ATG Conferences, Meetings, and Webinars 9/16/19

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The Association of Research Libraries (ARL), the California Digital Library (CDL), the Association of American Universities (AAU), and the Association of Public and Land-grant Universities (APLU) will jointly convene an invited group of experts and stakeholders in December to design implementation strategies addressing new recommendations for the effective management of research data. This conference is made possible by generous support from the US National Science Foundation (NSF) under grant no. 1945938.

The conference draws inspiration from a growing number of funder requirements and recommendations, including NSF’s May 2019 “Dear Colleague” letter, which asks grantees to assign “persistent identifiers” for data sets and to make their data management plans (DMPs) machine readable. This kind of guidance is issued as part of a global movement to make science more open and interoperable. The guidance is reflected in a series of recommendations by the National Academies of Science, Engineering, and Medicine in its 2018 report Open Science by Design: Realizing a Vision for 21st Century Research.

The conference will identify and determine the following:

  • What barriers exist to implementing persistent identifiers and machine-readable data management plans
  • What kinds of model workflows might address those barriers, while minimizing faculty burden
  • What implementation means for institutional data governance (for example, sharing DMPs across campus units, between institutions, and publicly)
  • Findings to bring back to policy makers, funding agencies, and institutions so they can engage in a discussion about next steps
  • Recommendations of effective practices for grants offices, including guidance to their researchers

Conference organizers will publish a report in early 2020. This conference will also inform a series of events hosted by AAU and APLU next year “to broaden and deepen awareness and understanding of public access issues across the academic research community.”

A Symposium being held on December 11, 2019, at the Omni Shoreham Hotel, Washington, D.C.

Research has changed: have libraries? Today many academic libraries are seeking ways to better align with current research practice and to engage as vital partners in the campus research ecosystem. The issues are critical, necessary changes are fundamental, and libraries are developing new means and partnerships to sustain relevance.

Held following the CNI Fall Membership Meeting, Critical Roles for Libraries in Today’s Research Enterprise is a one-day symposium created for librarians, research administrators, and technology professionals to identify responses to this challenge.

Library leaders will examine new organizational structures, programs, and services, innovative spaces, and collaborative models. Research administrators will evaluate the impact of these new developments and describe future opportunities. Presentations will characterize the potential for new synergies and functional partnerships. Most importantly, participatory discussions will give attendees the opportunity to collaborate in developing strategies to apply at their own institutions.

This Symposium represents the culmination of four years of research conducted at the University of Calgary, led by Thomas Hickerson and sponsored by The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation. Organized in association with Charles Eckman (University of Miami), and Xuemao Wang (University of Cincinnati), this event is funded as part of the University of Calgary project, “Academic Research and University Libraries: Creating a New Model for Collaboration.”

Registration is no-cost but limited and expected to fill quickly. Since the target audience for this event is colleges and universities, for-profit corporations are requested to limit their representation to one individual. Program details are now available:

Join us for this signature opportunity to identify the changes needed to reposition libraries for research in the digital age.

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For questions, contact John Brosz (, Project Coordinator


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