Imagine the Possibilities

Concurrent Program Session

Ensuring the Future of Libraries: Connecting the Academy and the Profession

Friday, March 23, 2018, 10:45 AM - 11:45 AM

Pennsylvania Convention Center, 111 AB

The University of Washington iSchool wants to ensure libraries have a strong and vibrant future in our communities. The Gates-funded Distinguished Practitioner in Residence (DPIR) program is designed to connect academia and the public library field, enhancing the education of future librarians. Susan Hildreth, inaugural DPIR, will be joined by UW iSchool faculty, students and library colleagues, to share program activities and gather suggestions on aligning graduate education with needs of 21st century libraries.

At the end of this session, participants will:

1: Identify 2-3 skills to enhance relevance of graduate library education 2: Be familiar with basic principles of curriculum co-design, a process including faculty, employers, students 3: Develop approaches to more effectively engage the academy and the public library field in their communities

The session organizer(s) identified this session as appropriate for:
Level 2: People with some knowledge, who want to increase their understanding.

This session will have: Medium interaction (example: single speaker/panel with questions or discussion throughout)

Handouts: Download 1  

Track: Imagine

Tags: Staffing, Human Resources, Librarianship, Library School Education, Organizational Change, Personnel and Staffing


Susan Hildreth, Professor of Practice
University of Washington Information School , Seattle , WA

Susan Hildreth serves as the inaugural, Gates-funded Professor of Practice at the University of Washington Information School. She is the current ALA Treasurer, an Aspen Institute fellow and was the director of the Institute of Museum and Library Services appointed by President Obama from January 2011 through January 2015. Susan served as PLA President, state librarian of California and director of the Seattle and San Francisco Public libraries as well as other library leadership roles.

Joseph Tennis, Associate Professor and Associate Dean for Faculty Affairs
University of Washington Information School , Seattle , WA

Joseph T. Tennis is an Associate Professor and Associate Dean of Faculty Affairs at the Information School of the University of Washington, Adjunct Associate Professor of Linguistics, a member of the Museology Interdisciplinary Faculty Group, and a member of the Textual Studies faculty at UW. He is the President of the International Society for Knowledge Organization (2014-2018).

Amita Lonial, Program Services Manager
San Diego County Library , San Diego , CA

Amita Lonial (she/her/hers) is the Principal Librarian for Learning, Marketing and Engagement at San Diego County Library. Prior to becoming a librarian she spent 8 years in the non-profit sector organizing for racial and economic justice. She is deeply committed to exploring how libraries can create resilient and equitable communities through public programs and services.

Vailey Oehlke, Director of Libraries
Multnomah County Library District , Portland , OR

Vailey Oehlke was appointed Director of Libraries for Multnomah County in 2009. A longtime Portland resident, she began her career at the library in 1997. Vailey is committed to helping the library anticipate and respond to changing needs by providing resources, services and spaces that help advance opportunity and equity. She is a past President of the Public Library Association and has served on the boards of PLA and the Urban Libraries Council.

Beck Tench, Ph.D. Student
University of Washington Information School , Seattle , WA

Beck Tench is a Ph.D. student at the University of Washington Information School. She works in the area of libraries and contemplative practice, specifically studying how library workers use contemplative practice to cultivate compassion for self and others. She hypothesizes that compassion is a skill library workers can use to be present to the struggles they bear witness to each day, helping to dismantle oppression and make the world more socially just.

Chris Jowaisas, Senior Research Scientist
University of Washington Information School , Seattle , WA

Chris is a Senior Research Scientist at the University of Washington?s Information School?s Technology & Social Change Group. Previously, he was a Senior Program Officer for the Global Libraries program at the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation. He still dreams of packing up the library gig and taking over the hot corner for the Cincinnati Reds. Chris holds an MLIS from University of Michigan and BA from University of Oklahoma.

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