2019 Annual Conference Preview
American Libraries offers their ALA Conference preview noting that “after nine years away, ALA’s Annual Conference and Exhibition returns to our nation’s capital June 20–25. This year’s conference offers a host of professional development opportunities, new ideas to help shape the future of libraries, and a full slate of author programs, interesting speakers, and special events. This preview features a small sample of what to expect. For a complete listing of events, visit alaannual.org...”
infoDOCKET reports the availability of a new issue brief entitled What is a Collection? that characterizes “the evolving nature of collections and … highlights some of the factors behind these changes and their impact on the notion of collections. It is a reflection on how collections are defined and what it means to build a collection or develop a collection policy given the current information ecology and trends in research and pedagogy…”
infoDOCKET reports that “ARTiFACTSand the Max Planck Digital Library (MPDL) announced today a collaboration to investigate how blockchain technology can advance the way scientific data is handled…. both teams are collaborating to advance the effectiveness of blockchain-based solutions for improving scholarly research and communication…”
infoDOCKET also notes that the newly released University of British Columbia’s Strategic framework “identifies the library’s strategic direction, its vision and values, and the core elements and commitments that will ensure our success. This is a blueprint of what we want to achieve and how we plan to achieve it. The framework aims to keep our users’ needs at the heart of our decision-making processes, ensuring that we are supporting students, researchers, faculty and community members in their work…”
ACRL Insider also reports that “the June 2019 issue of C&RL News is now freely available online. Open educational resources (OER) were featured as one of the top trends in academic libraries in last June’s issue and were still at the forefront of conversation at the recent ACRL 2019 conference.
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Tom is originally from Brooklyn N.Y but has spent his entire professional career in South Carolina, most recently as Head of Reference Services at the College of Charleston. As part of the Against the Grain and Charleston Conference team, he serves as the associate editor of the print ATG as well as the co-editor of the webpage. Tom’s conference duties include coordinating the Penthouse Suite interviews as well as the conference poster sessions.
He received his MLS from the University of Buffalo, SUNY and a second master’s in public administration from the College of Charleston and the Univ. of South Carolina. His wife Carol and he live in downtown Charleston and she is an artist and a tour guide offering historic walking tours of the city.