8:30 AM - 9:00 AM Registration
9:00 AM - 9:30 AM

Welcome & Opening Remarks

James Neal, V.P. for Information Services and University Librarian

9:30 AM - 10:30 AM

Panel Discussion #1 - Honoring Tradition, Embracing the Future
How we keep current with evolving educational, technological, and cultural trends, while maintaining our traditional reference skills and our commitment to public service?  Notes | Notes

Moderator: Sarah Witte, Columbia University

Anne Kenney, Cornell University
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Bob Kieft, Haverford College
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Jessamyn West, Rutland Free Library

10:30 AM - 10:45 AM Break
10:45 AM - 12:00 PM

Panel Discussion #2 - Reference Librarian as Technologist
How can we encourage reference librarians to become more actively involved in discussions surrounding the design and implementation of new information technologies? Likewise, how can we encourage systems staff and administrators to include reference librarians in the research and development process? Notes | Notes

Moderator: Jennifer Weintraub, Yale University

Ann McCann Oakley, Columbia University
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Mike Winkler, University of Pennsylvania

Kate Wittenberg, Columbia University
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12:00 PM - 1:30 PM Lunch
1:30 PM - 2:15 PM

Keynote Address: Thomas Mann
Mann, a reference librarian at the Library of Congress will discuss one of the greatest problems researchers may face in research libraries of the future: the loss of onsite classified book collections in face of the current zeal and support for electronic resources.  Notes | Notes

2:15 PM - 3:15 PM

Panel Discussion #3 - Reference Librarian as Scholar
Is it important for librarians to be viewed as educators by students and as scholars to the teaching faculty and administrations at our various institutions? What professional development and continuing education do librarians needs in order to remain competitive? If librarians at our institutions don't research, develop, and publish in our field, who will? Notes | Notes

Moderator: Dottie Hiebing, METRO

Cheryl LaGuardia, Harvard University

Jean Laponce, Columbia University

Mark Winston, Rutgers University
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3:30 PM - 5:00 PM

Reception for Eileen McIlvaine, Head of Reference at Butler Library, who is retiring after 35 years of service

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