Call for Proposals — LACUNY Institute 2017, May 19, 2017 — Queens, NY

Call for Proposals:
The Future of Librarianship: Exploring what’s next for the Academic Librarian
LACUNY Institute 2017

Date: May 19, 2017
Location: LaGuardia Community College, City University of New York
Keynote Speaker: TBA

Submission Deadline: February 1, 2017
Submission Form

Librarians cannot predict the future but they can speculate about it. . .

The LACUNY Institute 2017 is seeking futuristic proposals that think beyond the current to share a vision of the academic librarians’ position in a changing information landscape.

In addressing the theme, the Future of Librarianship: Exploring what’s next for the Academic Librarian, we are interested in proposals that address the implications of current events and changes in higher education on the way that academic librarians plan a career in librarianship, engage students, faculty, and the community, how and where they offer services and resources to patrons, and how librarians can navigate the current trends in library science and in the global world to prepare for a successful career in librarianship.

The LACUNY Institute Committee seeks proposals that address the future of academic librarians in college and university libraries, archives, and the information studies, across myriad roles (staff, faculty, students, patrons, etc.) and functions (technical services, public services, instruction, etc.). Such proposals can deal with innovation already in practice and/or futuristic ideas concerning librarianship.

Example topics include but are not limited to:

  • Impact of current events on library trends
  • Innovation and changes in roles, responsibilities, services and resources
  • Impact of technology
  • Leadership, leadership development, and workforce planning
  • Diversity & inclusion,
  • Career planning, professional development
  • Post-truth information literacy, digital literacy, and visual literacy
  • MLS, Curriculum development, and preparedness
  • Civic engagement, partnerships, and community building
  • Librarians as knowledge gatekeepers, personal freedom, and privacy

The Institute will have four tracks: panel presentations, facilitated dialogues, alt-sessions, and poster sessions.

Panel papers (15 minutes/presenter): Moderated panel presentations with time for questions and discussion.
Facilitated dialogues (45 minutes): Teams of two lead a discussion on topic of their choice related to the theme, with one person presenting context and the other facilitating conversation.
Alt-sessions (15-30 minutes): An opportunity for exploring topics through multiple ways of knowing (e.g., short documentary, spoken word, performance art).
Poster sessions

Please submit proposals, including a 300-500 word abstract by February 1, 2017.

The goal of this event is to create a space for respectful dialogue and debate about these critical issues. We will be publishing a formal code of conduct, but the event organizers will actively strive to create a public space in which multiple perspectives can be heard and no one voice dominates.

Questions may be directed to Co-Chairs Kimberley Bugg, kbugg@citytech.cuny.edu or Simone L. Yearwood, Simone.Yearwood@qc.cuny.edu.

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