The Library of the Future: Inside & Out

Virtual Conference

About the Virtual Conference

As libraries re-evaluate and redesign the services offered to their communities, the ripples of change can be felt across the institution. New job titles and functions appear in university employment postings—clinical information specialist, data scientist, assessment librarian. Space previously given over to stacks is reallocated. Information resources and tools reshape the library’s budget. Whether the process is visible or invisible to the library patron, the functions of the library are being re-engineered at a core level. What are the implications for library directors? And for content and platform providers?

Confirmed Speakers (in alphabetical order) Include:

  • Gail Clement, Head of Research Services, California Institute of Technology
  • Nancy Davenport, University Librarian, American University
  • Karen Diaz, Dean of Libraries, West Virginia University
  • Carl GrantInterim Dean of Libraries, University of Oklahoma
  • Judy Luther, President, Informed Strategies
  • Jacob Nadal, Director of Preservation, Library of Congress
  • Matthew Sheehy, University Librarian, Brandeis University
  • Steven Smith, Dean of Libraries, University of Tennessee Knoxville

Event Sessions

11:00am – 11:10a.m. Welcome and Introduction


11:10 - 11:45 a.m. Opening Keynote


11:45 am - 12:15 p.m. The Physical and Virtual Space


Jacob Nadel

Director of Digital Preservation
Library of Congress

12:15 - 12:45 p.m. New Job Titles, Position Requirements and Degrees


12:45 - 1:45 p.m. Lunch Break


1:45 - 2:15 p.m. The Library’s Contribution in Measuring Research Productivity


2:15 - 2:45 p.m. The Invisible Library


2:45 - 3:15 p.m. The Library’s Role in Attracting, Supporting and Retaining the International Student


3:15 - 3:30 p.m. Afternoon Break


3:30 - 4:00 p.m. Strategic Thinking & Planning for the Library of the Future


4:00 - 4:30 p.m. Strategic Thinking About Information Resources and Services for the Library of the Future


Carl Grant

Chief Technology Officer and Associate University Librarian for Knowledge Services
University of Oklahoma

4:30 - 5:00 p.m. Roundtable Discussion


Additional Information

  • Cancellations made by Wednesday, December 5, 2018 will receive a refund, less a $35 cancellation. After that date, there are no refunds.

  • Registrants will receive detailed instructions about accessing the virtual conference via e-mail the Friday prior to the event. (Anyone registering between Monday and the close of registration will receive the message shortly after the registration is received, within normal business hours.) Due to the widespread use of spam blockers, filters, out of office messages, etc., it is your responsibility to contact the NISO office if you do not receive login instructions before the start of the webinar.

  • If you have not received your Login Instruction e-mail by 10 a.m. (ET) on the day before the virtual conference, please contact the NISO office at for immediate assistance.

  • Registration is per site (access for one computer) and includes access to the online recorded archive of the conference. You may have as many people as you like from the registrant's organization view the conference from that one connection. If you need additional connections, you will need to enter a separate registration for each connection needed.

  • If you are registering someone else from your organization, either use that person's e-mail address when registering or contact to provide alternate contact information.

  • Conference presentation slides and Q&A will be posted to this event webpage following the live conference.

  • Registrants will receive an e-mail message containing access information to the archived conference recording within 48 hours after the event. This recording access is only to be used by the registrant's organization.

For Online Events

  • You will need a computer for the presentation and Q&A.
  • Audio is available through the computer (broadcast) and by telephone. We recommend you have a set-up for telephone audio as back-up even if you plan to use the broadcast audio as the voice over Internet isn't always 100% reliable.

It is your responsibility to ensure that your system is properly set up before each webinar begins.