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Wednesday, April 18, 2018

A203: Librarians, Scholars, & Citizens Building Change

1:45 p.m. - 2:30 p.m.
Kenn Bicknell, Manager, Policy Research & Library Services, Los Angeles County Metropolitan Transportation Authority, USA
Julian Aiken, Access Services Librarian, Yale Law Library

Several cities are developing websites that create, promote, and capture scholarship related to their urban areas, with librarians as key players. Bicknell looks at how three U.S. cities have created evolving platforms which foster and showcase new research, with an eye toward librarians’ roles in organizing information and fostering public engagement. Atlanta, Kansas City, and others have taken different paths to success: unplanned alliances of separate projects, a library-managed city research portal, as well as an innovative lab leveraging crowdsourcing and community voices to surface collections and create new information and to share knowledge more broadly. Learn from the experiences of new collaboration models! Aiken discusses an online open access repository containing almost all past and present Yale faculty legal scholarship. Hear how the library engaged use by students with a series of outreach events, exhibitions, and competitions centering on the repository, which culminated in the publication of a series of online and physical books featuring student creative writing, and which has launched the careers of two soon-to-be famous fiction writers.

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