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Developing a Library Research Platform for 21st Century Scholars

The direct intersection between university libraries and academic research has significantly diminished in the past two decades. For continued relevance on campus academic libraries need to develop a new approach to working within the research endeavour.
Critical Roles for Libraries in Today's Research Enterprise
December 11, 2019
Omni Shoreham Hotel
Washington, D.C.

Critical Roles for Libraries in Today's Research Enterprise

December 11, 2019 at the Omni Shoreham in 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 campus research. 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.

Symposium Information:


Why Attend?

This symposium is a venue for the exploration of strategies for academic libraries to better align with current research practices and reposition themselves as critical partners in the research enterprise.

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. Faculty researchers will characterize the potential for new synergies and functional partnerships. Most importantly, these discussions will give attendees the opportunity to collaborate in developing strategies to apply at their own institutions.



Registration is no-cost but limited and expected to fill quickly.  When registering attendees will be asked to provide a brief statement of their interests and involvement in the areas of focus. Registration will open in early September.  To be notified when registration opens sign-up at



The program is currently being finalized and will be posted by early September 2019. 

The day's events will begin with breakfast at 7:30 and proceedings from 8:15 am until 3:45 pm.


Organizational Team

Thomas Hickerson (University of Calgary), Charles Eckman (University of Miami), Xuemo Wang (University of Cincinnati), Leonora Crema (University of British Columbia), Joan Lippincott (CNI), Jacqueline Eudell (CNI), John Brosz (University of Calgary)



The findings highlighted through the symposium's sessions will be compiled and distributed to the participants in January 2020.



Omni Shoreham Hotel
PHONE: (202) 234-0700


Contact Information

If there is anything more you would like to know please email the Project Coordinator, John Brosz.

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