Living Digital: The Future of Information and the Role of the Library
an ALCTS Symposium at ALA Midwinter 2010
Thursday, January 14, 2010 from 8:30 am to 4:30 pm
Boston Convention & Exhibition Center, Rooms 252 A/B
ALCTS and the symposium planners wish to thank Sun Microsystems for its generous support of Living Digital.
Collections and access to information are the bread and butter of libraries. The digital environment has introduced new materials, new partners, and new user expectations into the information arena. Four distinguished speakers from inside and outside of librarianship will consider topics that include recruiting students into information-related professions, information-seeking behaviors of those living in the digital age, emerging initiatives related to information access, and techniques institutions may employ in adapting to new information ecologies. Attendees will learn how to facilitate the delivery of information and understand their role in an environment of constantly evolving genres and increasing quantities of information.
Presentation Materials are available on the ALA Presentations Archive Wiki
|8:30-8:40||Welcome and introduction|
|10:20 -11:00||Panel presentations: Ann, John, Tom, Jenny|
|12:00-1:45||Lunch on your own|
|1:50-2:50||Breakout group lightening report-outs with panelist reactions|
Presentation Titles and Absracts
John Palfrey, Henry N. Ess III Professor of Law and Vice Dean for Library and Information Resources, Harvard Law School, and co-author of “Born Digital: Understanding the First Generation of Digital Natives”
Abstract: Born Digital
John Wilkin, Associate University Librarian for Library Information Technology (LIT) and Executive Director of Hathi Trust
Abstract: Thinking and Acting Globally to Better Serve Local Needs in the Michigan Digital Library
A participative session which will enable attendees to exchange ideas with each other and with the speakers is planned.
Ann Wolpert, Director of Libraries, MIT
Abstract: Is there an app for that? Digital natives and the information commons
John Yemma, Editor,
Christian Science Monitor
Abstract: Tailoring news to the Web: How the Christian Science Monitor embraces the hyperlink
Brainstorming Session Topics
- Determining collections for a paperless library
- Designing an information commons for a generation of digital natives
- Incorporating gaming into library services
- Delivering information to consumers in a virtual environment
|Register for Both Days & Save!Thursday & Friday Symposia
(Event Code: ALC3)
|Full-time library student / retired member||
How to Register
To register, visit the ALA Midwinter Registration Web page and complete the meeting registration form. Follow the instructions to register online, by mail,or by fax.
Note: You do not need to register for the entire Midwinter Meeting to attend this symposium. To register for the "Living Digital" Symposium, simply indicate you wish to register for Event Code: ALC1