You are invited to join LILRC for a group viewing of the NISO Virtual Conference "The Library of the Future: Inside & Out" at the Brentwood Public Library on Wednesday, December 12, 2018 from 11:00am to 4:30pm. You may attend the all day virtual conference or just come in to hear from the speaker(s) you are interested. Check out the sessions and schedule at https://www.niso.org/events/2018/12/library-future-inside-out. Sign-in is available at 10:30am.
About the Virtual Conference:
As libraries re-evaluate and redesign the services offered to their communities, the ripples of change can be felt across the institution. New job titles and functions appear in university employment postings—clinical information specialist, data scientist, assessment librarian. Space previously given over to stacks is reallocated. Information resources and tools reshape the library’s budget. Whether the process is visible or invisible to the library patron, the functions of the library are being re-engineered at a core level. What are the implications for library directors? And for content and platform providers?
Confirmed Speakers (in alphabetical order):
- Gail Clement, Head of Research Services, California Institute of Technology
- Nancy Davenport, University Librarian, American University
- Karen Diaz, Dean of Libraries, West Virginia University
- Carl Grant, Interim Dean of Libraries, University of Oklahoma
- Jacob Nadal, Director of Preservation, Library of Congress
- Danuta Nitecki, Dean of Libraries, Drexel University
- Matthew Sheehy, University Librarian, Brandeis University
- Steven Smith, Dean of Libraries, University of Tennessee Knoxville
About the Opening Keynote:
Hedging our bets on the library of the future: planning inside and out
Danuta Nitecki, Dean of Libraries, Drexel University
Questions about the future of libraries emerge periodically whenever disruptive changes surface. Forces we all monitor around technologies, regulations, demographics, dissemination of scholarship, economics, information search habits, teaching strategies, and research practices trigger such questions within higher education. Championing the purpose of an academic library while addressing such forces engage library directors.
This NISO conference invites us to share some approaches to framing strategies to engage---whether we worry about challenges or leverage opportunities to shape the library of the future. We each are responsible to both our staff and stakeholders, and strive for effective leadership for change. To ensure a relevant library of the future, regardless of the success of our predictions of the impact of these forces, we hedge our bets by planning both inside and out. This keynote presentation will highlight the forces other conference speakers will address in-depth as considerations for redefining the library, and share a few strategic bets for transforming one mid-sized university library.