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Information Commons:
Are We All Things to All People?

The Library Association of the City University of New York (LACUNY) will hold its annual Institute Friday, May 19, 2006.

Institute 2006 will be held at the William and Anita Newman Conference Center at Baruch College, CUNY http://www.baruch.cuny.edu/conferencecenter/newman.htm.

Institute 2006 Mission Statement

The Information Commons is a reconfigured physical space that offers a host of services beyond reference, print materials and computer access: multimedia laboratories, technical support, video conferencing, and information consultations. Is it time to redesign our bricks-and-mortar academic libraries to adapt to the unique information access strategies and learning styles of Millennials? Or - as in the well publicized case of the emptying University of Texas-Austin’s undergraduate library of books – “mall”-zation of the library?
In what ways is the role of the academic librarian changing as we transform from information gatekeepers to roving facilitators? Are our skills becoming diluted and trivialized – or is this an unprecedented opportunity for creative professional growth? Join LACUNY for exciting and stimulating discussion.

In addition to our keynote speakers and panel discussion, we are planning to have eight breakout sessions that will further engage our audience (librarians, college administrators, and academic faculty) to the various aspects of implementing an Information Commons within their academic library.

To register for the conference click here

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