a time when accessing and sharing information is in a dramatic state of
expansion and flux, we increasingly hear about the changing role for
librarians as stewards of data and information. For some, the argument
goes that more independent access to information for the many means a
decreasing need for librarians as gatekeepers of that information. For
others however, like Dr.
R. David Lankes, professor and Dean's Scholar for the New
Librarianship at Syracuse University's School of Information Studies
and director of the Information Institute of Syracuse and author of The
Atlas of New Librarianship, this changing world of
information access means a much greater need for librarians to help
facilitate knowledge creation within their communities. Dr.
Lankes asserts that librarians are in a unique position to improve
society by re-casting their role and by seeking to facilitate and
disseminate the knowledge created by their communities.
goal for eGathering
2012 - Survive or Thrive: Connecting Libraries and Community,
is to open up a discussion about how librarians are reaching out into
their communities and transforming their roles by harnessing these
technology and social changes. Dr. Lankes will present the keynote
address and will be joined by a panel of library leaders, including Ada
Emmett (Purdue University), Charles Getchell (Quinnipiac University),
Joseph Lucia (Villanova University), Kate Nevins (LYRASIS), Siobhan
Reardon (Free Library of Philadelphia) and Pam Sandlian Smith (Anythink
here for more information about the speakers.
eGathering is FREE
for all LYRASIS members, and you can participate easily online, or with
your fellow LYRASIS members at one of our community viewing locations. Click
here to volunteer your site as a community viewing location.
Be sure to join the conversation and send us your 1-2 minute video
about how your library is thriving for our eGathering
2012 Video Contest.
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