations: Ann, John, Tom, Jenny
11:00-12:00  	Brainstorming session
12:00-1:45  	Lunch on your own
1:50-2:50 	Breakout group lightening report-outs with panelist reactions
2:50-3:10 	Break
3:10-3:50  	John Palfrey
3:50-4:20  	John Wilkin
4:20-4:30  	Conclusion


Plenary speakers:

Margaret Ashida
Going Global in the Knowledge Economy

	The 21st century's globalized economy is a knowledge economy, powered by
technologies that many of our kids take for granted but which most of our
parents never imagined.  Generational differences have added a new
dimension to the "digital divide" and new challenges in attracting and
preparing talent to step into information-related professions.  An
education well-grounded in STEM - a multidisciplinary approach to
science, technology, engineering and mathematics - creates informed and
literate citizens, let alone technically competent problem-solvers and
innovators in the workforce.  Yet the pipeline is weak.  This talk will
describe a growing movement among diverse stakeholders to address this
critical workforce issue through a collaborative, systemic focus on STEM
education.  Recruitment approaches for addressing generational differences
in job and career expectations will be shared.  An underlying concept of
"glocalization" will be discussed as fundamental to transformations
necessary to meet the challenges of the third millennium.

Kevin M. Guthrie
When Books are Bytes, What Adds Value?

	As content goes digital, the local infrastructure developed and optimized
over a century to store and provide access to books and journals becomes
less valuable. Putting aside preservation, when an article becomes
available electronically, one might argue that the physical infrastructure
to store the print version of that article has no value at all. Perhaps
that is less true today for books, because of the current limitation of
reading long-form content digitally, but that too is changing rapidly and
is nearing a tipping point. If one imagines a future when nearly all
content is in digital form, the role of the library shifts from being one
primarily managing physical infrastructure and inventory efficiently and
effectively, and one oriented toward providing services. The speaker will
explore a number of examples of companies that have experienced this kind
of shift and how they have responded. He will also share some of the
initial findings of a recent faculty survey exploring changing attitudes
about the library in this digital age.

John Palfrey
Born Digital

	Many young people -- especially those in schools, colleges, and
universities -- relate to information, one another, and institutions very
differently than their parents and grandparents. This session will focus on
topics such as changing norms in access to knowledge, copyright, and the
impact of the proposed Google Books Search Settlement. This talk will
consider the potentially transformative implications of these changes for
all libraries, schools, and the publishing industry

John Wilkin
Thinking and Acting Globally to Better Serve Local Needs in the Michigan
Digital Library

	Digital library activities continue to mature.  The best of breed are
moving from being insular and narrowly local efforts that have thrown up
walls to cooperation to being broadly cooperative efforts that take
advantage of deeply shared resources, modularity, and openness.  Part of
that maturation process is moving from seeing digital resource issues as
"common" problems to being "shared" problems.  The presentation will
highlight University of Michigan digital library efforts (and particularly
HathiTrust) to discuss this move to shared efforts, as well as the way this
trend makes it possible for an institution to build global systems and
services that are cognizant of local community needs.  Working in a shared
space and acting globally ensures a more efficient use of scarce resources
and better supports our need to serve local needs.


Collection development in an all-digital age
Tom Corbett

	Collection development for an all digital library shouldn't just mimic the
same processes and procedures we've used in the past to develop our print
resources. The value and even relevance of a local "in-house" collection
should be questioned.  It's also important to look beyond text and consider
elevating the importance of providing access to datasets and other non-text
resources that best support our school curriculum and/or community
interests.  In short, as librarians we need to think about how our
collection development policies and efforts impact our inevitable shift
from the role of gatekeeper to facilitator in an all-digital future.

Leveling Up at the Library
Jenny Levine

	Gaming at the library isn't new, but the impact it can now have on
patrons, staff, and the community is. Whether it's gaming services that
enhance social interactions, encourage intergenerational learning, create
opportunities for civic engagement, incorporate strategies into
instructional learning, or permeate the library with the "gamer ethos" for
success-driven failure, gaming offers incredibly rich and varied
possibilities for libraries. Learn how your library can "level up" with
gamers and harness the benefits of gaming for everyone.

Is there an app for that?  Digital natives and the information commons
Ann Wolpert

	New technology has brought with it new tools to enrich and expand the core
library services of learning, discovery and research.  Reaching out to
"digital natives" through an information commons is a useful approach to
focusing library services on this generation of learners, explorers, - and
educators.  The challenge for libraries is to provide an environment in
which digital natives, regardless of their individual skills and
experience, can gain access to the resources and services that that will
help them become full, ethical, informed participants in the online
communities in which they live.

