Theme 2018-01-15T13:48:35+00:00

Beyond Information Literacy:
Navigating an Ever-Evolving Library Landscape

The overarching theme of the 2018 conference will be best practice, and topics will include new skills, new technologies, and new ways to interact with and engage our patrons.

We want to look to the future and explore how libraries and the people working in libraries can continue, in informed and meaningful ways, to contribute to the creation of knowledge and the facilitation of successful learning in higher education and beyond.

Track 1: NEW SKILLS
In order to remain relevant in an increasingly democratic and egalitarian knowledge society where information is floating freely and in abundance and the algorithms that help us interact with information grow more user-friendly by the second, we as library professionals are constantly required to grow and diversify our skills pool. But what are the skills of the future and how do we go about acquiring them?

Track 2: NEW TECHNOLOGIES
One way to remain on top of our profession is to stay curious about new ways to interact with and compute information, whether this means adopting new software or applying existing technology in novel ways. In many cases the acquisition of new technological insights are serendipitous and unintentional. With the 2nd  track, we wish to provide a platform for purposeful and intentional exploration of new technologies in a library setting.

Track 3: NEW WAYS TO INTERACT WITH AND ENGAGE OUR PATRONS
Co-creation, UXLIB, and service design all represent attempts to move beyond the traditional top-down, sometimes even bureaucratic, decision models at play in libraries. But how do we observe and decipher behavior and recruit patrons, how do we leave our preconceptions and habits behind, and what do we hope to achieve at all?