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LILRC Annual Conference

LILRC 17th Annual Conference on Libraries and the Future

Millenials: ♫Talkin’ ‘bout Y Generation♫

LILRC held its annual conference this year on Thursday and Friday, October 23 & 24, 2008 at Dowling College, Oakdale, NY.

Will Manley

Thursday evening’s keynote speaker was Will Manley, Columnist, American Libraries.  Mr. Manley’s talk, “Why Libraries Still Exist,” was a humorous but insightful analysis of the importance of libraries in the lives of everyday people even in today’s internet age. The bottom line is that technology has gotten more sophisticated but people haven’t.

Speaker introduction made by Dr. Art Friedman, Co-Chair, LILRC Annual Conference Committee

Friday Programs

Ann Marshall

Friday’s programs kicked off with guest speaker Ann Marshall, Political Science and Law Librarian, Rush Rhees Library at the University of Rochester: “Who are they really? Studying the Millennial Generation” drew upon the Undergraduate Research Project at the University of Rochester, as well as several other studies about Millennials, to consider how librarians might best meet the challenges and opportunities of the Millennial generation.  Visit www.tinyurl.com/lilrcam for presentation slides.

Speaker introduction made by Dr. Art Friedman, Co-Chair, LILRC Annual Conference Committee

Beth Gallaway

Following Ann’s presentation was Beth Gallaway, Consultant, Information Goddess Consulting: “Innovative gaming and technology programs for Millennials” addressed the need for libraries to make room for gaming, shared successful experiences and demonstrated how the latest products can be applied in library settings.

For additional information, including presentation slides and links to handouts and gaming information visit the Information Goddess Consulting blog at: http://infogdss.wordpress.com/2008/10/27/lilrc-futures-conference/.


Micheal Stephens

Concluding the programs was Micheal Stephens, Assistant Professor, Graduate School of Library and Information Science at Dominican University:”Meeting in the Middle: Hyperlinked Library Services for Young People” detailed how and why we should create welcoming spaces and events for young people, with atention to emerging digital literacies, learning styles, and outreach.

For presentation slides, please visit Tame the Web at http://tametheweb.com/speaking/hyperlinked-library-services-for-young-people/.

Special thanks to:

Dowling College, for hosting this years event.

Conference Sponsors: Enclyclopedia Britannica, Inc., LIU Palmer School of Library and Information Science, Nassau County Library Association and the Suffolk County Library Association.

The LILRC Annual Conference Committee, LILRC Board of Trustees, and Connie Litcher.

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