2011 Johannah Sherrer Memorial Lecture – September 23

The Aubrey R. Watzek Library at Lewis & Clark College is pleased to announce the 2011 Johannah Sherrer Memorial Lecture in Library Service will take place on Friday, September 23 at 3pm in Smith Hall on the campus of Lewis & Clark College.  A reception will follow the lecture.

Roger C. Schonfeld, Director of Research at ITHAKA S&R, will present “Forward Thinking:  Aligning Library Services with Faculty Needs”

Over the past decade, many groups of faculty members have seen their demands for and use of academic library services change significantly.  The availability of digital collections has had a transformative effect on use, while evolving faculty research methods and pedagogies are introducing new demands.  Is there a clear vision for the future needs of faculty members or future services of the campus library?  And to what extent are library leaders and faculty members aligned in their understanding of these visions?

This talk will incorporate research findings on changing attitudes and usage patterns of faculty members broadly, in comparison with the attitudes and practices of librarians, bolstered by a more detailed focus on practices in the field of history.  This data will serve as the basis for an examination of faculty needs, including library collections, uses for library spaces, and the provision of new library services.  Ultimately, this talk with consider whether libraries can develop long term strategies for changing their offerings to meet the future needs of faculty members, or whether they must focus on the here and now to manage change more responsively.

Following the talk a panel of faculty members will respond.

For further information, please see http://library.lclark.edu/lib/sherrer.htm or contact Elaine Hirsch at Watzek Library.

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