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ARL-CNI Fall Forum to Explore Research Libraries as Catalytic Leaders in a Society in Constant Flux

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Registration is open for the 2019 Fall Forum, to be hosted by the Association of Research Libraries (ARL) and the Coalition for Networked Information (CNI) on Thursday, September 26, in Washington, DC. The theme of this year’s ARL-CNI Fall Forum is “Research Libraries as Catalytic Leaders in a Society in Constant Flux.” The 2019 forum’s goal is to help us understand what research libraries are doing as catalytic leaders now and to discuss and recommend what more we need to do to contribute to our institutions, the research and learning ecosystem, and society.

The Fall Forum features the Julia C. Blixrud Memorial Lecture and the Julia C. Blixrud Scholarship, which supports the attendance of one master of library and information science (MLIS) student or recent graduate at the forum each year. This year’s Blixrud Scholarship awardee is Madelynn Dickerson, research librarian for digital humanities and history at the University of California, Irvine. Dickerson is pursuing an MLIS at San José State University and is interested in the evolving role of libraries in facilitating new forms of research, cultures and infrastructures around digital scholarship, and intersections between art and technology. As part of the scholarship, Dickerson will tweet from the forum and write an overview of the event.

Speakers

The fifth annual Blixrud Memorial Lecture, entitled “The Fourth Industrial Revolution,” will be delivered by Jaron Lanier. A computer scientist, composer, musician, artist, and award-winning author, Lanier writes on numerous topics, including high-technology business, the social impact of technology, the philosophy of consciousness and information, internet politics, and the future of humanism. His latest book, Ten Arguments for Deleting Your Social Media Accounts Right Now, synthesizes what we know about the new technology of tricking people with algorithms.

In addition to the keynote, there will be several programs focusing on emerging opportunities, artificial intelligence and new forms of reality, and organizational readiness. Speakers will be listed on the schedule as they are announced.

How can ARL and CNI help research libraries move forward in these areas and help develop the next generation of organizations, skills, and competencies? Join us to share your ideas at this year’s ARL-CNI Fall Forum.

Registration

Register online by Tuesday, September 3, 2019.

Registration fees—which include a continental breakfast, coffee/tea breaks, and lunch—are as follows:

To register and learn more about the forum, including schedule and hotel information, visit the ARL-CNI Fall Forum 2019 webpage.

About the Association of Research Libraries

The Association of Research Libraries (ARL) is a nonprofit organization of 124 research libraries in Canada and the US whose mission is to advance research, learning, and scholarly communication. The Association fosters the open exchange of ideas and expertise, promotes equity and diversity, and pursues advocacy and public policy efforts that reflect the values of the library, scholarly, and higher education communities. ARL forges partnerships and catalyzes the collective efforts of research libraries to enable knowledge creation and to achieve enduring and barrier-free access to information. ARL is on the web at ARL.org.

About the Coalition for Networked Information

The Coalition for Networked Information (CNI) is a joint program of the Association of Research Libraries (ARL) and EDUCAUSE that promotes the use of information technology to advance scholarship and education. Some 240 organizations representing higher education, publishing, information technology, scholarly and professional organizations, foundations, and libraries and library organizations, make up CNI’s members. Learn more at www.cni.org.

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