Libraries and Research: Supporting Change/Changing Support
Exclusively for OCLC Research Library Partners, this gathering will focus on supporting the academic research process. Tweet: #orlp
Exclusively for OCLC Research Library Partners, this gathering will explore the evolving nature of academic research practices and the new demands on research library services. In addition to changes in the research process, research universities are evolving in new directions. Libraries are taking on new roles and responsibilities to support these changes—and libraries themselves are changing to position themselves for the future.
Please plan on joining us at the DoubleTree by Hilton Amsterdam Centraal Station for a workshop on Tuesday, 10 June, a full-day meeting on Wednesday, 11 June and a half-day meeting on Thursday morning, 12 June. See below for the agenda and hotel information.
Contact Titia van der Werf for more information.
The optional, pre-meeting workshop on 10 June will cover the evolving scholarly record and the role of libraries, data archives, repositories and other stakeholders in its stewardship.
The Libraries and Research: Supporting Change/Changing Support meeting on 11-12 June will cover how the evolving nature of academic research practices and scholarship places new demands on research library services. Shifting attitudes toward data sharing, methodologies in eScholarship, and rethinking the very definition of scholarly discourse all have implications for the library. But it is not only the research process that is changing, research universities are evolving in new directions, often becoming more outcome-oriented, changing to reflect the increased importance of impact assessment, and competing for funding. Libraries are taking on new roles and responsibilities to support change in research and in the academy. As they are preparing to meet new demands and position themselves for the future, libraries themselves are changing, both in their organizational structure and in their alliances with other parts of the university and with external entities.
The workshop agenda is listed below and will be updated regularly as more details become available.
Tuesday, 10 June
|8:30–16:30||During this optional, pre-meeting workshop we will discuss the evolving scholarly record and the role of libraries, data archives, repositories and other stakeholders in its stewardship.|
Wednesday, 11 June
|Time||Libraries and Research: Supporting Change/Changing Suport Meeting Day 1|
|9:00–9:10||Welcome and opening remarks
|9:10–9:30||Introducing the theme
Session 1: Supporting change in research
Research is becoming more digital and the corresponding methodologies and requirements are shaped by evolving technological capabilities. Presentations and discussions will explore the ways in which libraries are or could be supporting eScholarship.
|9:30–9:45||Anja Smit (University Librarian at Utrecht) - Anja will kick-off the session, talk briefly about the Utrecht experience with VRE’s and introduce the push (library support as driver) versus pull (research demand as driver) discussion.|
|9:45–10:00||Ricky Erway (Senior Program Officer, OCLC Research) Does Every Research Library Need a Digital Humanities Center? Ricky will give a short talk about the ways in which libraries can support the digital humanities.|
|10:00–10:20||Speaker (TBD) will share what happens when large digital collections are brought together with scholars.|
|10:20–10:50||Antal van den Bosch (Professor at Radboud University Nijmegen) will discuss the emerging e-research practices and organizational structures (e-Humanities Centres, the eScience Centre, the NederLab project in the Netherlands) and give a research perspective on the role for libraries and data archives in supporting e-research. He will talk about the ambitions to deploy large-scale e-research infrastructures at European and national levels and suggest ways in which libraries can interface with the emerging research ecosystems.|
|11:15–12:00||Session 1: Plenary discussion|
Session 2: Supporting change at the university level
Changes are also coming at the university level and beyond. The new imperatives of higher education around Open Access, Open Data and Research Assessment, are impacting the roles of libraries in managing and providing access to e-research outputs, in helping define the university’s data management policies, and demonstrating value in terms of research impact.
|13:30–13:40||John MacColl (University Librarian at St Andrews and Chair of the RLUK Research Data Management Working Group) will kick-off the session, talk briefly about the UK context to illustrate how libraries are taking up new roles within academia and introduce the discussion.|
|13:40–14:00||Speaker from US (TBD): will talk about The SHared Access Research Ecosystem (SHARE), a joint US universities and libraries initiative to help widen access to and disseminate research information.|
|14:00–14:20||Driek Heesakkers (Project Manager at the University Library of Amsterdam) will talk about research data management at the University of Amsterdam.|
|14:20–14:40||John Scally (Director of Library and University Collections, University of Edinburgh) will talk about the role of the research library in research data management at the University of Edinburgh.|
|14:40–15:00||Paul Wouters (Director of the Centre for Science and Technology Studies in Leiden) will talk about the role of libraries in research performance measurement for universitie.|
|15:20–15:50||Speaker from US (TBD) will discuss the importance of researcher identification and the need to uniquely identify researchers in order to manage the scholarly record and to support assessment.|
Session 2: Plenary discussion
|16:30–18:00||Evening reception at the University of Amsterdam|
Thursday, 12 June
|Time||Libraries and Research: Supporting Change/Changing Suport Meeting Day 2
Session 3: Changing support
Libraries are adapting to their new roles and getting ready to support future service demands. They are engaging in new alliances and are restructuring themselves to prepare for change in accordance with their strategic plans.
|9:00–9:20||Lynn Silipigni Connaway (OCLC Senior Research Scientist) will present the session, "The Importance of an Engagement-Centered Approach to Library Services." She will talk about a collaborative research project led by Ixchel M. Faniel (OCLC Associate Research Scientist), with Kendra Parson (OCLC Research Diversity Fellow), that investigates librarians' early experiences in providing research data services to the academic community. She also will discuss results of several studies that identify the importance of community engagement when developing library services and systems.|
|9:20–10:00||James Michalko (Vice President, OCLC Research Library Partnership) will share observations about how academic libraries are innovatively changing their organizational structures to meet the changing demands of research and the academy and how they are restructuring their ecosystem to maximise efficiency and to increase their support role.|
Session 3: Plenary discussion
Wrap up and closing
Lunch and canal tour