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.