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Jisc and the Coalition for Networked Information (CNI) are again bringing together leading experts in digital scholarship from the US and UK for our 12th biannual conference.
Digital technology is revolutionising research. At the same time, research processes and practice are modernising and these developments mean a new role for the library in supporting both the research institution and strategic requirements of the university.
The conference will aid research and library leaders in responding to these opportunities by bringing together experts and influencers in digital scholarship from the UK and US, to share leading international practice and policy.
- Changing world of scholarship
- Data: changing the way libraries work
- International collaboration and cooperation
- Supporting modern research across the institution
- Innovations in scholarly communication
- New roles in teaching and learning
We are delighted to announce the following speakers for the opening and closing sessions:
Professor Adam Tickell, vice-chancellor, University of Sussex
Adam Tickell is the University of Sussex’s eighth vice-chancellor. He has worked in leadership positions at the University of Birmingham, the University of Bristol and at Royal Holloway, University of London. A highly-regarded economic geographer, Professor Tickell’s work in developing new political economic geography is amongst the most influential of his generation. His work has explored finance, English local governance and the politics of ideas.
Richard Ovenden MA FRSA FSA, Bodley's librarian, University of Oxford
Richard Ovenden has worked as a professional librarian since 1985, becoming Bodley's Librarian in 2014. He sits on the boards of Research Libraries UK, the Legal Deposit Libraries and of the Consortium of European Research Libraries, acts as chairman of the Trustees of Photography Oxford, and is president of the Digital Preservation Coalition. Richard has published widely on the history of collecting, the history of photography and on professional concerns of the library, archive, and information world. Recently he headed Oxford’s involvement with the Google mass digitisation project.
Susan Gibbons, university librarian and deputy provost, Yale University
Susan Gibbons became Yale’s university librarian in July 2011, and was named a deputy provost in January 2015. As deputy provost for collections and scholarly communication, Gibbons is assigned to all of Yale’s galleries, museums, and other holdings, and is responsible for convening and fostering collaboration among these scholarly resources. This portfolio includes the Yale University Art Gallery, the Yale Center for British Art, the Peabody Museum of Natural History, and other campus collections, in addition to the university-wide library system and Yale University Press.
Dan Cohen, vice provost for information collaboration, dean of the libraries, Northeastern University
Dan Cohen is the vice-provost for information collaboration, dean of the libraries, and professor of history at Northeastern University. His work has focused on the impact of digital media and technology on all aspects of knowledge and learning, from the nature of libraries and their evolving resources, to twenty-first century research techniques and software tools, to the changing landscape of communication and publication.
Roly Keating, chief executive, British Library
Roly Keating has been chief executive of the British Library since September 2012, after a long and successful career at the BBC. In his tenure so far he has overseen a series of significant developments including the historic move to large-scale digital collecting through legal deposit; the incorporation into the Library of the Public Lending Right service; and the launch in 2015 of Living Knowledge, which sets out an ambitious vision and strategy for the Library’s growth and development towards its fiftieth anniversary in 2023.
We're also welcoming speakers from the following organisations: New York University, Los Alamos Laboratory, University of Sheffield, CNI, University of Calgary, Brown University, Jisc, Birkbeck - University of London, Mellon Foundation, Sclater Digital, University of California, Berkeley, North Carolina State University, University of Manchester, University of Edinburgh, Loughborough University, University of Sussex, Arcadia Fund and Wellcome Trust.
Meet and network with speakers and delegates from the US, UK and Europe at our drinks reception held on the evening of 1 July. Further information on the networking opportunities available will be released soon.
All programme timings are indicative and subject to change.
Monday 2 July
Registration and breakfast
Meeting introduction: aims and objectives
Speaker: Paul Feldman, chief executive, Jisc
What are the key future challenges research universities are facing?
Speaker: Professor Adam Tickell, vice-chancellor, University of Sussex.
Libraries could in the past claim to be physical repositories which were the manifestation of human knowledge, but the growth of scientific endeavour and the transformational impacts of rapid technological change mean that such days are long gone.
Adam will reflect on the role libraries need to take in a world moving slowly and fitfully towards an open science model. In collaboration with university leaders, librarians need to ensure that knowledge is freely accessible to all and act as a critical support to the research endeavour across the university. This will require concerted action between institutions and across national borders.
Outside-in: university libraries and the community
Speaker: Richard Ovenden MA FRSA FSA, Bodley's Librarian, University of Oxford.
