CONFERENCE TO ADDRESS FUTURE OF UNIVERSITY OF ILLINOIS LIBRARY
-October 30-31, 2003-
This fall, a cutting-edge conference at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign will address current and future issues facing research libraries. Funded by the Offices of the Chancellor and Provost, the "Conference on the Future of the Library" will emphasize future directions for the University Library and explore national and international trends in scholarly communication.
Research libraries are vital to society's ability to acquire, organize, preserve, and access the accumulated heritage of human knowledge. Today more than ever before, library budgets are challenged by new demands, such as explosive growth in the volume of scholarly research, increasing costs of publications, and the need for electronic resources in addition to print materials. Research libraries also need to confront critical issues about their roles on campus and in the process of scholarly communications.
To encourage awareness of the issues, the conference will bring together a panel of distinguished experts from various fields to interact with Library stakeholders: internal and external advisory board members, campus administration, faculty, students, donors, and patrons. The goal is to reach to a common level of understanding regarding the issues and to determine the best future directions for scholarship and service.
The conference will be held on October 30-31, 2003, at the Illini Union. The first day will consist of a series of presentations as follows:
· Critical Future Issues for Research Libraries
Deanna Marcum, Library of Congress, and Clifford Lynch, Center for Network Information
· Library Services in the Future
Sarah E. Thomas, Cornell University, and Wendy Lougee, University of Minnesota
· The Role of Print and Print Repositories in the Digital Age
Bernard Reilly, Center for Research Libraries, and Abby Smith, Council on Library and Information Resources
· Scholarly Communications Trends
Mary Case, Association of Research Libraries, and Jean Claude Guédon, University of Montreal
· Library Space in the Digital Age
Geoff Freeman, Shepley, Bullfinch, Richardson & Abbott, and Stephen Murray, Columbia University
The second day will feature cross-cutting meetings of all Library advisory committees and other stakeholders, which will be chaired by conference speakers and Library personnel. Participants will be asked to jointly advise Library administration on how to address challenges and priorities for the future.
For further information, please contact:
Office of the University Librarian
University of Illinois Library at Urbana-Champaign
Telephone: (217) 333-0790
Fax: (217) 244-4358