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3rd Personal Librarian and First Year Experience Library Conference: Past Conference Highlights

2021 Conference Announcement

Kelvin Smith Library of Case Western Reserve University and The National Resource Center for The First-Year Experience and Students in Transition are elated to announce a partnership that will feature the biennial Personal Librarian Conference as a preconference to the 40th Annual Conference on The First-Year Experience to be held February 13 – 16, 2021 in Seattle, Washington. It’s our hope that this partnership will allow attendees to attend both conferences without added travel and other associated costs.

The National Resource Center for The First-Year Experience and Students in Transition serves as the trusted expert, internationally recognized leader, and clearinghouse for scholarship, policy, and best practice for all postsecondary student transitions.  Located at the University of South Carolina, The National Resource Center convenes conferences and other professional development events that address current trends, issues, and concerns related to supporting student learning, development, and success in the first college year.  

The Kelvin Smith Library of Case Western Reserve University launched the Personal Librarian Conference and has hosted it on a biennial basis since 2014 until 2018.  It was the only multi-day event dedicated to addressing the pressing challenges of, and opportunities for student success and retention regarding undergraduates, especially during their critical first two years of college.  Attendance at each event has grown, with the first two conferences attracting about 150 attendees, and 200 attendees for the 2018 conference. The mix of attendees has been remarkable, including participants from more than 30 states in the United States and provinces in Canada, as well as a wide cross-section of librarians from two- and four-year institutions, public and private, large and small.  Also, several highly selective librarians from private high schools attended to understand how best to prepare their students for research on the college level.

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Important Dates

Registration Opens: November 10, 2017

Registration Closes: March 2, 2018

Conference Dates: March 21-22, 2018

Credit Card Payment: As of February 12, 2018, only credit card payments will be accepted.

Contact

Phone: (216) 368-2992

Brian Gray
Team Leader of Research Services
brian.c.gray@case.edu

E. Gail Reese
Associate Director for Public Engagement and Library Administration
gail.reese@case.edu

 

2014 & 2016 Conference Pictures

2014 Conference Speaker at Podium

2014 Conference Breakout Session

2014 Conference Student Panel

2014 Conference Student Panel

2014 Conference Breakout Session

2014 Conference Breakout Session

Conference Attendees Enjoying Breakfast

2016 Conference Attendees Enjoying Breakfast

2016 Conference Breakout Session

2016 Conference Breakout Session

2016 Conference Plenary Session Speaker

2016 Conference Plenary Session

2016 Conference Poster Session Attendees

2016 Conference Poster Session

2016 Conference Poster Session Attendees

2016 Conference Poster Session

2016 Conference Reception Food Table

2016 Conference Reception

2016 Conference Student Panel Speakers

2016 Conference Student Panel

vendor table at conference

2016 Conference Vendor Table (Credo)

Sunshine Break with attendees outside talking

2016 Conference Sunshine Break

1st Conference (2014)

2014 Personal Librarian & First Year Experience Library Conference Banner ImageThe First National Personal Librarian & First Year Experience Library Conference was a 2-day event focused on all aspects of the first year experience and the personalization of outreach and services for incoming students. It was held on April 7-8, 2014. Over 150 attendees came from 71 institutions throughout the United States and Canada. 

2nd Conference (2016)

2nd National Personal Librarian and First Year Experience Library Conference Banner ImageThe 2016 conference included a keynote, 4 plenary sessions, 22 breakout sessions, and 8 posters. The conference was truly national, and technically international, as several Canadian organizations presented. Content existed for every type of organization, librarian, or academic role.