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Library Research Symposium

By McMaster University Library

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Tue, Nov 3, 2015 12:00 PM - 5:00 PM EST


MIIETL Classroom, Mills Library, McMaster University Hamilton, Ontario L8S 4L6 Canada


12:00 noon – 12:45 pm - Light lunch

12:45 pm– 1:00 pm - Welcome

1:00 pm – 1:30 pm Trends in North American Library & Information Science (LIS) Programs:

Significant social, demographic, technological and educational shifts are working to alter the direction and forces of LIS education. North American programs are challenged to respond to these pressures in a perfect storm of increased accountability, declining resources and student demands.

Speaker: Dr. Heidi Julien (Professor and Chair, Department of Library & Information Studies, University at Buffalo)

Convenor: Leeanne Romane (McMaster University Library)

1:30 pm – 2:30 pm Librarian Research Short Talks

Hear brief updates of current or proposed research from librarians at McMaster and other participating institutions. Please notify the session convenor, Lynne Serviss ( if you are interested in doing a 10-minute presentation about a recently-finished research project or a 5-minute presentation about a proposed topic.

Speakers identified to date: Myron Groover (Privacy concerns relating to public library internet terminals); Lynne Serviss (Applying Disney customer service models to academic libraries); Robin Bergart (Exploring the value of the Partnership Journal); John Fink (Mentorship in Canadian Organizations); Susanna Galbrieth; Paul Takala

Convenor: Lynne Serviss (McMaster University Library)

2:30 pm – 2:45 pm Break

2:45 pm – 3:15 pm Trends in German Library Education

The German library education system has changed dramatically over the past decade. Learn about recent examples of how major LIS institutions and study programs are meeting these changes and developing their research profiles.

Speaker: Dr. Gerhard Hacker (Professor and Chair, Library and Information Science, Leipzig University of Applied Sciences)

Convenor: Dale Askey (McMaster University Library)

3:15 pm – 4:15 pm DREaM: Creating a UK-wide network of LIS researchers

Prof. Hall will describe DREaM, the formation of a UK-wide network of LIS researchers. She will report on the results of her analysis of focus group discussions and email correspondence collected in 2015 that assesses the use of research methods presented at earlier DREaM workshops, the development of DREaM-inspired LIS research and publications and their impacts, the influence of DREaM on individual career paths, and on-going contact between DREaM participants who attended earlier workshops.

Speaker: Professor Hazel Hall (Director of the Centre for Social Informatics at Edinburgh Napier University)

Convenor: Dr. Brian Detlor (DeGroote School of Business, McMaster University)

4:15 pm – 5:00 pm Networking Reception (stay for a glass of sparkling water, small nibbles and an opportunity to talk with colleagues, new and old)

About the organizer

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