New Shape of Sharing: Networks, Expertise, Information -- CANCELLED

Detail of "Veduta della catena" by Francesco Petrini and Raffaello Petrini (1887). Held by Museo di Palazzo Vecchio, Florence.

Event Logistics

Monday, May 11, 2020 to Thursday, May 14, 2020
9:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.
Fiesole, Italy
Judy Alspach -

In light of the current concerns over COVID-19 and travel restrictions, including to Italy, the Planning Committee has made the difficult decision to postpone the New Shape of Sharing:  Networks, Expertise, Information forum, planned for May 11-14, 2020.  We will reschedule the forum for May 2021 in Fiesole, dates to be determined.

We realize that many have put in much time and effort toward making this event happen, but given the uncertainties about the duration of the COVID-19 situation and widespread restrictions regarding gatherings and travel, we feel that this is the best option.  We remain committed to the forum's objective of an in-person meeting to create new connections and conversations.  Since the worlds of libraries and publishing are constantly changing, the subjects on the program will remain highly relevant, even as individual presentations may evolve over the coming year.  We hope that all presenters will be able to join us in May 2021 for the new, New Shape of Sharing:  Networks, Expertise, Information.

For those participants who are not able to reschedule, we will refund all registration fees.

Members of the Planning Committee will be reaching out to presenters as we finalize plans for the 2021 forum.

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. In today’s research and budgetary environments there are increasing pressures on the traditional humanities, while developments in technology and large-scale initiatives offer new opportunities for libraries, publishers, and content suppliers to collaborate. Despite the importance of addressing these changes, there are few opportunities for librarians and vendors to have meaningful and deep discussions.

The New Shape of Sharing: Networks, Expertise, Information continues conversations begun at the New Directions Symposium held in Frankfurt in 2017. 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. 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 2021. 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).

Draft Program Schedule

Draft Poster Session List

The registration fee will be $150 or €140. All attendees, including presenters, will need to register and pay the registration fee.

Some important dates to keep in mind:

  • October 15, 2019: Extended proposal submission deadline
  • December 2019: Notification of presenters and discussants
  • December 10, 2019:  Deadline for travel stipend applications
  • January 13, 2020: Pre-registration opens for presenters
  • February 3, 2020:  Registration opens for attendees
  • April 15, 2020: Deadline to submit presentation materials
  • April 15, 2020 (or when full): Registration closes
  • May 11-14, 2020: New Shape of Sharing Forum -- POSTPONED
  • May 2021:  New Shape of Sharing Forum -- Exact dates to be determined

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