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Tuesday, May 6, 2008 - Town Hall on Implementing New Directions
8:30-10:00, The Bancroft Hotel, 2680 Bancroft Way
For directions, click here: Map to the Bancroft Hotel

Come and hear which recommendations have received high priority endorsement from the Library administrative team and learn how these New Directions will be implemented during the coming days, weeks and months.

Tuesday, Wednesday April 15 & 16, 2008 - The New Directions Retreat (By Invitation Only)
8:30-4:30pm, The Bancroft Hotel

The Retreat will focus on the New Directions (ND) ideas generated by our staff in Phase 1 of the ND Initiative. The "snapshot" papers introduced in the ND Pre-Retreat Town Hall will be used to begin a discussion on the pros & cons of pursuing each new direction theme, as well as identifying potential starting points in implementing each new direction.
Starting Points Discussion templates from the Retreat are available here: New Directions Retreat Snapshots and Starting Points Discussion

Thursday, April 10, New Directions Pre-Retreat Town Hall
8:30-10:30, Toll Room, Alumni House

At least one week before this Town Hall, "snapshot" papers for the 16 New Direction (ND) themes will be posted on the ND website. These themes were identified by staff in Phase 1 of the New Directions Initiative and have been organized in the New Directions Framework. Each snapshot will provide an overview of the new direction idea, summarize relevant national trends, analyze local impacts external and internal to the Library, and suggest some specific opportunities for new directions. This Pre-Retreat Town Hall will give all library staff a chance to comment on the snapshot papers before they are used in the ND Retreat on April 15th and 16th.
Snapshots are available here: New Directions Retreat Snapshot Papers

Tuesday, February 19, 2008 - Phillip Long (Massachusetts Institute of Technology)
8:30-10am; Toll Room, Alumni House

Phillip Long is the Associate Director of the Office of Educational Innovation and Technology at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. He has published, presented, and served in organizations focused on a range of issues at the intersection of teaching, learning and technology such as the design of learning spaces, new media, open knowledge and open source applications, immersive learning environments and virtual worlds. Currently he also serves as Director of Learning Outreach for iCampus, a Microsoft Research-MIT Alliance whose goal is to create and demonstrate technologies with the potential for revolutionary change throughout the university curriculum.
For further information:

To see a webcast of Phillip's presentation:

Tuesday, January 29, 2008 - Francis X. Blouin Jr. (Professor and Director, Bentley Historical Library)
8:30-10:00, Toll Room, Alumni House

Francis X. Blouin, Jr., is a professor in the School of Information and a professor in the Department of History. Since 1981, Blouin has also served as the director of the University of Michigan's Bentley Historical Library. Blouin is interested in a wide variety of archival issues particularly from an international perspective. He organized a special year-long Sawyer Seminar on fundamental issues relating to the nature, structure, and politics of archival collections and institutions within a context of rapid technological change.
For more information, please see:
To see a webcast of Fran's presentation:

Tuesday, January 15, 2007 - Peter Brantley (Executive Director, The Digital Library Federation)
8:30-10am; Morrison Library

Peter Brantley is the Executive Director for the Digital Library Federation, a not-for-profit international association of libraries and allied institutions. His background includes significant experience with research libraries and digital library development programs. He has served as the Director of Technology at the California Digital Library, New York University, UC Berkeley, and UCSF. Peter is also a frequent contributor to O?Reilly?s Radar blog.
For more information, see:
To see a webcast of Peter's presentation:

Monday, January 7, 2008 - Kevin Guthrie (President, Ithaka)
10:00-11:30am, Morrison Library

Kevin M. Guthrie is an executive and entrepreneur with expertise in high technology and not-for-profit management. As founding president of Ithaka, Kevin has overseen the development of an organization that incubates three major initiatives, provides research and strategic services to the higher education community, and provides administrative services to four organizations. Prior to starting Ithaka, Kevin was president of JSTOR, a not-for-profit organization with a dual mission to preserve and provide access to a trusted archive of the backfiles of important scholarly journals.
To see a webcast of Kevin's presentation:

Friday, December 14 - Paul Courant (University of Michigan)
1:30-3:00, The Bancroft Hotel, 2680 Bancroft Way
For directions, click here: Map to the Bancroft Hotel

Paul Courant is the University Librarian and Dean of Libraries at the University of Michigan, overseeing 19 libraries on the Ann Arbor campus. As Provost at UM he was engaged with campus-wide issues such as affirmative action in admissions and budget shortfalls due to reduced state support. As a professor of economics and public policy as well, Paul Courant brings a unique perspective to the issues of economics of universities, libraries and archives; research support; scholarly communication; and partnerships between faculty and libraries.

