Residency Focus Groups at ALA Midwinter 2012

Participate in new residency model focus groups at ALA Midwinter.

What do we mean when we talk about “emerging technology” in libraries? What does it mean to be a “technology catalyst” in libraries? How is emerging technology integrated effectively into library operations and services? The San Jose State University School of Library and Information Science and its Catalyst Partners are conducting a one-year planning grant to explore a new residency model for recent Master of Library and Information Science (MLIS) graduates -a residency model focused on integrating emerging technology into libraries. During this planning year, we are working with our partners which include the Association of College and Research Libraries, the Public Library Association, the Urban Libraries Council, and OCLC.

The research team is currently gathering input from library leaders, emerging technology experts, current and former residents, and residency program coordinators. As part of these efforts, the team will be presenting their ongoing findings – and asking for your input – in a variety of upcoming venues, including ALA Midwinter. There will be two opportunities to participate at ALA Midwinter – if you are attending, we hope to see you at one of these sessions!

The Future of Emerging Technologies in Library Residency Programs Focus Group (ACRL) ALA Midwinter Conference

Saturday, January 21, 2012
1:30 p.m. to 3:30 p.m.
Sheraton Dallas Hotel – San Antonio Ballroom A

Sunday, January 22, 2012
10:30 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.
Sheraton Dallas Hotel – San Antonio Ballroom A

We will kick off the conversation by sharing our findings and insights to date, and then open it up to participants to solicit their experiences, thoughts and best practices. If you’re interested in emerging technology in libraries and residency programs of this nature, we encourage you to attend!

Further information on the grant project is available at Please look for more information there as the project progresses. If you’re unable to attend ALA Midwinter, you can still receive news from us by signing up at

If you have questions, please feel free to contact Scott Brown, Research Coordinator, at, or Ruth Metz, Project Coordinator, at

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