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Thursday, November 7 • 3:30pm - 4:10pm
Do you talk to your VPR? Building relationships with the research office

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Researchers in higher education compete for scarce funding, face increasing demands from funders, and respond to ever more complex compliance rules. Research offices must support researchers while building and maintaining a robust research infrastructure in a growing, complex technological environment. Academic libraries can increase value for the university by helping to manage data, improving research workflows, advocating for researcher identifiers, showcasing institutional expertise, and measuring impact of faculty research. Librarians must develop effective and positive working relationships with Vice Presidents for Research and their staff. Instead of waiting for invitations to collaborate, the time has come for librarians to proactively communicate with research offices.

A recent survey noted that many researchers spend time in areas where libraries and research offices can provide valuable expertise and administrative support. The survey noted that there is potential for libraries and research offices to collaborate in order to serve researchers thereby increasing research opportunities and funding. This gap provides an opportunity for librarians to lend their expertise to the research lifecycle to alleviate the stress and burdens of their researchers. The establishment of a strong partnership depends on the ability of librarians to be deeply engaged in and contributing to the research infrastructure.

Some members of the Ex Libris Research Management Advisory Council will outline the case for working with research offices in order to meet the critical needs of the research process. Ideas for establishing or strengthening the relationship between libraries and research offices will be presented that will spur attendees into thinking about ways they can further their collaboration. The panelists will encourage active discussion with participants to gain various perspectives and best practices. Participants will gain insights into the foundational relationship with their research offices that is essential for librarians to be successful in contributing to a research infrastructure.

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Charles Eckman

Dean of Libraries, University of Miami
Charles Eckman is Dean of Libraries at the University of Miami. He previously served as Dean of Library Services at Simon Fraser University, Associate University Librarian and Director of Collections at the University of California, Berkeley, and Principal Government Documents Librarian/Head... Read More →
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Maggie Farrell

Dean of Libraries, University of Nevada, Las Vegas
Maggie Farrell is the Dean of Libraries at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas leading the library system serving over 30,000 students in a diverse and energetic community. Previously, Maggie was the Dean of Libraries at Clemson University and the University of Wyoming. Maggie also... Read More →
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Kenning Arlitsch

Dean of the Library, Montana State University

Oren Beit-Arie

Chief Strategy Officer, ProQuest
Oren Beit-Arie, Chief Strategy Officer, oversees the continuing development and promotion of ProQuest’s long-term enterprise strategy. Mr. Beit-Arie has vast experience in operations, product management and strategy. He is one of the primary developers of the ANSI/NISO Z39.88 (... Read More →

Thursday November 7, 2019 3:30pm - 4:10pm EST
Citadel Green Room South, Embassy Suites Hotel 337 Meeting St, Charleston, SC 29401, USA