SLIS Media Lab

November 2, 2015
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PLS: 10/20/15 James Matarazzo and Toby Pearlstein “Corporate Libraries: Bellwether of Change for the Library World at Large”

In this presentation, the authors argue that the lessons learned from the increasing closures of corporate libraries that began in the 1980s can be applied to the wider library community. These closures have accelerated since the 1990s due to corporate cost cutting measures and the ever increasing availability of internet services that bypass the information professional. Above all, the authors argue that corporate librarians have often failed to align their services to the priorities of the companies they serve. This has resulted in their institutional marginalization and the eventual closure of the library. THe authors make the case that, among other types of libraries, the sacrosanct place of the academic library at the center of the university is not guaranteed. The information era with its vast digital resources has and will undermine the physical assets of traditional libraries as well as the customary role of librarians who staff them. Academic librarians will increasingly be expected to show administrators that their services are aligned to their institution’s strategic priorities and that their libraries are providing added value to its customers, namely, the students, faculty and staff of their college or university. If they do not do so, they very well may face, in the not so distant future, what may now seem unimaginable – the reduction or closure of the academic library in favor of customer-accessed digital information services.

 

October 19, 2015
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PLS 9/30/15: Naresh Agarwal, “Impermanence and the Power of Now”

PLS 9/30/15: Naresh Agarwal, “Impermanence and the Power of Now”

Eckhart Tolle discusses strategies for living in the present and the importance of doing so in his best-selling book “The Power of Now.” He identifies our mind and its role as the creator of pain, which prevents us from living fully in the present. Drawing on the works of Tolle, Thich Nhat Hanh, and my own learning, this talk aims to share ways and means to deal with anxious moments in our day to day lives.

See the full Fall 2015 lecture schedule here: http://bit.ly/1L1LJdi

Access Naresh’s slides here: Naresh’s Slides, 09/30/2015.

 

October 9, 2015
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PLS 9/22/15: Gerry Benoit, “Innovation Case Study”

A two-year “innovation and information discovery” project was run at a large research university. While managers and staff of libraries, archives, and museums were encouraged to be more technical and build interfaces, enrich collections, create and test new services, the many small projects were successful. Administration, management, faculty, and staff personalities conflicted, with the resulting efforts disregarded. It is an object-lesson for “who’s going to maintain it”, staff morale, and future of services.

See the full Fall 2015 lecture schedule here: http://bit.ly/1L1LJdi

 

May 26, 2015
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AV Workshop II: Navigating Access to Digital AV Collections

SCOSAA and NEA Reps present: AV Workshop II, Navigating Access to Digital AV Collections

Rebecca Fraimow and Casey Davis discuss best practice and policies for digital preservation of AV materials. This is the second part of the AV Workshop series. The first video is available here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WDzNVsW1VL0

Please note that neither Ms. Fraimow nor Ms. Davis are legal counsel nor do they speak on behalf of their employer.

Download their slides here.