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Charleston Library Conference 

Dec 18, 2016

Hyde Park Debate

Resolved: APC-Funded Open Access is Antithetical to the Values of Librarianship

In Favor: Alison Scott, UC Riverside
Opposed: Michael Levine-Clark, University of Denver

The debate will be conducted in general accordance with Oxford Union rules. All in the audience will vote their opinion on...

Dec 18, 2016

Reimagining Our World at Planetary Scale: The Big Data Future of Our Libraries

What happens when massive computing power brings together an ever-growing cross-section of the world’s information in realtime, from news media to social media, books to academic literature, the world’s libraries to the web itself,...

Dec 18, 2016

Libraries as Convener, Enabler, Distributor, Advocate and Archive in the Future Knowledge Economy

By 2026, there will be no information and services industry targeting products to the library marketplace. Content and applications will be directed to the consumer. Open resources for learning, research and recreation, and...

Dec 18, 2016

You Can't Preserve What You Don't Have - Or Can You? Libraries as Infrastructure for Perpetual Access to Intellectual Output

Since their existence, libraries have been responsible for preserving society's records and intellectual output. This ancient and important role is under serious threat in the digital age....