IP2050 Symposium and Conference

July 11, 2012

The School of Information and Library Science celebrated the ending of its 80th anniversary year by taking a forward look at the future of our field and its graduates during the Information Professionals 2050 (IP2050) Symposium and Conference. The result of the conference and symposium are documented in the book edited by Drs. Gary Marchionini, dean and Cary C. Boshamer Distinguished Professor and Barbara B. Moran, Louis Round Wilson Distinguished Professor, Information Professional 2050 (IP 2050): Educational Possibilities and Pathways publication. The video of the day-long conference may be viewed at: Information Professional 2050 (IP 2050) Conference video
“The debates about the roles, return on investments and future of higher education are rising to a feverish pitch,” said Dr. Gary Marchionini. “It is clear that from the White House to our individual homes the discussion has begun to rival the level of health care concerns. The natures of higher education, libraries and information resources are affected by globalization, new technologies, multiculturalism and environmental constraints, and our responsibility to the information professions of tomorrow require us to offer learning experiences that foster creative and adaptive thinking, cooperative problem solving, compassion and mutual respect, and devotion to learning and knowledge stewardship.”

Sixteen information and library science leaders were invited to participate in the symposium where they presented position statements and discussed each of their perceptions of how the changes on the horizon will impact how students are educated, institutions are designed and how we may prepare for emerging technologies. They each presented their ideas at the conference which was held the following day, June 5, 2012, at the William and Ida Friday Center in Chapel Hill.

The themes of the conference included 1) Information Industry, 2) Libraries and Archives, 3) Education and 4) Information Trends. Later this fall, the final version of the position papers from each contributor will be published as a monograph in both paper and e-book forms.

Special contributors were leaders of the profession and included:

  • Marshall Breeding, director for Innovative Technologies and Research, Vanderbilt University Libraries
  • Anne Caputo, executive director, Dow Jones’ Learning and Information Professional Programs
  • Bonnie Carroll, president, International Information Associates
  • Mary Chute, deputy director for Libraries, Institute for Museum and Library Services
  • Lorcan Dempsey, vice president and chief strategist, OCLC
  • Michael Eisenberg, professor and dean emeritus, University of Washington School of Information
  • Buck Goldstein, University entrepreneur in residence and professor of practice, Department of Economics University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
  • William Graves, senior vice president for Academic Strategy, Ellucian
  • Elizabeth Liddy, dean and trustee professor, Syracuse University School of Information Studies
  • Charles Lowry (MSLS '74), executive director, Association for Research Libraries
  • Cathy Marshall, senior research scientist, Microsoft
  • Joanne Marshall, alumni distinguished professor, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
  • Nancy Roderer, director, Johns Hopkins University Welch Medical Library
  • Roger Schonfeld, director of research, Ithaka
  • David Silver, associate professor, University of San Francisco
  • Duncan Smith (MSLS ‘80), co-founder, Novelist (EBSCO Publishing)

Moderators included:

  • Susan Nutter, vice provost and director of Libraries, North Carolina State University
  • Sarah Michalak, university librarian and associate provost for libraries, UNC at Chapel Hill
  • Reagan Moore, professor at SILS and director of the Data Intensive Cyber Environment group
  • Derek Rodriguez (Ph.D. ‘12), program officer at the Triangle Research Libraries Network

More photos taken during the symposium and conference are available on the SILS Flickr site at: http://www.flickr.com/photos/uncsils/

Watch for presentations and the video of the day-long program on the SILS Vimeo channel soon!