Future of the Research Library Speaker Series
Presented by the University of Maryland Libraries, the lecture series explores the role of a modern research library in a rapidly changing environment. Invited speakers will inform, provoke, and otherwise engage our thinking in different and innovative ways. These free events are open to all members of the campus community and the general public.
Upcoming Event: (This event has been postponed)
Transforming Research Libraries
Speaker: Martha Kyrillidou, Director & CEO of QualityMetrics, LLC
Location: McKeldin 6137 (Special Events Room)
Transformational changes are taking places in all types of libraries including research libraries. What are the general trends and what are the trends that dominate in research libraries? We will discuss how our research libraries are planning their transformations by being responsive to service innovations, diversity, equity and inclusion while balancing the budgetary demands of acquiring new sources of knowledge for generations yet to be born.
About Martha Kyrillidou
Martha Kyrillidou consults in management, evaluation, assessment and R&D activities. She helps libraries respond to customer needs through the development of user-focused services and culture that enhance the user-experience. With an understanding of trends in services, collections, facilities, and personnel she can help a library tell their story through narratives, visuals and numbers. Martha can help with accreditation, grant writing, evaluation plans or serve as an external evaluator and data analyst for grant and sponsored activities. As the original architect of the StatsQUAL suite of services at the Association of Research Libraries (ARL), Martha is well positioned to consult and help maximize the benefits derived from LibQUAL+, ClimateQUAL and MINES for Libraries. She has also worked on digital library as well as special collections assessment and evaluation methods. Her work has defined the growing and dynamic library assessment community of practice across the globe.
Data, Media, and Society
Date: October 8, 2019
Speaker: R. David Lankes, Director of the School of Library & Information Science, University of South Carolina
It would be easy to see the advent of open educational resources, open access publication, and repositories of data sets as a continuation of the traditional mission of a research library. Namely, providing access to the scholarly record including items studied as well as the results of study. It would also be easy to see this as happening in parallel to a pivot of libraries to more community centered models. In this presentation Lankes will show how these developments are deeply intertwined in how we conceptualize scholarly communication and the need for advocacy around data in all aspects of higher education.
Improving Access, Affordability, and Achievement with OER
Date: April 17, 2019
Speaker: Dr. MJ Bishop, Associate Vice Chancellor and Director, William E. Kirwan Center for Academic Innovation, University System of Maryland
Despite the transformative power that technology has had in a whole range of businesses, the history of technology use in education over the last 100 years paints a rather bleak picture of the extent to which digital tools, in and of themselves, can lead to sustainable academic change. The issue is that we often miss the key affordances of the tools that can be employed to help solve learning problems. This presentation traces the lessons we can learn from the history of educational technology in order to explore the true promise of openly licensed educational resources and the future they may hold for teaching, learning, and student success.
Spanning the Globe to Bring You the Collective Collection
Date: October 24, 2018
Speaker: Kimberly Armstrong, Director of Library Initiatives, Big Ten Academic Alliance
Kim Armstrong provided an overview of the Big Ten Academic Alliance as a Collective Collection.
"Data, data, everywhere..."
Date: April 5, 2018
Presenter: G. Sayeed Choudhury, Associate Dean for Research Data Management and Hodson Director of the Digital Research and Curation Center, Johns Hopkins University
In reference to the famous quote of “Water, water, everywhere…” from Samuel Taylor’s Coleridge’s “The Rime of the Ancient Mariner” this talk explored the reality that we are awash in data and yet there are relatively few compelling success stories of libraries directly supporting data intensive research or learning. The talk described success stories from both the public and private sector, particularly in relation to the growing use of big data and new forms of machine learning. The talk then asked what research libraries may need to do in order to be more successful at supporting, even empowering, data intensive research or learning.
Diversity and the Library: Ensuring the Success of Our Community
Date: November 30, 2017
Presenter: Trevor A. Dawes, Vice Provost for Libraries and Museums and May Morris University Librarian at the University of Delaware
Trevor Dawes discussed ways in which libraries contribute to overall diversity and inclusion initiatives, and also examined some issues that have led to heightened sensitivities, requiring a different level of discourse.
Sustainable Collection Management: Enabling the Transformation of Libraries
Date: Wednesday, April 26, 2017
Presenter: Matt Barnes, Director of Sustainable Collection Services, OCLC
Matt Barnes reviewed how libraries are expanding the scope and nature of their collections; integrating information resources with applied learning experiences; facilitating researcher collaboration; and completely rethinking collections and access.
