The Embassy Suites Hotel is reserving a number of rooms at a
special conference rate if reserved by February 15, 2012.
Complimentary transportation is available to and from the airport.
Please contact the hotel directly at (405) 682-6000 for reservations
or go to Embassy Suites website
(Group/Convention Code: OUL)
For additional information please contact:
, Conference Coordinator, (405)325-2611.
Registration deadline: February 15, 2012
Conference Program: Thursday, March 1, 2012
Sul H. Lee, Dean
Peggy V. Helmerich Chair
University of Oklahoma Libraries
Vice President for Information Services and University Librarian
History (and Future) of Academic Libraries, Part 1: Rethinking Where We Have Been and Where We Are Going
A new theory on the development of the American academic library will be presented: the past periods of exclusivity, popularization, discord and decadence, and the current and future periods of polygamy, parabiosis, and particularism. A national agenda for radical library collaboration will be outlined.
Association of Research Libraries
Scholarly Communication: A Lament and Call for Change
The rapid development of digital communications is changing dramatically the scholarly publishing landscape. Indeed, we may be at the culmination of a trend that will mean books and journals as we have known them are largely a thing of the past. Strategies are emerging for collecting new kinds of content that comprehends the full life-cycle of research. Yet, we have an emerging system that is built on the legacy of the last one-hundred years. There are inherent contradictions in the present system of scholarly communication, and it is suffering from entropy and is badly endangered. An entropic social system slowly winds down and begins to evince the signs of atrophy that mean it cannot effectively do its job. What are the obstacles to rejuvenating the system and what can be done about the tangle of intellectual property law, scholarly publication and university and library practice that stand in the way?
Rush G. Miller
Hillman University Librarian and Director, University Library System
University of Pittsburgh
The University Research Library: Good Riddance?
This paper will explore two possibilities: the demise of the research library experiencing a steady erosion of relevance and too many faculty and students who don’t care, versus the library’s transformation to a critical campus partner that is vital to faculty research, student success, and the creation of new knowledge. One section of the paper lays out an analysis of what it takes to enable library leaders and staff to let go of “business as usual” thinking. Another offers some early experiences of a project at the University of Pittsburgh to begin building a new kind of research library that melds the digital with the bricks-and-mortar library; engages more fully with campus communities and new research and learning materials and systems; and makes librarians more visible, active players in university communities of practice.
What's Different about Books?
Academic journals have made the transition from print to digital delivery. This migration has led to tremendous changes in the distribution and use of journals and yet it would be hard to argue that the impact has been transformational in a fundamental sense. Scholars still write and use journal articles in much the same way that they did when they were printed. We are just embarking on this journey for digital books. Where might it take us? This talk will provide a high level overview of the various aspects of a print to digital transition for books used in scholarship and teaching. What are the key challenges ahead and their implications for libraries, publishers, societies, authors and readers?
Sarah C. Michalak
University Librarian and Associate Provost for University Libraries
University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
This Changes Everything! Academic Library Transformations
There are certain moments that alter lives. Just their utterance, “Will you marry me?” or “We are having a baby,” can create change so fundamental as to be transformative. There are occurrences in research libraries that result in significant change: for example, a new building, a multi-million dollar gift, a 20% budget cut. But not all changes are transformative. A new building may result in a different layout of library functions, but having moved in, occupants may easily fall into patterns they followed before. A large gift will make it possible for the library to afford new acquisitions, more staff or an opportunity for innovation, but without some other internal change, the money will support more of the status quo. The sizable budget cut can be transformative only if it is used as an opportunity to reshape the library’s organization in some significant way. This paper will discuss some events in libraries that seem to have changed everything and will consider what difference these changes have made in the library’s ability to fulfill the needs of its users.
Conference Program: Friday, March 2, 2012
Executive Vice President
Gale Learning and Research Solutions, Cengage Learning
The Personal Learning Environment, the Library, and Pedagogy for a New Century
Research on how students perform assignments—particularly during “crunch times”—indicates that they use their personal computers (PCs) and mobile devices (iPads, smart phones) to construct “individualized information spaces,” trusted websites and online information sources on which they depend and turn to many times. Drawing on the latest research from a variety of sources, this presentation examines students’ self-constructed individualized information spaces, profiles a new kind of personal learning environment, and explores how such an environment can become a means of connecting libraries and students—the kind of “incredible transformation” this conference seeks to discover.
EBSCO Information Services
Navigating the New Norm: Vendor, Publisher, and Librarian Strategies to Cope with the Changing Information Industry
The recent economic downturn appears to have created a “new norm.” Stagnant to decreasing budgets have created an environment in which librarians find themselves struggling to meet the needs of their institutions. The consolidation of publishers has placed control of more and more scholarly content in the hands of fewer and fewer players, and usage has emerged as one of the dominant metrics in determining what content to acquire and retain. This presentation will explore some of the strategies and tactics vendors, publishers, and librarians are using to cope with this new norm.
Vice Provost and Director, UT Libraries
University of Texas
Assessment and Strategic Planning: The Key to Transformation at the University of Texas at Austin Libraries
Academic libraries are under continued pressure to provide quality services and resources in support of the educational needs of their institutions, while experiencing shrinking budgets and calls for greater accountability. This paper will provide a case study of how UT Libraries is employing assessment activities and strategic planning to transform itself through increased accountability and transparency, while empowering all staff to participate in charting the future of the organization.
11:15 a.m.-12:00 p.m.
Dean of Libraries
University of Arizona
Choosing Our Futures … Still
Fifteen years ago, the Association of College and Research Libraries held a national conference on “Choosing Our Futures.” The 1997 conference was a call to action and challenged libraries to make changes and shape their own destinies. If we can look ahead by looking backwards—evaluating which changes have been successful and which ones have flopped but served as good “learning opportunities”—libraries can be better prepared to create the future our campuses need.
The University of Oklahoma Libraries presents
Incredible Transformations for Research Libraries: Back To The Future
March 1 and 2, 2012
Embassy Suites Hotel
, Oklahoma City, Oklahoma
Contact the Embassy Suites Hotel by February 15, 2012 at (405) 682-6000 for reservations
or visit their website
(Group/Convention Code: OUL).
Registration closes February 15, 2012.|
Registration fee $225 (U.S. dollars)
Conference committee reserves the right to
cancel the conference prior to February 3, 2012.
No refunds will be given for cancellations after March 1, 2012.
Make checks payable to the University of Oklahoma.
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The University of Oklahoma Libraries
401 West Brooks Street
Norman, OK 73019-6030