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Thursday, November 5 • 11:35am - 12:15pm
What Role do Librarians Play in Innovation? An IGI Global Survey on Academic Libraries as Centers for the Advancement of Technology

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Traditionally the role of the librarian as an enabler of technology advancement has been underestimated. Almost all innovators—faculty members, students, alumni, and industry professionals—have relied on knowledge assembled from library resources.

Today, more than ever, innovation is needed to fuel the economy. It is clear that advancements in technology specifically, carry the most opportunity to flourish in this ever-changing global economic landscape. From mobile technology breakthroughs to cyber theft, information science and technology issues are a central topic in the public conversation. Policymakers, economists, and other experts agree that in order to assure long-term economic growth, advancements in technology must continue to be significant in coming years.

IGI Global and our librarian advisory board seek to understand how college and university libraries can support technological innovations with an international survey. Findings of the librarian survey will be shared during the presentation and an infographic will be available for participants. The discussion will include profiles and examples of libraries leading technology innovation, including supporting innovation with programming, such as coding, gaming and robotics, and with cutting-edge research.

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Cynthia Hart

Oceanfront Area Librarian, Virginia Beach Public Library
With varied experience in administration, supervision and programming, Cindy has worked as a public librarian for more than 30 years in progressively responsible positions with the Virginia Beach Public Library System. For more than a decade, she managed the Library’s intranet and... Read More →

Lindsay Johnston

Managing Director, IGI Global
Ms. Johnston is currently the Managing Director at IGI Global, an academic reference publisher based in Hershey, Pennsylvania. During her time at IGI Global, she has procured hundreds of titles within five separate imprints and has made significant contributions to content strategy... Read More →
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Audrey Powers

Associate Librarian, University of South Florida
I am an Associate Librarian at the University of South Florida. Currently, I work with students and faculty in The College of The Arts, but in my former life I was a Science librarian. These very different roles have provided me with the unique opportunity to work with researchers... Read More →
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Jackie Ricords

Director of E-Resources, IGI Global
Jackie Ricords leads IGI Global’s e-resources and consortia outreach efforts. Prior to joining the STM publisher, she worked in higher education for more than a decade teaching and directing professional development programs for educators. Jackie has expertise in digital resources... Read More →

Thursday November 5, 2015 11:35am - 12:15pm EST
Cypress Ballroom South, Courtyard Marriott