Thursday, January 19, 2012

Free Online Seminars Look into the Future of LIS

The start of the spring semester at the nationally-ranked San Jose State University School of Library and Information Science is upon us, and with it brings all new online seminars for current and future informational professionals. The free presentations begin January 31, with a look into the future of reading. Here’s a glimpse at the presentations scheduled during January and February:

·         January 31 at 12:00 p.m. Pacific Time – The Future of Reading
Join Tom Peters, assistant dean for strategic technology initiatives at Milner Library at Illinois State University in Normal, for an exploration and discussion of the prospects and possibilities of reading, and how libraries and librarians can enhance the reading experience. Tom will address the influence of e-reading technologies.

·         February 8 at 5:30 p.m. Pacific Time – New Career Pathways for Information Professionals [Career Colloquia]
Our Career Colloquia presentations are always popular, and this one is especially exciting with Dr. Sandy Hirsh, professor and director of the School of Library and Information Science at San Jose State University, presenting. Sandy will get you thinking about how your valuable LIS skill sets can be applied to a variety of information environments, opening doors to new career paths.

·         February 9 at 12:00 p.m. Pacific Time – Biblion: The Boundless Library
In this session, you’ll learn about a revolutionary iPad app that made rare source materials accessible to the masses. Deanna Lee, vice president for communications and marketing for The New York Public Library, will discuss the app including how it was created and lessons learned.

The online presentations are FREE, and everyone is invited to attend. Simply visit the Spring Semester 2012 Colloquia Series web page for links to the online sessions. If you can't make the time posted, you can still view the presentations when most convenient for you. Links to webcasts and podcasts of the Collaborate presentations will be posted about a week after the scheduled events. Simply visit the SLIS Colloquia Index. Presentations will be held throughout the semester, so be sure to check back often to see the full schedule.

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