Solving the Textbook Cost Crisis
Date: Tuesday, October 25, 2016
Presenter: Nicole Allen, Director of Open Education, SPARC
Nicole Allen leads SPARC's work on the issue area of Open Education, with a dual focus on public policy and engaging the library community to advance this issue on campus
HathiTrust and Your Library: An Update for 2016
Date: Tuesday, April 19, 2016
Presenter: Mike Furlough, Executive Director, HathiTrust
In this talk, Mike highlights HathiTrust’s services and its major programs focused on shared print, computational research, and federal documents. Discussion focused on how the University of Maryland can build on HathiTrust for their own needs.
The Evolving Scholarly Record: Scope, Stakeholders, and Stewardship
Date: Monday, November 16, 2015
Presenter: Brian Lavoie, Research Scientist at OCLC Research
In this talk, Brian discussed highlights from the OCLC Research reports The Evolving Scholarly Record and Stewardship of the Evolving Scholarly Record: From the Invisible Hand to Conscious Coordination, with special emphasis on the ways the scholarly record is changing in a digital, networked environment.
Diversity in the Future of the Research Library
Date: Monday, May 11, 2015
Presenter: Courtney L. Young, 2014-2015 American Library Association President
Courtney L. Young is currently Head Librarian and Professor of Women’s Studies at Penn State Greater Allegheny and the 2014-2015 American Library Association (ALA) President. In 2011, Courtney was named a Library Journal "Mover & Shaker", recognized as a Change Agent for her ability to successfully make connections among a diversity of duties in her library, on campus, and in the profession.
Kentucky Fried Libraries: Battered and Chewed Up in the Digital Marketplace
Date: Thursday, December 4, 2014
Presenter: Mark Sandler, Director of the Center for Library Initiatives at the Committee on Institutional Cooperation (CIC)
Mark Sandler discusses the prospects for research libraries when proximity has diminished value, and scale, efficiency, and customer acquisition become the keys to success.
The Evolution of Open Access: What Might Happen Next
Date: Thursday, April 10, 2014
Presenter: Heather Joseph, SPARC Executive Director
Heather Joseph reviews some of the trends that have emerged in open access: not only how we access and use scholarly research, but how it is disseminated, curated and evaluated.
Library Objectives: Collections – Discovery – Preservation
Date: Tuesday, December 3, 2013
Presenter: Roger Schonfeld, Program Director for Libraries, Users, and Scholarly Practices at Ithaka S+R
Roger Schonfeld reviews some of the trends that have emerged in the areas of collections, discovery and preservation to help libraries consider wise objectives for each.
Terps in Our Beds: Building Meaningful (Library) Relationships in a Multi-Partnered World
Date: Monday, March 25, 2013
Presenter: Dan Hazen, Associate Librarian for Collection Development, Harvard College
Dan Hazen's presentation centers on how partnerships are essential for research libraries but should include discussion on scope, adaptability, assessment plans, and business models.
Altmetrics: Beyond the article and beyond the impact factor
Date: Wednesday, December 5, 2012
Presenter: Jason Priem, PhD student and Royster Fellow, University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill; co-founder of ImpactStory
Jason Priem upends traditional measures of scholarly impact by looking in new places such as Wikipedia and Twitter. Doing so promotes and rewards new forms of Web-native scholarship. Priem demonstrates that “altmetrics”—a term he coined—can inform conversations about what it means to impact scholarship today.
The River, the Pond, and the Future of the Research Collection
Date: Monday, April 30, 2012
Presenter: Rick Anderson, Associate Dean for Scholarly Resources and Collections, University of Utah
Rick Anderson is a popular speaker on subjects related to the future of scholarly communication and information services in higher education. He discusses the future of library access to research collections.
The Future Library Print Collections: To Share is to Preserve
Date: Monday, October 10, 2011
Presenter: Lizanne Payne, Consultant
Lizanne Payne discusses how research libraries are reducing the number of books on their shelves by developing strategies to share their print collections.
Reshaping the Research Library: Observations on the Future of Academic Collections
Date: Thursday, April 28, 2011
Presenter: Constance Malpas, Program Officer, OCLC Research
Constance Malpas examines the transition of scholarly work from print-based media to networked resources and explores the impact of this transition on the organization of academic libraries.
Academic Authors and Copyright: Recent Developments in Scholarly Communication
Date: Thursday, October 21, 2010
Presenter: Michael W. Carroll, Professor of Law, American University
Michael W. Carroll's presentation on copyright, scholarly communication, author rights, and Open Access.