May 23, 2022

Symposium Proceedings: “Critical Roles for Libraries in Today’s Research Enterprise”

The “Critical Roles for Libraries in Today’s Research Enterprise” symposium took place in Washington, DC on December 11, 2019.

From the Introduction by Tom Hickerson:

Today many academic libraries are seeking ways to better align with current research practice and to engage as vital partners in campus research. This is particularly necessary in an age of multidisciplinary, ‘grand challenges’ inquiry, with digital scholarship creating opportunities to engage throughout the research lifecycle. How are libraries responding?

To address these issues more than 120 attendees from 86 institutions in the United States and Canada, as well as attendees from France, Germany, and Nigeria, met at this one-day symposium.  The symposium was organized as part of a University of Calgary research project funded by The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, Academic Research and University Libraries: Creating a New Model for Collaboration.

This report represents a summary of the symposium, including speaker slides and biographies, invited expert commentaries, and notes from the facilitated group discussions.

Direct to Full Text of Symposium Proceedings
18 pages; PDF. 

Hat Tip/Thanks: Cliff Lynch/CNI

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