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Friday, August 7 • 10:15am - 11:00am
New Responsibilities, New Opportunities: Expanding Library Services in Times of Reductions

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Description: Often, budget cuts and staffing reductions mean added responsibilities for librarians. While this may mean that librarians have to take on roles that are not traditional librarian jobs, it can also present an opportunity. Over the past several years, librarians at Anabaptist Mennonite Biblical Seminary have expanded the library's work to include more robust writing support, online courses, workshops, and video series. We've even taken over management of the campus bookstore, which comes with its own set of challenges. Come to this session to hear how we have taken these challenges and turned them into opportunities to position the library (and librarians!) as an indispensable resource for our students and faculty.

Audience: Library staff tasked with absorbing new responsibilities, or curious about expanding library services in non-traditional ways.

Learning Outcomes:
  • Learn about the ways AMBS Library has expanded services into various academic support areas 
  • Learn how to increase the visibility and improve perceptions of the library's services 
  • Consider how your library might expand its services to better support your students

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Brandon Board

Information Services & Online Learning Librarian, Anabaptist Mennonite Biblical Seminary
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Karl Stutzman

Director of Library Services, Anabaptist Mennonite Biblical Seminary
As the library director at a small institution, I am passionate about library collaboration and connections between libraries. I look forward to learning about you and your context and figuring out ways that we can partner, learn, and grow together so that we can advance library (and... Read More →

Friday August 7, 2020 10:15am - 11:00am EDT