Title

Deans' Panel: Say You Want a Revolution: Digital Initiatives, Digital Futures (You Know It’s Gonna Be Alright)

Session Type

Event

Start Date

18-4-2023 12:45 PM

End Date

18-4-2023 1:40 PM

Abstract

The “digital” is no longer a separable element in library work. Once considered to live at the margins of the profession, digital tools, services, and skills have revolutionized virtually all domains of librarianship. From digital archives to digital competencies, the transformation taking place in our libraries requires multiple perspectives and new ways of working together to fully achieve our aspirations. Join Kara Whatley (Caltech), Joe Lucia (Temple University), and Lisa Forrest (Davidson College) to hear perspectives on identifying, staffing, managing, and prioritizing digital initiatives at three very different types of institutions.

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Kara Whatley is University Librarian at the California Institute of Technology, a position she has held since 2019. She was previously Head of Science and Engineering for the NYU Division of Libraries. Kara holds a master’s degree in biological sciences from Texas Tech University, master’s degree in library and information studies from the University of Oklahoma, and a Bachelor of Arts in biology from Hendrix College. She is an active member of the American Library Association, where she currently serves as a member of ALA Council and the Association of College and Research Libraries Executive Board. She is currently the ACRL liaison to IFLA’s Science & Technology Libraries Section. Her professional and research interests include mentoring opportunities for new library professionals, user behavior in virtual reference environments, and psychological safety in academic libraries.

Joseph Lucia is Dean of Libraries at Temple University. Under his leadership, in 2019 the university completed construction and began operation of the world-class Charles Library, notable for its unique design by architects Snøhetta and local partners Stantec. Prior to serving as Dean at Temple, Lucia served as University Library at Villanova University for eleven years. During his tenure at Villanova, Falvey Library won the 2013 ACRL Excellence Award in the University category. Before assuming his post at Villanova in 2002, Lucia served as Director for Library Technology & Access within Information Resources (a merged library & computing support organization) at Lehigh University in Bethlehem, Pennsylvania. While at Lehigh, Lucia taught creative writing in the English Department from 1995 through 2002. In addition to his professional work, he is an active amateur musician with a current solo project called Sounds from Upstairs audible on Soundcloud at https://soundcloud.com/jlucia

Lisa A. Forrest serves as the Leland M. Park Director of the Davidson College Library, recipient of ACRL’s 2021 Excellence in Academic Libraries Award. Prior to arriving at Davidson, Lisa led the Research & Design team at Hamilton College’s Burke Library (2013- 2018), and was an Associate Librarian for SUNY Buffalo State University (2004-2013). She is a fellow of the Educause Leading Change Institute, the Western New York Library Resources Council’s Leadership Institute, and recipient of the Excellence in Library Service Award from the Western New York Library Resources Council.

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Apr 18th, 12:45 PM Apr 18th, 1:40 PM

Deans' Panel: Say You Want a Revolution: Digital Initiatives, Digital Futures (You Know It’s Gonna Be Alright)

The “digital” is no longer a separable element in library work. Once considered to live at the margins of the profession, digital tools, services, and skills have revolutionized virtually all domains of librarianship. From digital archives to digital competencies, the transformation taking place in our libraries requires multiple perspectives and new ways of working together to fully achieve our aspirations. Join Kara Whatley (Caltech), Joe Lucia (Temple University), and Lisa Forrest (Davidson College) to hear perspectives on identifying, staffing, managing, and prioritizing digital initiatives at three very different types of institutions.