Recent decades have seen university libraries develop strong service agendas for their academic communities. They have out a lot of energy and resources into helping the academy share its research data and research findings with the wider community. They also have a long history of developing links between diverse communities and the academy through building, preserving and making collections accessible.
The role of universities as cultural repositories is increasingly highlighted as part of their value proposition to society, but also attracts responsibilities to maintain and preserve collections and develop meaningful dialogue between communities and scholars in universities. Digital technology is helping, through ‘citizen science’ initiatives and digital collections, to extend this process globally.
Pushing libraries beyond traditional boundaries
Speaker: Susan Gibbons, university librarian and deputy provost, Yale University.
From their position as a central, academic resource, libraries have the opportunity and responsibility to engage in institutional initiatives that extend far beyond their traditional boundaries. They can provide an essential role in expanding both student support, and new researcher support, services such as research data management and digital preservation. Moreover, in the US, recent trends bring museums, university presses and libraries together organizationally that can result in new synergies, greater impact and operational efficiencies.
Break and transition to breakout sessions
You will have the opportunity to attend one of the following three breakout sessions.
1. Changing world of scholarship
Using the research lifecycle to design technology and support services
Speaker: David Millman, assistant dean for digital library technology services, New York University.
Over the last few years New York University has been designing and building storage and technology services to support researchers through a holistic approach, which addresses different stages in a typical research lifecycle. This approach was jointly led by the libraries and central IT organization, and included participation from a number of campus research units. After a review of external peers and internal offerings, the group identified gaps and opportunities, and made recommendations for the steps needed to create an interconnected environment of technology and support services. This session will review those plans and report on progress to date.
The changing world of research evaluation
Speaker: Dr Elizabeth Gadd MCLIP, FHEA, research policy manager (publications), Loughborough University.
Universities and researchers increasingly need to demonstrate the quality, visibility and impact of their research endeavours to funders, governments and employers. Libraries and research offices are therefore investing in staff and tools to both understand and evidence research performance, with a particular focus on bibliometric and altmetric data. Research evaluation is complex with the use of bibliometric data controversial. Consequently, universities, funders and bibliometric vendors are being asked to act more responsibly. This session will provide a UK perspective on how we are responding, with a particular focus on the responsible metrics approach at Loughborough University, and work of the Lis-Bibliometrics forum.
Open science: what does success look like, and how would we know?
It is claimed that greater openness in research leads to increased contributions to the wider economy and society, it underpins the verifiability of research, and supports research collaboration and diversity. Research funders, research institutions and their libraries, whose missions are furthered by open approaches, want to see evidence of the success of open science, but that has not been straightforward. This session summarises the progress of an international project, led by Professor Richard Gold at McGill University and supported by the Wellcome Trust, UK Department of Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy and the Gates Foundation, which is developing a codebook to enable this evidence to be defined, captured and recorded.
2. Data: changing the way libraries work
Research data management and university libraries
Speaker: Professor Stephen Pinfield, professor of information services management, University of Sheffield.
Research data management activities and delivery of research data services are now an accepted part of the remit of academic libraries. But how are they growing their basic services into more mature offerings? What are the services they provide now, and what are their strategic priorities for the future? This session will report findings of a recent international study on academic libraries and research data management, including discussion of an RDM/RDS maturity. Participants will be encouraged to contribute their thinking on the next steps libraries need to take in developing their role in the RDM space in their institutions.
UK data management environment and support
Speaker: John Kaye, head of change, research, Jisc.
John will outline the UK policy environment relating to research data management (RDM), the requirements of UK institutions and researchers relating to RDM, UK researcher behaviour and national solutions that Jisc are currently developing to support long term RDM that have a strong focus on system interoperability and a high standard of user experience.
Research data management: the current US landscape
Speaker: Clifford Lynch, executive director, CNI.
This session will provide an overview of current developments driving research data management strategies in the United States, including consideration of funder policies, emerging roles for different types of repositories, and strategies for developing and sharing curation expertise.
3. International collaboration and cooperation
International scholarly infrastructures
The European Open Science Cloud: just what is it?
Speaker: Professor Carole Goble CBE, University of Manchester.
In principle - a virtual environment - with open and seamless services for storage, management, analysis and re-use of research data, across borders and scientific disciplines achieved through federating existing scientific data infrastructures. In practice, it depends on the stakeholder. To European research infrastructures: a coordinated mission to organise and exchange data, metadata, software and services to be FAIR, and to use e-infrastructures. To EU e-infrastructures: a funding mission to integrate their services, policies and organisational structures, to be used by the research infrastructures. To agencies: a means to promote open science, standardisation, cross-disciplinary research and coordinated investment with a dream of a ‘one stop shop’ for researchers. And for libraries?
