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US Midwest Chapter Events

Social Hour with SIG-USE (April 11, 2022):

Good morning, Midwest!
SIG-USE (the ASIS&T SIG for user information studies) will be partnering with us for an open Zoom Social Hour on Monday, April 11, at 3:00pm Eastern (2:00pm Central).
All are welcome, no need to be a part of the SIG; we are using these social hours as a way to get to know our fellow ASIS&T members around the world!


Webinar: The Future Isn’t Textbook (March 3, 2022)

The program is a brief overview of the complex relationship between the textbook publishing industry and the current academic and learning environment, including the impact the pandemic has had on the changing expectations of faculty and students. Presenters will discuss open educational resources, inclusive access textbooks, affordable learning initiatives, and the library’s critical role in navigating these landscapes. Participants will develop a familiarity with historical and current models of textbook publishing. Gain an understanding of the relationship between inclusive access publishing, open educational resources, and the current higher education landscape. Understand the ways in which libraries and librarians can play a critical role in ensuring affordable access to course materials for students.


Dr. Rachel Rubin, Associate University Librarian for Research and Learning at the University of Pittsburgh
Dr. Richard Rubin, Director of the School of Library and Information Science at Kent State University (retired)


Midwest Chapter Meet & Greet (Feb. 7, 2022):

Timothy Dickey is inviting you to a MEET & GREET for the ASIS&T Midwest Regional Chapter. Come meet your new officers, get a sense for your new Chapter, and connect with your great ASIS&T Midwest colleagues!

Two times, for your convenience:

  1. Monday, Feb. 7th at 4:00pm EST (3:00 Central)
  2. Friday, Feb. 11th at 3:00pm EST (2:00 Central)

[NB – a PDF report from this event is attached to this message separately]


Webinar: The Future of Library Collaboration (Sept. 1, 2021)

“The network reshapes the library,” and one of the most common ways for libraries to enjoy network effects is by participating in cooperative organizations. OCLC, LYRASIS, and the plethora of regional membership collaboratives have historically offered many benefits in both collection development and library systems management: shared cataloging, database licensing, streaming resources, cloud-sourced discovery systems, library management platforms, collaborative research, and continuing education. However, COVID-19 and the global economic effects of community health measures have already impacted library budgets, staffing, and capabilities, and have forced many libraries and cultural heritage institutions to “pivot” and re-consider their basic mission and operations. The pandemic might challenge the field, but it also can provide opportunities for re-imagining collective ideals of library service, and the same cooperatives can help libraries re-envision and transition into a new normal. Join representatives from three regional library membership cooperatives and OCLC, to hear a vibrant discussion about the future of library collaboration in the age of COVID, hosted by the Association for Information Science & Technology and the Midwest Regional Chapter of ASIS&T. Participants will learn about trends in library collaboration since the start of the pandemic, and in the re-opening time. They will discover challenges and opportunities for library cooperatives to help the information science profession in the age of COVID. They will enhance their understanding about the practical and theoretical benefits of library collaboration moving forward.


Timothy J. Dickey, Columbus Metropolitan Library; Kent State University (Moderator)
Brittany Brannon, Research Support Specialist, OCLC
Nancy Kirkpatrick, Executive Director, OhioNET
Wes Osborn, Executive Director, Central Library Consortium
Amy Pawlowski, Executive Director, OhioLINK