John Yemma
Tailoring news to the Web: How the Christian Science Monitor embraces the

	In March of 2009, the 100-year-old Christian Science Monitor shifted to a
Web-first strategy, discontinuing its daily print newspaper and putting the
bulk of its journalistic resources against its website, (The
Monitor also launched a print weekly magazine, an email Daily News Update,
and other platforms.) Now that reporters, editors, photographers, and
graphics artists are working directly on the Web, they are in a constant
feedback loop with their audience and are learning how to pursue an
acquisition-retention-conversion strategy using best practices with search
engine optimization and hyperlinking to deeper content. Whether the Monitor
is a model for other news organizations or not as a business, this
Web-first type of journalism is a profound cultural shift that most of the
world of journalism will sooner or later make. John Yemma, editor of the
Monitor, will detail the early lessons from this real-time laboratory for
Web-first news located in Boston's Back Bay.


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


	Margaret Ashida joined Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute in April, 2009 as
the project director for the Empire State STEM Education Initiative,
supported by a grant from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation.  Previously
an executive at IBM, her experience includes leadership in global diversity
and workforce programs, global equal opportunity, enterprise-wide
performance management, workforce management strategy and execution,
university relations and recruiting, collaborative innovation, e-business
transformation, marketing operations, customer support operations,
financial planning and pricing, and operational analysis.  She began her
career at the Xerox Corporation, moving to ROLM coincident with its
acquisition by IBM.

Margaret is the Chair of the Board of Directors of LEAP (Leadership
Education for Asian Pacifics Inc.) and a graduate of LEAP's Leadership
Development Program.  She was recognized with a Corporate Leadership Award
at the OCA 2005 National Meeting for her career achievements and work on
behalf of the Asian community.  Margaret also served as a Trustee of the
Anita Borg Institute for Women and Technology from 2003-2009, is a past
co-chair of the National Center for Women and IT (NCWIT) Workforce
Alliance, and is a past chair of the MentorNet Advisory Board.

Margaret holds a B.A. from the University of Rochester.   She is an
honorary member of the University's Trustees' Council, a charter member of
the George Eastman Circle, and currently serves on the Libraries Advisory
Council.  She also holds an M.B.A. from the Stanford Graduate School of

	Tom Corbett has been a professional librarian for over twenty years, since
graduating from the University of Missouri with a degree in Library and
Information Science in the mid-eighties.  He has worn many hats in the
field, as a University Archivist, Director of Adult Services, Head of
Cataloging, Systems Administrator, Assistant Director of a library network
and last, but not least, as Executive Director of the Fisher-Watkins
Library at Cushing Academy.  Tom's assignment at Cushing Academy is to
complete the transformation of the library from one that relied primarily
on printed resources to one that relies primarily on digital resources.  He
believes this shift in focus and priorities will help strengthen the
library's role on campus without sacrificing the library's ongoing
commitment to promoting and nurturing a love of reading.

	Kevin M. Guthrie is the president of ITHAKA, a not-for-profit organization
focused on helping the academic community use digital technologies to
preserve the scholarly record and to advance research and teaching in
sustainable ways. ITHAKA is the organizational home for JSTOR and Portico.
Ithaka S+R, the strategy and research arm of ITHAKA, helps not-for-profit
initiatives and organizations develop sustainable business models and
conducts research and analysis on the impact of digital media on scholarly
communications and the academic enterprise.

In addition to being the founding president of JSTOR, Kevin previously
started his own software development company and was a research associate
at The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, where he authored The New-York
Historical Society:  Lessons from One Nonprofit's Long Struggle for
Survival (Jossey Bass). He holds a BSE in Civil Engineering from Princeton
University and a Masters in Business Administration from Columbia

	Jenny Levine is the Internet Development Specialist and Strategy Guide at
the American Library Association, where she works in the Information
Technology department. As part of her job, she blogs, creates wikis, bugs
her colleagues to instant message, tests podcasting and vodcasting, teaches
RSS, posts pictures on Flickr, responds to members on Twitter, and does
similar work with other emerging technologies and tools in general. In
2007, she organized the first ALA TechSource gaming, Learning, and
Libraries Symposium, as well as the successful follow-up in 2008. She also
helps coordinate ALA's annual National Gaming Day initiative. She led the
development of a professional online network for ALA members called ALA
Connect that launched in April 2009.

In addition, Levine is the author of The Shifted Librarian blog
(, a site that helps librarians understand
the coming impact of ubiquitous, mobile, always-on internet (and hence
ubiquitous, always-on information) on our profession. She wrote the
September/October 2006 issue of "Library Technology Reports," titled Gaming
and Libraries: Intersection of Services and is an avid proponent of gaming
services in libraries. LTR published her follow-up issues, Gaming and
Libraries Update: Broadening the Intersections, in April 2008, and Gaming &
Libraries: Learning Lessons from the Intersections in July 2009.

