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Interterm 2016

IDP 112: Libraries for the Future: Networking Beyond Boundaries

Tuesday, January 19 to Thursday, January 21.


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


Shifting the focus from the local challenge of 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 ever-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



Symposium: Libraries for the Future: Networking Beyond Boundaries

Friday, January 22, 2016
9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.
Carroll Room, Campus Center


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 Bibliothèque 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 am: Light breakfast and exhibit of student works displayed in the Nolen Gallery and around the mezzanine of the Campus Center

9:30 am: Opening remarks: Janie Vanpée, Elizabeth Mugar Eveillard '69 Faculty Director of the Lewis Global Studies Center

9:45 am: 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, Dan was a Professor of History and the Director of the Roy Rosenzweig Center for History and New Media at George 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). Introduced by Elisa Lanzi, Director of Digital Strategies and Services, Smith Services.

10:30 am: Jessica Yurkovsky, Principal and Creative Technologist at metaLAB Harvard, a research and teaching unit dedicated to exploring and expanding the frontiers of networked culture in the arts and humanities. Jessica is a designer with roots in urban planning, ethnography, and coding. She was part of the teaching team behind Library Test Kitchen, a series of courses engaging students in designing for libraries, and LABRARY, an experimental library pop-up space. Her work centers on social spaces and community, with particular focus on how LGBT seniors use space and technology. Introduced by Anne Houston, Director for Teaching and Learning and Research, Smith Libraries.

11:15 am: 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. Introduced by Miriam Neptune, Digital Scholarship Librarian, Smith Libraries.

12:00 pm: Lunch

Attendees are invited to peruse the student work on display in the back of the Carroll Room and in the Nolen Gallery, on the ground floor of the Campus Center.

1:00 pm: Keynote address, introduced by Katherine Rowe, Provost and Dean of the Faculty

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 pm: Round table discussions (speakers and staff from the library leading individual round table discussions with audience)

3:00 pm: Panel of guest speakers summarizing round table discussions