The Future of Libraries: A Conversation with Chris Bourg

UNB Libraries invites you to join us for a presentation and discussion with Chris Bourg, Director of Libraries at Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), on Thursday, October 6 at 3:00-4:00 PM in the Milham Room at the Harriet Irving Library. Dr. Bourg is on campus to deliver the opening keynote at Access 2016, Canada’s library technology conference, hosted by UNB Libraries.

Dr. Bourg has been leading a task force composed of MIT faculty, staff, and students, which has been charged with seeking input from the MIT community and from domain experts, on how MIT libraries ought to evolve to best advance the creation, dissemination, and preservation of knowledge, and to serve as a leader in the reinvention of research libraries. In this presentation, she’ll share some findings from the task force’s report (due to be released later this year), and lead discussion with the audience on the future of research libraries.

Dr. Bourg is the Director of Libraries at MIT, where she also oversees the MIT Press. Prior to assuming her role at MIT, Chris worked for 12 years in the Stanford University Libraries, most recently as the Associate University Librarian for Public Services. She holds a PhD in Sociology from Stanford University, and spent 10 years as an active duty U.S. Army officer, including 3 years on the faculty at the United States Military Academy at West Point.

Chris is keenly interested in issues of diversity and inclusion in higher education, and in the role libraries play in advancing social justice and democracy. She is currently serving as Chair of the Committee on Diversity and Inclusion of the Association of Research Libraries and has written and spoken extensively on diversity, inclusion, and leadership.