The Evolving Librarian: how user engagement and adoption of crowdsourcing and social media will determine the future of the library

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Cheryl LaGuardia of Harvard University brings a lifetime of library innovation and engagement to this special webinar. During this live conversation with Rosemary Meszaros of WKU, Cheryl will offer her insights into the current state of reference and research, and the challenges we face. Cheryl will discuss the importance of adaptation and flexibility for 21st century librarians, and her thoughts on crowdsourcing and social options when gathering opinions and publishing reviews. Other topics will include the importance of qualitative learning from user experience and reference, and how librarians can better engage with the modern user. This session will be moderated by Rosemary Meszaros, Professor and Coordinator of Government Documents & Law at Western Kentucky University. 

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Cheryl LaGuardia

Cheryl LaGuardia received her B.S. in Literature from the State University of New York at Oneonta, and her M.L.S. from the State University of New York at Albany.

In July 2016, Cheryl LaGuardia was awarded the 2016 Isadore Gilbert Mudge Award, RUSA’s highest honor for her distinguished and multifaceted contributions to reference librarianship, sponsored by Credo Reference.

The 1998 winner of the Isadore Gilbert Mudge Award, James Rettig, describes her as “a catalyst for connections within the profession in multiple ways.” "Supporters describe her as ‘engaged’ and ‘innovative’ while her contributions are ‘thoughtful,’ ‘entertaining,’ ‘imaginative,’ and ‘constructive’. Faculty and librarians laud her effective innovations in instruction practices, and her willingness to mentor other librarian in these techniques,” said award chair Denise Beaubien Bennett.