Librarians in North America have long-standing relationships with Western European libraries and materials vendors to support research in the humanities and to maintain non-English collections. However, in today’s research and budgetary environments there are increasing pressures on demand and support for the traditional humanities in the university while at the same time, developments in technology and large-scale initiatives offer new opportunities for collaboration for libraries, publishers, and content suppliers. Despite the importance of addressing these changes, there are few opportunities for librarians and vendors to have meaningful and deep discussions.
This multi-day forum of panel presentations, a poster session, and interactive breakout sessions on key issues facing Western European collections and public services will encourage both structured and unstructured debate. The overarching theme of the conference is The New Shape of Sharing: Networks, Expertise, Information. We will advance our understanding of the challenges and initiate action in three areas: design new models for collaborative collection development and services; explore a growing range of content and format types and what they mean for libraries and researchers, and highlight the evolving role of libraries and librarians in the research process.
This working forum on current issues in European librarianship will be held in Fiesole, Italy, in spring 2020. Casalini Libri will host the event, which is sponsored by the Collaborative Initiative for French Language Collections (CIFNAL) and the German-North American Resources Partnership (GNARP), both working projects of the Center for Research Libraries (Chicago, USA).