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

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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.

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, and alt-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 the 2017 LACUNY Institute Co-Chairs Kimberley Bugg, kbugg@citytech.cuny.edu or Simone L. Yearwood, Simone.Yearwood@qc.cuny.edu.

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