As Information Literacy Librarian at Syracuse University Libraries, Kelly Delevan works to empower the Syracuse University community to succeed as members of an increasingly complex information society. She develops the Libraries’ programs Information Literacy, including the Information Literacy Scholars, a unique opportunity for graduate students interested in academic librarianship, reference, and instruction to build working experience and gain mentoring in the SU libraries. Before joining Syracuse University, Kelly was the Instructional Services Librarian at Le Moyne College, and a research librarian at the New York Public Library. She received her MSIS in Information Science from the University of Texas at Austin. Prior to a career in librarianship, Kelly worked as a film and video editor in New York, Washington, DC, and Buffalo. She received a certificate in filmmaking from the Film and TV School of the Academy of Performing Arts in Prague (FAMU).
One way of reimagining something familiar is to alter our view of the scene or setting; shifting focus to reveal, sharpening or softening gaze for emphasis, or zooming in or out to show context. The pandemic forced us to adjust our focus in surprising ways. For me, I had to quickly reimagine how to support student workers in a program I had just launched. Three years later, with time to reflect, I’ve drawn on my previous experience in the film world to make sense of things. I realized the ways that filmmakers creatively employ techniques and technologies to explore the frame, to draw attention, and prioritize competing visual elements can serve as metaphors for rethinking focus in our own discipline. In this presentation, I will apply cinematic approaches to an examination of how library work is changing for me personally, and for us, collaboratively and in the field in general. Participants will leave this talk with new ways of thinking about how to notice and direct the attention of workers and patrons alike.
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