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What's Up: Revolution of Knowledge Symposium

eNews Edition: Spring 2013

Revolution of Knowledge Flyer<r>evolution of knowledge: the digital order of things

When asked about the original idea for the upcoming symposium, the event’s organizing committee, Helen Heinrich, Chair of Technical Services for the Oviatt Library, and faculty librarians Luiz Mendes and Steve Kutay, say that it came from Provost Harry Hellenbrand. The provost suggested a Library symposium built around the concept of the evolution of the book, they explained, and then the organizing committee extended the concept to recorded knowledge in academia, with particular emphasis on digital culture. How are university students and faculty utilizing technologies to produce, deliver and engage content? What are the emerging trends and models in education in this new context? Libraries play a central role as facilitators of knowledge systems by actively leveraging new tools, technology, and modes of delivery, but are these efforts at pace with the expectations of our students? These are just a few of the topical questions that will be addressed by a diverse panel of experts on April 3.

According to the symposium organizers, various presentations will provide information that will be valuable to faculty, librarians, technologists, and everyone involved in higher education. Attendees will survey emerging topics, discourses, and issues relating to the current and future states of digital knowledge and learning in higher education.  In doing so, participants will gain a broad understanding of digital knowledge production, distribution, and consumption as viewed by leading experts in the fields of teaching, publishing, and library and information science.

The daylong program will include remarks by California State University, Northridge, President, Dianne Harrison, Provost Harry Hellenbrand and Dean of the Oviatt Library, Mark Stover. The symposium’s format will follow a progression of speakers including, among others, independent consultant and author Marshall Breeding. A small sampling from Mr. Breeding’s impressive resume includes: creator and editor of Library Technology Guides and the lib-web-cats online directory of libraries on the Web; a monthly column in Computers in Libraries; and editor for Smart Libraries Newsletter, which is published by the American Library Association.  Mr. Breeding also has written a number of articles and books, including Cloud Computing for Libraries, published in 2012. He regularly teaches workshops and gives presentations at library conferences on a wide range of topics all over the world, and he was the 2010 recipient of the LITA LITA/Library Hi Tech Award for Outstanding Communication for Continuing Education in Library and Information Science.

Additional panelists will include: Stephen Abram, Managing Principal, Lighthouse Partners/Dysart & Jones; Jeff Gold, Director, Academic Technology Development California State University, Office of the Chancellor; Deone Zell, Senior Director, Academic Technology, California State University, Northridge; and Chrysanne Lowe, Vice President, Global Marketing Communications, Elsevier. Question-and-answer periods following each presentation will allow the audience an opportunity to participate in the event, which is open to CSUN faculty and staff, as well as educators and library and information science professionals in the Greater Los Angeles area.  The symposium will take place on April 3, from 9:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m., in the Jack and Florence Ferman Presentation Room on the Garden Level of the Oviatt Library. Coffee and refreshments will be served in the morning, and lunch is included. Reservations are required for this event by March 28. RSVP’s and information inquiries should be emailed to Mickey Martinez at

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