Over the last 18 months, universities have seemingly split into two distinct environments – the in-person and the digital. The split extended into the library space, where engaging students online became the priority over in-person services.
As schools have re-opened, libraries have started re-introducing their in-person services and print collections; but moving forward, they have to figure out how to integrate both aspects of their services seamlessly to fully capture the advantages of digital while preserving the value of print.
This panel will discuss how different librarians approach this challenge and what we can learn from their experiences. Topics will include:
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Valerie Nye is the Library Director at Santa Fe Community College and has worked in academic libraries for more than 15 years. She is the editor of the newly published book, Intellectual Freedom Stories: From a Shifting Landscape (ALA, 2020) and is currently serving as secretary on the Amigos Library Services board. Valerie holds a BA in English from Cornell College and MLIS from the University of Wisconsin-Madison.
Rex Krajewski is the Director of Library & Learning Commons Services at North Shore Community College. He previously held positions at the Simmons University Library, including Reference Librarian, Head of Research Services, and Associate Director of Collections & Information Services. He also has been an adjunct faculty member at the Simmons University Graduate School of Library & Information Science, teaching Reference & Information Services and Online Information Services courses online and face-to-face, as well as several Continuing Education courses. Currently, Rex is the Past-President of the academic library network, Higher Education Libraries of Massachusetts (HELM). Rex is a creative innovator and a staunch believer in strategic, evidence-based practice.