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Man versus Machine: Is the Interface the Future Reference Librarian?

Friday, June 15, 9:30am – 3pm.

Mary Harkness Auditorium, Yale School of Medicine, 333 Cedar Street

Open to the public with a registration fee of $20 ($10 for student), which includes a continental breakfast and gourmet bag lunch. Alternatively, Yale faculty, staff and students may register online for free and provide their own lunch (or purchase food from nearby carts). All information, including registration, travel, and speaker background, is available at: http://guides.library.yale.edu/rarespring2012.

Spend an engaging Spring Day in New Haven with library and special collections research and education leaders! The Reference and Research Education (RaRE) Committee at the Yale University Library is sponsoring the second-annual RaRE Symposium. The theme is “Man versus Machine: Is the Interface the Future Reference Librarian?”

Three academic library leaders will address an emerging topic in academic and special collection library management - what’s the right balance between investing resources in reference and outreach, and investing in the creation of better discovery tools so that users can better help themselves?

The day will begin with breakfast at 9:30am, followed by a presentation from Susan Gibbons, Yale University Librarian, at 10:00am. Lunch will be available in the Anlyan Center for paid registrants. Following lunch, members of the RaRE Committee will conduct a variety of Yale campus tours, including the Beinecke Rare Book and Manuscript Library, the new Center for Science and Social Science Information (CSSSI), and the Medical Library’s Cushing Center, which houses legendary neurosurgeon Harvey Cushing’s Brain Tumor Registry. Tours will conclude by 3:00pm.


The speakers for the day include:

David W. Lewis, Dean of the IUPUI University Library
Mr. Lewis began his library career as a reference librarian and became a library administrator. He worked as a reference librarian at SUNY Farmingdale (1975-76) and Hamilton College (1976-78). He became head of reference and then acting director at Franklin and Marshall College (1978-83). At Columbia University Mr. Lewis was the head of the Lehman Library, the international affairs and social science collection (1983-88). He was the head of the Research and Information Services Department at the University of Connecticut (1988-93). He came to Indiana University Purdue University Indianapolis (IUPUI) in 1993 as the Head of Public Services and has been the Dean of the University Library since 2000. His papers are found in the IUPUI’s institutional repository.

Karen Williams, Associate University Librarian, University of Minnesota
Karen Williams is Associate University Librarian for Academic Programs at the University of Minnesota, a position she has held since 2004. The Academic Programs division includes liaisons in all subject areas, as well as archivists and curators. Prior to joining the U of M, she spent 22 years at the University of Arizona Library in a variety of positions, including subject liaison to several departments. Her expertise is in the areas of information literacy, copyright, and scholarly communication; with a strong dose of organizational development. She led the development of new liaison position descriptions at Minnesota, which include roles in scholarly communication, information literacy integration, and e-scholarship. She received her MLS from the University of Michigan, and her BA in English, with a secondary teaching certificate, from the University of Michigan-Flint.

William (Bill) Landis, Assistant Head of Public Services, Manuscripts and Archives, Yale University Library
William (Bill) Landis was recently appointed as the Assistant Head of Public Services of the Manuscripts and Archives Section of the Yale University Library. Prior to this recent appointment, he was Head of Special Collections Research and Instructional Services at the Louis Round Wilson Library, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Previously he served as Head of Arrangement and Description & Metadata Coordinator in Manuscripts and Archives, Yale University Library; as Metadata Coordinator for the California Digital Library; as Manuscripts Librarian in Special Collections and Archives at the University of California, Irvine; and as the first Production Coordinator for JSTOR, a large-scale scholarly journal digitization project. He earned a BA degree in History from the University of California, Santa Cruz, an MILS from the University of Michigan, and is sporadically working toward an MA in History, focusing on the U.S. West.


For more information about the event, please contact: yale.rare.symposium@gmail.com or charles.greenberg@yale.edu