ATG Conferences, Meetings & Webinars 6/23/20

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Designing Libraries for Safety in the Age of COVID-19 (Webcasts LJ, on-demand)

As libraries cautiously reopen the doors of their physical buildings to the public, minimizing risk from the COVID-19 pandemic to patrons and staff is top priority. Expert architects share design tips for how to use the building itself, and its furnishings, to reduce transmission, encourage social distancing, and get the library ready for its next phase while preserving flexibility for the long term.


  • Pamela Anderson-Brulé, FAIA, Principal, President & Co-Founder, Anderson Brulé Architects
  • Todd A. Harvey, Sr. Partner, BHC Architects
  • Ruth Baleiko, FAIA, Partner, The Miller Hull Partnership, LLP
  • Jeffrey M. Hoover, AIA, Principal, Tappé Architects


Emily Puckett Rodgers, Space Design and Assessment Librarian, Manager of Library Environments, University of Michigan Library

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How AI is shaping the future of scientific knowledge (an OpenAthens webinar)

When: June 29 at 4pm BST / 8am PST.

What: This webinar looks at the role artificial intelligence (AI) plays in the scientific research process and how AI is helping single sign-on librarian’s curate and manage their collections. 

This webinar is in two parts. Firstly, speakers will discuss how AI is transforming the scientific research process. This in turn frees up time for researchers to apply their unique understanding of science for bigger societal impact.

Secondly, there will be a discussion on how AI is helping librarians to curate and manage their collections and changing the way libraries think about metadata categorization.

Speakers for this webinar are Sebastian Kohlmeier, senior manager of program management and business operations at Allen Institute for AI and Semantic Scholar and Manisha Bolina, international channel partner manager at Yewno. It will be hosted by Lauren Harding, marketing officer at OpenAthens.

How: To find out more about this event click here, to register to attend live or receive the recording, click here.

Reopening Library Operations: A Dialogue on Planning and Implementation
June 30, 2020 | 12:00 – 2:00 p.m. Eastern Time
(Academic Impressions)


Most university libraries have shut down or have significantly modified their operations. Now, the task at hand is to reopen or maintain safe operations under new conditions in the fall. Though circumstances are unique, most institutions will face a similar set of challenges.

Join us for an up-to-date discussion that will help you navigate the reality of the continuously evolving COVID-19 crisis. This session will feature the latest thinking across the industry as well as considerations that are just beginning to emerge as we get deeper into reopening planning.

This dialogue with other library leaders across higher ed will center around best practices in three main topic areas: essential services, safety, and effective decision making and planning. Our experts will guide the discussion around these themes and help the group determine the most pressing questions and challenges to collectively unpack.

Who Should Attend

Deans, directors, and other high-level library faculty and staff will benefit from a continued dialogue of the complex factors and challenges associated with reopening library operations while maintaining safety and productivity.

Limited Attendance

In order to ensure a high-quality learning experience, we have intentionally designed this Virtual Training to have a limited number of total attendees. To ensure access from both paying participants and also from those who have an All-Inclusive membership, when the membership cap is reached, only paying participants can register after that point (while spaces are still available). If you have questions about whether this program is right for you, please contact us.


New Date! No More Big Deal? Picking and Choosing Titles for Use (NISO)

(Time Sensitive Message) This webinar has been rescheduled for Monday, July 6.

More than 20 years since it was first introduced, some institutions are moving away from the “Big Deal”, which licenses institutional access to a critical mass of content. There are pros and cons of doing so, and this roundtable discussion will bring together speakers from institutions that have already stepped back from such deals and those for whom taking that step is — for whatever reason—- not yet an option. They will consider questions such as: What do their respective collection budgets permit? Do researcher or departmental needs run the risk of being sidelined or overlooked in either scenario? Is it really possible — or desirable — to go back to selecting content just for your own community’s needs?

This webinar is for everyone who wants to know more about this important topic, whether you work at an institution that is considering making — or has already made — this change, or at a publishing or other organization that is interested in understanding more about the decision-making process.  

Confirmed speakers include:

  • Keith Webster, Dean of University Libraries, Carnegie Mellon University
  • Evviva Weinraub Lajoie, Vice Provost for University Libraries, State University of New York at Buffalo
  • Curtis Brundy, Associate University Librarian, Scholarly Communications and CollectionsIowa State University
Note: In response to the circumstances surrounding COVID-19, NISO understands that staff at an increasing number of organizations are now working remotely. During this unique situation, we are allowing registrants to share the sign-on instructions with your colleagues so that they may join the broadcast directly, irrespective of where they are located.

ACRL/NY 2020 Symposium Save the Date & CFP

Civic Engagement: Democracy and the Library

December 4, 2020
Virtual Symposium

For this year’s ACRL/NY Symposium, we are seeking proposals for presentations and panels about the intersection of libraries and research institutions with civics, governance, and democracy. How are civic issues impacting collections and services? How do libraries foster engagement with civic issues and the democratic process throughout the community? How do ideas of “library neutrality” affect how we engage with these issues? We welcome proposals from all levels of library staff.

Potential perspectives include but are not limited to:

Diverse voices: participation of diverse groups in decision making and programming

Ethical Leadership: explorations of institutional authority and power dynamics, formal and informal practices of good governance and resistance

Public Services, Outreach, and Instruction: library programming, creative partnerships in and outside the institution, information literacy

Acquisitions/Collection Development: new and interesting collections meant to encourage civic discussion and activism, purchasing issues, resources sharing

Technical Services and Access: authority control and the algorithmic impact of information retrieval, scholarly communications, artificial intelligence

Format: The ACRL/NY 2020 Symposium will be held completely virtually. We are seeking proposals to fill 60 Minute (50 minute presentation; 10 minute Q&A) and 30 Minute (20 minute presentation; 10 minute Q&A) slots. We are open to a mixture of presentation types and formats.

Proposals should be 250-500 words in length, submitted by June 26th ­­­.


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