Wow! We just posted the program for Reference Renaissance 2010: Inventing the Future and if you’re a reference librarian, no matter what type of institution you work at, this is the conference for you. With more than fifty-five panels, papers, reports from the field and workshops, plus five Pecha Kuchas and a number of five minute lightning talks describing the latest ways to help customers weather the economy, succeed academically/in their careers, continue lifelong learning and navigate successfully through the tasks of modern life, this is a tremendous learning opportunity for all reference practitioners.
Sessions will cover ways to meet your users where they are (e.g. video, SMS, virtual, roving and community reference), new ideas for helping your techno-users (e.g. QR Codes – see the conference’s at the bottom of this post), staffing, and collaborating to stretch your budget. The keynote speech, plenary panel, conference co-chairs’ (Marie Radford and Rivkah Sass) session, and numerous networking opportunities, will give us a chance to discuss our visions of the future of reference librarianship so we can continue to provide the best possible service in light of shrinking budgets and staff.
To allow you time to get funding after seeing the details of this jam packed program, the early bird deadline to pay just $250 for the conference has been extended to July 16, 2010 (and while they last, rooms at the conference hotel are just $89/night). Even if conference funding is limited at your institution, this is too good a chance to pass up, so consider taking a Colorado vacation like many of the other attendees. Experience the majesty of the Rocky Mountains in high summer.
So register now and keep up with conference news via the listserv for attendees, Facebook, and Twitter (hashtag RefRen10).