To see a webcast of Paul's presentation:

Tuesday, December 4 - New Directions Town Hall Early Bird
8:30-10:00, The Great Room in the Bancroft Hotel, 2680 Bancroft Way
For directions, click here: Map to the Bancroft Hotel

Friday, November 2 - Academic Library 2.0 Conference (LAUC-B Conference)
8:30-4:15, Clark Kerr Conference Center
Advance registration required; event is free; limit of 200 attendees

9:45-10:45am - Maredith Farkas (Distance Learning Librarian, Norwich University)
Building Academic Library 2.0

To see a webcast of Meredith's presentation:
3:15-4:15pm - Jim Neal (Columbia University)
The Case for Mutability: Library 2.0 and Implications for Academic Library Staffing, Organization and Leadership
ABSTRACT: "This presentation will build upon the descriptions and discussions of Library 2.0 in the academic context by outlining critical human resource, administrative and strategic issues and by calling for a refreshed vision of the academic library as hybrid and iterative information service."
To see a webcast of Jim's presentation:

Thursday, November 1 - Jim Neal (Columbia University)
New Directions: Imperatives Defining the Future Relevance and Impact of the Academic Research Library
3:00-4:30, Morrison Library

ABSTRACT: "This presentation, in support of the library planning process at UC Berkeley, will propose important directions in academic library values, roles and visions, and advance thirty imperatives guiding the future direction and priorities for library investment."

James (Jim) Neal is the Vice President for Information Services and University Librarian at Columbia University in New York City, providing leadership for university academic computing and a system of 25 libraries. In this position, he has oversight for the Columbia Center for New Media Teaching and Learning (CCNMTL), the Center for Digital Research and Scholarship, the Copyright Advisory Office, and the Center for Human Rights Documentation and Research. Jim Neal is a frequent speaker and author with a focus in the areas of scholarly communication, intellectual property, digital library programs, organizational change, and human resource development.

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To see a webcast of the presentation:

Betsy Wilson (University of Washington)
"Crystal Ball Gazing: New Directions for Research Libraries"
Tuesday, October 16; 8:30-10:00; Morrison Library

"ABSTRACT: As my contribution to your New Directions effort, I am going to imagine the future of research libraries by taking a look back, gazing into the crystal ball, and suggesting four areas for strategic investment. The investment areas include: 1) collaboration and collective action; 2) culture of assessment; 3) the global research library; and 4) creating a workplace of choice."
Lizabeth (Betsy) Wilson is the Dean of University Libraries at the University of Washington, which has 21 libraries across three campuses at UW Seattle, UW Tacoma, and UW Bothell. As the recipient of the 2004 Association of College and Research Libraries Excellence in Academic Libraries Award, the UW Libraries are known for innovation, responsiveness, and an integrated planning and assessment process. Their strategic plan, Vision 2020, outlines four interrelated directions for their organization. Betsy Wilson has published and presented widely on issues related to information literacy, teaching, learning, and technology; educational collaborations; and assessment and evaluation.

For further information about Betsy:

To see a webcast of the presentation:
Betsy Wilson: Crystal Ball Gazing: New Directions for Research Libraries
Excerpted PowerPoint slides may be found here: Attach:CrystalBall.ppt

For blogs and comments on Betsy's presentation:
Betsy Wilson; Posted by Karen Munro
"But Is It 'Library Work?'" Thoughts on Betsy Wilson's Presentation; Posted by Terry Huwe
Crystal Ball Gazing - Thoughts on Betsy Wilson's talk; Posted by Brian Light
Betsy Wilson - Libraries for a saner and more secure world; Posted by Gail Ford
Is E-Science 'Library Work'; Posted by Mary Ann Mahoney

New Directions Kick-Off Early Bird
Tuesday, September 25; 8:30-10:00; Toll Room at the Alumni House

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