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Academic Libraries of Indiana (ALI): 2017 Annual Meeting

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Dr. Sharon Weiner

 Dr. Weiner is a Professor of Library Science and holds the position of W. Wayne Booker Chair in  Information Literacy and Vice President of the National Forum on Information Literacy. She has  been Dean of the Library at the University of Massachusetts Dartmouth, Director of Vanderbilt’s  Peabody Library, and department head and faculty member in the University at Buffalo Health  Sciences Library. Dr. Weiner's research interests focus on the organizational, policy, and social  justice aspects of information literacy. She holds a doctorate in Higher Education Leadership and  Policy Studies from Vanderbilt University and a Masters in Library Science from the University at  Buffalo.

Miranda S. Spivack

Journalism and The New World Order  

Journalism is under pressure as never before with a "new normal reality" of statements and public behavior by politicians, including the president, that seem to be deliberate defiance of facts. The challenge for anyone in the truth business - librarians, journalists, teachers - is to determine how best to respond so that the public recognizes the methods used in political communication and can differentiate between fact and fiction.

Miranda S. Spivack is the Pulliam Distinguished Visiting Professor of Journalism at DePauw University.

She is a veteran journalist who spent nearly 20 years as an editor and reporter at The Washington Post where she focused on accountability stories about state and local governments. Previously, she covered politics and government in the Washington bureau of The Hartford Courant, and also worked for Newhouse News Service, The Portland (Me.) Press Herald, and The Berkshire Eagle. She writes for numerous publications, including The New York Times and CQ Researcher, and recently published "State Secrets," a five-part series on state and local government secrecy, for Reveal from The Center for Investigative Reporting. She has been a professor of practice on the adjunct faculty of the University of Maryland, and American University. She and her husband, Stephen Herm, a former federal prosecutor and securities attorney,  have two daughters who have more or less flown the nest.

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2017 ALI Annual Meeting

Date          May 5, 2017

Location   DePauw University, Janet Prindle Institute for Ethics

Theme       Exploring some options of how libraries can have a more meaningful and visible role in infusing information literacy in today's world.


Information literacy is an essential component of lifelong learning.  In a world now flooded by information, those seeking information are increasingly confounded by “alternative facts,” “fake news,” and the self-supporting “filter bubbles” of social media. Come explore some options of how libraries can have a more meaningful and visible role in infusing information literacy in the new world.


9:00         Registration and refreshments (Lobby & Great Room)

9:30          Poster session review (outside Auditorium )

10:00         Welcome (Auditorium):  Rick Provine  / Introduction of Keynote Speaker:  Susan Clark

10:10        Keynote Address (Auditorium):  

              Dr. Sharon Weiner, “Information Literacy in Higher Education: 

              Now More than Ever.”

11:10          Break

11:15        Concurrent Breakout Sessions

                1.     (Auditorium) Edra Waterman, President, Indiana Libraries Federation,

                 “Setting the Course Our Future.

                2.     (RM 135) Susan Clark, Director of Libraries and Academic Support Services

                 Ivy Tech Community College, East Central and Richmond Regions

                 Lisa Jarrell Head of Educational Technology and Resources Collection,

                 Ball State University       

                 “HAIL:  ALI’s Ark to Weather the 21st Century Flood of Information”

Noon           Lunch/Committee Chair Reports (Great Room)

1:00            Business Meeting (Auditorium)

                   Poster session review by guest attendees

1:30            Breakout Session (RM 135)

                   Jennifer Herron, Emerging Technologies Librarian, Ruth Lilly Medical Library,

                   "Putting it to the Test:  How to Spot a Predator.”

2:30             Wrap Up Presentation (Great Room):  Dr. Miranda Spivack, Eugene S. Pulliam Distinguished Visiting

                    Professor of Journalism, DePauw University “Journalism and The New World Order.”

3:30              Poster Session Award Presentation and Farewell (Great Room)