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Aubrey R. Watzek Library

Johannah Sherrer Memorial Lecture

Date: September 23 2011 3:00pm Location: Smith Hall, Albany Quadrangle

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Smith Hall, Albany Quadrangle

The Aubrey R. Watzek Library at Lewis & Clark College is pleased
to announce the 2011 Johannah Sherrer Memorial Lecture in Library
Service.

This year our speaker is Roger Schonfeld, Director of Research at ITHAKA, a non-profit organization dedicated to helping the academic community take full advantage of rapidly advancing information and networking technologies and the provider of the popular JSTOR service. Roger’s work has focused on shifts in faculty attitudes and research practices in an increasingly electronic environment; shifts in teaching practices and the future of instruction; and the academic library in a digital environment, including the economics, preservation, and policy issues associated with the transition from print to electronic formats for scholarly literature and government documents. Roger Schonfeld’s work has been covered recently in the Chronicle of Higher Education (see: http://goo.gl/uPBvM; http://goo.gl/WtlDj) and Inside Higher Ed (see http://goo.gl/Rj1nc; http://goo.gl/kkhbK).

An abstract of his talk, “Forward Thinking: Aligning Library Services with Faculty Needs” follows:

Over the past decade, many groups of faculty members have seen their demands for and use of academic library services change significantly. The availability of digital collections has had a transformative effect on use, while evolving faculty research methods and pedagogies are introducing new demands. But, is there a clear vision for the future needs of faculty members or future services of the campus library? And, to what extent are library leaders and faculty members aligned in their understanding of these visions? This talk will incorporate research findings on changing attitudes and usage patterns of faculty members broadly, in comparison with the attitudes and practices of librarians, bolstered by a more detailed focus on practices in the field of history. These data will serve as the basis for an examination of faculty needs, including in library collections, uses for library spaces, and the provision of new library services. Ultimately, this talk will consider whether libraries can develop long-term strategies for changing their offerings to meet the future needs of faculty members, or whether they must focus on the here and now to manage change much more responsively.

Following Roger’s talk, a panel of faculty members from Lewis & Clark and Reed College will respond with their thoughts and impressions. Finally, the speaker and panelists will be available to take questions from the audience. A reception will follow the event.

 

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