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Northwest Missouri State University

News Release

Oct. 30, 2014

Owens Library to host national Brick and Click library conference

A focus on supporting on-ground and online student learning will be the theme Friday, Nov. 7, as Northwest Missouri State University’s B.D. Owens Library hosts the 14th annual Brick and Click national academic library conference.

More than 130 academic librarians from the continental United States, Alaska and Canada are expected to attend. All sessions will take place in the J.W. Jones Student Union on the Northwest campus.

Given the rapid transformation of academic libraries, the Brick and Click conference provides an essential forum for professional development and networking. Academic librarians from across the nation attend the highly-regarded conference for sessions that explore cutting-edge technologies, practical solutions, and timely content. All proposals for presentations are peer-reviewed.

Presentation topics include collaborative processes and learning, student-centered social media, brain cognition and learning, team-based learning, LEAN management, student employee development, identifying peak service times and high-use patron groups, faculty and librarian partnerships, discovery tool assessment, project management, innovative use of technology, library hours and virtual reference services.

Owens Library staff members Frank Baudino, head librarian for information services, and Carolyn Johnson, information librarian, edit the conference proceedings, titled “Brick & Click Libraries Conference.” Johnson also serves as a conference coordinator with Kathy Hart, assistant director for library services at Owens Library.

To review the full program, including presenters from Missouri, visit For more information about Brick and Click, contact Johnson at or 660.562.1393.

B. D. Owens Library is a service-oriented library in a 116,000-square foot facility designed to meet the varied learning and research needs of Northwest students, faculty and staff. The library collection and services support scholarly research and provide current information that promotes student competencies concerning lifelong learning, critical thinking, communication and research.

The Owens Library website provides on- and off-campus access to thousands of journal titles and eBooks for Northwest students and employees through the library’s robust catalog.

Course-focused guides and tutorials along with reference and citing assistance are also available. Reference services include a broad array of delivery methods by walk-in, appointment, email and phone. The library’s popular “Help with Research” program provides students and employees the opportunity to receive personalized research assistance on a specific topic.

The library building houses more than 260,000 books, documents and bound periodicals. Nearly 70,000 periodicals are available in electronic format. About 120,000 eBooks are available through the popular EBSCOhost platform, with additional access to more than 23 million items through the statewide catalog maintained by the MOBIUS consortium of libraries. MOBIUS items arrive at Owens Library in three to five working days. Interlibrary loan service is available for materials not available within the state.

For more information, please contact:

Mark Hornickel, Communication Manager | 660.562.1704 | Fax: 660.562.1900

Northwest Missouri State University
215 Administration Building | 800 University Drive | Maryville, MO 64468