Hosted by the University of Chicago Library

April 19 - April 20, 2012

About the Symposium

The IviesPlus Access Services Symposium provides an opportunity for access services practitioners from among the larger research libraries to share experiences, insights and best practices with each other.

Each year the objectives of the Symposium are to:

  • Exchange information about what our institutions are currently doing or planning for the near term
  • Explore challenges and opportunities facing Access Services
  • Discuss solutions that may be applicable to other institutions.

2012 Symposium Theme

This year's Symposium explored the challenges and opportunities raised by mass digitization projects like Google Books, digital repositories like Hathi Trust, and the increasing adoption of born-digital objects such as ebooks. What are the implications of digitization for Access Services?

  • To what extent will digitization drive the use of print collections, and to what extent will it obviate the need for access to print?
  • How will services such as circulation, interlibrary loan, and course reserves be changed or transformed by mass digitization of print collections?
  • What new services may arise as a result of digitization?
  • How will libraries function as physical spaces as content increasingly moves online?
  • How will user expectations of instant, online access to resources shape the future of Access Services?
  • To what extent will shared print repositories or cooperative collection development change what we do and how we think about Access Services?

Keynote Speaker

The 2012 Symposium included keynote speaker Jeremy York, Project Librarian for Hathi Trust and Assistant Librarian at the University of Michigan Library.

Registration Deadline

The deadline to register for the Symposium was March 16, 2012.

Additional Information

Notes for the breakout sessions and lightning round are now available on the program schedule page.

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Special thanks to Atlas Systems, sponsor of the 2012 IviesPlus Access Services Symposium.

Atlas Systems

Previous Symposia

2011: Cornell University Libary

2010: Harvard University Library

2009: Dartmouth College Library

2008: University of Pennsylvania Libraries

2007: Rutgers University Libraries

2006: Yale University Library

2005: Princeton University Library

2004: NYU and Columbia University Libraries

2001: Columbia University Libraries