Conference Program


Continental breakfast


Tom Leonard, University Librarian, UC Berkeley

Opening Provocation

Chris Edley, Dean, UC Berkeley School of Law

Fiat Fix: Academia 2.0

John Willinsky, Stanford - The Open University

Steven Brint, Vice Provost, Undergraduate Education, UC Riverside - The Future University

Maria Elena Cortez, Executive Director, UC-AFT - The Labor University

Moderator: Karen Butter, University Librarian and Assistant Vice Chancellor, UC San Francisco

Lunch + Poster Session

Lynn Jones, UC Berkeley, What's That Funny Label: QR Codes and the Library

Susan Shepherd  et al, UC San Diego, A Tale of Two Campuses: Scientists' Research Behavior in a Dynamic Environment

Brian Mathews et al, UC Santa Barbara, The Pyramid Scheme: a Library Engagement Conceptual Framework 

Annette Marines and Amber Genteman, UC Santa Cruz, Tutorial, RIP: Repurposing Information Literacy Web Content for the Self-directed Online Learner

Lisa Ngo et al, UC Berkeley, You Don't Really Need those Books!: A Library Renovation Story.

Elaine McCracken, UC Santa Barbara, Decanting the Stacks

Christina Woo and Dana Peterman, UC Irvine, Space, Space, Space: Weeding and What Remains

Fiat Flex: Library Lightning Talks

Each lightning talk will serve as a summary or preview of a longer talk to be given during the breakout concurrent sessions that follow. Abstracts may be viewed below.

David Michalski and Dan Goldstein, UC Davis, We are the Crisis: Students as Consumers,
Fictitious Collections and the Financialization of Libraries

Adam Siegel, UC Davis, Long-Tail Collection Development

Brian Mathews, UC Santa Barbara, A Place for the Library? What Graduate Students Revealed About Their Relationship with the Library

Virginia Allison, UC Irvine, Visual Literacy Education:
An Organic Approach

Fiat Flex Concurrent Sessions

David Michalski & Dan Goldstein, We are the Crisis: Students as Consumers, Fictitious Collections and the Financialization of Libraries.

Abstract: The restructuring of the University of California libraries under the banner of "Next-Generation" initiatives has sought to leveragevalue by outsourcing services, consolidating collections, and reducing professional staff. These strategies, which are cast as proactive solutions, must also be understood as strategic responses to the wider crisis facing both public higher education and the economy ingeneral. This talk historicizes library responses in relation to deeper changes in the political economy. We'll examine how cultural shifts that follow globalization and its accelerated cycles of booms and busts lead to the expression of library values in economic terms (i.e. as Value). We then explore the implications of this conversion by focusing on changes to the provision of research assistance and collection development. We contend that seemingly disparate problems facing UC Librarians, from the difficulty librariansface developing metrics to measure the quality of their services to inflationary pressures that chronically outpace their budgets, arenot unrelated, but symptomatic of larger social pressures. In fact, we argue that our location at the center of this crisis places us in a position to lead the way through it, if we are willing to address the contradictions at its core.

Adam Siegel, Long-Tail Collection Development

Abstract: Overlapping and converging trends in current library planning couple proposals to rethink and anticipate changing demands in the acquisition, description, and storage of print materials with questions of how to manage money, space, and materials. Collection development must acknowledge growing disparities in disparate research cultures both inside and outside the academy. Given trend-lines leading inexorably to costlier materials and smaller budgets, buildings, and staff, how can libraries best utilize existing resources to maintain excellent collections? To address this problem, we hope to highlight strategies for a more nuanced regard of collection development, moving beyond the current "one big approval plan/license" model. We anticipate an open discussion informed by various areas of expertise will provide some possible answers, such as greater recognition of the persistence of distinct research cultures within the academy, and how their needs best be met. Questions might include: Who still uses print, and how are we best serving them? What are their long-tail needs? Which libraries are going to acquire, describe, and store the just-in-case or hard-to-get? How well do Open WorldCat and other NextGen library technologies serve not only as a discovery tool but a delivery mechanism?

Brian Mathews, A Place for the Library? What Graduate Students Revealed About Their Relationship with the Library

Abstract: Graduate students live extremely busy lives and juggle numerous roles (student, TA, researcher, etc). Their journey is along the path from student to scholar. Where exactly does the library fit in? That was a guiding question that the UCSB Library asked when it hired an anthropology graduate student to conduct an ethnographic study. Partnering with the UCSB Grad Division and the Graduate Student Association, the UCSB Library is now applying these findings to improve services campus-wide.

Virginia Allison, Visual Literacy Education: An Organic Approach

Abstract: In the spring of 2010, the UC Irvine libraries formed the image services team to meet burgeoning visual literacy needs as image use inhigher education is on the rise across the humanities and sciences. I will outline our team’s approach for implementing a program forVisual Literacy education within the libraries. Our approached developed out of a survey that attempted to measure our reference staff’s attitudes towards working with image-based research, and their perceived skill level in working with images. The survey helped us develop a Visual Literacy training curriculum plan with ten training objectives. Our mission is to train reference librarians and staff to be visual literacy ambassadors, ready to teach and promote visual literacy awareness across our campus. The Image Services Team is developing and delivering modular training sessions based on our training rubric, there are eight sessions in all with one or two objectives per session. For each training module, we are developing a “takeaway” training tool that is embedded in our Visual Literacy Guide. I will provide a visual literacy workshop combining some of the training modules we've delivered for the UC Irvine Libraries. See the Visual Literacy libguide for more information.


coffee service

Conference Closing

Karen Butter, University Librarian and Assistant Vice Chancellor, UC San Francisco


Light refreshments