FLICC Meeting Announcement MA2001-13

FLICC/OCLC Reference Institute

Creating a New Reference Librarianship

See the Agenda below.

Designed especially for federal reference and public services librarians at all levels, this OCLC Institute seminar (formerly "Knowledge Access Management for Reference Librarians") helps you take a more active role in creating a new reference librarianship in your career, work unit, library, and other spheres of influence and concern. This two-day program, filled with provocative lectures, facilitated group discussions, and hands-on laboratory sessions, will challenge you to ask the difficult questions and create an action plan for change. Topics will explore:

* How do you define reference services in a world of networked knowledge?

*How might innovative metadata systems affect reference services and librarians?

* Can librarians improve upon systems such as search engines that use natural language?

* Can the cooperative cataloging model extend to reference librarianship? What would *cooperative reference* look like? How do cooperative cataloging and cooperative reference interrelate?

* Is there a compelling and preferred vision for reference librarianship? How might that vision come to pass?

Tuesday, April 24 - Wednesday, April 25, 2001

9:00 a.m. - 4:30 p.m. (Registration begins at 8:30 a.m. There is no entry to the Library of  Congress prior to 8:30 a.m.)

Mumford Room, 6th floor, Madison Building, Library of Congress. Use the Main Entrance at 1st Street and Independence Avenue, S.E., Washington, D.C.

Capitol South (Orange and Blue Lines)

FLICC--In cooperation with the OCLC Institute

$200 (includes morning refreshments and handouts).
Call the FLICC Office to register at (202) 707-4800 or visit the FLICC Educational Programs Web site at to register online.

ADA accommodations will be provided if requested five (5) business days in advance. Please contact (202) 707-4800 or [log in to unmask]

Call FLICC (202) 707-4800. TTY (202) 707- 4995

Cancellations must be called into the FLICC office (202-707-4800) 48 hours prior to the start of an educational program or the full fee will be charged.


Introduction--addresses the impact of the Web revolution on knowledge management and libraries, with an emphasis on threats and opportunities for reference functions. Topics include:
* How will we define reference services in a world of networked knowledge?

* Can libraries redefine *reference on the Web,* or is this now a commercial enterprise?

* What opportunities can libraries exploit to create a preferred future for libraries and library users?

Capturing Knowledge--examines emerging and competing methods for providing resource description and for *capturing knowledge* for storage and subsequent use. Topics include:

* What roles should reference librarians play in identifying, selecting and describing resources? Do emerging metadata standards and systems support those roles? If not, why not?

* Should libraries exploit XML (eXtensible Markup Language), a potentially dominant standard on the Web?

* How do the following support reference functions: RDF (Resource Description Framework), TEI (Text Encoding Initiative), EAD (Encoded Archival Description), GILS (Government Information Locator System)?

Managing Knowledge--explores how technology enables users, libraries, and librarians to interact with knowledge resources in new and different ways. Topics include:

* How should libraries incorporate Web search engines, databases, portals and *vortals* into the reference process? What value can libraries add?

* What are the strengths, weaknesses, and potential applications of *push technology,* *pull technology,* personalization, filtering, and other Web-enabled functionality?

* How can libraries exploit technology to reach the remote user?

Toward a Preferred Future, Session #1--begins a series of facilitated scenario-building and strategic-planning exercises, the goal of which is to identify specific, compelling, and achievable near-term actions to create a preferred future for reference librarianship.

Scenarios include the revolutionary impact of technology, the industry-wide transformations in how knowledge is created, disseminated, sold, licensed, stored, accessed, or otherwise manipulated, and the potential leverage and economies gained through a networked, systematic view of libraries and reference services.

Toward a Preferred Future, Session #2--continues the facilitated scenario-building and strategic-planning exercises with an emphasis on identifying preferred futures, determining needed competencies, and assessing strengths, weaknesses, and gaps. Scenarios include identifying strategic intent and a compelling future, matching the present to the future, leveraging strengths, minimizing weaknesses, and eliminating critical gaps.

Toward a Preferred Future: Action Planning--asks participants in small discussion groups to generate specific, compelling, and achievable near-term actions for preferred future influence. Groups focus on specific areas of concern, influence and action, including the reference services department, library, institution, and the Web at large.