Deconstructed and decentralized scholarly communication
Speaker: Herbert Van de Sompel, team leader of prototyping team at the research library, Los Alamos National Laboratory.
This session speculates on the possibility of an alternative scholarly communication system, resembling the early days of the Republic of Letters. This hypothetical alternative has four defining characteristics. First, it fulfils the core functions of scholarly communication (registration, awareness, certification, archiving) in a decoupled manner and as such rides the wave of preprint-based communication that was recently rediscovered. Second, conceptually and technically, it aligns with recent efforts aimed at re-decentralizing the Web. Third, it is contributor-centric by providing facilities for scholars to self-publish articles, reviews, and annotations as well as to engage in decentralized social networking. Fourth, the scholars’ institutions provide hosting platforms in support of these activities and jointly operate a scholarly archive. But why will this alternative never materialize?
You will have the opportunity to attend one of the following three breakout sessions.
1. Supporting modern research across the institution
Disrupting the transactional library model: the challenges and opportunities of being a partner in digital humanities research
Speaker: Jane Harvell, director of library services and university librarian, University of Sussex.
Library staff at the University of Sussex have roles as core associates in our Sussex humanities lab, and we, in turn, have a research fellow - funded by the lab - working in the library. This has facilitated the exploration of what it means for the library to move from supporting research to contributing to it. This session will explore how these roles and responsibilities are challenging us to think about our structures, our spaces and how we engage with the University technical infrastructure and institutional priorities.
Creating a new collaborative future: the evolving role of libraries in today’s academic research enterprise
Speaker: Tom Hickerson, vice-provost (libraries and cultural resources), University of Calgary.
Recognizing the dramatic changes in the nature of today’s multidisciplinary research this session will review work by the University of Calgary to identify the needs of today’s researchers. Drawing on these emerging needs a project was initiated to create a suite of common services, technical infrastructure, and expertise to leverage economies-of-scale and reposition the library within the research enterprise. The current findings will be presented and implications for research libraries explored. This initiative, supported by The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, is one of an increasing number of endeavours being launched to advance this critical realignment.
From projects to programs: the evolution of digital scholarship and libraries
Speaker: Harriette Hemmasi, university librarian, Brown University.
Research libraries are playing a key role on their campuses in building both an organizational and programmatic structure around digital scholarship. While libraries have had a major impact on the evolution of digital scholarship, their participation has also changed the profiles of libraries - including structure, staffing, spaces, and future directions.
2. Innovations in scholarly communication
Supporting the community-owned open scholarly communications ecosystem
Speaker: Dr Ross Mounce, director of open access programmes, Arcadia Fund.
One way of ameliorating many problems of the current scholarly communications system would be to take back control over more of the systems. Two strong areas where open and non-profit are gaining significant ground lately are ‘Discovery’ and ‘Citations’. Rich, open metadata is the foundation upon which we can build a better system. I will explore what Arcadia Fund and others are doing to make scholarly communications more sustainable in the long term.
Monographs and library-based publishing
Speaker: Professor Martin Paul Eve, professor of literature, technology and publishing, Birkbeck - University of London.
The growth of open-access in the United Kingdom has seen many new university presses spring from inside academic libraries. Often running on open-source software and operating on a shoestring budget, these enterprises have also questioned the heretofore privileged status of the journal article in OA discourses. This session will explore the economic and social challenges of OA monographs and their place within the emergent library-publishing ecosystem in the UK.
Supporting a diverse ecology. New university presses and academic-led publishing and the open access monographs mandate in the UK
Speaker: Dr Graham Stone, senior research manager, Jisc.
The UK has seen a rise in new university presses, many of which are library-led, and academic-led publishing initiatives. The 2017 report ‘Changing publishing ecologies’ set out the current UK landscape. This session we will consider the forthcoming Research England mandate for OA monographs ahead of the 2027 REF and the supporting work of the UUK OA monographs working group in this area. As context, we will discuss the recent Knowledge Exchange report looking at OA monograph publishing in the UK and seven other European countries. Finally we will explore three major issues, requiring further development; business models, technical infrastructure and open dialogue.
The monograph is dead! Long live the monograph!
