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Wednesday, April 22 • 1:00pm - 4:00pm
Our Place: New Frontiers in Meeting Needs

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The College and University Libraries Section (CULS) will host panel discussions on providing a place for everyone at the table regarding library spaces, collections, and interactions. How have advances in STEM, social sciences or humanities allowed for the creation of new opportunities to meet our collective needs?


1:00 pm - 1:05 pm Welcome

1:05 pm - 2:25 pm PANEL 1 -- see descriptions below

2:25 pm - 2:40 pm Break

2:40 pm - 3:55 pm PANEL 2 -- see descriptions below

3:55 pm - 4:00 pm Wrap-up

Panel Descriptions


IT/Reference Collaboration:  Can Two Departments Share the Same Space?
Pam Dennis and Robert Rose, University of Memphis

    The University of Memphis Libraries RIS Desk and the IT Desk, both located in the University Libraries Learning Commons, combined their service points this semester to provide a more efficient and meaningful service to users on campus. The pilot program promotes a more cooperative desk that combines the technology skills of the existing IT Desk with the reference and scholarly expertise of Libraries faculty and staff while simultaneously solving staffing problems faced by both desks.

Library-Land Boldly Explores New Frontiers
Regina Lee, Tennessee Technological University

     Over the past year or so, several groups on campus have partnered with the library to establish cutting edge technological experiences for students and faculty.  The Volpe Library is providing its expertise in supporting learning outside of the classroom and is reconfiguring space to best serve students. 

     The presentation will provide a brief description of each endeavor, approximately 6 entities outside the library, and how the library benefits from these partnerships with other academic units on campus.  Tennessee Tech is one of very few universities, and the only one in the state, to have a VisCube in the HIVE (Hybrid Immersive Visualization Environment).

The Role of a Library Liaison in a Merged Division
Jennifer Ott and Wendy Trenthem, Rhodes College

     Several college campuses are merging or have merged library services and information technology in order to provide a cohesive unit for service and support. Since 1999, Rhodes College has had a merged Library and IT division, and now information professionals play many different roles (researcher, instructor, collection developer, IT support, and liaison).  At Rhodes, the Information Services Librarian position was created to service the needs of the academic departments and the campus as a whole. The liaison duties of this position involve collaboration with faculty, communication, and relationship building. Learn how this role has changed over the past fifteen years, and how it continues to evolve in a small liberal arts college.



Change: Community Involvement brings Staff Empowerment | Linebaugh Public Library System Case Study
Carol Ghattas, Linebaugh Public Library

   Since coming to Linebaugh in 2011, Carol Ghattas has been constantly aware that things needed to change in order to better meet the needs of their community, but it was not until the entire system went through a new strategic planning process under the leadership of Sandra Nelson, that she found the empowerment she longed for to bring effective change.
    What made the difference for Linebaugh? The new strategic plan was based on recommendations from a group of community stakeholders, so Carol was able to tell staff: We're doing this, making these changes because this is what our community wants.

Everything in its Place: Google Maps for Libraries
Rachel Scott and Anna Neal, University of Memphis
Presentation available

     Google Maps are ubiquitous. Libraries and other institutions increasingly use this platform to generate interest in collections and engage users. This presentation describes successful implementations, illustrates how Google Maps can enrich library services, discusses the process of creating the Memphis Music Venues map, and concludes with a demonstration.

Sustain a Book: Recycling Books for Art & Function
Deborah Babb, Christian Brothers University

Inspired by Claremont College's re:book contest, we initiated a similar contest in spring 2014 called Sustain a Book. This contest, open to students, Faculty, and staff, invited participants to make something new (artistic, functional, or both) out of old, unwanted books and paper. This contest brought attention to the library and our sustainability efforts and encouraged creativity from our community.



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Nancy Gibson

Distance Education Librarian, Austin Peay State University

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Deborah Babb

Electronic Services Librarian, Christian Brothers University Plough Library

Pamela Dennis

University of Memphis
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Carol Ghattas

Branch Librarian, Linebaugh Public Library
After living 20 years in the Middle East, Carol returned to her hometown of Murfreesboro with her husband and two sons. She became Branch Librarian at Linebaugh Public Library in January 2011, which is the same library where her mother worked during Carol's youth. Carol is an author... Read More →

Regina Lee

Tennessee Technological University

Anna Neal

University of Memphis
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Jennifer Ott

Instructional Technologist, Rhodes College
Course management, information technology, CRM, teaching and instruction, project management, digital scholarship and projects, and professional development. Team building, goal setting.

Robert Rose

University of Memphis
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Rachel Scott

Interim Coordinator, Cataloging, Collection Management, & Systems, University of Memphis
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Wendy Trenthem

Information Services Librarian, Rhodes College
All-purpose librarian who supports research, instructional technology, and supervises student workers. Liaison to modern languages, religious studies, art/art history, urban studies, and anthropology/sociology at Rhodes College.


Wednesday April 22, 2015 1:00pm - 4:00pm
Southeast Ballroom B

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