NISO Virtual Conference - That Cutting Edge:  Technology’s Impact on Scholarly Research Processes in the Library

Wednesday, October 24, 2018, 11:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. (Eastern, US & Canada)


Recent years have introduced a variety of new technologies into the mainstream, such as artificial intelligence, data science, and virtual and augmented reality. As the research community increasingly uses these tools and techniques to generate findings, what are the needs of the library in supporting the research activity as well as the resulting output? This virtual conference will explore technologies supported by the modern research library and the impact on both workflow and workforce.


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Speaker abstracts have been posted to the NISO event page.  Here are just two indicators of what the day’s discussion will encompass:


Title: How to Cut Without Bleeding – Supporting Research in Higher Ed in an Age of Technological Innovation


Supporting researchers at an academic institution, especially a research 1 university, is an ever increasingly complex enterprise. Research support is generally spread across various units, including central computing, offices of research, and libraries (in addition to support provided directly by colleges and departments). Increasing requirements related to research data (both in terms of being more open and in terms of data requiring security and privacy controls), along with continuous challenges in support research reproducibility, make institutional infrastructure, services, and expertise is enormously critical and necessary. 


This talk will look at the challenges research-focused higher ed institutions face in supporting their faculty’s research endeavors, with a particular focus on new and emerging challenges in supporting data science and data-informed research. 


Title: Research Libraries and Computational Research: Challenges AND Greater Opportunities Impact


With advances in High Performance Computing (HPC), our ability to analyze and produce data has increased exponentially over the last two decades.  However, with these advances it has placed the authority of scientific studies in jeopardy as research environments are difficult to capture, recreate, describe, and confirm.  Equally, research libraries are charged with capturing and sharing this research output as research environments are rapidly changing and being outmoded. Preserving the data is simply not enough.


So, where does that leave Research Libraries?  Within these challenges are hidden opportunities. This has forced libraries to assume a more active and impactful position in research, with active partnership with research computing groups on campus.  I will review the the University of Notre Dame’s Hesburgh Libraries’ past and present experiences to meet these challenges, in close partnership with our Center for Research Computing, as well as the external partnerships we have forged to advance the greater community and the opportunities they present.


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