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ARL Fall Forum 2015: Research Partnerships in Digital Scholarship for the Humanities and Social Sciences

Thursday, October 8, 2015 @ 9:00 am4:30 pm

L'Enfant's plan of Washington DC
L’Enfant’s plan of Washington, DC, image by Library of Congress

The ARL Fall Forum is a one-day conference on a topic of interest to the research library community, held immediately after the ARL Membership Meeting in Washington, DC, each October.

This year’s Fall Forum launched the Julia C. Blixrud Memorial Lecture along with the Julia C. Blixrud Scholarship, which supports the attendance of one master of library and information science (MLIS) student or recent graduate at the ARL Fall Forum each year. Liz Hamilton, permissions manager and assistant to the director at Northwestern University Press, is the 2015 recipient of the Julia C. Blixrud Scholarship. As part of the scholarship, ARL asked Hamilton to write an overview of the forum. The inaugural Blixrud Memorial Lecture was presented by Tara McPherson, associate professor of critical studies in the University of Southern California (USC) School of Cinematic Arts and director of the Sidney Harman Academy for Polymathic Studies in the USC Libraries.

Geoffrey Boulton, Regius professor of geology emeritus and senior honorary professorial fellow at the University of Edinburgh in Scotland, wrapped up the Fall Forum this year with a discussion of global partnerships in digital scholarship. Through his role as a fellow at the Royal Society, Boulton is coordinating the United Kingdom’s response to the possibilities inherent in broader access to data and publications. He presented an international view of this issue for forum participants.

Other program sessions explored emerging publishing models in the humanities at three major research universities, digital research methods and tools in the social sciences, and funding strategies for research partnerships across institutions and across borders.

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Thursday, October 8, 2015
9:00 am – 4:30 pm


Dupont Circle Hotel
1500 New Hampshire Ave NW
Washington, DC 20036 United States
855 523 6953