Thursday, September 26, 2019
8:00 a.m.–9:00 a.m. Registration and Breakfast
Metropolitan Ballroom Foyer and Dupont Ballroom
9:00 a.m.–9:10 a.m. Welcome
Lorraine Haricombe, Vice Provost and Director of Libraries, The University of Texas at Austin, and ARL President 2019–2020
9:10 a.m.–10:30 a.m. The Fourth Industrial Revolution
Julia C. Blixrud Memorial Lecture
Speaker: Jaron Lanier, Computer Scientist, Musician, Artist & Author
What are research libraries doing as catalytic leaders now and what more do we need to do to contribute to our institutions, the research and learning ecosystem, and society?
The goal of the forum is to explore how and where research libraries can best lead and to develop recommendations for how this will be done strategically in four areas:
- Libraries as strategic institutions in societal flux
- Emerging opportunities for research libraries as collaborative partners in the changing research and learning ecosystem
- New forms of reality to advance research integrity and learning
- Next-generation organizations, skills, and competencies needed for research libraries
10:30 a.m.–10:45 a.m. Break
Metropolitan Ballroom Foyer
10:45 a.m.–11:45 a.m. Emerging Opportunities
Research libraries are collaborative partners in a highly dynamic, interconnected, and international research and learning ecosystem, within a society in flux. This panel will explore existing and potential opportunities for advancing the mission of research libraries locally and more broadly.
Moderator: David Leonard, President, Boston Public Library
Susan Haigh, Executive Director, Canadian Association of Research Libraries
Gina M. Siesing, Chief Information Officer and Constance A. Jones Director of Libraries, Bryn Mawr College
Louis Soares, Chief Learning and Innovation Officer, American Council on Education
11:45 a.m.–12:45 p.m. Lunch
District and Quad Rooms (3rd floor)
12:45 p.m.–1:30 p.m. AI and New Forms of Reality
Research libraries are trusted advisors and stewards of human knowledge and machine information. Jason Griffey and Keith Webster will explore the benefits and consequences of AI and new forms of knowledge creation.
Moderator: Carl Grant, Interim Dean of Libraries, University of Oklahoma Libraries
Jason Griffey, Director of Strategic Initiatives, NISO, and Affiliate Researcher, metaLAB, Harvard University [slides]
Keith Webster, Dean of University Libraries and Director of Emerging and Integrative Media Initiatives, Carnegie Mellon University
1:30 p.m.–2:30 p.m. Organizational Readiness
Leaders need to prepare their organizations and the people in them for uncharted territory. It is important to understand the changes that have occurred in research and learning, what more needs to be done, and what this means for research library leaders. This panel will explore what next-generation organizations, skills, and competencies research libraries need to thrive as collaborative partners in the fourth industrial revolution.
Moderator: Robert McDonald, Dean of University Libraries, University of Colorado Boulder
Wendy Duff, Professor and Dean, University of Toronto Faculty of Information
Vivian Lewis, University Librarian, McMaster University
Eric Meyer, Dean of the School of Information, The University of Texas at Austin
Denise Stephens, Vice Provost and University Librarian, Washington University in St. Louis
2:30 p.m.–2:45 p.m. Break
Metropolitan Ballroom Foyer
2:45 p.m.–4:00 p.m. Small-Group Discussions
Forum attendees can choose to attend one of four sessions:
Catalytic Leaders, located in the Metropolitan Ballroom Galleries 1 and 2
Facilitator: Erik Mitchell, Audrey Geisel University Librarian, University of California San Diego
- How and where do research libraries best lead in higher education, in the broader research and learning ecosystem, in society?
Emerging Opportunities, located in the Metropolitan Ballroom Galleries 4 and 5
Facilitator: Martha Whitehead, Vice President, Harvard Library and University Librarian, and Roy. E. Larsen Librarian for the Faculty of Arts and Sciences
- What are research institutions’ roles in producing productive citizens? Research institutions are losing the hearts and minds of citizens. What role might libraries in the research setting have in K–12, pipeline, etc.?
Organizational Readiness, located in District 1
Facilitator: Mary Case, University Librarian, University of Illinois at Chicago
- What is the nature of the work that needs to be done by all levels of staff?
AI and New Forms of Reality, located in District 2
Facilitator: Carl Grant, Interim Dean of Libraries, University of Oklahoma
- What is the leadership role of research librarians as new forms of human-machine knowledge are created, and how will we steward it to advance research integrity and learning?
4:00 p.m.–4:30 p.m. Summary of Recommendations and Wrap-up