This past Friday there was a one-day symposium on the state of academic librarianship at the University of Toronto entitled Academic Librarianship - A Crisis or an Opportunity?.
In response to recent developments in academic libraries in Ontario and elsewhere, academic librarians are invited to gather to discuss the challenges facing the profession of academic librarianship today.
This one-day Symposium will serve as an opportunity to hear stakeholders' views of the profession as well as an opportunity for academic librarians to explore ways of re-affirming the legitimacy and the integrity of academic librarianship both now and as we move forward in the future.
The Symposium will be organized around three main themes: library education and curriculum, the role of professional associations and the value of professional accreditation, and labour issues.
Some of the "recent developments" pertain to the material I collected on my McMastergate post.
Unfortunately I missed the symposium itself and even had the kind of day where I missed most of the tweeting.
However, I have caught most of the post-symposium blog posts and other stories and thought I would collect them here.
- Academic Librarianship: A Crisis or Opportunity? (Notes and slides reproduced)
- Academic Librarians on the Front Lines - ACADEMIC LIBRARIANSHIP - A CRISIS OR AN OPPORTUNITY? (Nick Ruest's talk about situation at McMaster, required reading!!)
- Update: Academic Librarianship: A Crisis or Opportunity?
- Archive of selected tweets from the day of the symposium
- Text of Presentation at Academic Librarianship Symposium, Nov. 2011 (Statement by Marc Richard concerning situation at McGill)
Of course, I'll update as more reactions appear. If I've missed any please let me know either in the comments or at jdupuis at yorku dot ca.
Update 2011.11.22: Added item with McGill statement.