Symposium shows librarians how to incorporate technology

Michelle Reuter

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It’s time for libraries to move into the digital era according to speakers at the Oviatt Library’s symposium Revolution of Knowledge: The Digital Order of Things.

The event, held Wednesday, was attended by librarians and educators from CSUN and other CSU schools.

“It’s going to be important to think about the whole user experience as opposed to just the technology,” said Suzanna Conrad, a digital initiatives librarian from Cal Poly Pomona. Her thoughts were echoed by speaker, Stephen Abram, who is a librarian and consultant.

According to his blog he advises companies about new strategies for marketing and technology. Abram spoke to the full assembly in the Jack & Florence Ferman Presentation room on the lower level of the library.

“The culture needs to shift to use the talent and expertise we already have to make a difference for students,” he said.

Abram also talked about the “fundamental shift” in the student population as more Millennials come through college. He added that the impact of online classes will have a dramatic effect on how students access and apply information.

The event opened with an introduction from President Dianne Harrison. Speakers followed, including Marshall Breeding, an independent consultant and author who talked about the impact of digital production and distribution of knowledge.

Other speakers included Jeff Gold, the director of academic technology for the CSU and Deone Zell, the senior director of academic technology for the CSU.

“The dinosaurs didn’t go extinct because of the climate change,” Abrams said. “They went extinct because they didn’t adapt to the climate change.”