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NISO Webinar, Wednesday, March 13

1:00 – 2:30 (Eastern Daylight, US & Canada)


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Webinar:  Defining The Library: The Mission, Role and Community


Confirmed Speakers include:

Nearly twenty years into the 21st century, how exactly do we define the word, library? This is hardly a frivolous question. Neither is it a settled one. If a library is less defined by its information resources or access services than by foot traffic or usage stats, then appropriate assessment of its contribution to the institution -- through either quantitative or qualitative metrics -- becomes demonstrably more difficult. The question has implications for administrators with budgetary concerns as much as for educators in the field. Should libraries be focused on decentralization in order to better serve specialized research communities? Or should they be more centralized as the central organ of an educational organism?


Here’s what two of those speakers will be addressing during the event


Title: The Urgent Necessity of Identity for an Academic Library


The widespread assumption that academic libraries must be obsolete has moved consideration of library identity from a theoretical level to one of day-to-day urgency. This presentation will describe how I approach formulating and conveying library identity in a variety of situations. I conclude with a short case study of how I’ve adapted my generalized “vision” for the local environment (LSU) I now inhabit.


Title: Prospects for Digital Libraries Serving Human Readers and Web-scale Computational Insight


The Internet Archive’s mission is Universal Access To All Knowledge. I will share some practical models for how that exceedingly ambitious goal might be approached.  I’ll offer some examples of how uncommon insight might be derived when media are treated as data and are available for public interest oriented computational research.  In this era when disinformation is poisoning our information commons, I’d like to encourage webinar participants to consider how significant public interest could be served by library resources being available to digital services for dynamic contextualization.



Registration Information: A single registration allows you to gather an unlimited number of staff in a conference or classroom setting to listen in to leaders in the profession.  Even if staff is unable to attend the live broadcast due to scheduling conflicts or travel, links to the archived recording are sent within 24-48 hours of the event so that those unable to participate on the day of the broadcast can listen at their convenience. This maximizes the value of your investment in such training!


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