Building and Ensuring Long-term Resilience



How adaptable have organizations and institutions in the information community proven themselves to be — in terms of COVID-19, and also in general during this period of technological and social change? How well are associations, government agencies and other funders, academic institutions, and other stakeholders managing? To what extent are they willing to innovate, whether through policy or practice? This roundtable will bring together industry professionals and observers, to offer their insights on the impact of disruption, and to share their success stories for negotiating change.

Confirmed speakers for this event include among others: Roger Schonfeld, Director of the Ithaka S+R Libraries, Scholarly Communication and Museums Program Ithaka; Denise Stephens, Dean of the Libraries, University of Oklahoma; Alix Vance, CEO, AIP Publishing; and Jaime WittenbergAssistant Dean for Research & Innovation Strategies, University of Colorado - Boulder. 

Event Sessions

Roundtable Discussion


Roger Schonfeld

Director, Libraries, Scholarly Communication, and Museums
Ithaka S+R

Denise Stephens

Peggy V. Helmerich Dean of University Libraries
University of Oklahoma

Jaime Wittenberg

Assistant Dean for Research and Innovation Strategies
University of Colorado - Boulder

The discussion by participants touched on the following:

When someone makes reference to the concept of or the need for resilience, what does that mean in these opening months of 2022? How do you or how does your organization think about or express it?

What are some of the worries expressed by different stakeholders in trying to return to some degree of normalcy? (Note: This may be addressed from an organizational standpoint or from a broader, systemic point of view. What are stakeholders worried about in terms of sustaining existing approaches, practices or business models? What are the things that individuals/organizations worry will not return in a post-pandemic world?)  

Apart from those fears, what are some of the actual constraints being felt across the information community? (Funding? Staffing? Strategic maneuverability?

Are current conditions causing your organization or institution to redefine or re-evaluate its present value proposition? If other factors have played a part in how your library, institution or organization views its contribution to the information ecosystem, what are those other factors?  

If 2022 offers an opportunity for real innovation or for serious re-thinking of institutional or organizational roles, what are some of the existing assumptions that need to be reconsidered or eliminated? Are there functions or workflows that can be jettisoned?

Which stakeholders in the information community seem to you to be in the best position to adapt in this environment? Who are the new competitors? Are some institutions or organizations in a better strategic position than others? 

What aspects of the scholarly communication process do you see as possibly accelerating as we emerge from this pandemic phase? 

At an institutional or organizational level, what do you see as potential or emerging strategic opportunities? Where will organizations need support?

What might be useful partnerships or areas of collaboration moving forward? Where would flexibility be welcomed? 

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