2005 Midwinter Meeting Highlights

COMMITTEE = Services to Adults

SECTION = RUSA/RSS

CHAIRPERSON = Robert Bellinger

DATES = 1/17/05

EMAIL = rbellinger@nypl.org

MEMBERS_PRESENT = Members present:Robert Bellinger,Tim McDonough,Elizabeth Blatz,Marilyn Scott

MEMBERS_ABSENT = Members absent:Barbara Hauer, Sharon Bart

VISITORS = Visitors:

OBJECTIVES = Presentation of program at ALA Annual 2005 in Chicago, "Back to School: Teaching adults information literacy in public and academic libraries, and distance learning centers.

SUMMARY = (summarize discussions, decision reached, follow-up action decided)The four speakers were discussed; it was agreed that the chair would work with each of them individually and as a group to ensure that their remarks focus on practical techniques, things that work, things that don't, rather than theoretical ideas. Handouts should be brief; we don't want to use PowerPoint.
The committee discussed ideas for future programs. What it means to be a reference librarian in today's libraries was discussed. Reference librarians need to market what they do, what the library does and bring it to the public. This is a new form of an old skill, outreach, but more relevant than ever and a skill that each new reference librarian needs. Public libraries need to work with community organizations and groups; we learned that academic libraries are hiring outreach/undergraduate librarians to bring the library to the students in dorms, campus centers, etc. We will work on making this into a program proposal and seek cosponsorship from the newly formed Marketing of Reference Services committee.

EVALUATION = Very effective planning for the program and a very stimulating brainstorming discussion was held.

PROBLEMS = None.

RECOMMENDATIONS = None.