Tuesday, December 22, 2020

Announcing The New Shape of Sharing Online Series


The New Shape of Sharing:
Networks, Expertise, Information 

An online forum on European librarianship

January 11 - April 19, 2021



The New Shape of Sharing: Networks, Expertise, Information continues conversations begun at the New Direction Symposium held in Frankfurt in 2017. This multi-day working forum, sponsored by the Collaborative Initiative for French Language Collections (CIFNAL), the German-North American Resources Partnership (GNARP)—both working projects of the Center for Research Libraries (Chicago, USA)—was originally scheduled to be hosted by Casalini Libri on May 11-14, 2020 in Fiesole, Italy. The in-person event was postponed indefinitely due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic. 

We hope this online series on key issues facing Western European collections and public services will encourage debate and surface new ideas. The sessions will focus on three areas: new models for collaborative collection development and services; the growing range of content and format types and their significance for libraries and researchers; and the evolving role of libraries and librarians in the research process.

The multiple effects of the pandemic on libraries and academic institutions clearly demonstrate that the topics chosen for the forum—cooperation and sharing of collections, services, and technology among libraries, scholars, and members of the book and publishing communities—are particularly pertinent in today’s library environment. The planning committee believes that these discussions are too important to wait until we are able to meet in person, so we have transitioned the forum to a series of online presentations. We hope you can join us!


The New Shape of Sharing Online Series will take place on the following Mondays beginning in January 2021 but registration is required. It is free and open to all.

Pacific (PST) 9-10:30 AM; Mountain (MST) 10-11:30 AM; Central (CST) 11am-12:30 pm; Eastern (EST) 12-1:30 PM; Central Europe (GMT + 1) 6-7:30 PM

Monday, January. 11:  Keynote: Klaus Ceynowa, "Research Libraries in Digital Times - Last Stand or First Choice? The Perspective of the Bavarian State Library." 

Monday, February 1: National and Historical Libraries

  • Working with Romance Collections in a National Library:  Exploring New Strategies (Valentina Mirabella, Sophie De France, British Library) 
  • The Digital Cicognara Library: An International Open Access Collaboration of the Early Literature of the Arts (Holly Hatheway, Princeton University)

Monday, February 15: Bibliodiversity in Southern Europe

  • A Panel on Independent and Small Press Publishing (Anne Rochefoucauld, Amalivre; Pepé Olona, Arrebato Libros; Marco Zapparoli, Marcos y Marcos & ADEI - Association of Italian Independent Publishers)

Monday, February 22: The Medici Interactive Archive, digital humanists, and librarians

  • A Discussion with Carlotta Paltrinieri, Historic Environment Scotland
Monday, March 1: Consortial Collection Development 1
  • ReCAP Discovery to Delivery (Denise Hibay, New York Public Library; Elizabeth Kirk, Harvard University; and Meredith Levin, Columbia University)

Monday, March 15:  Consortial Collection Development 2

  • Sustainable Vendor-Inclusive Cooperative Collection Development (Barbara Alvarez, University of Michigan & Barbara Casalini, Casalini Libri)
  • International Print Collections in a Consortial Environment: A Case study of Western European Resource Sharing (Manuel Ostos, Penn State University & Lisa Gardinier, University of Iowa)

Monday, March 22: Assessment and collection development

  • Collection development and Acquisitions Strategies for Libraries and Publishers  (John Lenahan, Ithaka S+R/JSTOR)
  • Library Support for an OA Journal (Timothy Shipe, University of Iowa)
  • Assessment for Resource Sharing Use of Bibliometrics for Collection Development in Italian Academic Libraries (Rossana Morriello, La Sapienza, Rome 3)

Monday, April 12: Posters

Monday, April 19: wrap-up/next steps

If you think you may require disability-related accommodations or have questions about this online event conducted through Zoom, please email Sarah Sussman or Judy Alspach.
Find out more or register at ucblib.link/sharing2021

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