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ARL-CNI Fall Forum 2018: Innovation in Research Libraries

Thursday, September 27, 2018 @ 8:00 am4:00 pm

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The theme of the 2018 Fall Forum, co-sponsored by the Association of Research Libraries (ARL) and the Coalition for Networked Information (CNI), was “Innovation in Research Libraries.” Innovation is an overused buzzword in libraries, encompassing everything from brainstorming to technology. While it is fairly simple to identify an “innovative” idea, it is much more difficult to foster an organizational culture that is capable of—and comfortable with—producing, testing, implementing, and sustaining those ideas regularly.

Developing a mind-set that supports and rewards productive risk-taking is challenging. For instance, how library leadership responds to failure—which is often a driver for growth and change—can permeate throughout policies, practices, and relationships, and have a profound effect on how an organization views and promotes innovation.

What does a culture of innovation look like within research libraries? How do we move beyond projects or initiatives and scale these efforts across the entire organization? How can we draw upon frameworks from other domains to enhance our short-term efforts and long-term planning? How can organizations develop an inclusive participatory environment where innovation is nurtured and everyone has a voice? What risks do we face in not experimenting with new and different modes of work?

How can ARL and CNI help libraries move forward in these areas and develop programming to continue these conversations? The 2018 ARL-CNI Fall Forum explored these questions.

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Thursday, September 27, 2018
8:00 am – 4:00 pm


Washington Marriott Georgetown
1221 22nd Street NW
Washington, DC 20037 United States
202 872 1500