With low usage and shrinking budgets, libraries are challenged to justify resource investments now more than ever. At the same time, information users are ill prepared to navigate the amount and quality of content on the web. This creates a tremendous opportunity for libraries to show that they are well equipped to help users navigate information resources and for users to benefit from this guidance.
Credo Reference’s Libraries Thriving and Against the Grain’s Multi-Grain are online collaborative communities that both tackle these issues separately. Because there are such solid arguments on both sides, Libraries Thriving and Multi-Grain have decided to team up to consider the whole picture. They are sponsoring an Oxford-style live debate, including audience participation and voting, at the upcoming Charleston Conference and want to hear what you have to say! In preparation for the live debate, the conversation is starting here on on Multi-Grain (for those in proposition) and on Libraries Thriving (for those in opposition).
So are libraries thriving? If you say yes, reply to this post with your arguement. If you say no, head over to Libraries Thriving to join those in opposition. Then, if you’re also interested in participating in the live debate but unable to attend the Charleston conference, register for an online seat to participate remotely*. Let the discussion begin!
Charleston Conference 2011
Even When “Something’s Gotta Give” Libraries Are Thriving:
An Oxford-Style Debate with Libraries Thriving and Multi-Grain
Friday, November 4 from 12:45 PM – 2:00 PM
- Sandy Hirsh, Professor and Director, School of Library and Information Science, San Jose State University
- Jill Emery, Collection Development Librarian, Portland State University
- Derek Law, Professor Emeritus, University of Strathclyde
- Mike Sweet, CEO, Credo Reference
- Tim Cherubini, Director, Regional Services, LYRASIS
- Tim Bucknell, Assistant Dean of University Libraries, University of North Carolina Greensboro
*A recording of the debate will be available on both Libraries Thriving and Multi-Grain.
Leah was appointed Executive Director of the Charleston Conference in 2017, and has served in various roles with the Charleston Information Group, LLC, since 2004. Prior to working for the conference, she was Assistant Director of Graduate Admissions for the College of Charleston for four years. She lives in a small town near Columbia, SC, with her husband and two kids where they raise a menagerie of farm animals.