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Lisa Carlucci Thomas featured Keynote Speaker at MCLS Annual Meeting

MCLS is pleased to announce Lisa Carlucci Thomas, 2010 Library Journal Mover and Shaker, 2009 ALA Emerging Leader and Director of the library and creative services firm Design Think Do, the keynote speaker at our annual meeting which will be held on October 4, 2013 at the Marten House Hotel in Indianapolis, Indiana. Viewing by streaming video will also be available for those who cannot travel to Indianapolis. 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 a keynote address from Carlucci Thomas titled “Open Spaces, Open Data, Open Access: Transforming Today’s Libraries”. Transformation requires trailblazing and tenacity. Transformative culture fosters engagement and strategic development, and changes libraries from the inside out. Creative partnerships promote reciprocal learning, enhance services, and spark opportunities; and entrepreneurial methods offer advantages for libraries evaluating and adapting current practices. From library places and programs, to online collections and communities, today’s libraries are breaking barriers and setting new standards.

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 Public 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 Library’s “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 Library’s “TechCentral”; an innovative technology and learning center which beyond computer 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, we will hear from Ted Fons, Executive Director, Data Services and WorldCat Quality Management at OCLC as he presents on the WorldShare Management Service. Following, David Lewis, Dean of the IUPUI University Library and Indiana University Assistant Vice President of 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.

The program will conclude with the MCLS business meeting.

LEUs are pending for this program. The cost to attend is $75 for MCLS members attending in Indiana or online via streaming video. For more information on this program and to register, go to: