Future of the Research Library Speaker Series

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    Data, Media, and Society
    (2019-10-08) Lankes, Richard David
    It would be easy to see the advent of open educational resources, open access publication, and repositories of data sets as a continuation of the traditional mission of a research library. Namely, providing access to the scholarly record including items studied as well as the results of study. It would also be easy to see this as happening in parallel to a pivot of libraries to more community centered models. In this presentation Lankes will show how these developments are deeply intertwined in how we conceptualize scholarly communication and the need for advocacy around data in all aspects of higher education.
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    Improving Access, Affordability, and Achievement with OER
    (2019-04-17) Bishop, MJ
    Despite the transformative power that technology has had in a whole range of businesses, the history of technology use in education over the last 100 years paints a rather bleak picture of the extent to which digital tools, in and of themselves, can lead to sustainable academic change. The issue is that we often miss the key affordances of the tools that can be employed to help solve learning problems. This presentation traces the lessons we can learn from the history of educational technology in order to explore the true promise of openly licensed educational resources and the future they may hold for teaching, learning, and student success.
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    Data, Data, Everywhere...
    (2018-04-05) Choudhury, Sayeed
    In reference to the famous quote of “Water, water, everywhere…” from Samuel Taylor’s Coleridge’s “The Rime of the Ancient Mariner” this talk explores the reality that we are awash in data and yet there are relatively few compelling success stories of libraries directly supporting data intensive research or learning. The talk will describe success stories from both the public and private sector, particularly in relation to the growing use of big data and new forms of machine learning. The talk will then ask what research libraries may need to do in order to be more successful at supporting, even empowering, data intensive research or learning.
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    Sustainable Collection Management: Enabling the Transformation of Libraries
    (2017-04-26) Barnes, Matt
    Academic libraries have endured as centers of learning and research because they have continually evolved to meet the needs of scholars. Today we are in the midst of an evolutionary leap forward, driven by the continuing transition from print to electronic resources, connected patrons with new expectations, emerging disciplines with information needs that transcend traditional resources, and financial pressures that preclude building and maintaining highly redundant collections of low-use print materials. Evidence that a major transformation of academic libraries is underway continues to mount. We will examine this by reviewing how libraries are expanding the scope and nature of their collections; integrating information resources with applied learning experiences; facilitating researcher collaboration; and completely rethinking collections and access. Finally, we will look at how libraries have been leveraging data to implement sustainable collection practices, which are critical to creating the space, both figuratively and literally, to transform libraries.