The Greater New York Metropolitan Area Chapter of ACRL is soliciting presentation proposals for its Symposium.
How do librarians at smaller institutions participate in inter-institutional efforts to build and maintain rich shared collections? How do they advocate on behalf of students and faculty to ensure that materials required for teaching, learning and research remain accessible?
What are the roles of libraries and vendors within the academic information ecosystem? How do we reconcile the interests of profit-driven commercial entities with the academic mission of college and research libraries? Proposals that address the status quo or delineate aspirational ideals will be welcomed. We are especially interested in frameworks that define how academic libraries’ functions are or should be distinct from those of our commercial partners.
How have libraries and librarians from all kinds of academic institutions taken responsibility for the preservation and accessibility of endangered research-valuable content? Proposals may also address specific gaps where our profession is failing to fulfill our mission regarding such content.
- materials in danger of disappearing because they are inconvenient for or hostile to a political regime or agenda;
- genres of materials historically seen as not of research value and so outside the traditional purview of academic and research libraries;
- materials in non-traditional formats that are seldom collected by academic and research libraries