Forum: Does URI Need a Library?, Nov. 4

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Academic Forum November 4, 2011

When students are born and raised in the Information Age, do they really need help finding information? Does anyone need books anymore? Does the past matter? Exactly how are library services benefiting faculty and students, on campus and off? How could the library serve us better in the future?

Join a University conversation Friday, Nov. 4. That’s when the Faculty Senate Library Committee is sponsoring an academic forum, 2020 Vision: The Future of URI Library Services at 8:30 a.m. to noon, Atrium 1 and 2, Memorial Union. Faculty, staff, and students are invited to share their thoughts and ideas. A continental breakfast will be available at 8 a.m.

John Palfrey, the Henry N. Ess Professor of Law and vice dean for Library and Information Resources at Harvard Law School, is the keynote speaker. His address at 8:30 a.m., Youth Media, and Libraries: Challenges for Tomorrow’s Learning Community, will help get the conversation going.

Palfrey co-authored Born Digital: Understanding the First Generation of Digital Natives and Access Denied: The Practice and Politics of Internet Filtering. He is faculty co-director of the Berkman Center for Internet & Society at Harvard University. He serves as co-chair for strategy on the new Harvard Library Board.

Here is the schedule for the morning sessions:

9:30-10:20 a.m. Breakout sessions:

1. Johnny Can’t Research: Information Literacy In-Person and Online

2. Reading and Research in the Digital Age: Authenticity, Collections and the Future of the Book

10:20-10:40 a.m. Break

10:40-11:30 a.m. Breakout sessions

3. Where’s My Journal? Subscriptions, Open Access and Digital Repositories

4. Creating and Consuming Knowledge: Learning and Scholars’ Commons

11:30 a.m.-12 p.m. Group reports and closing discussion

RSVP if possible to or Gale Eaton,, but if your schedule opens up at the last minute, please come anyhow.