ATG Conferences, Meetings & Webinars 8/10/20

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ARL Fall Forum to Explore Leading Libraries toward Anti-racism in a Changing World

Registration is open for the ARL Fall Forum 2020, to be hosted virtually by the Association of Research Libraries (ARL) on Thursday, October 8. The theme of this year’s Fall Forum is “Leading Libraries toward Anti-racism in a Changing World.” The 2020 forum is designed to help library leaders who are now challenged with leading their organizations, often with reduced funding, in a dynamic and increasingly volatile environment. In light of the COVID-19 pandemic and continued protests against white supremacy, the Fall Forum will explore how research libraries can keep anti-racism, diversity, equity, and inclusion at the forefront and contribute to progress in transforming organizational culture and society for the better.

The Fall Forum features the Julia C. Blixrud Memorial Lecture and the Julia C. Blixrud Scholarship, which supports the attendance of one master of library and information science (MLIS) student or recent graduate at the forum each year. Applications for the Julia C. Blixrud Scholarship are due on Thursday, September 3, 2020. The scholarship awardee will use social media to communicate about the Fall Forum during the event and will write a summary of their participation to be published by ARL after the event.


The sixth annual Blixrud Memorial Lecture (sponsored by EBSCO) will be delivered by Safiya Umoja Noble. An associate professor at the University of California, Los Angeles, she is the author of the best-selling book on racist and sexist algorithmic bias in commercial search engines, Algorithms of Oppression: How Search Engines Reinforce Racism.

In addition to the keynote, there will be several programs focusing on actions against racism and in support of diversity, equity, and inclusion, and leading during a pandemic. Speakers will be listed on the schedule as they are announced.

How can ARL help research libraries move forward in these areas? Join us to share your ideas at this year’s ARL Fall Forum.


Registration for the 2020 Fall Forum opens Friday, August 7. The registration fees are as follows:

The deadline to register is Wednesday, September 30, 2020.

UKSG One-Day Conference

This year the One Day Conference will be split over two days and delivered digitally. Dates for your diary: AM on the 11th November, PM on the 12th November 2020.  Details and registration here

The UKSG One-Day Conference complements the Annual Conference by providing a more intimate opportunity for strategic discussion among members of the knowledge community on a hot topic of wide interest.

The goal of the One-Day Conference is to reconvene UKSG’s broad community between Annual Conferences and ensure that discussion and collaboration continues. Each year’s programme is carefully planned to create a rounded view of a topic, with speakers hand-picked to ensure articulate presentation of a range of viewpoints…

The aim is to include original research, as well as opinions from across the community – the student and researcher panels are always a highlight for publishers, librarians and suppliers seeking to tap into the “user” mindset. Lightning talks are also included to provide quick overviews of projects and services that relate to the day’s theme, and a tradition has developed of closing with a “question time”-style debate – allowing the audience to participate in the discussion – which has on occasion become quite heated, demonstrating the value of UKSG as a “crucible” in more than one sense! 

Webinar: Librarian best practices ensure uninterrupted access to research and education

Thursday, August 13, 2020, 10:00 am – 11:00 am EDT


  • Emily Singley, Head of Library Systems, Boston College
  • Naomi Visser, Manager: E-resources, Stellenbosch University 

Librarians play a critical role in ensuring their researchers, students and faculty have access to research and the learning tools they need to be successful.

The global pandemic has forced educational institutions to close campuses and shift learning and research services to remote options. This shift took many people by surprise, but not to librarians who were already prepared to provide remote access and online resources to their users without disruption. These librarians share their best practices on enabling uninterrupted access to research and education.

Topics covered in this webinar include:

  • Infrastructure readiness – were policies in place for potential university lockdowns or was there a need to provide them?
  • What worked right away and what improvements were made to services that didn’t work out of the box?
  • Communicating and promoting available remote access options to users
  • Challenges to working remotely
  • Showcasing the move to remote online learning

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