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Library Learning Trends Kickoff at the ALA Annual Conference

By: , Posted on: June 15, 2015

As part of the kickoff of Elsevier’s Library Learning Trends, a professional development program for library and information resource managers, three of our Chandos book authors will be giving presentations on a variety of topics.

ALA boothThe 20-minute presentations will be held in the exhibit hall at Elsevier Booth #504. After the presentation, one lucky winner will leave the booth with one of our best-selling books on library and information management.

Here’s a sneak preview at their presentations. If you aren’t attending ALA, check back here in a couple of weeks – we’ll be posting their presentations here.

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Saturday, June 27, 11:00 am
Informed Systems, by Mary Somerville

Contemporary library organizations must develop workplace environments that enable nimble decision-making and action taking. In response, Informed Systems advances organizational learning through participatory design of information technology and human communication systems. Within this enabling infrastructure, information animates learning. Information experiences coalesce shared vision and exercise systems thinking. Collaborative evidence-based decision making activities ensure essential information transfer and knowledge creation, as workers evolve professional practices that use information to learn. This holistic framework creates transformative opportunities to reinvent professional purposes and revitalize workplace outcomes.

Mary Somerville is University Librarian and Professor at the University of Colorado Denver and Library Director at the Auraria Library, a tri-institutional organization serving the University of Colorado Denver, Metropolitan State University of Denver, and Community College of Denver. She is the author of Informed Systems.

Saturday, June 27, 3:00 pm
Copyright Librarianship, by Linda Frederiksen

Within most libraries in the US there is a library or information professional who has become the ‘go-to’ person for grasping and grappling with copyright questions. While not an attorney, this librarian has developed an awareness and understanding of copyright law, legislation and practice as they relate to a wide variety of library activities. This presentation will focus on this emerging specialization and will include information on who are the copyright librarians, what a typical day in the life of a copyright librarian looks like, where they work, why they are needed, and lastly, how to become one.

Linda Frederiksen is the Head of Access Services at Washington State University Vancouver, where she previously held the position of Interlibrary Loan and Document Delivery Librarian. She is the co-author of Global Resource Sharing and the author of The Copyright Librarian.

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Sunday, June 28, 11:00 am
Information Through the Ages, by Debra Lucas-Alfieri

History shows that libraries have adapted and grown to meet the changing technologies and philosophies of the institution. As guardians of information, early librarians and scholars locked down collections as preservation. Just as the printing press opened up access to books, the internet has opened up access to information that would be inconceivable to early scholars and librarians.  The internet has also increased the need for librarians to prepare the academic community to become independently information literate.  This presentation will show how early libraries used promotions to increase patron knowledge of libraries, and discusses some of the most premier library forefathers.

Debra Lucas-Alfieri has been the Head of Reference and Interlibrary Loan at D’Youville College in Buffalo, NY, since 2002. She has published extensively in several books, encyclopedias, and journals. She has served as a guest lecturer, conference presenter, and keynote speaker in the field of librarianship and research and is in the Who’s Who in America and Who’s Who of American Women.  She is the author of Marketing the 21st Century Library.


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Click here to download our first e-book from our Learning Trends Series, Marketing the Academic Library.

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Social Sciences

The general scope of social sciences is vast, and Elsevier’s collection of journals, books, and eBooks examine in detail a wide range of topics in this area, from sociology, law, and cognitive science to political science, education, and linguistics. Our Chandos imprint in particular, known for high-quality scholarship in Asian studies, library and information science, and business management, reflects Elsevier’s continuing commitment to these crucial areas of study.