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KLA-CULS 2019 Conference

Going the Distance: Academic Library Planning for the Long-Term

Monday, May 20 – Tuesday, May 21, 2019
Emporia State University
Emporia, KS


Registration for the 2019 CULS conference has closed.

Hotel Accommodations

Hampton Inn
CULS Conference group discounted rate: $109.00. Group code: CUL

Comfort Inn
CULS Conference group discounted rate: $80.00 – $89.99

Holiday Inn Express and Suites


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Keynote Speaker

Lauren Pressley
ACRL President

Lauren Pressley, Associate Director for Learning & Outreach.Lauren Pressley is the Director of the University of Washington Tacoma Library and an Associate Dean for the University of Washington Libraries, a position she has held since 2015. Prior to this, Pressley served as Director of Learning Environments at Virginia Tech (2014–15), Associate Director of Learning and Outreach at Virginia Tech (2013–14), Head of Instruction at Wake Forest University (2011–13), and Instructional Design Librarian at Wake Forest University (2007-2011).

During her 14-year membership with ACRL, she has served on the Value of Academic Libraries Committee (2016–2017), on the ACRL Conference Cyber Zed Shed Committee (2009–11), and on the DLS Program Planning Committee (2010–12). She has also served on the WGSS Instruction Committee (2005–09), and as a WGSS Core Books editor (2007–08). Pressley has also served as a councilor-at-large on the ALA Council (2010–2017) as a Director at Large for LITA (2011–14).

Pressley was the recipient of the Distinguished Alumni Early Career Award at the University of North Carolina-Greensboro, School of Education and was recognized as a Library Journal Mover & Shaker. She participated in the ALA Emerging Leaders program and attended the NCLA Leadership Institute.

Pressley’s publications include coauthorship of Evolution of Liaison Librarians in SPEC Kit, ARL (2015); Authorship of Wikis for Libraries in the Tech Set for Neal Schuman (2010), and Authorship of So You Want to Be A Librarian for Library Juice Press (2009).

Pressley earned her MLIS from the University of North Carolina-Greensboro. She also holds BAs in Philosophy and in Communication from North Carolina State University.


Brendan Fay
Assistant Professor of Library and Information Management
Emporia State University

Glimpsing the Future: Library Planning in the Information Age
May 20, 2019

Brendan FayEffective planning has long been seen as instrumental for the running of a modern library system and touches on seemingly every aspect of library operations, from the short-term provision of resources and reference services operations to longer-term projects involving the library strategic plan and overall mission. Yet, ours is an exciting moment where ongoing conversations about technology, space, outreach, and other aspects of librarianship have forced us to rethink not only planning priorities but also the very nature of libraries in the 21st-century. While the ever-evolving library landscape presents unique challenges, it also offers unprecedented opportunities to reflect on library planning in organizations of all kinds—from school and public to academic and special collections libraries.

Call for Proposals

The call for proposals has closed. If you have indicated that you will submit a paper to CULS Proceedings, you will receive a separate notification about the guidelines and due dates for first drafts and final drafts of papers.

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