Meet Plenary Speaker at ATLA 2018, David W. Lewis

We are pleased to introduce David W. Lewis, our second plenary speaker for the 2018 ATLA Annual Conference, Indianapolis, Indiana, June 13-16.

David currently serves as the Dean of the Indiana University–Purdue University Indianapolis (IUPUI) University Library. He has also been named the 2018 ACRL Academic/ Research Librarian of the Year.

He began his library career as a reference librarian and late became a library administrator. He worked at SUNY Farmingdale (1975-76), Hamilton College (1976-78), Franklin and Marshall College (1978-83), Columbia University (1983-88) and the University of Connecticut (1988-93). He came to IUPUI in 1993 as the Head of Public Services and has been the Dean of the University Library since 2000.

David has published over 40 articles and book chapters. His 1988 article “Inventing the Electronic University” was selected as one of seven “landmark” articles to be republished in the 75th-anniversary issue of College & Research Libraries. His book Reimagining the Academic Library was published by Rowman & Littlefield in 2016.

He is a masters swimmer who enjoys traveling to parts of the world where red wine is made.

Plenary Session, Reimaging the Academic Library and Reinventing Scholarly Communication

Expanding on his book, David’s session is aptly titled “Reimaging the Academic Library and Reinventing Scholarly Communications.” He will discuss the current state of scholarly communications and what academic libraries can and must do to create a healthy and verdant environment where scholarship can thrive and have the broadest impact. He will review the economic and social constraints of the current system and propose strategies for moving forward.

Registration for the 2018 ATLA Annual Conference will open later this month. Please visit the Annual Conference website for registration updates.

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