Joint Conference on Digital Libraries June 10-14

“The ACM/IEEE Joint Conference on Digital Libraries is a major international forum focusing on digital libraries and associated technical, practical, organizational, and social issues. JCDL encompasses the many meanings of the term “digital libraries”, including (but not limited to) new forms of information institutions and organizations; operational information systems with all manner of digital content; new means of selecting, collecting, organizing, distributing, and accessing digital content; theoretical models of information media, including document genres and electronic publishing; and theory and practice of use of managed content in science and education.”

The 2012 conference will be held June 10-14 in Washington, DC and is hosted by The George Washington University

Conference Focus:  The theme for JCDL 2012 is #sharing #linking #using #preserving. Digital libraries, under a variety of names and modalities, are often part of the every day web experience. The challenge is how digital libraries can enhance user experience through providing stability in changing information environment, breaking down information silos, integrating into accepted practices of the web, and providing a range of access and services to resources across the web, both to human and machine users.

  LYRASIS Ideas and Insights: Using Data: Facts, Figures and the Future of Libraries (Live  Online)

Interested in using data to refine or improve your services? Curious about how to best present and process qualitative and quantitative data in your library?  Join us for the first Ideas & Insights session of 2012, and leave with the tools and ideas you need to use data effectively

LYRASIS presents a 4-hour session during which featured speakers will share innovative solutions developed for collecting, organizing, interpreting and sharing data to improve decision-making processes in their libraries. The Ideas & Insights sessions will offer excellent and inspiring examples illustrating how information professionals use data to improve the future of information organizations, and how better decision-making based on data creates better internal operations, improved services for users and a brighter future for libraries…


You may register for a class using one of two methods:

  1. Online Ordering:  Click on the “Register” tab and login or create an account to register.
  2. PDF Form:  Print out the registration form and fax it to LYRASIS at 404.892.7879

Group Member Price: $295.00
Group Nonmember Price: $395.00

Academic Librarians 2012: The Future is Now! Creatively Reaching and Teaching in Academic Libraries

This year’s conference explores value, community, collaboration, social awareness, and applications that enhance learning. How do we demonstrate the value of the academic library in this changing information environment? How do we reach and teach our students? How is information literacy being transformed? Is it possible to game to learn or learn to game? What is the new librarianship? We invite you to explore these issues with us!

Scheduled for June 12 & 13, 2012, Syracuse University, Syracuse, NY

Keynote speakers:

  • Roy Tennant, a Senior Program Officer for OCLC Research. The Once and Future Academic Library.
  • Dr. David Lankes, Associate Professor, Syracuse University. The Bad, The Good, and The Great.

Academic Librarians 2012 is brought to you by the NY 3Rs Association and the Academic and Special Libraries Section of the New York Library Association; in cooperation with the New York State Higher Education Initiative.

TO REGISTER:  Visit (South Central Regional Library Council [NY 3Rs] is handling this year’s registration.)

Registration Deadline:  June 1, 2012 4:00 p.m.

   6th Canadian Learning Commons ConferenceThe University of Calgary is pleased to host the Canadian Learning Commons Conference: New Media, new fluencies and life skills development: preparing learners for the 21st century on May 7-9, 2012.  The pre-conference workshop on May 7, 1:00-4:30 PM is Assessing the Impact of the Commons on Learning Outcomes, a workshop led by Melinda Scott, George Brown College.

The main conference kicks off on May 8 with two plenary speakers:

  • Re-Learning the Commons: From Conceptual Overview to Case Study, co-written by Donald Beagle and Barbara Tierney and presented by Barbara Tierney, University of North Carloina, Charlotte.
  •  Common Ground, Divergent Ecosystems: Mediating New Learning in the 21st century, presented by Margaret Mackey, University of Alberta

Speakers from Canada, United States and Australia are coming together to present a broad and varied program of interest to librarians, student learning services specialists and anyone who is working in a learning commons environment.

For more information on the program please see the master schedule.

Pre-Conference workshop fee is $75 (Canadian funds)

Conference fee is $275.00 (Canadian funds) Conference fee includes Conference reception, two continental breakfasts, two lunches and the conference dinner.

For more information and to register

The Learning Spaces Collaboratory Webinar is scheduled for April 19 and will focus on renovating spaces for undergraduate STEM learning.  (The webinar will last about 1 hour)


  • John Hartke, Lieutenant Colonel, US Army, Professor of Photonics, Department of Physics and Nuclear Engineering, United States Military Academy
  • Jeanne L. Narum, Principal, Learning Spaces Collaboratory

The process of planning the renovation of the Science Center at West Point (Phase I recently completed) will be described.

  • Learn about their goal of “making science visible:” how they arrived at that goal and achieved that goal.
  • Learn about how a new model of learning spaces–the ‘classaotry’–evolved during their planning and examine some the new classotories at West Point.
  • Learn about how the faculty (and cadets) are adjusting to the new spaces.
  • Learn what they learned from this first phase of renovation that will inform subsequent phases.
  • Gain insights about modest steps toward renewing spaces, whether or not a major remodeling project is in your immediate future.

Read more: West Point’s new Science Center open for classes   To register, please fill out the online survey form.  (Registration fee per institution: $100)