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On the Edge


The On the Edge program helps ARL directors and library staff learn about key issues relevant to libraries and higher education. Topics are identified by members of the ARL community and four sessions are offered per year.


  • On the Edge, February 11, 2020

    Clifford Lynch, executive director of the Coalition of Networked Information, leads a discussion on the findings from a series of conversations CNI convened with IT and library leaders in late...

  • On the Edge, January 7, 2020

    Torsten Reimer, head of research services at the British Library, leads a discussion regarding the purpose of research libraries—the scholarly knowledge environment—in 2030, how this environment has evolved, and how...

  • On the Edge, November 6, 2019

    Jeff Witt, organizational development lead at the University of Michigan Library, leads a discussion on the principles of safe and brave space and the ways in which these concepts are...

  • On the Edge, April 24, 2019

    Matrix management has been used in research libraries since the early 1990's and the literature addresses the pros and cons of using this type of structure. There are a number...

  • On the Edge, July 10, 2018

    James Hilton, University Librarian and Dean of Libraries at the University of Michigan, discusses different types of analytics and how they are used in the higher education setting, issues regarding...

  • On the Edge, March 2, 2018

    Chris Bourg, director of libraries at MIT, shares her perspectives on the challenges and opportunities for libraries regarding artificial intelligence (AI) and machine learning. She touches on why it is...


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