2017 LACUNY Institute Program*

The Future of Librarianship: Exploring what’s next for the Academic Librarian

Keynote Speaker: Barbara Rockenbach


Barbara Rockenbach is the interim Associate University Librarian for Collections & Services in the Columbia University Libraries. Previous to this interim role, she was the Director of the Humanities & History Libraries at Columbia where she lead a team of librarians to support the scholarly pursuits of students and faculty by building innovative services around deep research collections in all areas of the humanities. She also led the development of the Digital Humanities Center, which provides services to humanities researchers working with computational tools and methods in the humanities and beyond. Prior to this, Barbara held several positions at Yale University, including Director of Undergraduate and Library Research Education, Instructional Services Librarian in the Arts Library, and writing instructor in the English Department. She has also worked at both JSTOR and ARTstor. She has B.A. in English Literature from the University of Illinois, an MLIS from the University of Pittsburgh, and an MA in Art History from Hunter College.

830am – 3:45pm

8:30 am    Registration and breakfast, and networking

9:20 am     Welcome and Introduction

9:30 am    Keynote Talk: Barbara Rockenbach

10:30 am    Poster Session

11:00 am    Facilitated Dialogues (4)

12:00 pm     Lunch

1:15 pm     Panel Sessions

2:15 pm     Break

2:30 pm     Facilitated Dialogues (4)

3:30pm    Closing

Detailed Program:

Keynote: Barbara Rockenbach

POSTER Sessions:

  • The Fast-Forward Fixation: A Critical Examination of Academic Librarians’ Focus on the Future, Danielle Apfelbaum and Derek Stadler
  • Software Engineering and Computing Literacy for Librarians, David Cirella
  • Enhancing Information Literacy with Infographics and Visualizations, Laura Costello, and Claudia McGivney,
  • Where Are Academic Librarians Headed: Lessons from the ACRL 2017 Conference, Michael Kahn
  • Together We Can! Academic Libraries and First-Generation Student Success, Michelle Maloney
  • Reimagining Workflows to Address and Prevent “Information Drift,” Sandra G. Urban and James Cho
  • What You Can Do In Your Community: Civic Engagement in Academic Librarianship Presenters, Diana Moronta and Alyssa Brissett

MORNING Sessions:

  • The Path Forward: Applying Principles of Organization Development to Foster an Inclusive Environment, Nikhat Ghouse and Jaena Alabi
  • Engaging Wikipedia in a Post-Truth World: Theories and Strategies for Information Professions, Rebecca Synder and Robin O’Hanlan
  • Time for the M.L.D.: Design and the Future of LIS Education, Steven J. Bell and Rachel Ivy Clarke
  • Libraries in the Machine: Libraries in Virtual Reality (VR), Augmented Reality (AR), and Mixed Reality, Ken Fujiuchi


Panel 1

  • Egalitarian Teams in Action: Grassroots Organizing for Library Initiatives, Linda Miles, Catherine Lyons, and Miriam Laskin

Panel 2

  • LACUNY: Preparing our Patrons to Navigate a Fake-news-strewn Landscape, Barbara Gray, Stacy Katz, Martha Lerski, Christine McKenna, and Sean O’Heir

Panel 3

  • What Academic Libraries Can Learn from the Future of Public Media, Chris Kretz
  • Complementary Therapies in Libraries: A Future Perspective, Kellie Sparks
  • Walk the Future like a Landscape: Theorizing an Interdisciplinary Approach, Jeremy McGinnis

Panel 4

  • Digital Literacy at the K-12 Level, Leanne Ellis
  • Frameworks for Determining Factual Information: A Survey of Approaches and Tools from Various Disciplines, Ryan Phillips


  • Everything is online! Who needs the reference librarians? Aditi Bandyopadhyay, Mary Kate Boyd-Byrnes, and Amrita Madray
  • Building the Post-Collection Library, Nathaniel King and Tiffany LeMaistre
  • Preparing Graduate Students for Careers in Academic Librarianship, Johnathan Thayer and Jill Cirasella,
  • The Library as Publisher: Open Educational Resources, Ian McDermott and Megan Wacha

2017 Preliminary Program with Abstracts


*This is a preliminary program and subject to change