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ARL and CNI Fall Forum to Explore Libraries and the Research Enterprise, October 5, 2017, in Washington, DC

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Register now for the 2017 Fall Forum co-sponsored by the Association of Research Libraries (ARL) and the Coalition for Networked Information (CNI). The forum will feature the library as an essential strategic asset in the university research enterprise. The focus will be on how research libraries’ staffing, budget, resource allocation, and organization are (or are not) reflective of current institutional research agendas. What kind of transformational change is needed to close the gaps, and how soon can we get there?

The daylong forum, to be held Thursday, October 5, in Washington, DC, will include interactive programming on motivation and self-determination theory to underscore the vital role of staff agency in these transformations. Empowering librarians, archivists, and other professionals in the research library workforce; investing in their learning; and facilitating robust communities of practice are essential organizational strategies for libraries that aspire to assume a central role in university research advancement.

Featured Speakers

Forum speakers will include: 

  • Wolfram Horstmann, Director, Goettingen State and University Library; 2017 Julia C. Blixrud Memorial Lecturer
  • Christopher Niemiec, Senior Lecturer and Research Associate, Clinical and Social Sciences in Psychology, University of Rochester


Senior leaders—directors and assistant/associate directors—of academic and research libraries will benefit most from participating in the 2017 Fall Forum. All who are interested in the library’s role in the research enterprise are encouraged to attend. 


The 2017 Fall Forum registration fee for anyone affiliated with an ARL member institution or CNI member institution is $275; the fee for all others is $300. This fee includes a continental breakfast, coffee/tea breaks, and lunch. The registration deadline is Friday, September 8, 2017.

To register and learn more about the forum, visit the ARL and CNI Fall Forum 2017 webpage.  

About the Association of Research Libraries

The Association of Research Libraries (ARL) is a nonprofit organization of 123 research libraries in the US and Canada. ARL’s mission is to influence the changing environment of scholarly communication and the public policies that affect research libraries and the diverse communities they serve. ARL pursues this mission by advancing the goals of its member research libraries, providing leadership in public and information policy to the scholarly and higher education communities, fostering the exchange of ideas and expertise, facilitating the emergence of new roles for research libraries, and shaping a future environment that leverages its interests with those of allied organizations. ARL is on the web at ARL.org.

About the Coalition for Networked Information

CNI is a coalition of some 240 member institutions dedicated to supporting the transformative promise of digital information technology for the advancement of scholarly communication and the enrichment of intellectual productivity. The coalition, which is sponsored by the Association of Research Libraries (ARL) and EDUCAUSE, is headquartered in Washington, DC. More about CNI is at https://www.cni.org/.