About the Symposium

The annual Ivies Plus Access Services Symposium provides an opportunity for access services professionals from large research libraries to share experiences, insights, and best practices with each other.

When: June 9 - 10, 2016

Host: University of Pennsylvania, Van Pelt Library, Philadelphia, PA

Through this Symposium we strive to:

  • Exchange information about the services and initiatives our organizations are undertaking or planning for the near term
  • Explore challenges and opportunities for Access Services
  • Discuss solutions that may benefit other organizations

Symposium Theme for 2016

Remaining VITAL

The Symposium will explore how Access Services remains vital to the mission of the University through three tracks: Users, Policies, and Spaces.


Please register by Friday, May 27, 2016

Symposium Agenda

Lodging and Travel

We have not reserved blocks of rooms for the Symposium. With easy mass transit within Philadelphia, guests may wish to consider hotels in Center City or near local attractions. These hotels may also be less expansive than those in the vicinity of Penn's campus. The Visiting Penn page will feature hotels in the area, but you may want to check commercial sites for reviews and rates. And please, if you are having trouble, reach out to your friends at Penn who are happy to help.

Local Dining Options

Penn's campus is surrounded by retail dining and a vibrant food truck scene. The food truck web page is useful for locating areas around campus where food trucks congregate, but the exact offerings listed may be out of date. Roam around, look for lines (an indicator of good food) and Google "best of" lists. Trust us, the search is part of the fun and is worth the effort.

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