Thursday, May 16 - Opening Keynote
Trevor Dawes, president-elect of the Association of College and Research Libraries (ACRL) and Associate University Librarian at Washington University Libraries in St. Louis.
Sustaining Excellence: Libraries Demonstrating Value
As we think about and plan our services there are several challenges that provide some context within which we will need to work. Some of these include: determining what and how to assess our services; continual demands for accountability; and the need to develop new skill sets. Given these challenges how does the library position itself to provide services in the 21st century?
Friday, May 17 - Closing Keynote Luncheon
Barbara Fister, author and librarian
Hacking Knowledge: Information Literacy as Creative Participation
What is information literacy for? Is it to help students succeed in college? To learn how to enter the conversations that scholars engage in? To enable students to create new knowledge? To give students tools to change the world? Though we may say "all of the above," our approaches to teaching and learning often focus on immediate needs ("how can I find five scholarly sources for my paper?") at the expense of deeper, more complex kinds of learning. We will unpack the unintended messages we often send when modeling the research process, examine the ways library systems position researchers as consumers rather than creators, and explore ways to invite students to hack the library and claim it as an intellectual maker space. If information literacy is preparation for lifelong learning, we need to consider the changing world we are sending our students into - and what we librarians can do to change it for the better.