ACRL Conference 2015: Spacing Out with the Library

ACRL Conference 2015: Spacing Out with the Library

Posted by: on May 7, 2015   |Comments (0)|Facilities and Tools

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Tomorrow (Friday, May 8th, 2015) is the annual Association of College and Research Libraries (ACRL) New England Chapter conference, held at College of the Holy Cross in Worcester, MA. This year’s theme is “Spacing Out with the Library: An Exploration of Collaboration Across the Physical, Virtual and those Places in Between”. At the heart of this theme will be the questions, “What does it take to expand ‘the library’ beyond its traditional physical space?” and “With whom are we working to expand our services?” Addressing these questions will be keynote speakers Marie S.A. Sorensen (Architects + Planners, Inc.) and David Weinberger (Harvard’s Berkman Center for Internet & Society) as well as numerous regional librarians and library workers.

We at Digital Publishing Services are excited about what conversations the conference might explore, as much of our work relates to creating connections between the physical and the virtual, and exploring the nature of those connections as they proliferate and evolve. Some sessions of interest to DPS, as they relate to our own digital initiatives, include: “Books in e-Space – How Far Do Students Go?”; “New Object Models and APIs: Foregrounding Re-Use in a Digital Repository”, which posed structural questions regarding institutional repositories, and how to best reflect complex objects and relationships digitally; “Federated Open Access: Balancing the Needs of the Many and the Needs of the Few”; and “Strengthening Service through Collaboration: Digital Scholarship at the University of Connecticut Libraries”.

For more information on the 2015 ACRL NEC Conference, visit http://conference2015.acrlnec.org/.

Hope to see some of our readers there!

Tomorrow (Friday, May 8th, 2015) is the annual Association of College and Research Libraries (ACRL) New England Chapter conference, held... MORE

ACRL DigiCamp 2015

Posted by: on March 27, 2015   |Comments (0)|Spotlights

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On Friday, March 13th, ACRL’s Information Technology Interest Group hosted its annual DigiCamp unconference at Simmons College. For those new to the concept, an unconference is an event similar in structure to a conference (i.e. track-based schedule), but it differs in that each session is intended to be an open dialog about a given subject amongst its participants. Aside from a facilitator or two providing guidance to the discussion, it can flow in any number of relevant directions. ITIG first organized DigiCamp back in 2010 as a means to gather people in academic libraries to discuss how they were using technology and what technology might be of interest in the future. Following that path, the 2015 DigiCamp had twelve tracks, each dedicated to a specific aspect of using technology in libraries.

Each session was approximately an hour long and participants were free to move between the different tracks if the subject wasn’t of interest to them. The first block offered conversations on open access and institutional repositories, marketing in libraries, discovery services, and assessment. The second offered sessions on LibGuides, mobile technologies, altmetrics, and open education resources. And finally, the third closed out the day with discussions on eBooks, digital preservation, makerspaces, and responsive web design.

There are often many takeaways from DigiCamp, as you get to here the details of how people are approaching these issues. All facilitators were requested to take notes on the session and then capture images of them for later reference. The session I co-facilitated on makerspaces generated over 9 pages of notes, which indicates that it was a pretty lively discussion.

To find out more about DigiCamp 2015, and to access the session notes, please check out the Google site located below. And hope to see you at DigiCamp next year!

https://sites.google.com/site/digicamp2015/home

On Friday, March 13th, ACRL’s Information Technology Interest Group hosted its annual DigiCamp unconference at Simmons College. For those new... MORE