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Bridging the Spectrum symposium at CUA/LIS highlights public policy directions in Washington

On Friday, February 2, The Catholic University of America (CUA) Library and Information Sciences Department will host its Tenth Annual Bridging the Spectrum: A Symposium on Scholarship and Practice in Library and Information Science (LIS). A one-day event, Bridging the Spectrum provides attendees with a knowledge-sharing forum and meeting place for practitioners, students, and faculty in Library and Information Sciences and Services to share work and to foster unexpected connections across the spectrum of the information professions.

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Dr. Alan Inouye will be the keynote speaker at CUA’s 10th annual Bridging the Spectrum symposium on February 2, 2018.

The keynote address this year will be given by American Library Association Washington Office Director Dr. Alan Inouye. In Making Sense of the Headlines: Advancing Public Policy for the LIS Community, Dr. Inouye looks at the interplay between forming national policy on LIS issues such as net neutrality, federal funding for libraries and education policy with larger trends in government, technology, commerce and society, asking, “What is the more fundamental change taking place? What is really happening beneath the surface and over time—policy-wise? And how can the library and information science community best influence policy and move our interests higher on the political agenda—or at least defend ourselves as much as possible?”

This year, Bridging the Spectrum continues this tradition with a varied program that covers and discusses a diverse set of trends and challenges faced within the LIS fields. Both the morning and afternoon sessions feature presentations and speakers focusing on topics from the impact of digitization and establishing credible news sources, to conducting outreach to minority groups and reinventing programming for the digital natives of the Millennial Generation and Generation Z. Beyond this, the symposium also features a poster lightning round, with posters discussing emerging trends and pedagogy in archival and librarian services.

“Since 2009, Catholic University of America has been proud to have established a community of learning and knowledge-sharing through our annual Bridging the Spectrum: Symposium on Scholarship and Practice,” says Dr. Renate Chancellor, Associate Professor and University Pre-Law Advisor. Chancellor, who serves on the Symposium Committee, went on to say that the impetus for the symposium was to create an opportunity for practitioners, students and faculty in LIS to come together to showcase the wide range of research taking place throughout DC/VA/MD region. “It’s exciting to know that we are celebrating our 10th anniversary and all of the wonderful speakers, panels, and poster sessions we have seen over the years,” says Chancellor, “and to know that we have been instrumental in fostering a forum for dialogue on the important issues relevant to the LIS community.”

Bridging the Spectrum: A Symposium on Scholarship and Practice in Library and Information Science, is open to the public, and will be held in the Great Room of the Pryzbala Student Center on CUA’s campus. For more information about how to register to attend, please visit We look forward to seeing you there!

This guest post was contributed by Babak Zarin, an LIS candidate at CUA and research assistant for Dr. Renate Chancellor.

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Shawnda Hines

Shawnda Hines is an assistant director of Communications at ALA's Washington Office. She earned a bachelor’s degree in English from Evangel University in Missouri. Before joining the ALA in 2016, Shawnda worked as press secretary and local media organizer for the national advocacy group Bread for the World.

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