2014 Annual Conference: Every Step of the Way: Supporting Student and Faculty Research

When: March 10, 2014, 9:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.
Where: The William and Ida Friday Continuing Education Center, Chapel Hill NC

Keynote: “Designing Academic Libraries for New Ways of Research,” presented by Nancy Fried Foster, Senior Anthropologist, Ithaka S+R. foster

What if we could build a new kind of book that is not based on the codex? And what if we could build a new kind of research library that is not based on shelves and lecterns? Such a project would require that we study and understand new ways of conducting research and how the library fits into emerging work practices of faculty members, students, and other scholars today. Nancy Fried Foster will discuss ways that this knowledge is already being gained through ethnographic methods that librarians can use with modest training and guidance. Dr. Foster will propose a way of designing libraries that departs from precedent and seeks new metaphors—beyond the shelf and the codex—for use in the design process. Actual projects and information about traditions in library design will provide the context for this speculative presentation.

The 2014 Annual LAUNC-CH conference will include presentations on how librarians, archivists and information professionals provide support for students, faculty and independent scholars through all phases of research. A detailed brochure listing titles and descriptions of the presentations and the presenters is available.

We are continuing the popular one-day conference format and the equally popular low registration fee ($35; $15 for students) — which includes lunch.

Please join us for this fun and informative conference!

Stephanie Willen Brown and Michelle Cronquist
LAUNC-CH Conference Committee Co-Chairs
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