Speaker: Donald Waters, senior program officer - scholarly communications, Mellon Foundation.
The monograph is the gold standard for scholars in the humanities reporting on their research. Its death—or impending death—has been reported for decades, but the reports have always been greatly exaggerated. Recently, with support from The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, the imaginative work of a set of university presses and related organizations in the US and Canada has been helping to reimagine the monograph for the digital age. While open access is a factor, it has proven to be much less a priority than working out what digital affordances scholars need and creating a working and reliable infrastructure to meet these needs. This presentation will provide an overview of the digital monograph initiative, the challenges that it has encountered, and the opportunities it is opening to reach readers and develop sound business models.
3. New roles in teaching and learning
‘Yes – but did they learn anything?’ – new roles in teaching and learning in university museums
Speaker: Jacky MacBeath, head of museums, deputy head of the Centre for Research Collections, University of Edinburgh.
This session will look at the challenges and opportunities associated with engaging museum visitors academically and attracting researchers to use museum collections. How can new digital initiatives in museum education ensure the right balance between meaningful pedagogy and entertainment? What is the place of the university museum in exploring creative models for teaching across campus, fostering cross and inter-disciplinary approaches and deepening student engagement?
Promoting an ethical and GDPR-compliant approach to learning analytics
Speaker: Niall Sclater, consultant and director, Sclater Digital.
Ethical and legal issues have at times been a blockage to the development of learning analytics in higher education. In collaboration with institutions and the UK’s National Union of Students, Jisc has developed a code of practice for learning analytics. As well as guides on how to carry out analytics transparently and for the benefit of learners, complying with legislation such as the recently implemented General Data Protection Regulation. This session will provide an overview of the ethical and legal issues faced by institutions and present approach taken to solving these so that students can benefit from the use of their data while their privacy is protected.
Addressing the wicked problem of learning data privacy though principle and practice
Speaker: Jenn Stringer MLS, associate chief information officer, academic engagement, University of California, Berkeley.
As institutions and vendors begin to exploit learning data to support the positive efforts of research, student success, and curricular innovation, questions around data ownership, privacy, and transparency begin to become more challenging and often give rise to the definition of a “wicked problem.” Many institutions and organizations are beginning to provide guidance in the form of principles and practices that can be used to help us as a higher education community navigate these challenges. This session will provide a whirlwind tour of some of these efforts and their impact.
Experiential libraries: the transformed library’s impact on teaching and learning
Speaker: Gregory Raschke, interim vice-provost and director of libraries, North Carolina State University.
The transformation of library spaces and associated technologies provides significant opportunities to fundamentally engage and foster creative models of teaching and learning. Through changes to the library estate we have significant experience creating enhanced modes of teaching and student learning. The combination of high-technology spaces, flexible learning environments, and librarian expertise has fostered an experiential learning environment that faculty and students have leveraged to enhance the educational experience. This session will explore several examples of experiential learning, creative uses of high-technology spaces, and the important combination of ingredients to maximize the experiential learning potential of new library spaces.
Break and transition to closing keynotes
Libraries: the next 20 years!
Speaker: Roly Keating, chief executive, The British Library.
Collaborative research and the future of libraries
Speaker: Professor Dan Cohen, vice-provost for information collaboration, dean of the libraries, Northeastern University.
Thinking about the future of libraries naturally brings to mind the rise and ongoing impact of digital media and technology. But by stepping back, we can see an equally significant shift from individual research to collaborative intellectual activities.
What if we were to view the future of libraries through that lens instead? The library as an enabler of large-scale, multifaceted and interdisciplinary collaboration that uses digital resources as a base for investigation? These kinds of projects, for instance from digital humanities and data science, suggests new roles for library staff, new modes of library service, and the continued role of the library on campus.
Speaker: Clifford Lynch, executive director, CNI.
Who should attend
Leaders and senior practitioners in libraries, research, academia and organisations supporting digital scholarship, research and scholarly communications within higher education. Including:
- Library directors and senior library managers
- Pro vice-chancellors for research and senior research managers
- Heads of scholarly communication and open access
- Heads of university presses
- Pro vice-chancellors for teaching and learning
- Research service providers and
- Academic publishers
Jisc and CNI conference is an opportunity to hear from, and engage with, thought leaders and experts from the US, UK and Europe to explore current issues and innovations in digital scholarship, facilitating a rich international exchange on leading practice and policy.
Delegates in 2016 gave the conference a 98%* satisfaction rating (*based on a 45% response rate).
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