Preserving the Library of the Future

Date: Wednesday October 18th, 12pm
Location: DH Active Learning Space, Food Science Building 4.58
Presentations last ~45mins, followed by discussion

Preserving the Library of the Future
Elaine Harrington

Abstract
At last week’s #nextgenspaces learning event Prof. Stephen Heppell noted the following: ‘next generation is here and it means business’ and ‘students are going to a world of surprises.’ With these points in mind how do libraries prepare for the library of the future? In this presentation Elaine will discuss traditional expertise and how this is adapted for the uncharted territories of the future.

About the Speaker
Elaine Harrington is Special Collections Assistant Librarian in UCC Library. This role includes managing and developing the Special Collections’ team through to facilitating user engagement of reference sources, early printed books and unique and distinct collections. Elaine focuses on the ways users engage with Special Collections’ services and collections, and the necessary skills that are required for effective engagement. Her research interests include teaching as a valid form of research and scholarship, and the role of emerging technologies in a Special Collections context, and is in this sphere that she presents at library and technology conferences. Elaine is an active member of the LAI’s Rare Books and Special Collections Group and CONUL’s Unique and Distinct Collections Group.

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