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Schedule for ARL-CNI Fall Forum 2017

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Libraries and the Research Enterprise

The 2017 ARL-CNI Fall Forum theme features the library as an essential strategic asset in the university research enterprise. The focus will be on how research libraries’ staffing, budget, resource allocation, and organization is (or is not) reflective of current institutional research agendas. What kind of transformational change is needed to close the gaps, and how soon can we get there? The forum will include programming on motivation and self-determination theory in order to underscore the vital role of staff agency in these transformations. Empowering librarians, archivists, and other professionals in the research library workforce; investing in their learning; and facilitating robust communities of practice are essential organizational strategies for libraries that aspire to assume a central role in university research advancement.

Thursday, October 5, 2017

8:00 a.m.–8:45 a.m.

Metropolitan Ballroom Foyer and DuPont Ballroom


8:45 a.m.–9:00 a.m.

Metropolitan Ballroom


Mary Ann Mavrinac, Vice Provost and Andrew H. and Janet Dayton Neilly Dean of the River Campus Libraries at University of Rochester, ARL President 2017–2018

Clifford Lynch, Executive Director, CNI

9:00 a.m.–10:00 a.m.

Metropolitan Ballroom

In This Together? Scholars and Librarians in Digital Transformation

Julia C. Blixrud Memorial Lecture

Wolfram Horstmann, Director, Goettingen State and University Library

This keynote will critically examine research libraries’ preparedness to align with research needs, particularly in STEM, when the libraries’ brand is still primarily associated with the humanities and the print record.

The World Wide Web today has gone beyond its original purpose as a digital library and communication system for research; it is pervasive in almost every aspect of our lives. Google stems from a digital library program in academia, and Google Scholar is now one of the most heavily used sources of finding and accessing scholarly information. However, neither the World Wide Web nor Google are specifically associated with the image of libraries, which is still largely dominated by the printed book—both in public opinion and within scholarly contexts.

Beyond the traditional image, though, academic libraries are taking on completely new roles, as drivers of transformation in publishing (open access), as data sources for academic business intelligence used by funders and universities, as research data managers, and as developers or operators of digital research tools. Libraries are addressing large societal questions of digital ethics, research conduct, and security and some are building their own research departments.

The digital transformation of research and teaching is a simultaneous phenomenon. For example, emerging methods in data-intensive research are challenging the validity of common digital publishing formats. The growing market for digital learning certificates diverges from and competes with traditional university degrees.

Comparing recent and upcoming digital transformations in research and learning with the digital transformations in libraries poses an essential question: 20 years from now, will libraries be associated with today’s digital transformation? Will they be a driver of transformation, or will research and learning take an independent path, leaving the libraries behind? Are scholars and librarians together in digital transformation?

This presentation will outline the urgency of libraries aligning with the research enterprise, and the kinds of internal restructuring that can help our organizations meet that objective.

10:00 a.m.–10:30 a.m.

Metropolitan Ballroom


10:30 a.m.–12:00 p.m.

Metropolitan Ballroom

Self-Determination Theory: An Approach to Enhancing Employees’ Motivation and Wellness

Christopher Niemiec, Senior Lecturer, Research Associate, University of Rochester

Whether or not we realize it, success at work is, in large part, an issue of motivation. Oftentimes, employees struggle to find energy at work, to mobilize their effort for high-quality performance, and to persist at work activities. At the same time, managers can use different strategies to motivate their employees.

One approach is to use external motivators—bonuses, promotions, evaluations, and threats. Yet employees can also be motivated from within, especially when afforded opportunities to regulate their own behavior, to master new skills, and to collaborate with others. An extensive corpus of empirical findings from self-determination theory has shown that tapping into employees’ autonomous motivation helps to harness their effort, performance, and well-being at work. An important question, then, concerns how managers can best facilitate autonomous motivation among their employees.

Join this presentation with Christopher P. Niemiec, PhD, an international expert on motivation from the University of Rochester, for an overview of theory and application of cutting-edge research in work contexts. You will learn about (1) self-determination theory, which examines why we do what we do; (2) the importance of autonomous motivation at work; (3) how three basic psychological needs are essential for high-quality persistence and performance among employees; and (4) what managers can do to promote optimal motivation at work.


12:00 p.m.–1:30 p.m.

West End and DuPont Ballroom Galleries 7 and 8


1:30 p.m.–3:00 p.m.

Metropolitan Ballroom

Changing Roles of Librarians in the Research Enterprise

Moderator: Catherine Murray-Rust, Dean of Libraries, Georgia Tech

Discussion panelists:
Scott Brandt, Associate Dean for Research, Purdue University Libraries

Lauren Di Monte, Data and Research Impact Librarian, University of Rochester

Tyler Walters, Dean, University Libraries, Virginia Tech

Lightning talks and Q&A

  1. Aligning to mission, a role for academic libraries in commercializing intellectual property (Cynthia Elliott, University of Arizona)
  2. Building capacity for digital scholarship by cultivating collaborators (Chelcie Rowell, Boston College)
  3. Open Science, transdisciplinarity, and the science of team science (Megan Potterbusch, ARL National Digital Stewardship Resident, and Gaetano Lotrecchiano, George Washington University)
  4. Supporting research computing with library services (Natalie Meyers, University of Notre Dame)
  5. Supply chain logistics research (Kimberly Mull, Georgia Tech)
  6. Supporting cybersecurity research and education (Ole Villadsen, Carnegie Mellon University)

3:00 p.m.–3:30 p.m.

Metropolitan Ballroom Foyer


3:30 p.m.–4:45 p.m.

Metropolitan Ballroom

Realigning the Library Organization to Meet Research Needs

Moderator: Joan Lippincott, Associate Executive Director, CNI 

Tom Hickerson, Vice Provost and University Librarian, University of Calgary

David Minor, Program Director for Research Data Curation, UC San Diego Library

Steve Morris, Associate Director for the Digital Library, North Carolina State University

Barbara Rockenbach, Associate University Librarian for Research and Learning, Columbia University

4:45 p.m.–5:00 p.m.

Metropolitan Ballroom

Summary and Wrap-up

Speaker: Mary Ann Mavrinac

5:00 p.m.