Register now for the ACRL/NY Symposium on December 6, 2013: “The Library as Knowledge Laboratory” Registration Deadline is Monday, November 25th!

Makerspaces, mashups and big data are bringing radical change to higher education. Academic libraries are meeting the challenge of this new landscape with a culture of participation, innovation and collaboration. As librarians’ roles shift from a traditional service-and-support model to that of active project participant in support of digital scholarship, a new ethos of experimentation, learning, disruption, and creativity is evolving. At ACRL/NY’s 2013 annual symposium we will explore the opportunities and challenges facing academic librarians in light of scholars’ increased demands for new formats, open-source tools, digital repositories, and innovative research methods in the new knowledge laboratory.


• Susan Gibbons, University Librarian at Yale, will talk about aligning the library’s mission with the university’s goals of creating a knowledge laboratory;

• Barbara Rockenbach, Director of the Humanities and History Libraries at Columbia University, will moderate a panel discussion on Incubating Digital Initiatives with members of New York City digital centers;

• Adam Rogers, Emerging Technology Services Librarian at the Hunt Library Makerspace,
North Carolina State University, will talk about creating and shaping a makerspace in an
academic library;

• Tom Scheinfeldt, Associate Professor of Digital Media and Design & Director of Digital Humanities in the Digital Media Center at the University of Connecticut, will talk about digital projects and the future of libraries.

Where: The William and Anita Newman Vertical Campus Conference Center, Baruch College,

55 Lexington Avenue (at 24th Street) Room 14-220 (14th floor)

Come join the conversation! Space is limited so register now.

Registration Closes Monday, November 25.

***Please go to the symposium website and click on the ‘Registration’ tab to access the links to

online registration with PayPal/credit card. ***

About John Pell

John Pell is an assistant professor and librarian at Hunter College in New York City.

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