Now in its 16th year, the Brick & Click Libraries Conference (#bclc16) is a one-day event featuring concurrent and lightning round sessions that explore cutting-edge technologies, practical solutions, and timely topics. The conference supports the academic information needs of both on-ground (brick) and online (click) students, library professionals and paraprofessionals.

The conference is held at Northwest Missouri State University in Maryville, Missouri. Registration is limited in order to maintain the advantages of a small conference, so register early!   To register visit: www.brickandclick.org
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Friday, November 4 • 11:21am - 11:31am
Lightning Round: Building Instructional Labs for Tomorrow: Do Trees and Tablets Work?

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At a time when primary and secondary schools are planning and expending tens of millions of dollars on new facilities and technology – first graders doing digital portfolios in schools where young learners use tablets, and ēno and interactive white boards rule in a wireless environment – why are many academic libraries hesitant to be ready as these young learners prepare to enter college? In the 2 ½ years since it opened, the NHTI Instructional Lab - based on Biophilic Design, collaborative learning and tablet technology - remains in the forefront of innovative Instructional Lab design with an impressive track record of unparalleled instructional success: it has become the place to be on campus. Now, with several years of experience to interpret, this presentation examines why the Instructional Lab is so successful and what it means to student success, information literacy, secondary school partnerships, careers and technology preparedness even as the Instructional Lab helps make the student transition to college seamless. The future is now: to sit on the sidelines and not to embrace the new technology – not to prepare for the arrival of young learners - is a recipe for failure. Here’s how disaster can be avoided and success achieved.

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Carolyn Johnson

Research and Outreach Librarian, Northwest Missouri State University
Systems for student success, information literacy, collection development, library outreach activities, teaching, best practices.


Stephen Ambra

Library Director, NHTI Concord’s Community College

Friday November 4, 2016 11:21am - 11:31am CDT
J.W. Jones Student Union, Boardroom

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