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Collaboration, Advocacy, and Recruitment:
Area and International Studies Librarianship Workshop

October 30-31, 2013
Indiana University, Bloomington, Indiana, USA


The workshop has concluded and was a great success! View the proceedings online (videos and documents).

This two-day workshop is being organized by the Area Studies Department of the Herman B Wells Library on the campus of Indiana University-Bloomington (IUB). During the workshop, we will debate, think, and develop an agenda for continued conversations that will keep area and international studies librarianship linked to ongoing developments and strategies in the library and information world as it responds to changes and shifts in higher education (click on the About menu tab above for detailed information about the workshop and the draft agenda).

We have invited fifteen leading Area and International Studies librarians and library administrators to discuss the future of Area and International Studies librarianship and collections (list of invitees). In addition to these invited participants, interested librarians, administrators, faculty, and others are welcome to attend at their own cost. To help focus the discussions, we have written a Provocation on each of the workshop's three main themes (Collaboration; Recruitment, Training, Mentoring; and Advocacy/Positioning Area Studies Librarians and Collections), and five participants have been invited to compose Responses. Three keynote presentations will also be given. All documents will be posted on this website as they become available (click on the Documents menu tab).

Location & Time: The workshop will be held on the campus of Indiana University-Bloomington in the Grand Hall of the Neal-Marshall Black Culture Center, located on Jordan Avenue one block south of the Herman B Wells Library. The workshop will take place all day Wednesday (followed by an evening reception in the University Club at the Indiana Memorial Union) and until noon on Thursday.

Participation: In-person participation is limited to approximately 50 attendees. We expect to offer online, real-time workshop participation with the ability to interact (via Adobe Connect's "Breeze Presenter") for registered participants who are unable to attend in person.

The workshop is supported by the IU Libraries and a Mellon Foundation "Innovating International Research, Teaching, and Collaboration" grant.