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LILRC Academic Library Directors’ Meeting Highlights

October 5, 2010—Academic library directors gathered at the Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory Library for the 2010 Academic Library Directors’ Meeting.  Guest speaker,  Nomi M. Naeem, Senior Librarian, Central Library Society, Sciences and Technology Division, Central Library, Brooklyn Public Library discussed Dr. Howard Gardner’s Theory of Multiple Intelligences (MI).

Click here for Multiple Intelligence Handout.

Special thanks to our guest speaker Nomi M. Naeem for sharing his expertise with the Long Island community again and to Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory Library for hosting the event.

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Academic Librarians 2010: Faster than the Speed of Bytes: Technology, Cognition, and the Academic Librarian

June 7 & 8, 2010, Holiday Inn Downtown, Ithaca

Are we organically shaped by technology? If so, how can academic librarians respond? How do cognitive changes influence the way’s we lead our libraries and teach our users?  This conference will explore changes in cognitive development, based on new models of interacting with information and how these new models will impact collections and services.  Participants will examine what this means for academic librarians and the way they interact with users.  This event is brought to you by the NY 3Rs Association and the Academic and Special Libraries Section of the New York Library Association.

Keynote Speaker: Dr. Michael Stephens, Assistant Professor, Dominican University, speaking on Hyperlinked Users: How Academic Librarians Can Respond. What trends are shaping the 21st Century student experience? What does emerging research tell us about expectations for learning environments, creative collaboration and “always on” access to information? This presentation will provide a roadmap for serving our hyperlinked users online, in our physical spaces and wherever they happen to be. Mobile solutions, creation spaces and embedded librarians are all part of the equation.

Dr. Deborah Gagnon, Associate Professor of Psychology, Wells College, speaking on This Is Your Brain on Technology: The Technology Exposure Effect (TEE). The media offer a bewildering array of doomsday as well as more benign prognoses of the effect that excessive exposure to extant technologies -Twitter, FaceBook, GPS, Second Life, etc. – present to our cognitive and neural functioning. Is that GPS on your dashboard possibly shrinking your hippocampus? Or is it really the Holy Grail that the more spatially challenged among us have been searching for our whole lives? This talk will attempt to sort questions like these out and, more to the point, will reveal how technology may be changing our perception, attention, memory, reasoning, decision making, and problem solving processes.

For complete conference details and registration information, please visit: http://www.nyla-asls.org/AcademicLibrariansConference.

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Beyond Merely Surviving: How Libraries Remain Relevant in Changing Times

On May 29, Dr. Rush Miller, Hillman University Librarian and Director of the University Library System at the University of Pittsburgh, gave a very informative and engaging presentation to a group of library directors and librarians.  He provided helpful advice on what kind of change would be needed to cope with the changing environment and how that change might be accomplished.

He emphasizes that libraries need to make not incremental but fundamental and transformative change in order to survive and thrive.  “Transformative change sets an organization on the road to remaining a vital player in whatever scene lies just beyond the horizon,” he said.  In terms of library services, he mentioned “user-oriented services must be replaced by user-designed services” and libraries should position themselves as knowledge provider.

Dr. Miller also talked about leadership, organizational assessment and development, staff development, collaboration and outreach development.  You can read more about these topics and case studies in the book which Dr. Miller co-authored “Beyond Survival: Managing Academic Libraries in Transition.”

Although he uses the examples of how changes have been managed at a large university library system setting, other types of libraries or smaller sizes of libraries can relate the information to their organization.