LOEX Keynote Presentation by Barbara Fister,Gustavus Adolphus College

Barbara Fister, Gustavus Adolphus College, presented thekeynote at LOEX held in Nashville on May 3, 2013.  In her talk Barbara challenged the audience to think of the big questions and then offered several "Outrageous Claims." Always thought provoking, Barbara has provided some valuable insights and outrageous claims that should get a lot of us thinking and talking.  Barbara made the full text of her talk available here for use by a broader audience.  In her talk Barbara challenged the audience to think of the big questions and then offered several "Outrageous Claims." Always thought provoking, Barbara has provided some valuable insights and outrageous claims that should get a lot of us thinking and talking. 

The abstract for her presentation states:   "Developing both the skills and the disposition to engage in inquiry is a ubiquitous if illdefined goal of higher education. Libraries are a space, physical and social, where students practice a number of inquiry skills they can use after graduation to make a living – and, more importantly, to make a difference. But it’s hard to take the long view. Students are focused on completing assignments as efficiently as possible. Faculty want to cover content. Administrators want strong retention and completion rates. Who has time to think about what comes next? The information universe that librarians invite students to use is so complex that learning just enough to complete academic tasks saturates our instructional efforts, distracting us from a fundamental question: what experiences do we provide that support long-lasting and meaningful learning? How will what students learn in our libraries today help them make  meaning in the information universe of the future?"