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In addition to offerings listed below, the Lazarus Center for Career Development offers a number of workshops in January covering a variety of topics, such as Creative Approaches to Career Development, Job Search for Seniors, Internships and Summer Jobs, and Applying to Graduate School. And, The Jacobson Center for Writing, Teaching and Learning offers great study skills workshops for students, including creative writing and public speaking.

IDP 112: Libraries for the Future: Networking Beyond Boundaries

January 19-21, 2016


Registration is required.  Registration is now OPEN.  Register on Bannerweb.


Shifting the focus from the local challenge or reimagining Neilson Library to a more global perspective, this course will explore the changing roles of libraries in an ever-increasing interconnected, translingual world.  While the digital turn is making library collections accessible to an every-broader public, questions of access to the information that libraries collect, archive and preserve continue to be pertinent, especially for marginalized communities or underserved geographical locations in the world.  What responsibilities and opportunities do libraries of different kinds have toward the global missions of supporting teaching and learning, access to knowledge, and preservation of culture?  What innovations are being pioneered by communities of librarians as they support an international public of teachers and learners?  The course will meet from Tuesday, January 19 to Thursday, January 21 and will culminate with the symposium, Libraries for the Future, on Friday, January 22, that students registered in the course will be expected to attend. (1 credit)

Separate registration for the January 22 conference is below.  Those enrolling in the course will automatically be enrolled in the conference.

Co-taught by Patrick Weil, Global Leader in Residence and Founder of Libraries Without Borders, and Janie Vanpee, Professor of French Studies and Comparative Literature.



Conference:  Libraries for the Future:  Networking Beyond Boundaries

January 22, 2016

9:30 a.m. - 3:00 p.m.

Carroll Room, Campus Center 208


Registration is required.

Registration is now OPEN.  Register here.


Across the world, libraries of all kinds are at the forefront of two profound human challenges:  to support learning communities and preserve their cultural heritage as technologies for creating, sharing, and preserving knowledge change rapidly.  How a library does this work is emerging as an especially crucial challenge for marginalized communities and underserved geographical locations in the world.  This challenge is shared by many different kinds of institutions:  from national libraries such as the British Library, and Bibliotheque Nationale de France; to academic research libraries; to local community and pop-up libraries; to digital federation projects such as the DPLA, Europeana, and the World Digital Library and Libraries Without Borders.

Bringing together leaders in imagining the future of libraries with Smith and Five-College students, faculty, and library staff, the symposium will focus on the global opportunities and challenges of sharing and stewarding knowledge.  Morning sessions will focus on the projects currently underway to create networks of learners, teachers, and collections around the world.  Afternoon sessions will focus on specific problems of preserving, archiving and making accessible information for underserved communities such as grassroots organizations or ancient libraries in less accessible or threatened locations.


9:00 a.m.:  Light breakfast and exhibit of student works displayed in the Nolen Gallery and around the mezzanine of the Campus Center

9:30 a.m.:  Opening remarks:  Provost Katherine Rowe

9:45 a.m.:  Matthew Battles, a senior researcher with metaLAB (at) Harvard has published extensively on the history and changing roles of libraries in culture.  With metaLAB, Matthew fosters research into the critical and curatorial dimensions of technology in art and culture; advances multidisciplinary, collaborative dimensions of scholarly community; and explores innovative models for publishing.

10:30 a.m.:  Dan Cohen, Founding Executive Director of the Digital Public Library, where he works to further the DPLA's mission to make the cultural and scientific heritage of humanity available, free of charge, to all.  Prior to his tenure, Dean was a Professor of History and the Director of the Roy Rosenzweig Center for History and New Media at Geroge Mason University.  At the Center, Dan oversaw projects ranging from new publishing ventures (PressForward) to online collections (September 11 Digital Archive) to software for scholarship (the popular Zotero research tool).

11:15 a.m.:  Stéphanie Diakité, JC-JD/MBA/PhD, is the owner of d intl, a boutique technical assistance firm providing services to leading sustainable socio-economic and cultural development investors in sub-Saharan Africa.  She works to drive inclusive and transformational development outcomes where the rights and the empowerment of women and girls are at the forefront of socio-economic growth, peace building and good governance.  Dr. Diakité was deeply involved in the successful evacuation of the Timbuktu manuscripts during the socio-political crisis that rocked the Republic of Mali in 2012/2013.

12:00 p.m.:  Lunch

1:00 p.m.:  Keynote address

Patrick Weil, French historian and political scientist, is a research fellow at CNRS, at the Centre for the social history of the 20th Century at the University of Paris 1.  He studies the history of immigration in France.  He worked as Chief of Staff of the Secretariat of State for immigrants in 1981 and 1982, and was a member of the Stasi Commission and a member of the board of the Cité Nationale de l'Histoire de l'Immigration (Museum of the History of Immigration).  He is the founder and President of the NGO Libraries Without Borders.  He is currently Visiting Professor of Law at Yale Law School.

2:00 p.m.:  Round table discussions (speakers and staff from the library leading individual round table discussions with audience)

3:00 p.m.:  Panel of guest speakers summarizing round table discussions

Wilderness First Aid

January 23-24, 2016

Open to everyone. This two-year medical certification is great for anyone who spends time outdoors, leads trips or is simply interested in learning more about practical hands-on skills for dealing with emergencies in the backcountry. Contact Scott Johnson in the Outdoor Adventure Program at sjohnson@smith.edu to register or for more details. FREE if you are a student interested in becoming a 2016 Outdoor Adventure Orientation Leader at Smith. All others $150.

InterTERm at the Five Colleges

Mount Holyoke College

January 3-20, 2017

Mount Holyoke College's intersession offers a variety of noncredit classes, from storytelling to celestial navigation.

Amherst College

January 3-20, 2017

See the Amherst Interterm Program for information about their offerings.