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ARL Fall Forum Explores Research Partnerships in Digital Scholarship for the Humanities and Social Sciences—Overview and Slides Online

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

More than 170 librarians, publishers, scholars, and others spent an invigorating day discussing research partnerships in digital scholarship for the humanities and social sciences at the Association of Research Libraries (ARL) Fall Forum in Washington, DC, on October 8, 2015.

This year’s 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 Fall Forum each year.

The inaugural Julia C. 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.

The 2015 recipient of the Julia C. Blixrud Scholarship is Liz Hamilton, permissions manager and assistant to the director at Northwestern University Press. As part of the scholarship, Hamilton wrote an overview of this year’s forum, which includes links to presentation slides.

Other forum 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.

At the end of the day, Geoffrey Boulton, a University of Edinburgh professor emeritus and a Royal Society fellow, wrapped up the forum with a discussion of global partnerships in digital scholarship.

Please plan to join us for next year’s Fall Forum on September 29, 2016, in Washington, DC.

About the Association of Research Libraries

The Association of Research Libraries (ARL) is a nonprofit organization of 124 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 http://www.arl.org/.

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