Workshop Format:

    The workshop will include three distinct but interrelated sessions, each following the same format: invited presentation—facilitated breakout working session—IASC21 communication/workplan. 

    Thursday, November 6






    Session One: Critiquing Our Institutional Location(s)
    Presenter: Jennifer Schaffner, Program Officer, OCLC Research

    Jennifer Schaffner will prod us to consider whether area studies collections are the new “special collections” and if so, what that means for determining our value proposition within libraries and to the academic enterprise generally.  The breakout session will encourage us to share details about our current structures while developing new creative framing strategies to advance our collections and services.
    12:15-1:00 Lunch

    Benson Latin American Collections Tour (including Special Collections)

    AJ Johnson, Head of Public Services & Librarian for Caribbean Studies
    Julianne Gilland, Special Collections Curator

    Session Two: Critiquing Current Assessment Metrics: Circulation and ILL Data
    Presenter: Rich Entlich, Collection Analyst Librarian, Cornell University

    Rich Entlich will discuss a variety of data sources related to area studies materials, including circulation/ILL, individual and aggregate holdings, collection overlap, and acquisitions trends. These will be put into context regarding their potential analytical value for policymaking to help prod us to consider what those metrics might tell us about our plans for advancing area studies in our libraries (be that cooperative collection development, discovery and sharing, space management, or advocacy). The breakout session will urge participants to explore the investment in as well as the use and usefulness of such strategies and will help us ascertain potential new categories of data to collect and analyze.

    Clay Pit
    1601 Guadalupe Street

    Friday, November 7




    Session Three: Critiquing Current Staffing Trends and Future Needs
    Presenter: Steven Witt, Head, International and Area Studies Library, University of Illinois

    Steven Witt will discuss his recent work on defining standards for areas studies librarians and will encourage us to consider new staffing models and needs in area studies librarianship.  The breakout session will foster frank discussion on staffing options, necessary trainings and collaborative potentials in area studies.   

    Discussion: Future plans for IASC21

    12:30- Pick up box lunches