From Ranganathan to Read/Write

6 Nov 2013

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You Are MediaFrom Ranganathan to Read/Write:

Managing Digital Disruption in Libraries, Schools and Workplaces

A symposium for educators, technologists, librarians, creative media professionals, students and thoughtful citizens

Wed., Nov. 6, 2013, 9  a.m. – 5 p.m.

URI Pharmacy Building | 7 Greenhouse Road, Kingston RI

Free Online Registration

FOCUS OF THE PROGRAM: What are the opportunities created as a result of the blurring boundary between readers, writers, librarians, technologists and creative media professionals?


“Ranganathan’s Laws” have described the historic role of libraries in an era before the read-write culture. Thanks to the Internet and digital media, boundaries between readers and writers are dissolving beyond libraries, as well. The work of educators, workplace media professionals, technologists and librarians encompasses new intersections and synergies. We have much to learn from (and with) each other.

If you work in any of those fields, or are a digital media researcher, student or concerned citizen, join us for a fast-paced, day-long, circle-round sharing of knowledge and ideas, “From Ranganathan to Read/Write.” Set in the bright, soaring spaces of URI’s new Pharmacy Building, we’ll feature facilitated, open discussion among experts, toolbox-demonstrating breakouts and an opportunity for new connections and collaboration during and after the event. Explore intersections among teaching, research, service, business and outreach.


WHOS’S COMING? See a partial list of PARTICIPANTS here

  • Karen A. Perry, principal, Clarion Digital, former senior program officer, Libraries, Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation
  • Troy Hicks, Ph.D., assistant professor, Central Michigan Univ., National Writing Project and author, “Crafting Digital Writing” and “The Digital Writing Workshop”
  • Sydnye Cohen, technology integrator, New Canaan [Conn.] High School and former library media specialist
  • Rebecca Burnett, director, Georgia Tech Institute of Technology, Writing and Communication

Rebecca Burnett

Rebecca Burnett

Karen Archer Perry

Karen Archer Perry

Troy Hicks

Troy Hicks

Sydnye Cohen



In 1931, Indian mathematician and librarian S.R. Ranganathan proposed five laws widely accepted as foundational to library science and practice: (1) Books are for use. (2) Every reader his [or her] book. (3) Every book its reader. (4) Save the time of the reader. (5) The library is a growing organism. All institutions – libraries, schools, workplaces – have legacy rules now being disrupted by Internet-spawned, digital-media driven, read-write culture or marketplaces.How might we use the challenge of modernizing Ranganathan’s Laws to react to the blurring boundaries among readers, writers, librarians and creative media professionals in multiple environments?


You are invited to participate with URI faculty, staff and students and distinguished guests as we explore how to meet new and emerging needs in curriculum, library, writing composition and digital media teaching practices. Using the open-space approach to promote conversation and learning, participants gather to explore these questions:

  • In a crowd-sourced, online, sharing economy, what new literacies are needed and what is the role of the educator, creative media professional or librarian in making new “laws”?
  • What are are dimensions of learning — and customer outreach — in a 2.0 read-write economy?
  • What research questions arise when considering the relationship between librarianship, digital literacy and writing composition and rhetoric?
  • How do we best task and support the next generation of educators, media and information professionals, librarians and writing and composition teachers in a multimedia age?


Eyes Wide Open – This is Media. Eyes Wide Open A 30-minute fresh look at our role in today’s media landscape as consumers and makers. Includes compelling interviews with digital pioneers reveals the balancing act between connected, responsible and private.  Sponsored by PIVOT TV.


Digital City Rhode Island thanks the Rhode Island Foundation for support.


This event is free and open to the public but pre-registration is required. For more information, contact Bill Densmore | 617.448.6600 |