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UMD Libraries Research and Innovative Practice Forum

Please join us Thursday, June 11, 2019 from 9:00 AM - 4:00 PM in McKeldin Library to learn about the various research and projects happening across the University of Maryland Libraries. Library faculty and staff will be highlighting their work through lightning talks, presentations, workshops and posters.

Interested in last year's presentations? Have a look at the 2018 LRIPF schedule of events

Full schedule coming soon


Time: 9:00 - 10:00 AM

Room: McKeldin 6137

Welcome & Keynote Address

Testing Our Assumptions: The Centrality of Design Thinking and Scholarship for the Future of Library Practice

Trevor Owens

Research libraries are vital infrastructure enabling the development and dissemination of knowledge. They are simultaneously essential to the function of institutions of learning and themselves institutions that must grow and learn. In this context, librarianship must involve dynamic and empirically driven applied research and testing to improve our knowledge ecosystem. This talk explores how developments in human centered design, systems thinking for social change, frameworks for collaborative applied research, and service design can inform a general approach to the role of librarians in research institutions. Collectively, these areas of work support a vision of librarians at research institutions as both enablers of knowledge production and producers of essential new knowledge and scholarship.

Dr. Trevor Owens is a librarian, researcher, policy maker, and educator working on digital infrastructure for libraries. Owens currently serves as the inaugural Head of Digital Content Management at the Library of Congress. In addition, he teaches graduate seminars in digital history for American University’s History Department and digital preservation for the University of Maryland’s College of Information, where he is also a Research Affiliate with the Digital Curation Innovation Center.

He previously worked as a senior program administrator at the United States Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS). At the IMLS, he led the establishment of the National Digital Platform initiative, which under his leadership, invested more than $30 million in 110 projects to advance digital infrastructure for libraries across the nation. Prior to that, he worked on digital preservation strategy and as a history of science curator at the Library of Congress. Before joining the Library of Congress, he led outreach and communications efforts for the Zotero project at the Center for History and New Media at George Mason University.

Owens is the author of three books, the most recent of which, The Theory and Craft of Digital Preservation, was published by Johns Hopkins University Press in 2018. His research and writing has been featured in: Curator: The Museum Journal, Digital Humanities Quarterly, The Journal of Digital Humanities, D-Lib, Simulation & Gaming, Science Communication, New Directions in Folklore, and American Libraries.

In 2014 the Society for American Archivists granted him the Archival Innovator Award, presented annually to recognize the archivist, repository, or organization that best exemplifies the “ability to think outside the professional norm.”