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“Educating for the Future of Reference” at ALA Annual in Orlando


•             WHAT:  “Educating for the Future of Reference”

•             WHO:   RUSA/RSS Education & Professional Development for Reference


•             WHEN:  Sunday June 26 from 1:00-2:30 pm

•             WHERE:  Orange County Convention Center, Room W104


A panel of two library science educators and two reference practitioners who hire/train reference staff will discuss which skills are most needed to help patrons in today's information ecosystem. How does what we are teaching match what is required in the marketplace?  What, if any, changes should be made to how library/information science students are being prepared to help patrons find information?  What are the factors influencing how decisions about the ‘reference’ curriculum are made?  Moderator:  RSS/EPDRC Chair, Bryna Coonin.




•             Jason Coleman, Academic Services Librarian, Kansas State University


•             Wendi Bost, Public Service Administrator, Orange County (Florida)

Library System

•             Dr. Linda Lillard, Chair, Dept. of Information and Library Science,

Clarion University

•             Dr. Eileen Abels, Dean, School of Library and Information Science,

Simmons College



For more information:


Bryna Coonin

Research & Instructional Services

J.Y. Joyner Library

East Carolina University

Greenville, N.C. 27858-4353

Phone: 252-328-0431

Email: cooninb@ecu.edu