OPAL Conference to be Held at Mount Union

August 12, 2011

The University of Mount Union, Malone University and Walsh University will co-host the 2011 OPAL Conference on Thursday, August 11 through Friday, August 12.
OPAL, which stands for Ohio Private Academic Libraries, is a consortium of 24 college and university libraries at private institutions in Ohio. Each year, staff members of the OPAL libraries gather at one of the member institutions to share information and explore new ideas in library operations. The theme of this year’s conference is “Uncommon Learning in the Information Commons,” and the keynote speaker is Jack Hedge, an architect with the Columbus based Design Group, who designed the information commons at Ohio University. 
Pre-conference events on Thursday, August 11 will include a tour of the National First Ladies’ Library and Museum followed by dinner at the Canton Club on the 14th floor of the Chase Bank building, both in downtown Canton, Ohio. Attendees also will have the opportunity to tour other local OPAL member libraries including Malone University’s Everett L. Cattell Library and Walsh University’s Brother Edmund Drouin Library.
Jack Hedge will present the keynote address on Friday, August 12 on Mount Union’s campus. Following his address, breakout sessions will be held on information literacy, digitization projects, discovery layer software, mark-up languages and other topics of interest. There also will be a session given by Serials Solutions on its journal finder, which was recently adopted by all OPAL libraries, and a panel discussion on the development of information commons facilities. Tours of the Mount Union Library also will be given on Friday.
While the conference is funded by OPAL and is free to attendees, it is open only to OPAL library staff members.
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