Libraries Rebound: Embracing Mission, Maximizing Impact

Exclusively for OCLC Research Library Partners

5–6 June 2012
Hyatt at The Bellevue
Philadelphia, PA USA

#LibRebound

In order to ensure effective impact, proactive research libraries are beginning to:

  • redirect staff and reconfigure services to provide direct support for the research mission of their parent institution,
  • seek to align special collections with the mission of the parent institution, going beyond tradition and prestige, and
  • recognize library space and its uses as a powerful way to project value and enter into new partnerships.

—All three involve forging new alliances, creating community, and releasing new value from our assets.

Based on input from OCLC Research Library Partners, this colloquium focused on the implementation of distinctive services that better align the library with the mission of its parent institution. It addressed the following themes:

  • Theme 1: Directly Supporting Researchers
  • Theme 2: Aligning Special Collections with the Institutional Mission
  • Theme 3: Exploiting Space as a Distinctive Asset

It featured OCLC Research Library Partners and other distinguished individuals who have demonstrated leadership in these areas. The presentations offered guidance on assessing appropriateness, dealing with staffing practicalities, launching a program, and sustaining a successful program. Participants had adequate time to discuss the difficulties and opportunities associated with each of these change areas.

We met for a full day on 5 June and adjourned at noon on 6 June. The colloquium was followed by an OCLC Research Library Partnership Briefing from noon–2:30 on 6 June. We also put together a list of Things to Do in Philadelphia [pdf] for a variety of activities Partners could partake in after the Libraries Rebound meeting and reception.

Links to the presentation videos and slides are available on the agenda below. All of the videos are also available in a Libraries Rebound Video Playlist on YouTube.

In addition, the following Hangingtogether blog posts summarize various aspects of the meeting:

Contact Ricky Erway or Merrilee Proffitt with questions or feedback about the meeting.

 

Tuesday, 5 June

Time Meeting
8:30 a.m.

Continental Breakfast

Location: Promenade – Rose Garden

9:30 a.m.

Opening Remarks, by Jim Michalko, OCLC Research

  • Watch the video of Jim Michalko's opening remarks
  • View Jim's slides (.pptx: 97KB/3 slides)
Opening Keynote—Making the Service Turn: Identifying, Supporting, and Sustaining Distinctive Services for the 21st Century Research Library, by Scott Walter, DePaul University
  • Watch the video of Scott Walter's opening keynote
  • View Scott's slides (.pptx: 11,019KB/52 slides)
Location: Rose Garden

10:30 a.m.

Session 1: Directly Supporting Researchers

A Subject-Specific Research Information Liaison possesses information management skills and subject expertise, and works directly with researchers on their information needs as they plan, carry out, and disseminate their research. In this session we explored deploying research liaisons who are committed to working with researchers in a particular discipline throughout the research workflow.

Opening Remarks, by Ricky Erway, OCLC Research

  • Watch the video of Ricky Erway's opening remarks
  • View Ricky's slides (.pptx: 590KB/4 slides)

    Speakers included:

    • Kurt de Belder, Leiden University
      • Watch the video of Kurt de Belder's presentation, Supporting Researchers at Leiden University
      • View Kurt's slides (.pptx: 820KB/16 slides)
    • Tracy Gabridge, Massachusetts Institute of Technology
      • Watch the video of Tracy Gabridge's presentation, Managing Globally for Acting Locally
      • View Tracy's slides (.pptx: 8,763KB/33 slides)
    • David Shumaker, Catholic University of America
      • Watch the video of David Shumaker's presentation, Embedded Librarians Rebound!
      • View David's slides (.pptx: 1,382KB/13 slides)
    Reactor panel:
    • Liz Chapman, London School of Economics
    • Chris Bourg, Stanford University
    • Dana Rooks, University of Houston
    View the video of the reactor panel discussion from Session 1.

    Location: Rose Garden

1:00 p.m.

Lunch

Location: Conservatory

2:00 p.m.

Session 2: Aligning Special Collections with the Institutional Mission

With an emphasis on engaging directly with the mission of their parent institution, custodians of rare and unique materials are being challenged in many ways. In this session we explored how special collections are coping with the challenges and how they are initiating a broad range of activities on campus and beyond to sustain and redirect the future of their collections.

Speakers included:

  • Tim Pyatt, Penn State University Libraries
    • Watch the video of Tim Pyatt's presentation, Aligning Special Collections with the Institutional Mission
    • View Tim's slides (.pptx: 1,317KB/11 slides)
  • Lisa Carter, Ohio State University
    • Watch the video of Lisa Carter's presentation, Special Collections: Distinction with Impact
    • View Lisa's slides (.pptx: 3,682KB/13 slides)
  • Fran Blouin, University of Michigan
    • Watch the video of Fran Blouin's presentation, Libraries in the Service of their Universities
    • View Fran's slides (.pptx: 677KB/22 slides)
Reactor panel:
  • Matt Reynolds, East Carolina University
  • Rachel Hart, University of St Andrews
  • Steven Mandeville-Gamble, George Washington University
Watch the video of the reactor panel discussion from Session 2.

Location: Rose Garden

5:30–7:00 p.m.

Evening Reception

Location: Chemical Heritage Foundation

Wednesday, 6 June

Time Meeting

8:00 a.m. 

Continental Breakfast

Location: Promenade – Rose Garden

9:00 a.m.

Session 3: Exploiting Space as a Distinctive Asset

Libraries have moved beyond thinking that "coffee and comfort" represent the optimal reconfiguration of library space. In this session we went beyond moving furniture and explored opportunities to develop space in ways that support partnerships with other campus units, transforming perceptions of the library and making direct connections to the teaching or research goals of the university.

Opening Remarks, by Jim Michalko, OCLC Research

  • Watch the video of Jim Michalko's opening remarks for Session 3
  • View Jim's slides (.pptx: 452KB/1 slide)

    Speakers included:

    • Sarah Pritchard, Northwestern University
      • Watch the video of Sarah Pritchard's presentation, Promoting Space as a Distinctive Asset
      • View Sarah's slides (.pptx: 1,824KB/9 slides)
    • Shawna Sadler, University of Calgary
      • Watch the video of Shawna Sadler's presentation, Taylor Family Digital Library Overview
      • View Shawna's slides (.pptx: 24,705KB/37 slides)
    • Wayne Gehrke and Andrea Will, Group 4 Architecture, Research + Planning, Inc.
      • Watch the video of Wayne Gehrke and Andrea Will's presentation, Exploiting Space as a Distinctive Asset
      • View Wayne and Andrea's slides (.pptx: 13,341KB/31 slides)
    Reactor panel:
    • Chris Banks, University of Aberdeen
    • Simon Neame, University of British Columbia
    • Lorelei Tanji, University of California, Irvine
    Watch the video of the reactor panel discussion from Session 3.

    Location: Rose Garden

11:30 a.m.

Summing Up—Jim Michalko, OCLC Research

  • Watch the video Jim Michalko's presentation, Libraries Rebound—a partial recap
  • View Jim's slides (links to presentation on external site)
Location: Rose Garden

12:00–2:30 p.m.

(Optional) OCLC Research Library Partnership Briefing
Included boxed lunch

  • Merrilee Proffitt, OCLC Research
    • Scholar's Funnel and ArchiveGrid slides (.pptx: 1,728KB/12 slides)
  • Titia van der Werf, OCLC Research
    • OCLC Research in Europe slides (.ppt: 1,094KB/11 slides)
Location: Rose Garden

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