	John Palfrey is Henry N. Ess III Professor of Law and Vice Dean for
Library and Information Resources at Harvard Law School. He is the
co-author of "Born Digital: Understanding the First Generation of Digital
Natives" (Basic Books, 2008) and "Access Denied: The Practice and Politics
of Internet Filtering" (MIT Press, 2008). His research and teaching is
focused on Internet law, intellectual property, and international law. He
practiced intellectual property and corporate law at the law firm of Ropes
& Gray. He is a faculty co-director of the Berkman Center for Internet &
Society at Harvard University. Outside of Harvard Law School, he is a
Venture Executive at Highland Capital Partners and serves on the board of
several technology companies and non-profits. John served as a special
assistant at the US EPA during the Clinton Administration. He is a graduate
of Harvard College, the University of Cambridge, and Harvard Law School. He
writes a blog at

	John P. Wilkin is the Associate University Librarian for Library
Information Technology (LIT) and is the Executive Director of HathiTrust.
The Library Information Technology (LIT) Division supports the Library's
online catalog and related technologies, provides the infrastructure to
both digitize and access digital library collections, supports the
Library's web presence, and provides frameworks and systems to coordinate
Library technology activities (e.g., authentication and authorization).
Reporting units include Core Services, Digital Library Production Service,
Library Systems, and Web Services.

John previously served as the Head of the Digital Library Production
Service at the University of Michigan, a position he held from its
inception in 1996. DLPS was originally conceived as a federated
organization, drawing on resources from the University of Michigan's major
information and technology organizations, including the University of
Michigan Library. Although this particular aspect of DLPS has changed, now
with all of the department's activities situated within the University
Library, and nearly all of its funding on the Library's base budget, DLPS
continues to have strong campus and national relations. Among the units in
the DLPS is the University of Michigan's Humanities Text Initiative, an
organization responsible for SGML document creation and online systems that
Wilkin founded in 1994.

John earned graduate degrees in English from the University of Virginia
('80) and Library Science from the University of Tennessee at Knoxville
('86). In 1988 he assumed responsibility for the University of Michigan's
English and American language and literature collection development, as
well as library research support for English faculty and graduate students.
Soon after, he implemented a campus-wide service for the analysis of
electronic text and encoding text in SGML. In 1992, he began work at the
University of Virginia as the Systems Librarian for Information Services,
where he shaped the Library's plan for establishing a group of electronic
centers, led and provided technical support for those centers, and
consulted for the University's Institute for Advanced Technology in the
Humanities (IATH) in textual issues.

	As Director of Libraries, Ann J. Wolpert is responsible for the MIT
Libraries and MIT Press. The MIT Libraries consist of five major
collections, a number of smaller branch libraries in specialized subject
areas, a fee-for-services group, and the Institute Archives. The Institute
Archives and Special Collections preserve the historical records of MIT and
the personal papers of many faculty members. The MIT Press publishes about
200 new books and more than 40 journals each year in fields related to or
reliant upon science and technology. The Press is widely recognized for its
innovative graphic design and electronic publishing initiatives.

The Director's Institute responsibilities include membership on the
Committee on Copyright and Patents, the Council on Educational Technology,
the Deans' Committee, and the Academic Council. She chairs the Management
Board of the MIT Press and the Board of Directors of Technology Review, Inc.

	John Yemma is the editor of The Christian Science Monitor, a global,
multimedia news organization that specializes in thoughtful, humane
reporting that helps readers understand the world.

In the past year, under John's editorial direction, the 100-year-old
Monitor became the first major US-based newspaper to drop its daily print
publication and shift to a Web-first format that includes a continuously
updated website,, a weekly print magazine, and a daily email
news briefing.  The aim of the strategy is to provide news to readers in
formats that accommodate their current tastes and habits and to develop a
sustainable new-media business that supports Monitor journalism in its
second century. In the first six months of this shift, the Monitor has seen
its Web traffic increase by 25 percent and its weekly (formerly daily)
print circulation grow by 57 percent. In addition, the Monitor has
introduced a subscription, email-delivered, PDF news summary
Monday-through-Friday, and is launching Kindle, Nook, and other e-reader

John rejoined the Monitor in the summer of 2008 after 20 years at the
Boston Globe, where most recently he was in charge of the Globe's
multimedia news operation. He also served as foreign editor, Sunday editor,
political editor, and had several stints writing about foreign affairs,
science, education, and ideas and culture. In an earlier nine-year period
at the Monitor, John worked as a reporter in the Washington bureau, a
correspondent in the Middle East, business editor, and economics columnist.

John currently writes the "Editor's View" column for the Monitor's Daily
News Briefing, the "Open Source" column for the Monitor print weekly, and
needs to do more blogging, Tweeting, and experimentation with video and
other multimedia. In March 2009, Portfolio Magazine named him one of the
"25 tech influentials" in the United States. Besides the Globe and the
Monitor, John has worked for the Dallas Morning News, UPI, and the San
Antonio Express-News. He is a 1974 graduate of the University of Texas, was
a Reuter Fellow at Oxford University in 1994 and a Sulzberger Fellow at
Columbia University in 2008.