The 2017 ACRL/NY Symposium will be a day to take stock of the history of our profession and its contemporary challenges and opportunities, and to revisit the academic and research library core mission of mediator between student, faculty and researcher populations and the wider information world.
Our traditional mission—stewardship and guidance in the exploration of recorded knowledge and experience valuable for higher learning—must be adapted for the twenty-first century research, teaching, publishing and mass communication environments.
What are our responsibilities vis-à-vis our user populations and contemporary spheres of information and mass communication? How do we reconcile the interests of profit-driven commercial entities with the academic mission of college and research libraries? How have academic libraries worked to ensure the preservation, accessibility and discoverability of endangered research-valuable content?
At the Symposium, participants will be invited to critically reflect on these questions and more, to engage in discussion and work toward the construction of a flexible but distinct 21st century identity for the institution of the academic library and for academic librarianship.