NETSL Annual Spring Conference Program 2011


2020 Vision: A New Decade For Technical Services

Friday April 8, 2011
9:15 am – 3:30 pm
Registration begins at 8:30 am
Hogan Campus Center, College of the Holy Cross, Worcester, MA

Registration (closes March 25, 2010):
Member: $50
Non-Member: $80
Student / Unemployed: $25

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Morning Keynote Address:

Innovate or Become Obsolete: Technical Services Staffing for the 21st Century by Brad Eden,
Associate University Librarian for Technical Services and Scholarly Communication
at the University of California, Santa Barbara. He is the author of More Innovative Redesign and Reorganization of Library Technical Services and a recent article titled “The New User Environment: The End of Technical Services?” (Information Technology & Libraries, June 2010, Vol. 29 Issue 2, p93-100, 8p). He publishes in the areas of metadata, librarianship, medieval music and liturgy, and J.R.R. Tolkien.

Afternoon Keynote Address:

A Future for Libraries by John Palfrey, Henry N. Ess Professor of Law and Vice Dean for Library and Information Resources at Harvard Law School. He is the co-author of Born Digital: Understanding the First Generation of Digital Natives and Access Denied: The Practice and Politics of Internet Filtering. His research and teaching is focused on Internet law, intellectual property, and international law. As Director of the Harvard Law School library, he has focused on an innovative reorganization of staff and functions and has also been an active participant in the study and revamping of libraries and library staff across Harvard.

Panel of Library Directors:

View From The Top:  Future Organization and Innovation in Technical Services.  Thoughts from a panel of library directors including: Jay Schafer, Director of Libraries, University of Massachusetts, Amherst and Kendall Wiggin, Connecticut State Librarian.

Breakout Sessions:

The “Unified Discovery Platform” and the Library Catalog: Teammates or Rivals? — Cecilia P. Tittemore, Head, Cataloging and Metadata Services, Dartmouth College Library.

As the use of discovery systems grows, what will be the future of traditional library catalogs?  This session will explore the metadata principles and practices behind discovery platforms and library catalogs and how they result in different user experiences.

Research Data and Libraries — Donna Kafel, MLIS, Project Coordinator, Lamar Soutter Library, University of Massachusetts Medical School, and Rebecca Reznik-Zellen, Science Librarian for the Center for Hierarchical Manufacturing, University of Massachusetts at Amherst.

Researchers must now prepare plans for data management and curation for grant proposals.  Librarians are ideally suited to provide support in this area.  What skills and knowledge do we need for success in these efforts and to demonstrate our value to our parent institutions?

User Knows Best: Patron Driven Acquisition and the Death of “Expertise” — Deborah Lenares, Manager, Acquisitions & Resources-Sharing, Wellesley College and Peter Spitzform, Collection Development Librarian, Bailey/Howe Library, University of Vermont.

The advent of patron-driven acquisitions is turning traditional selection and acquisitions models upside down.  How does it work and how can we make it successful in our own institutions?

The Digital Future — Patrick Yott, Director, Library Technology Services, Northeastern University.

What new skills are needed and what roles can technical services and metadata staff play in the next decade to support digital repositories and other digital services provided by the library to the larger institution?


Presentation of the NETSL Award for Excellence in Technical Services will be made at the luncheon.

Questions, suggestions, or other feedback? Contact Amira Aaron, NETSL President,

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