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The University Library’s Expanding Mission: Higher Education in the Digital Age

Tuesday, September 22, 2015

Time and Location

September 22
Registration and Reception: 7:00 - 7:30pm
Presentation and Discussion: 7:30 - 8:30pm

Yale Center Beijing
8 Jianguomenwai Avenue
36th Floor
Tower B of IFC Building
(Yong'anli Subway Station, Exit C)


Free admission; please follow the link below to register before September 22.

Please email if you have questions.

The language of the event will be English.

Yale Center Beijing wishes to thank Shawn Moore for his generous support of the event.

The Event

In the 21st century, the mission of the university library is expanding, not diminishing. Using Yale University Library as an example, Yale's University Librarian, Susan Gibbons, will underscore the sustained importance of physical collections for teaching and research. She will then turn to Yale University Library's latest technology-based services, highlighting the challenges of digital preservation, the emergence of the digital humanities, and the management of research data.

The Speaker

Susan Gibbons earned an MLS and M.A. in history from Indiana University, an MBA from the University of Massachusetts and a doctorate in higher education administration from the University of Rochester. She is well known in the library world, most significantly for the library user studies at Rochester she has undertaken since 2004. In collaboration with an anthropologist, Gibbons determined how faculty and students do their academic work, find information, and make use of the physical and technological resources offered by the libraries. The results have led to service, collections and physical space changes in the River Campus Libraries designed to better meet user needs. Gibbons has given talks around the world on this work, which has been featured in The Chronicle of Higher Education. In 2007 she co-edited "Studying Students: The Undergraduate Research Project at the University of Rochester" (ACRL Publications), and published her own book, "The Academic Library and the Net Gen Student: Making the Connections (ALA Editions)."

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