JUN 10

Libraries and Research: Supporting Change/Changing Support

Exclusively for OCLC Research Library Partners, this gathering focused on supporting the academic research process. Tweet: #orlp

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from the Libraries and Research: Supporting Change/Changing Support meeting are available in the agenda below (click on the Libraries and Research Agenda tab).

The videos, presentation slides, photos and storify Tweet summary from the Evolving Scholarly Record workshop are also available in the agenda below (click on the Workshop Agenda tab).  

A short series of blog posts about the meeting and workshop is also available on HangingTogether.



Exclusively for OCLC Research Library Partners, this gathering explored 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.   

This meeting took place at the DoubleTree by Hilton Amsterdam Centraal Station and included 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 the agenda on the tabs below for more information.

Contact Titia van der Werf with questions.

Start Date

10 June 2014

End Date

12 June 2014


Amsterdam, Netherlands


DoubleTree by Hilton Amsterdam Centraal Station


Libraries and Research: Supporting Change/Changing Support was a meeting on 11-12 June exclusively for OCLC Research Library Partners that covered 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 Evolving Scholarly Record and Evolving Stewardship Ecosystem was 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 covered 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 Support Meeting Day 1
8:30–9:00   Registration

Welcome by Maria Heijne (Director of the University of Amsterdam Library and of the Library of Applied Sciences/Hogeschool of Amsterdam)


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.


Anja Smit (University Librarian at Utrecht University) - Anja kicked off the session, talked briefly about the Utrecht experience with innovative services and introduced the push (library support as driver) versus pull (research demand as driver) discussion.


Ricky Erway (Senior Program Officer, OCLC Research) Digital Humanities and Libraries: A Constellation of Engagement.  Ricky gave a short talk about the ways in which libraries can engage with the digital humanities.


Adam Farquhar (Head of Digital Scholarship at the British Library) shared what happens when large digital collections are brought together with scholars.


Antal van den Bosch (Professor at the Radboud University Nijmegen) discussed the emerging e-research practices and organizational structures (the Netherlands eScience Centre, local e-humanities initiatives, the NederLab project as an example VRE) and gave a research perspective on the role for libraries and data archives in supporting e-research. He talked about the ambitions to deploy large-scale e-research infrastructures at European and national levels and suggested ways in which libraries can interface with the emerging research ecosystems.

10:50–11:15 Break

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.


John MacColl (University Librarian at University of St Andrews) kicked off the session and talked briefly about the UK context to illustrate how libraries are taking up new roles within academia and introduce the discussion.  


John Scally (Director of Library and University Collections, University of Edinburgh) talked about the role of the research library in research data management at the University of Edinburgh.


Driek Heesakkers (Project Manager at the University of Amsterdam Library) talked about research data management at the University of Amsterdam and in the Netherlands.


Paul Wouters (Director of the Centre for Science and Technology Studies at the University of Leiden) talked about the role of libraries in research performance measurement for universities.

14:40–15:00 Break

Micah Altman (Director of Research, Massachusetts Institute of Technology  Libraries) discussed the importance of researcher identification and the need to uniquely identify researchers in order to manage the scholarly record and to support assessment.


Paolo Manghi (Researcher at Institute of Information Science and Technologies "A. Faedo" (ISTI), Italian National Research Council) talked about the data infrastructures that support access to the evolving scholarly record and the requirements for different data sources (repositories, CRIS systems, data archives, software archives, etc.) to interoperate.


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.


Lynn Silipigni Connaway (Senior Research Scientist, OCLC Research) discussed the results of several studies that identify the importance of user-centered assessment and evaluation to develop library services and systems that promote community engagement.


Paul-Jervis Heath (Head of Innovation & Chief Designer, University of Cambridge) shared 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.


James Michalko (Vice President, OCLC Research Library Partnership) Restructuring Research Libraries: Strategy and Value. Jim shared 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 with Lynn Silipigni Connaway, Paul-Jervis Heath and Jim Michalko



Wrap up and closing with Titia van der Werf


Lunch and canal tour



Tuesday, 10 June


Time Evolving Scholarly Workshop
9:30–10:00 Registration

Welcome by DANS and OCLC Research

Introduction by Andrea Scharnhorst, DANS


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.


Research Records and Artifact Ecologies.

Keynote by Natasa Miliç-Frayling, Principal Researcher at Microsoft Research Cambridge, UK.

11:30–11:45 Break

A Perspective on Archiving the Evolving Scholarly Record.

Keynote by Herbert Van de Sompel, Scientist, Los Alamos National Laboratory.

12:45–13:00 Introducing the breakout sessions
13:00–14:00 Lunch

Breakout discussions–Possible topics:

  • Inside-out change in university libraries’ approach to the scholarly record
  • What is being archived: artifacts or the artifact in the context of software, methods…
  • The utility of the Evolving Scholarly Record Framework
  • Transferring materials from research organizations to repositories
  • Committing for the long term: migration, emulation, or bit buckets
  • Selection criteria for deciding what exactly to archive (versions, byproducts, etc.)
  • Fixity, versioning, and citation
  • Coordination between Recording vs. Archiving entities
  • Forging alliances between libraries, data centers, and other stakeholders
  • The ecosystem: self-configured and self-optimized or in need of formal coordination?
  • Certifying and trusting claims for long-term preservation

Reporting and wrap-up

16:30 Drinks



Hotel registration

Our room block at the DoubleTree by Hilton Amsterdam Centraal Station for 8-14 June 2014 has reached capacity.

Contact Jeanette McNicol with questions or for assistance.