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Friday, February 14, 2020
Great Room, Pryzbyla Student Center
The Catholic University of America


About the Symposium

Bridging the Spectrum: A Symposium on Scholarship and Practice in Library and Information Science offers a knowledge-sharing forum and meeting place for practitioners, students, and faculty in Library and Information Sciences and Services. Presentations are selected to showcase innovative practices, projects, and research activities in a variety of library, archives, or information services activities. Because students, faculty, and practitioners all share their work, the Symposium encompasses many different aspects and points of view on library and information professional work. The program's goal is to foster unexpected connections across the spectrum of the information professions. 

Janet Crowther

The 2020 keynote address was delivered by Janet Crowther, Assistant Director of Williamsburg Regional Library, Williamsburg, Virginia (retired)

Title: Library Partnerships: Trends, Challenges, and Models to Watch

Abstract: Libraries build collaborative relationships to help fulfill their mission. As our communities change, often facing increasingly complex social problems and demands for new infrastructure, the role of the library may also change, service priorities may shift, and the library may need to quickly adapt to how it serves users in new or unexpected ways. Libraries and librarians need to understand why collaborations with a variety of nonprofit, governmental, and private sector community partners are increasingly crucial. With a clear understanding of both the rewards and the pitfalls of developing long-term relationships to meet these community expectations, librarians will be able to make the most of these valuable collaborations. 

Janet Crowther, a graduate of Catholic University of America School of Library and Information Science, started her career as a law librarian for a federal court and a major law firm before working with rural libraries as an public librarian consultant for the Idaho State Archives and Library. Janet recently retired as assistant director of Williamsburg Regional Library after 31 years of service including serving as community partnership development librarian. She is the co-author of the book, Partnering with Purpose: A Guide to Strategic Partnership Development for Libraries and Other Organizations (Libraries Unlimited, 2004).

Program Agenda

Poster viewing throughout the day
8:30 a.m. - 9:15 a.m.  -  Registration and Breakfast, Poster set-up
Great Room A
Pryzbyla Center, Third Floor

9:15 a.m. - 9:30 a.m. - Welcome and Introduction
Great Room B

9:30 a.m. - 10:30 a.m. - Keynote Address
Great Room B

10:30 a.m. - 10:45 a.m. - Break

10:45 a.m. - 12 noon - Morning Breakout Sessions

  • Strategic Partnering (Great Room B)
  • Data Science (Room 321/323)
  • Literacy (Great Room C)

12 noon - 1:15 p.m. - Lunch and Poster Viewing

1:15 p.m. - 2:30 p.m. - Afternoon Breakout Sessions

  • Linked Data Applications (Great Room C)
  • Cultural Heritage Information Management (Room 321/323)
  • User Services and Engagement (Room B)

2:30 p.m. – 2:45 p.m.  - Closing Session
Great Room B

Accommodations and Special Needs

Please include any disability accommodations or special dietary needs, when you register, or contact the Symposium Committee at or 202-319-5085. In all situations, a good faith effort (up until the time of the event) will be made to provide accommodations.

Symposium Committee

Dr. Ingrid Hsieh-Yee, Dr. Sue Yeon Syn and Dr. Jane Zhang
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