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Register for ARL-CNI Fall Forum on Creating a Culture of Innovation in Research Libraries—Join Us on September 27, 2018, in Washington, DC

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Only a few seats remain available for the 2018 Fall Forum, a one-day conference co-sponsored by the Association of Research Libraries (ARL) and the Coalition for Networked Information (CNI). The theme of this year’s Fall Forum is “Innovation in Research Libraries,” with a focus on fostering an organizational culture that is capable of—and comfortable with—producing, testing, implementing, and sustaining innovative ideas regularly. The 2018 ARL-CNI Fall Forum will be held Thursday, September 27, at the Marriott Georgetown in Washington, DC.

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 Justin Fuhr, library systems support analyst at the Elizabeth Dafoe Library of the University of Manitoba. Fuhr is pursuing an MLIS at the University of Alberta and is interested in the junction between design and information studies. As part of the scholarship, Fuhr will tweet from the forum and write an overview of the event.


The fourth annual Blixrud Memorial Lecture, entitled, “Culture and Its Role in Innovation,” will be delivered by Bernard “Bernie” Banks, associate dean for leadership development and a clinical professor of management at Northwestern University”s Kellogg School of Management. Banks is an expert on leadership and organizational change. 

The Fall Forum will also include two panels discussing why innovation is critical for research institutions. The first will be a panel of four senior university administrators:

  • Feridun Hamdullahpur, President and Vice-Chancellor, University of Waterloo
  • Rafael Bras, Provost and Executive Vice President for Academic Affairs, Georgia Institute of Technology
  • Geoffrey Chatas, Senior Vice President and Chief Operating Officer, Georgetown University
  • Padma Raghavan, Vice Provost for Research and Professor of Computer Science and Computer Engineering, Vanderbilt University

The second panel will comprise four directors of ARL member libraries:

  • Patricia Brennan, Director, National Library of Medicine
  • James Hilton, Vice Provost for Academic Innovation, University Librarian and Dean of Libraries, University of Michigan
  • Wendy Lougee, University Librarian and Dean of Libraries, McKnight Presidential Professor, University of Minnesota
  • Catherine Murray-Rust, Dean of Libraries and Vice Provost for Academic Effectiveness, Georgia Institute of Technology 

The program will explore the following questions as well as others that may arise throughout the day: What does a culture of innovation look like within research libraries? How do we move beyond projects or initiatives and scale these efforts across the entire organization? How can we draw upon frameworks from other domains to enhance our short-term efforts and long-term planning? How can organizations develop an inclusive participatory environment where innovation is nurtured and everyone has a voice? What risks do we face in not experimenting with new and different modes of work?

How can ARL and CNI help libraries move forward in these areas and develop programming to continue these conversations? Join us to share your ideas at this year’s ARL-CNI Fall Forum.


The 2018 Fall Forum registration fees are as follows:

The registration fee includes a continental breakfast, coffee/tea breaks, and lunch.

Register by Tuesday, September 4, 2018.

Learn more about the forum on the ARL-CNI Fall Forum 2018 webpage.  

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 https://www.cni.org/.