Public Lecture on Transformations in Libraries

An international expert on information literacy will give a public lecture Monday, May 13, at the University of New Brunswick in Fredericton on the transformations taking place in university libraries.

Roy Tennant, manager of e-Scholarship Web and Services Design at the California Digital Library, University of California, will give the talk at 10 a.m. in the J. Harper Kent Auditorium, Wu Conference Centre. It is titled Library Collections and Services in the 21st-century University.

The areas for which university librarians have historically been responsible are unchanged. Computers and the networks that tie them together, however, are transforming those responsibilities and the university communities where librarians work. How librarians accomplish their responsibilities in this electronic environment is being vastly and irrevocably changed. In addition, libraries are often taking on new roles to better serve the research, scholarship, and publication of university faculty and students. In his talk, Mr. Tennant will address these changes and what they mean for 21st-century universities.

Regarded as an entertaining and engaging speaker, Mr. Tennant has been interested in using technology to facilitate access to information throughout his professional career. Early on, he helped the profession learn about Web issues by founding the popular Web4Lib electronic discussion. An accomplished writer on library issues, Mr. Tennant is the author of Practical HTML: A Self-paced Tutorial and a co-author of Crossing the Internet Threshold: An Instructional Handbook. Another book of his, XML in Libraries, will be published this summer. Mr. Tennant is also the creator and editor of Current Cites, a current awareness newsletter published every month since 1990, and he writes a monthly column on digital libraries for Library Journal.

The lecture is supported by the UNB Visiting Lecturers