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Justin Fuhr Reflects on ARL-CNI Fall Forum 2018: Innovation in Research Libraries

Justin Fuhr, Wendy Blixrud Beckmann, Ellworth Beckmann (left to right)

This year’s recipient of the Julia C. Blixrud Scholarship, Justin Fuhr, shares his impressions of the ARL-CNI Fall Forum 2018 in a blog post. The forum, sponsored by the Association of Research Libraries (ARL) and the Coalition for Networked Information (CNI), gathered academic and research library leaders in Washington, DC, on September 27 to explore “Innovation in Research Libraries.”

The daylong event focused on fostering an organizational culture that is capable of—and comfortable with—producing, testing, implementing, and sustaining innovative ideas regularly. The 2018 Julia C. Blixrud Memorial Lecturer, Bernard Banks, talked about what leaders can do to create organizational cultures that support productive risk-taking. A panel of university leaders discussed why libraries need to innovate and a panel of ARL library directors talked about how libraries can encourage innovation, with examples from their institutions.

Read more in Fuhr’s blog post about the 2018 ARL-CNI Fall Forum and view Banks’s presentation slides.

About the Association of Research Libraries

The Association of Research Libraries (ARL) is a nonprofit organization of 125 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

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 www.cni.org.

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