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Pre-ALA MidWinter ALCTS Symposium: Living Digital

Please excuse cross-posting to multiple lists


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 

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 HathiTrust

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 

*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)