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.
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.
The Tudor Arms Hotel – DoubleTree by Hilton is the official hotel for the conference and a block of rooms have been reserved for conference attendees. The hotel is a short walking distance (estimated time: 12 min) from the Kelvin Smith Library, the location of the 3rd National Personal Librarian and First Year Experience Library Conference. The rooms are available at an exclusive conference rate of $129 per night. A mix of singles, doubles, and suites are available until booked.
The "PL Conference block" with the exclusive rate is now FULL. However, if you have not made your lodging arrangements, we still recommend Tudor Arms Hotel as there will be available transport to and from campus.
Contact The Tudor Arms Hotel at (216) 455-1260 to reserve your room today.
The Tudor Arms Hotel Address: 10660 Carnegie Ave, Cleveland, OH 44106
The 3rd National Personal Librarian and First Year Experience Library Conference will be held at the Kelvin Smith Library at Case Western Reserve University in Cleveland, Ohio. The Tudor Arms Hotel offers a complimentary shuttle which will take conference attendees from the hotel to the conference site - the Kelvin Smith Library.
Arriving by Car:
Directions to the Tudor Arms Hotel - Doubletree by Hilton.
Car service is available by Airport Express (216-671-5466). A special rate of $65 (one-way) is available to conference attendees.
The Kelvin Smith Library (Conference Site): 11055 Euclid Avenue, Cleveland, OH 44106
The Kelvin Smith Library is located directly above Parking Garage 29 and has guest parking with prices ranging $10-$15 a day. Metered street parking is also available.
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