April 19, 2010 – Reference Renaissance 2010: Inventing the Future is now open for registration. The conference will be held August 9-10 in Denver, Colorado and is presented by BCR and LYRASIS. Reference Renaissance 2010: Inventing the Future will explore all aspects of reference service and will bring together reference practitioners and scholars to explore the evolving nature of reference.
The event is co-chaired by Marie Radford and Rivkah Sass, and will feature presentations and a plenary panel by leading reference innovators. This year’s keynote speaker is Andrew Walsh, Academic Librarian at the University of Huddersfield, UK, who will discuss using QR codes to deliver reference help to mobile phone users at their point of need. Plenary panelists will be Stephen J. Bell of Temple University, Wayne Bivens-Tatum of Princeton University, Jean Costello (the Radical Patron), and Rivkah Sass (Library Journal’s 2006 Librarian of the Year).
Early bird registration is now available through 7/1/2010 for $250. Standard registration (after 7/1/2010) is $275. Registration includes all sessions on both days (including the keynote and plenaries), access to exhibits, as well as breakfast and lunch on both days. A special hotel rate of $89 (+tax) per night is available for reservations made before July 16. For more information about the hotel and travel, visit the website.
Marie Radford, co-editor of the recently published proceedings from the 2008 conference, Reference Renaissance: Current and Future Trends, will edit the 2010 conference proceedings. Anyone who presents a paper or a report from the field at the 2010 conference may submit their material to her for possible inclusion in the 2010 proceedings. The proposal deadline has recently been extended to April 22 for workshops, reports from the field, papers, panels, and Pecha Kuchas.
BCR brings libraries together for greater success by expanding their knowledge, reach and power. They offer a broad range of solutions and their hands-on, personal attention to each member enables them to deliver effective and timely solutions that help libraries keep pace with new developments in technology and services. BCR is the nation’s oldest and most established multistate library cooperative. Since 1935, the BCR team has helped libraries learn new skills, reach patrons, increase productivity and save money. BCR (Bibliographical Center for Research) is a 501(c)3 nonprofit headquartered in Aurora, Colorado. For more information, visit www.BCR.org or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Created in April, 2009 by the merger of PALINET and SOLINET and joined shortly thereafter by NELINET, LYRASIS is the nation’s largest regional membership organization serving libraries and information professionals. Though large in scale, LYRASIS is known for its local touch – fostering collaboration and cooperation among members and facilitating their success through networking and programming, innovative solutions, and significant cost savings through group purchasing for products and services. For more information, please visit www.lyrasis.org.