Why Do We Still Have Those? The Role of the Academic Branch Library
Sponsored by UCD
In a technology-rich information environment, the responsibilities of the library have become increasingly disembodied. For that reason, the academic community often questions the need to have a branch library when so much of the library's function can be handled by online resources. However, branch libraries were designed to support specific populations who continue to have specialized needs that merit individualized focus. This session will explore how branch libraries continue to address those needs and how branch librarians facilitate this process by studying and supporting these distinct populations.
Dr. Lynne Simpson holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in English and a Master's in Library Science. She received her Doctor of Philosophy in Information Science with an emphasis in Computer Education and Cognitive Systems from the University of North Texas. She holds the rank of Associate Professor and is the current head of the William E. Brock College of Veterinary Health Sciences Library at Oklahoma State University. She also works as an adjunct professor for the University of North Texas College of Information, Library Science, and Technology. Before her current position at Oklahoma State University, she worked in information centers at Georgia-Pacific Corp. and the Jet Propulsion Laboratory of NASA. She has also held positions at Langston University and Emory University. Lynne has one daughter, Sydney, and is married to James Harding, head football coach for Star Spencer High School.
Rebecca Weber has a Bachelor of Arts in English Education and a Master's of Library Information Studies from the University of Oklahoma. She is the Head of the Education and Technology Library at Oklahoma State University. She has held positions at the Florida Institute of Technology and Walt Disney World in Orlando, Florida.