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Monday, March 15 • 9:00am - 9:30am
Crossroads of Tech, Research & Learning: Models for IT & Library Collaborations

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An engaged discussion of how universities are managing library and university IT collaborations, library and technology leaders from University of Colorado Boulder (CU Boulder) and New York University (NYU) will provide their own experiences strategizing and managing innovative partnerships. We will draw on Athenaeum21’s (A21) digital transformation model to discuss effective strategies and models. Innovation has been happening in the Academy for centuries—in research, teaching, collections—and different service models have emerged to support these innovations. Research libraries and central university IT often now find themselves as a glue or middleware—as critical academic collaborators for leveraging university content and infrastructure. University IT, once relegated to enterprise resource planning systems, desktop support, communications, and networking, is now developing and scaling services in areas such as cloud computing and research data management. But there are overlaps in responsibilities, infrastructure, and services across all of these. Universities are now looking to rationalize and sometimes centralize IT support services, but where is the logical home for these emerging capabilities centered on teaching, learning, policy, technology, and research? Is there an ideal collaborative model that optimizes IT support and infrastructure for faculty and students? We will discuss our experiences and present two models for digital transformation. The two models will be presented by Robert McDonald, dean of the university libraries and senior vice provost of online education at CU Boulder and H. Austin Booth, dean of the division of libraries at NYU. They will debate which model is better—to bring IT into the library or move library IT into university IT. Aisha Jackson, director of academic technology applications and design at CU Boulder will discuss a recent cross-campus engagement with Pluralistic Networks, which helped campus leadership have more honest conversations and co-create ways to support their teams and the campus mission. The session is moderated by Christine Madsen and Megan Hurst, co-founders of the digital strategy consultancy, Athenaeum21 (A21), and drawing on A21’s digital strategy model.

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Megan Hurst

Chief Experience Officer, Athenaeum21 Consulting
I co-founded Athenaeum21 with Christine Madsen in 2015 to help libraries, museums, publishers and knowledge organizations evolve, innovate, and lead our information age. My areas of expertise and passion are user experience, user research, digital strategy, assessment, digital humanities... Read More →
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Christine Madsen

Chief Innovation Officer, Athenaeum21
Dr Christine Madsen works at the intersection of libraries and technology. She is expert in building large-scale systems that use technology to connect researchers, teachers, and students with library and learning resources. She is interested in understanding and building the library... Read More →
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Robert McDonald

Dean of University Libraries/SVP Online Education, University of Colorado, Boulder
Robert H. McDonald is Dean of University Libraries, Senior Vice Provost of Online Education, and Professor. He is responsible for leading the Boulder campus library system in fulfilling their mission to inspire learning, research, and discovery by connecting knowledge, information... Read More →

Monday March 15, 2021 9:00am - 9:30am EDT
Pre-recorded Video