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  • 1. Envisioning our Information Future and How to Educate for It: A Community Conversation Eileen Abels Simmons College Lynne Howarth University of Toronto Linda Smith University of Illinois Derek Murphy Simmons College Elizabeth Reilly Simmons College Infographics by Sita Magnuson
  • 2. Why re-vision Information/LIS Education now? • Help information professionals to successfully lead and shape our information future. • Pave a path for students to understand the challenges ahead • Prepare students to excel in their abilities to keep pace with the rate of change • Stay ahead of trends that are shaping our information world
  • 3. Envisioning Our Information Future and How to Educate for It January 14 - 16, 2015, Simmons College
  • 4. Take-Away: Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities • What knowledge, skills, and abilities will be required for information professionals to help your organization achieve its goals over the next five years?
  • 5. Action Taken: Data Gathering at NELA 2015 and IFLA 2016 Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities Critical thinking 40 Flexibility 29 Technology 36 Understanding social issues and social change 28 Data analysis 33 Entrepreneurial attitude 25 Advocacy, political engagement 31 Interdisciplinary approaches 22 Leadership 31 Rapid responsiveness to community concerns 17 Teaching 30 Space planning 13 Marketing 30 Graphic design 7 5
  • 6. Change management 28 Ability to relearn 10 Research methods 20 Open science 9 Design thinking 17 Teamwork communication 9 Project management 17 Managing, organizing info 8 Scholarly communication 15 Listening 8 Diversity and inclusion 15 Collaboration 8 Cultural competencies 14 Born digital resources & preservation 7 Copyright 13 Problem-solving skills 7 Foreign languages 11 Partnership development & management 6 Innovation 11 6 Action Taken: Data Gathering at NELA 2015 and IFLA 2016 Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities
  • 7. Take-Away: Encouraging Wide Recruitment
  • 8. Action Taken: A New Podcast • Beyond the Stacks: Innovative Careers in Library and Information Science – Promote awareness of the “cool” careers one can pursue with a Master’s degree in Information/LIS – Trailer made in September 2016 – Available on iTunes and at
  • 9. Action Taken: A New Podcast – Monthly podcasts (16 episodes between September 2015 – May 2017) • User Experience Research (Mozilla) • Data Librarian (Canadian Research Knowledge Network) • Library Futurologist (American Library Association) • Electronic Records Archivist (Gates Foundation) • Director of Scholarly Communications (Microsoft Research) • Curator for History of Science & Technology Collections (Stanford University) • Web Developer (Boston Public Library) • Librarian Entrepreneur (Creator and Director of LibraryBox) • News Researcher (Tampa Bay Times) • Community and Content Associate (tumblr) • Communications Manager (Creative Commons) • Content Discovery Manager (Boston Public Library) • Taxonomist ( • Library Supervisor and Prison Services Coordinator (Free Library of Philadelphia) • Administrator and Librarian of the Culinary Literacy Center (Free Library of Philadelphia) • Content Manager (American Cheese Society) • Upcoming interviews in Fall 2017 include: • Digital Asset Manager at New Balance • Knowledge Manger at Uber Technologies
  • 10. Take-Away: Building Bridges • Build bridges … – To the rest of the world and within our community – Across silos – To foster cross pollination and collaboration – To connect inside and out – That engage with and involve students – To facilitate teaching and learning – That are in touch with the fabric and strategic vision of universities
  • 11. Actions Taken (1): Promoting Artists-in-Residence Programs: Part 1 – Information Gathering • Artist Residencies in LAMs: Background report – A series of essays profiling successful artist-in- residence programs at LAM institutions – Published on the blog, Unbound: Library Futures Unfettered, at – Covers public libraries, academic libraries, special libraries, and archives
  • 12. Public Library The Bubbler: A comprehensive set of art- related programs from the Madison Public Library ARTinside: the creation of their December-February 2013 artist-in-residence Victor Castro Worked with teens held at a local detention center, creating “social sculptures” out of recycled items, to decorate the center’s common rooms.
  • 13. Academic Library University of Technology, Sydney: Library Spectrogram by artist-in-residence Chris Gaul, 2012
  • 14. Archives City of Portland Archives and Records Center hosted artists Kaia Sand and Garrick Imatani from 2013 to 2015. The Watcher Files Project: The archives held a collection of decades-old illegal police surveillance documents. The artists tracked down an anti-nuclear-power activist who’d been spied on, showed him the police’s file on him, and printed his response onto a clear overlay placed over the original document.
  • 15. Actions Taken (2): Promoting Artists-in-Residence Programs: Part 2 – Incorporating in Curriculum • Online meeting to generate ideas for integrating the concept into the curriculum, encouraging the creation of artist-in-residence programs in LAMs: – Facilitated by a digital artist (Jer Thorp) and attended by a core group (n=12) of: • 3 artists • 9 participants representing practitioners from LAMs, and LAMs-focused educators, students, alumni drawn from each of the project programs, i.e., Illinois, Toronto, Simmons – Co-PIs to document, analyze, summarize, and report – IMLS-funded pilot project – outcomes shared broadly
  • 16. Actions Taken (3): The Teaching Library: Part 1 • We’re currently conducting research into the concept of a “teaching library” – Profiling similar concepts in action • Teaching Hospitals • Veterinary Teaching Hospitals • Hospitality School Hotels • AmeriCorps City Year – Studying what has and hasn’t worked for teaching institutions in other fields. – Developing and clarifying the concept, imagining what a teaching library might look like.
  • 17. Actions Taken (4): The Teaching Library: Part 2 • Convening a meeting to initiate the design of a pilot program engaging students and public librarians in collaborative teaching  learning projects – Key implementer from each of Boston, Toronto, and Urbana Free Public Libraries, with Curriculum Designer to facilitate – Others with experience or expertise, as identified – Co-PIs to document, analyze, summarize, and report – IMLS-funded pilot project – outcomes shared broadly
  • 18. Take-Away: Adapting for the Future • How do we deal with change? – Who will teach our students in the future? – How do we teach in the future?
  • 19. Actions Taken: Focus on Faculty • Design professional development programs for faculty – proposed IMLS-funded pilot with NARA
  • 20. Exploring Innovative Pedagogy • Library Test Kitchen • MIT Media Lab
  • 21. Library Test Kitchen @ Simmons Summer 2016 Course • Last summer, instructors from Harvard’s metaLAB, Olin College of Engineering and Simmons College collaborated with SLIS students in the first iteration of a design course geared towards LIS students. • The course inspired blog posts, a video, and a workshop at ALISE 2017
  • 22. Outcomes from LTK@Simmons • UNBOUND Blog Posts about Design Thinking and the course • LTK@Simmons Video • ALISE 2017 Workshop – LTK@Simmons Syllabus
  • 23. New Forms of Field Experience • Context: –Increasing opportunities for remote work in the information professions –Increasing numbers of students completing degrees online –Increasing emphasis on the value of field experience for all students
  • 24. New Forms of Field Experience • Identify: – Examples of virtual field experience (survey information education programs) – Organizations willing to host virtual interns – Emerging best practices for ensuring effective supervision and guidance – Potential learning outcomes
  • 25. Thank you! For more information: Visit our website at Or Contact Eileen Abels Linda Smith Lynne Howarth
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