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Save the Date! – MCLS Annual Meeting Announced

LANSING, Michigan (April 29, 2013)-The Midwest Collaborative for Library Service is pleased to announce our annual meeting will be held on October 4, 2013 at the Marten House Hotel in Indianapolis, Indiana. MCLS encourages members to reserve October 4 for a day of sharing ideas as we lead our staff, patrons and communities into the next chapter of librarianship. Our theme for the day is “Open Spaces, Open Data, Open Access: Transforming today’s Libraries”.

Our morning kick-off session begins at 10 AM with Lisa Carlucci Thomas. Ms. Carlucci Thomas is a 2010 Library Journal Mover & Shaker, a 2009 ALA Emerging Leader and is the Director of the library and creative services firm  Design Think Do. Sought after as a speaker she has authored several articles for national magazines and has contributed chapters to books on librarianship and technology.

Next will be a panel discussion featuring three mid-western public libraries which have developed innovative uses of their space. Orvella Fields from the Indianapolis Central Library will talk about their Learning Curve; a high-tech, high energy, hands-on information environment designed for children. Joining Ms. Fields will be Steve Teeri, Conductor at the Detroit Public Libraries’ HYPE Makerspace. The goal of HYPE is to build teens who are creative, innovative citizens who make, not just consume. Completing the panel will be CJ Lynce, Manager at the Cleveland Public Libraries’ TechCentral; an innovative technology and learning center which beyond computer instruction in Linux, Mac and Windows PCs offers 3D printing, Mycloud, a Tech Toybox and collaborative work areas where patrons can “check-out-a-trainer” to assist.

Following lunch David Lewis, Dean of the IUPUI University Library and Indiana University, Assistant Vice President for Digital Scholarly Communications will speak on “The Inevitability of Open Access”. Mr. Lewis has written over 40 articles and book chapters on topics ranging from reference services and library management to scholarly communication.

More information will be provided as details are fixed.