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Friday, May 8 • 10:00am - 11:00am
Remodeling Library Collections: Designing a Discovery Lab for Student Engagement

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As library collections steer further toward online resources, PDA models, stack reduction to create student study space, and shift focus toward OER/OA movements, print collections feel like a distant priority. This session will present a case study of how the librarians at Penn State Berks re-conceptualized print collections with the development of the Discovery Lab to meet their community's needs and reinvigorated their reference, instruction, student engagement, and campus outreach as a result. This cost-neutral project is a replicable model for other academic libraries to apply in their local context through strategic mapping and assessment. BYOD to maximize takeaways.

Participants will:
  • Demonstrate how to integrate collections into authentic learning experiences for students.
  • Identify student engagement and campus outreach opportunities using library collections.
  • Apply the Discovery Lab model to strategize the integration of collections, instruction, and library-as-place in their local context .

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Alexandria Chisholm

Reference & Instruction Librarian, Penn State Berks
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Sarah Hartman-Caverly

Librarian, information ethicist, and permaculturist, The Pennsylvania State University, Berks
Sarah provides research coaching and instruction at Penn State Berks, working closely with programs in the Engineering, Business, and Computing division. She began her decade-plus academic library career in technical services, managing subscriptions, electronic resources, and library... Read More →

Brett Spencer

Reference and Instruction Librarian, Penn State Berks

Friday May 8, 2020 10:00am - 11:00am EDT