PUBLIC TALK: Friends of the UWA Library Speaker
|Friends of the UWA Library Speaker : The Future of Libraries: Disruption, Reinvention, Innovation
Never have there been more immense challenges or greater opportunities for libraries. Technology has caused significant disruption to the model where print information once defined the library and the library’s worth was measured by the total number of books on shelves. As a result, significant debate and comment exists on the future of libraries and their relevance. Predominantly the library’s fundamental mission and values remain unchanged, however new structures, cultures, ideas, and roles are critical. Libraries not only have to adapt and capitalise on change to survive, but must create change to triumph.
In this presentation Jill Benn, University Librarian at the University of Western Australia, will explore the various challenges and opportunities for libraries, focusing on those within tertiary institutions. She will reflect on the changes for the Library at UWA and discuss some of the Library’s current strategic priorities and activities.
About the speaker
Jill Benn is the University Librarian at the University of Western Australia (UWA), a research-intensive university and a member of the prestigious Australian Group of Eight. Jill’s role requires the leadership of 100 staff in six libraries delivering a range of services to over 1,500 academic staff and 25,000 students. Jill has held a variety of positions at UWA, working in 4 of the 6 UWA libraries.
Jill has led several acclaimed initiatives at UWA including the development of a $30M Science Library, a new 700 seat student collaborative learning facility in the Reid Library, and a shared Library/student IT service model. She is focused on client engagement and partnership as a key strategy for Library service development. Jill is an active member of the Council of Australian University Librarians (CAUL) Research Advisory Committee and her professional interests include open scholarship, learning space design, social media and leadership development.
Members: free, Non-Members $5 donation
Reid Library, 2nd Floor Conference Room. (Doors open 7:00pm, talk commences 7:30pm)
: 6488 2354
Tue, 12 Apr 2016 19:00
Tue, 12 Apr 2016 21:00
Susan O'Connor <[email protected]>
Fri, 08 Apr 2016 09:32
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