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Schedule for ARL Fall Forum 2015

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Thursday, October 8, 2015

8:00 a.m.

Dupont Circle Ballroom


9:00 a.m.–9:15 a.m.

Dupont Circle Ballroom

Welcome Remarks and Introductions

Larry Alford, ARL President, and Chief Librarian, University of Toronto

9:15 a.m.–10:15 a.m.

Dupont Circle Ballroom

Julia C. Blixrud Memorial Lecture

This year ARL founded an annual keynote lecture at the Fall Forum in memory of long-time ARL staff member Julia C. Blixrud. The Fall Forum embodies Julia’s passion for ideas, breadth of expertise, and collegiality. Each year, the lecture awardee will be an individual who is innovative and active in areas of interest to the ARL community.

Tara McPherson, Associate Professor of Critical Studies, School of Cinematic Arts, University of Southern California

10:15 a.m.–10:30 a.m.


10:30 a.m.–12:00 p.m.

Dupont Circle Ballroom

Emerging Models in Humanities Publishing: Institutional Implications

The dramatically shifting landcape of scholarly communication and the increasing financial pressure on academic publishing in the humanities have prompted two Andrew W. Mellon Foundation-funded studies to explore the viability of a subvention funding system at three major research universities. Indiana University and the University of Michigan—both with university presses—and Emory University evaluated the implications of an emerging model for humanities publishing in which funds are given by universities and colleges directly to faculty authors to “shop” their academic books among participating non-profit publishers. In this presentation, panelists will discuss what is at stake, the research conducted at each institution, and the recommendations drawn from each study.

Carolyn Walters, Ruth Lilly Dean of University Libraries, Indiana University Bloomington

Gary Dunham, Director of IU Press and Digital Publishing, Indiana University Bloomington
Jason Jackson
, Associate Professor of Folklore and Director of the Mathers Museum of World Cultures, Indiana University Bloomington
Meredith Kahn, Women’s Studies & Publishing Services Librarian, University of Michigan
Lisa Macklin, Director of Scholarly Communications, Emory University
Charles Watkinson, Associate University Librarian for Publishing and Director of the University of Michigan Press, University of Michigan

12:00 p.m.–1:00 p.m.

Cafe Dupont


1:00 p.m.–2:15 p.m.

Dupont Circle Ballroom

Digital Scholarship in the Social Sciences

Originally an outgrowth of scientific and engineering research, the cyberinfrastrucure of networks, data, repositories, and tools has increasingly been used to pursue digital scholarship in the humanities and social sciences. Humanities computing began decades ago, while more recent work using databases, photo analysis, digital imagery, and GIS visualizations is promoting exciting new research in the social sciense. This panel will discuss such efforts in the light of changing the form of the scholarly record and scholarly communication, in particular new forms of collaboration on campus and between institutions. Speakers will talk about scientific projects involving spatial analysis and visualization, the creation of tools as part of the digital scholarship process and as an intellectual endeavor in its own right, and as part of collaborative workshops and teaching. This panel will also discuss the ways that digital scholarship in the social sciences requires the library as a partner and the need to build a network across campus, as well as part of programs that are international in scope and require partners beyond research institutions.

Harriette Hemmasi, Joukowsky Family University Librarian, Brown University Library

Rachel S. Franklin, Associate Professor of Population Studies (Research) and Associate Director of Spatial Structures in the Social Sciences, Brown University
Eric Kansa
, Technology Director, Alexandria Archive Institute and Program Director, Open Context, University of California, Berkeley
Ethan Watrall, Associate Director, MATRIX and Director, Cultural Heritage Informatics Initiative and Assistant Professor, Department of Anthropology, Michigan State University

2:15 p.m.–2:30 p.m.


2:30 p.m.–3:30 p.m.

Dupont Circle Ballroom


Funding Partnerships—Trans-Atlantic Platform

The Trans-Atlantic Platform is a collaboration among major research funders in Europe and the Americas supporting transatlantic research collaborations in the social sciences and humanities. Brent Herbert-Copley will discuss the origins of the initiative and its goals for facilitating international conversations. Brett Bobley, using the Digging into Data program as a model, will share examples of projects that have been funded and future research partnership opportunities.

Geneva Henry, University Librarian and Vice Provost for Libraries, George Washington University Library

Brett Bobley, Director, Office of Digital Humanities, and Chief Information Officer, US National Endowment for the Humanities
Brent Herbert-Copley, Executive Vice-President, Corporate Affairs, Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada

3:30 p.m.–4:30 p.m.

Dupont Circle Ballroom

Global Partnerships in Digital Scholarship

Geoffrey Boulton, expounding on his role with the Royal Society in building global partnerships among research scholars, will provide his perspective on creating these partnerships through broader access to data and publications. He will establish a context for this framework based on the presentations heard throughout the day.

Geoffrey Boulton, Regius Professor of Geology Emeritus and Senior Honorary Professorial Fellow, University of Edinburgh

4:30 p.m.