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Wednesday, December 09, 2009

U.S. Academic Libraries Today: Challenges and Opportunities

This morning, I attended the following talk hosted by NUS Libraries:

U.S. Academic Libraries Today: Challenges and Opportunities

Speaker: Dr Wendy Simmons, Information Resource Officer, US Embassy, Thailand
Date: Wednesday 9 December 2009
Time: 10.00am – 12.00pm
Venue: Theatrette 2, Central Library, NUS Libraries

About the talk:

Technology, increased demands for accountability, and a changing student population over recent years have posed major challenges to academic libraries in the US.

This talk describes how American librarians have responded, by designing new physical structures and entering the social networking world, to reach out in new ways to students and continue in their role as the heart of their institution.

About the speaker:

Dr Wendy Simmons is the Information Resource Office for the US Embassy in Bangkok, Thailand.

She provides professional guidance and assistance to the Information Resource Centers and American Corners in US embassies in Burma, Cambodia, Laos, Singapore and Vietnam, as well as in Thailand.

Prior to joining USIA, she lived for eight years overseas, and worked in academic, government and non-profit libraries and archives, in Wisconsin, Massachusetts, and Washington, DC.

LAS Professional Development Scheme (PDS):

Participant can earn 46 points under Industry Knowledge Development – Participate in library related talks, forums, discussion sessions and business meetings organized by LAS or other libraries (category ID1)

Source of information: email dated 30 Nov 2009 from

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