JUN 10

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.

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Start Date

10 June 2014

End Date

12 June 2014


Amsterdam, Netherlands


DoubleTree by Hilton Amsterdam Centraal Station


Evolving Scholarly Record and Evolving Stewardship Ecosystem is an optional, pre-meeting workshop on 10 June organized by OCLC Research and DANS (Data Archiving and Networked Services), one of the major research data archiving centers in the Netherlands. This workshop will cover the evolving scholarly record and the role of libraries, data archives, repositories and other stakeholders in its stewardship. OCLC Research Library Partners have preferential registration for this workshop through 30 April. On 1 May, registration will open to all interested staff from libraries, data archives, repositories, and other stakeholders who have a mission for collecting, making available and preserving the scholarly record.

Libraries and Research: Supporting Change/Changing Support is a meeting on 11-12 June exclusively for OCLC Research Library Partners. This meeting 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.

OCLC Research Library Partners are invited to register for the workshop, meeting or both. We look forward to seeing you in Amsterdam!


The workshop agenda is listed below and will be updated regularly as more details become available.

Tuesday, 10 June

Time Workshop
9:30–10:00 Registration
10:00–10:15 Welcome by DANS and OCLC Research
10:15–10:45 A Framework for the Evolving Scholarly Record–Providing a common understanding and shared terminology for the day’s conversations, by Ricky Erway, Senior Program Officer, OCLC Research.
10:45–11:45 Context setting–The changing nature of the scholarly record. Keynote by Natasa Miliç-Frayling, Principal Researcher at Microsoft Research Cambridge.
11:45–12:45 Scholarly communication of the future and the implications for archiving. Keynote by Herbert Van de Sompel, Lead Researcher at the Research Library of the Los Alamos National Laboratory and Visiting Fellow at DANS.
12:45–13:00 Introducing the breakout sessions
13:00–14:00 Lunch

Breakout discussions–Possible topics:

  • Citation, versioning, and fixity (the ability to reliably trace references to the thing cited)
  • What types of things must univeristy libraries do themselves?
  • For what types of things can university libraries rely upon others?
  • Coordination between Recording vs. Archiving entities
  • Forging alliances between libraries and archives and other stakeholders
  • Archiving scholarly social media (By discipline? By platform?)
  • Certifying and trusting claims for long-term preservation
  • Is the ecosystem self-configured and self-optimized or does it need formal coordination?
16:00–16:30 Reporting and summary
16:30 Drinks





Wednesday, 11 June

Time Libraries and Research: Supporting Change/Changing Support Meeting Day 1
8:30–9:00   Registration
9:00–9:10 Welcome by Maria Heijne (Director of the University of Amsterdam Library and of the Library of Applied Sciences/Hogeschool of Amsterdam)
9:10–9:30 Introducing the theme by Titia van der Werf (Senior Program Officer, OCLC Research)

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 Adam Farquhar (Head of Digital Scholarship at the British Library) will share what happens when large digital collections are brought together with scholars.
10:20–10:50 Antal van den Bosch (Professor in machine learning and language technology at the 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.
10:50–11:15 Break
11:15–12:00 Session 1: Plenary discussion
12:00–13:30 Lunch

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 Driek Heesakkers (Project Manager at the University Library of Amsterdam) will talk about research data management at the University of Amsterdam.
14:00–14:20 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.
14:20–14:40 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 universities.
14:40–15:00 Micah Altman (Director of Research and Head/Scientist, Program on Information Science for the Massachusetts Institute of Technology  Libraries) 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.
15:00–15:20 Break
15:20–15:50 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.

Session 2: Plenary discussion

16:30–19:00 Evening reception at the University of Amsterdam



Thursday, 12 June

Time Libraries and Research: Supporting Change/Changing Support Meeting Day 2
8:30–9:00 Registration

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 talk about librarians' early experiences in providing research data services to the academic community and the importance of community engagement when developing library services and systems. Her presentation will be based on findings and results of a collaborative research project led by Ixchel M. Faniel (OCLC Associate Research Scientist), with Kendra Parson (OCLC Research Diversity Fellow).
9:20–9:40 Paul-Jervis Heath (Head of Innovation & Chief Designer, University of Cambridge) will share how he is establishing a design practice that drives innovation and involving librarians and library users in participatory design to address the changing needs in research and the university environment.
9:40–10:20 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.  
10:20–10:45 Break

Session 3: Plenary discussion


Wrap up and closing


Lunch and canal tour



Hotel registration

A block of rooms has been reserved at the DoubleTree by Hilton Amsterdam Centraal Station for 8-14 June 2014. Queen guest rooms are available at the rate of €159 single and €179 double. Rates are inclusive of 6% V.A.T. and exclusive of 5.5% city tax.

A full American breakfast is included in the room rates. Breakfast is served in the City Cafe Restaurant from 06:30-10:30 (Saturdays and Sundays 07:00-11:00).

To reserve a room, register here:

Register for room

The last day to register for a room at this discounted rate is Sunday, 25 May. Contact Jeanette McNicol for assistance.


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