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Metropolitan Libraries Section



Seattle, Washington, USA
May 6-11, 2007

The Changing Face of Metropolitan Libraries:
Inventing the future, but anchored in the past

Conference Programme and Proceedings

All business meetings and presentations will be held in the Seattle Central Library

Sunday MAY 6

3:00-6:00 PM
Registration and tours of Central Library

6:00-7:00 PM
Welcoming Reception with local leaders and participant introductions
Deborah L. Jacobs, City Librarian, The Seattle Public Library
Download Audio (mp3) [play time: 1 minute/file size: 530 KB]

7:00-8:00 PM
Conference Keynote Address:
Stephen Abram, Vice President of Innovation SirsiDynix
Download Audio (mp3) [play time: 53 minutes/file size: 74 MB]

8:00-9:30 PM
Dinner buffet in Central Library, Narver Reading Room

Monday MAY 7

THEME: Libraries and Architecture

9:00-10.00 AM
Keynote on Central Library:
Joshua Prince-Ramus, Central Library Architect "Partner in Charge"
Download Audio (mp3) [play time: 32 minutes/file size: 43.6 MB]

10:00-1:00 PM
Overview of The Seattle Public Library's aggressive Libraries for All program with presentations by staff and officials involved including: "Things we would have done differently!"

1:00-2:30 PM
Lunch in Library with informal discussion with Seattle library presenters

3:00-6:00 PM
Presentations from participants on "Libraries and Architecture":

Evening: On your own

Tuesday MAY 8

THEME: Staying Relevant through Managing Change, Serving Special Populations and Providing Economic Impact of Libraries

9:00-10:00 AM
Keynote address on Staying Relevant and Managing Change:
Joseph Janes, Associate Professor at the University of Washington Information School
Download Audio (mp3) [play time: 50 minutes/file size: 69 MB]

10:00-1:00 PM
Presentation from participants:

1:00-5:00 PM
Bus tour of new Seattle Public Library branches

5:30-7:00 PM
Tour of WebJunction and discussion with staff

On your own

Wednesday MAY 9

THEME: Staying Relevant - New Services, Technology, Customer Service Orientation

9:00-10:00 AM
Keynote Address on OCLC Perceptions of Libraries and Information Resources:
George Needham, OCLC Vice President, Member and Community Services
Download Audio (mp3) [play time: 42 minutes/file size: 57 MB]

10:00-12:00 Noon
Keynote address: Mr. Moshe Safdie, architect of the new Salt Lake City Public Library, the Vancouver, British Columbia Public Library and the designed Free Library of Philadelphia Public Library

12:00 Noon-6:30 PM
TPresentations from Participants on Staying Relevant: Guided tour of new downtown Seattle Art Museum Sculpture Park

Dinner on your own or delegates can come to City Librarian Deborah Jacobs home for relaxing evening.

Thursday MAY 10

9:00-11:30 AM
MLS business meeting

Agenda Agenda

12:00 Noon-3:00 PM
More papers on conference themes:

3:00-6:00 PM
Tour of King County Library System

6:00-8:00 PM
Dinner at the new Ballard branch library

Seattle Reads program introduction and book discussion, "The Namesake", by Jhumpa Lahiri. Delegates will discuss this book with Seattle Public Library fiction librarian in book group setting.

Friday MAY 11

THEME: Bringing it all into practice

9:00-12:00 Noon
Keynote address: "A Library WOT and SWOT" University of Washington Information School, Dean Emeritus and Professor:
Mike Eisenberg takes a look at What's Out There and what it might mean in terms of Strengths, Weaknesses, Opportunities, and Threats to, for, and by Libraries
Download Audio (mp3) [play time: 46 minutes/file size: 62.7 MB]

10:15-1:00 PM
Facilitated conversations on lessons learned: bringing it into practice

1:00-3:30 PM
Farewell luncheon

For more information contact:
Conference Organizer
Deborah L. Jacobs
City Librarian, The Seattle Public Library
E-mail: Deborah.jacobs@spl.org Tel: +(1)(206)386-4102