Technology Symposium

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Keeping up with information technology challenges medical librarians. What are RSS feeds and Blogs? What is the "social web?" Are these phenomena making libraries " or librarians " obsolete? Join colleagues, experts and visionaries for a stimulating program that focuses on using new technologies to expand and improve library services and access to resources.

Get With IT! New Information Technologies
9:00 am 3:00 pm Tuesday, November 13

Dr. Stephen Bajjaly will give the opening address and serve as expert host. A nationally recognized speaker on new technologies, he will share his knowledge and enthusiasm for the creative use of new tools to make our libraries more relevant to our users. Dr. Bajjaly is Director of the Library & Information Science Program at Wayne State University in Detroit.

The keynote speaker is Stephen Abram, MLS, recognized by Library Journal as one of the top 50 people influencing the future of libraries. Mr. Abram will explore his vision for the future of libraries to give us a renewed sense of purpose and a wake-up call, as well as a liberal sprinkling of ideas for applying new technologies to update and enhance our library programs. He is president-elect of SLA, Vice President Innovation for SirsiDynix, and Chief Strategist for the SirsiDynix Institute.

Two informal, interactive panels round out the afternoon.

Panel 1: New Technologies.

This panel will focus on how libraries are using or might apply RSS feeds, podcasts, Blogs, etc. to improve service or reach more users.

Moderator & Speaker:
Elizabeth Connor, The Citadel
Lisa Ennis, University of Alabama Birmingham
Jasmine Bagay, Formerly,University of Tennessee Health Science Center, Memphis

Panel 2: Virtual Reference Services.

This panel will focus on virtual reference service in both academic and hospital libraries, what makes it worthwhile, caveats and considerations for implementation and management.

Moderator & Speaker:
Lee Vucovich, University of Alabama Birmingham
Brandi Tuttle, MS Duke University Medical Center
Mary Virginia Taylor, VA Medical Center, Memphis
  • Bring your questions and ideas to share.
  • Take home new ideas to invigorate your library program.
  • Get With IT!

Registration will include a box lunch.

This special symposium would not have been possible without the generous support of the Southeast/Atlantic Regional Library Program.