On 1 June, Dr. Connaway, Senior Research Scientist, OCLC Research, will present a keynote at the Maine Academic Libraries Day. She will provide a synopsis of the ways in which people at all levels of educational stages use information resources and technology, building on 12+ years of user-focused research embodied in the compilation report, The Library in the Life of the User: Engaging with People Where They Live and Learn. Dr. Connaway will emphasize the need for libraries to develop a plan for integrating the library into the workflows of users. This ongoing research provides the library community with behavioral evidence about individuals’ perceptions, habits, and requirements. In turn, this evidence can support the efforts of libraries to design services around user expectations that have been influenced by consumer technologies and evolving research and learning environments.
Following up on the keynote address, Dr. Connaway will facilitate a visitor/resident mapping exercise which will help participants understand their motivation and behavior in engaging with the digital information environment.
Maine Academic Libraries Day is a professional gathering of Maine academic librarians hosted annually at Colby College, in Waterville, Maine