Program

Uris Hall, Room 301
Photos from the Symposium can be viewed and downloaded from here.

8:30 AM – 9:15 AM Registration & Breakfast Watson Library, Uris Hall
9:15 AM – 9:30 AM Introduction
Damon Jaggars, Interim Vice Provost & University Librarian, Columbia University Libraries
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9:30 AM – 9:55 AM Vision Without Action is a Daydream, and Action Without Vision is a Nightmare: Reflections on 42 Years Trying to Get It Right.
James Neal, University Librarian Emeritus, Columbia University Libraries
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9:55 AM – 10:30 AM Engaging the Vision, Advancing the Practice.
Carol Mandel, Dean, Division of Libraries, NYU
Including a Q&A with Carol and Jim Neal
Video of Introduction & Opening Remarks by Jim Neal & Carol Mandel
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10:30 AM – 11:10 AM Information Policy – What Is It and Why Do We Need It?
Libraries today are faced with major information policy issues ranging from copyright to open access to open government research data to e-reserves and publishers. The implications of new mandates and the legal interpretations of laws already in place will continue to be critical to academic research libraries around the world. What are some of the options library leaders and planners have for the future relating to information policy?
Panelists: Greg Cram, ‎Associate Director of Copyright and Information Policy, The New York Public Library
Barbara Jones, Director, Office for Intellectual Freedom, American Library Association
Heather Joseph, Executive Director, Scholarly Publishing and Academic Resources Coalition

Moderator: Debbie Rabina, Associate Professor and Coordinator of the Information Policy and Society concentration, School of Information and Library Science, Pratt Institute
Video of Information Policy – What Is It and Why Do We Need It?
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11:10 AM – 11:20 AM Break Uris Hall, 3rd Floor Lounge
11:20 AM – 12:00 PM What Ever Happened to the Library Degree Requirement?
The library profession continues to evolve. New skill sets are required for libraries seeking to deepen their support of the research process, and libraries are looking to disruptive information school curricula, expatriate academics, and other ‘outsiders’ to fill the gaps within the dynamically shifting research support landscape. How do communities with varied training and backgrounds co-habit the library of the future to best support the needs of an academic community? How do skills from each group conflict, overlap, and resonate? How are the developing needs of libraries driving nontraditional hiring practices?
Panelists: Anne Kenney, Carl A. Kroch University Librarian, Cornell University Library
Mark Puente, Director of Diversity and Leadership Programs, Association of Research Libraries
Christa Williford, Program Officer, Council on Library and Information Resources

Moderator: Pamela Graham, Director, Global Studies, Columbia University Libraries
Video of What Ever Happened to the Library Degree Requirement?
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12:00 PM – 1:15 PM Lunch Watson Library, Uris Hall
1:15 PM – 1:55 PM Grant Funding Agencies – Are They Really Changing?
Libraries have long relied on external funding to realize all manner of projects, from large-scale digitization initiatives to innovative methods for presenting digital collections. Recently, as funding agencies like the Mellon Foundation, the NSF and the IMLS have altered the grants they award, libraries have developed new approaches to harness and allocate these resources in creative ways. Some institutions have established fellowships for early career librarians and scholars to gain experience in areas like scholarly communication or research data management and support. Others have partnered with scholarly societies to develop tools and platforms through which researchers can collaborate and widely share their scholarship, as Columbia has done with the MLA. This panel addresses the changing funding landscape and emerging shifts in library priorities.
Panelists: Josh Greenberg, Director, Digital Information Technology Program, Alfred P. Sloan Foundation
Maura Marx, Deputy Director, Office of Library Services, IMLS
Don Waters, Senior Program Officer, Scholarly Communications and Information Technology, Andrew W. Mellon Foundation

Moderator: Ann Thornton, Andrew W. Mellon Director, The New York Public Libraries
Video of Grant Funding Agencies – Are They Really Changing?
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1:55 PM – 2:35 PM Do We Plan Too Much?
Are we planning too much? This panel session will involve a free-flowing discussion that may cover a wide range of topics, including but not limited to: intrapreneurship, design thinking, experimentation, risk taking, and embracing change. The speakers on the panel will highlight the challenges and opportunities they have seen when trying to not over plan.
Panelists: Miguel Figueroa, Director, American Library Association Center for the Future of Libraries
Elliott Shore, Executive Director, Association of Research Libraries
Deanna Marcum, Managing Director, Ithaka S+R

Moderator: Jane Winland, Director, Science & Engineering Libraries, Columbia University Libraries
Video of Do We Plan Too Much?
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2:35 PM – 3:00 PM Closing session: Reflective discussion
Lorcan Dempsey, Vice President and Chief Strategist, OCLC Research
Video of Closing session
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