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On May 23, Lizabeth (Betsy) Wilson, Dean of the University of Washington Libraries, spoke about new roles opening up for academic librarians and how these will benefit teaching and learning through academia.
Wilson was the 2007 Academic/Research Librarian of the year and under her leadership, the University of Washington Libraries was the 2004 ACRL Academic Library of the Year.
On May 16, John Helmer, Executive Director for Orbis Cascade Alliance, will talk about the benefits consortia participation brings to members through efficiencies and purchasing power.
Helmer has been involved with library consortia for 20 years and is the 2012 winner of the Hugh C. Atkinson Award which recognizes him as a risk-taker and an effective leader and champion of new ideas and initiatives.
On May 9, John Popko from Seattle University spoke about the 10-year planning and construction project which has resulted in the Lemieux and McGoldrick Learning Commons, a world-class transformative space supporting academic endeavors at Seattle University.
Popko also spoke about the value that a learning commons environment brings to a university.
On May 2, 2012, Doug Way from Grand Valley State College in Allendale, Mich., discussed how library collections are rapidly changing in support of scholarship as well as the evolving roles of academic librarians.
The Grand Valley State College Library is the 2012 winner of the Association of College and Research Libraries’ (ACRL) Excellence in Academic Libraries Award.