Every librarian has â€œthe story.â€ That story about linking a patron to a needed social service or helping someone get a job, or simply find the perfect book. These stories lie at the heart of the library. Books, videos, web pages, these are simply artifacts â€“ tools to aid in the libraries true mission of building knowledge. The keynote will outline a vision of libraries as true and participatory knowledge organizations. Organizations that facilitate the conversations of their communities, not simply provide access to a collection.
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Joan K. Lippincott, Coalition for Networked Information
Many types of mobile devices are currently being employed by members of our community. In addition to communicating with others, individuals are seeking information via these devices. What roles can libraries play, and perhaps more importantly what roles should they play in delivering content that is configured for mobile devices, in developing services aimed at mobile device users, and in configuring physical spaces to respond to mobile device users’ needs? The presentation will feature examples of current library practice as well as describe the use of mobile devices more broadly in teaching and learning. Factors to consider in developing a plan that addresses mobile devices will be described.
LITA Forum 2009 Keynote
Nothing has been more important to our culture than knowledge. We’ve even used it to define who we are: We are the rational animals, the animals that can know their world. But our traditional Western notion of knowledge has been premised on an implicit scarcity: of access to publishers, access to books, and a scarcity of knowledge itself. Our new connected age is one of abundance. This is bringing a change in the nature, shape, value and role of knowledge itself.
Libraries today have become multimedia centers, offering not only books but DVDs, e-books and Internet access. They can also be an especially important community resource during times of economic hardship. A look at the future of libraries in a slowing economy.
Guests Carla Hayden, executive director, Enoch Pratt Free Library and past president of the American Library Association
Jim Rettig, President of the American Library Association. He is also the University Librarian at the Boatwright Memorial Library at the University of Richmond, Virginia.
Ginnie Cooper, Chief Librarian for the District of Columbia Public Library. She is the Former Executive Director of the Brooklyn Public Library.