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Keynote Address: Re-Imagining Librarianship Beyond the Pandemic

Presenter Information

Pauline Ngimwa

Speaker Biography

Pauline Ngimwa is a Kenyan national with extensive work experience in African higher education where she has led educational programmes including technology enhanced learning initiatives. Currently, she is a programme manager at the Partnership for African Social and Governance Research (PASGR), responsible for research capacity strengthening of early and mid-career researchers including doctoral students in Africa. Before joining PASGR, she led the implementation of digital library and multi-national teacher education training projects at the African Virtual University. She also served as information manager, British Council Library, Nairobi. Her research interests include design and use of digital educational resources including open educational resources in African higher education. She has published in this area and peer-reviewed for international journals. She holds a PhD and a Master of Research in Educational Technology from the Open University, UK; and BSc. and Master of Information Science from Moi University, Kenya. She is also a fellow with the African Science Leadership Programme, University of Pretoria.

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Start Date

28-6-2021 9:00 AM

End Date

28-6-2021 5:00 PM

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Libraries have always been at the forefront of digital transformation and have invested in different technologies, such as automation of library services, provision of online information resources, and digital literacy, etc. More recently, libraries have been in a continuous process of re-inventing and leveraging on the transformative power of digital technology to become more people-centered and not mere resource-centered institutions. Modern libraries are being designed with common spaces and technologies that facilitate social engagement and interactions. The unexpected demand to shift services online that was created by the Covid-19 pandemic accelerated this digital transformation process as libraries, like other service providers, were forced to close their physical facilities to keep their staff and patrons safe. The need to continue supporting library users meant that libraries had to quickly fast track their application of digital technologies and innovate new ways and tools to support effective virtual service delivery. With these sudden changes, how does the future of librarianship look, and how are libraries and librarians positioning themselves to adapt and thrive in a new space that presents unique challenges and opportunities? What is the place of disruptive technologies such as robotics, artificial intelligence, machine learning, and virtual reality in a post-Covid-19 library service? The keynote address will reflect on how this important service responded and adapted itself to the challenges of the pandemic. It will then explore the nature of the emerging post-pandemic environment, the evolving characteristics and demands of patrons, and how libraries and librarians should adapt to this rapidly changing space. Participants will be provoked into thinking of new methodologies, competencies, and skills of the librarian of the future.

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Jun 28th, 9:00 AM Jun 28th, 5:00 PM

Keynote Address: Re-Imagining Librarianship Beyond the Pandemic

Libraries have always been at the forefront of digital transformation and have invested in different technologies, such as automation of library services, provision of online information resources, and digital literacy, etc. More recently, libraries have been in a continuous process of re-inventing and leveraging on the transformative power of digital technology to become more people-centered and not mere resource-centered institutions. Modern libraries are being designed with common spaces and technologies that facilitate social engagement and interactions. The unexpected demand to shift services online that was created by the Covid-19 pandemic accelerated this digital transformation process as libraries, like other service providers, were forced to close their physical facilities to keep their staff and patrons safe. The need to continue supporting library users meant that libraries had to quickly fast track their application of digital technologies and innovate new ways and tools to support effective virtual service delivery. With these sudden changes, how does the future of librarianship look, and how are libraries and librarians positioning themselves to adapt and thrive in a new space that presents unique challenges and opportunities? What is the place of disruptive technologies such as robotics, artificial intelligence, machine learning, and virtual reality in a post-Covid-19 library service? The keynote address will reflect on how this important service responded and adapted itself to the challenges of the pandemic. It will then explore the nature of the emerging post-pandemic environment, the evolving characteristics and demands of patrons, and how libraries and librarians should adapt to this rapidly changing space. Participants will be provoked into thinking of new methodologies, competencies, and skills of the librarian of the future.