Michigan Library Association Conference

The Michigan Library Association is seeking proposals from librarians for the 2009 Annual Conference, November 3-6, at the Lansing Center & Radisson Hotel, Lansing, MI.  Last year we received only 16 proposals from academic librarians and we would like to see that number increase. Of course, proposals from librarians at public, school, and special libraries will be readily considered. Proposals are due by February 20.  Please see the conference web site for more information: http://www.mla.lib.mi.us/node/934 The conference theme is Ready, Set, Go!, which reflects MLA’s new strategic focus on the future and the energy, talent, and enthusiasm that will result in improved library services for the citizens of Michigan.  This conference will also pay tribute to our association’s incredibly rich history that dates back to 1891. For academic librarians, let some of the ideas listed below stimulate your thinking. *New ideas or research that contribute to ongoing discussion about the future of academic and research libraries *Libraries role in shaping scholarly communication *Innovative library instruction or information literacy incorporating assessment, active learning, faculty/librarian collaboration, etc. *Innovative library services, such as embedded librarianship, RSS feeds of new books, mashups, etc. *Community partnerships *Innovative Library/Web 2.0 implementations *Gaming *Implementations of open source software *User studies or information seeking behavior and the resulting changes made to user services or procedures *Digital libraries, including developments in resource linking,  preservation, maintenance, web services *Web design, such as information architecture, activity-centered design, user-centered design, usability testing, etc. *Authentication and authorization, including Digital Rights Management (DRM), authentication, privacy, and issues with remote patrons. *Internet privacy, copyright, and filtering Thanks much, Kevin McDonough Electronic Services Librarian Olson Library, Northern Michigan University Marquette, MI 49885 906-227-2118 For an archive of past messages from the ILI listserv, visit: http://lists.ala.org/wws/arc/ili-l. F

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