Challenging the Status Quo – Elsevier’s 15th Annual Digital Libraries Symposium at ALA Midwinter 2013

Published January 11, 2013

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American Libraries Association Midwinter Meeting and Exhibits

For 15 years, Elsevier has started off the new year hosting the Digital Libraries Symposium at ALA Midwinter. This year is no exception, and we are pleased to present three excellent speakers on the theme of Challenging the Status Quo. Librarians today face challenges in terms of changes in the university's mission, research services and scholarly publishing. Each of these topics will be addressed by the program speakers, details of which are available below. If you are attending ALA Midwinter you can skip directly to the registration by clicking here.

If you are not able to make the trek to Seattle, you will still be able to access the Digital Libraries Symposium content shortly after the event on the Library Connect website. For quick access to presentations and articles as soon as they are published, subscribe to the Library Connect RSS feed. Or follow along on Twitter in real time using the #ElsevierDLS hashtag.

In addition to the Digital Libraries Symposium, there are a host of great sessions at ALA Midwinter and I have made a few recommendations below. If you see a session that looks interesting, let us know by commenting on this post or e-mail Many of our Library Connect articles come from presentations at conferences such as ALA Midwinter.

I hope to meet with many of you at the Digital Libraries Symposium or at some other point during the midwinter meeting. And don’t forget to stop by the Elsevier Booth #2131 for presentations and answers to your product questions.

Best regards,

Colleen DeLory
Editor, Library Connect

Elsevier’s 15th Annual Digital Libraries Symposium - Challenging the Status Quo

Saturday, January 26, 2013 - 1:30 p.m. - 3:30 p.m.
Washington State Convention Center, LL4&5

Where Research Goes, so Goes Research Libraries and Scholarly Publishing
Catherine Murray-Rust, Vice Provost for Learning Excellence and Dean of Libraries
Georgia Institute of Technology

The Library's Role in the University's Educational Mission
Judith Coffey Russell, Dean of University Libraries
University of Florida

Open Access: Current Developments, Future Perspectives
Alicia Wise, Director of Universal Access

REGISTER here. The event is free; however, registration is required.


With the breadth of the ALA Midwinter program, you’ll want to do some pre-planning regarding sessions to attend. You can search for your areas of interest using the online Scheduler. Here are a few unrestricted sessions that caught my eye.

ARL Library Assessment Forum
Friday, January 25, 2013 - 1:30pm to 3:00pm
Sheraton Seattle Hotel, Ravenna

Committee on the Future of University Libraries Meeting (ACRL ULS)
Friday, January 25, 2013 - 1:30pm to 3:30pm
Westin Seattle Hotel, Cascade IA

LITA 201 - learn more about how your technical side fits into the library arena
Friday, January 25, 2013 - 4:00pm to 5:00pm
Washington State Convention Center, Room 611-614

Information Literacy Committee Meeting (part of All-Committees Meeting) (ACRL STS)
Saturday, January 26, 2013 - 8:30am to 10:00am
Westin Seattle Hotel, Pine Table 2

ACRL Metrics User Group Meeting (ACRL)
Saturday, January 26, 2013 - 10:30am to 11:30am
Westin Seattle Hotel, Vashon

Linked Data for Holdings and Cataloging: Interactive Session
Saturday, January 26, 2013 - 4:30pm to 5:30pm
Washington State Convention Center, Room 611-614

Cataloging and Classification Research Interest Group
Sunday, January 27, 2013 - 10:30am to 11:30am
Renaissance Seattle Hotel, Compass South

Top Technology Trends
Sunday, January 27, 2013 - 10:30am to 11:30am
Washington State Convention Center, Room 606-607

Electronic Resources Management
Sunday, January 27, 2013 - 1:00pm to 2:30pm
Washington State Convention Center, Room 604

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