This year’s recipient of the Julia C. Blixrud Scholarship, Giao Luong Baker, shares her impressions of the ARL-CNI Fall Forum 2017 in a blog post. The forum, sponsored by the Association of Research Libraries (ARL) and the Coalition for Networked Information (CNI), gathered some 170 academic and research library leaders in Washington, DC, on October 5 to consider “Libraries and the Research Enterprise.”
The daylong event focused on how research libraries’ staffing, resource allocation, and organization are (or are not) reflective of their parent institutions’ research agendas. The 2017 Julia C. Blixrud Memorial Lecturer, Wolfram Horstmann, explored what kind of transformational change is needed to close the gaps between libraries’ operations and research needs. Psychology professor Christopher Niemiec delivered an interactive presentation on motivation and self-determination theory that underscored the role of staff empowerment in these transformations. A series of lightning talks and a panel discussion explored various ways in which specific libraries are enacting transformation.
Read more in Baker’s blog post about the 2017 ARL-CNI Fall Forum.
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/.