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Lively Discussion [clear filter]
Wednesday, November 7

1:00pm EST

Gatekeeper or Navigator? An Outsider's Take on Librarian Approach
In the day of instantaneous information access, can a gatekeeper truly control access to information or do they simply alienate the people they serve? If a librarian sees themselves as a navigator through the murky, confusing and overwhelming information available, are they more relatable to their patrons? Which model serves the library better? Do the libraries and library patrons of the future need gatekeepers, navigators, or something else?

How does a librarian’s thoughts on their role shape their approach? Do patrons respond better to a particular methodology?

This proposed Lively Discussion will look at how librarians approach their occupation and how that shapes librarian-patron relationship.

I would love to hear from industry professionals how they see librarian roles and if they feel libraries are currently being well served by these roles. As a new library employee with a new perspective, I hope that my stance that today’s and tomorrow’s libraries need to retire the gatekeeper mentality and embrace the navigator inside themselves will be helpful and encourage insightful discussion of how to think about librarianship.

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Heather Hankins

Digital Scholarship Specialist, Kennesaw State University

Thursday, November 8

1:00pm EST

Overcoming Today’s Ethical Challenges for Librarians and Vendors
Librarians and information professionals are often faced with situations that require judgement of ethical behavior for the library, patrons and vendor relationships. Librarians encounter conflicts of interest, intellectual freedom issues, privacy matters, vendor and publisher relations dilemmas daily. And then there are shrinking and flat budgets and rapidly advancing technology that bring even more challenges for considering how to best serve patrons while practicing ethical behavior. Come learn about the multitude of ways that ethics in librarianship can be challenged and tactics that can be employed to overcome it. In addition, learn how to work and build ethical relationships with vendors, how vendors are held to a high standard of ethics and different ways to evaluate and keep transparency in the relationship. 

Our session will include a brief presentation followed by break out groups for lively discussion on some of the ethical issues we encounter in libraries along with Q&A from the audience. 


Damon Campbell

Acquisitions Librarian, University of Oregon Library
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Lisa Martincik [she / they]

Electronic Resources Librarian, University of Iowa
I deal mostly but not exclusively with streaming video and licensing at an academic library. I also buy comic books.

Thursday November 8, 2018 1:00pm - 2:15pm EST
Calhoun Room, Francis Marion Hotel