The New Shape of Sharing Online Series will take place on the following Mondays beginning in January 2021.

Pacific (PST) 9-10:30 AM; Mountain (MST) 10-11:30 AM; Central (CST) 11am-12:30 pm; Eastern (EST) 12-1:30 PM; Central Europe (GMT + 1) 6-7:30 PM

  • Monday, January. 11: Keynote : Klaus Ceynowa, "Research Libraries in Digital Times - Last Stand or First Choice? The Perspective of the Bavarian State Library."


The term ‘research library,’ coined to describe a very particular form of work environment for researchers in the humanities, needs to be reexamined in the context of today's interconnected digital world. This talk argues that the research library represents a set of services that carry with it a long-term and resource-intensive commitment, not a one-size-fits-all marketing concept to endorse the ongoing “relevance” of libraries. However, for some libraries it actually may be the best way to ensure a future “so bright, we gotta wear shades."

  • Monday, February 1: National and Historical Libraries (Chair, Michael Printy, Yale University)

~ Working with Romance Collections in a National Library: Exploring New Strategies (Valentina Mirabella, Sophie Defrance, British Library)

~ The Digital Cicognara Library: An International Open Access Collaboration of the Early Literature of the Arts (Holly Hatheway, Princeton University)


The presentations in this session explore the ways in which new technologies, practices, and approaches can reshape and revitalize national and historical collections. In the first paper, the respective curators of Italian and French collections at the British Library give an overview of collection-building in an environment of shared expertise and resources. The presentation discusses new digitization and research projects aimed at integrating digital scholarship into work with students and researchers. They present an innovative project of creating an umbrella group to enhance and facilitate discussion and collaboration between European languages librarians, academics, GLAMS institutions ("galleries, libraries, archives, and museums,") and interested readers, students, and researchers. The second presentation discusses the “Digital Cicognara Library,” an international collaborative project initiated to recreate the renowned private book collection of Count Leopoldo Cicognara (1767–1834), an influential Venetian art historian and bibliophile. The partnership’s effort realizes Cicognara’s Enlightenment-era ideals by making digital copies of his library available online, where they will be fully searchable from a centralized database as well as via relevant subject research portals. Together, the aggregated images and text offer a potentially transformative opportunity for the discipline of art history.

  • Monday, February 15: Bibliodiversity in Southern Europe (Chair, Claude Potts, University of California, Berkeley)

~ A Panel on Independent and Small Press Publishing (Anne Rochefoucauld, Amalivre; Pepé Olona, Arrebato Libros; Marco Zapparoli, Marcos y Marcos & ADEI - Association of Italian Independent Publishers)


Three experts in the publishing sector from France, Italy, and Spain present on the current state of independent and small press publishing in each of the countries or linguistic regions they inhabit. They shed light on the vital role of bibliodiversity in an information ecosphere increasingly threatened by overproduction and dominated by publishing conglomerates. Specifically, they will address how publishers, bookdealers, vendors, and librarians continue to collaborate in promoting the values of diversity, innovation, and social justice despite adversities such as the Covid-19 pandemic.

  • Monday, February 22: Discussion with Carlotta Paltrinieri on the Medici Interactive Archive, Dgital humanists, and Librarians (Chair, Sarah Sussman, Stanford University)


Archival Research, Palaeography Teaching, and Cultural Heritage Preservation Far From Material Sources: The Medici Interactive Archive. This discussion will demonstrate the Medici Interactive Archive: how the platform works and how it fosters collaborative research while reconstructing digitally the archival material produced and curated by the Medici dynasty. The focus will be on those modules that foster collaboration, dynamism, and interactivity.

  • Monday, March 1: Consortial Collection Development 1 (Chair, Sebastian Hierl, American Academy of Rome)

~ ReCAP Discovery to Delivery (Denise Hibay, New York Public Library & Elizabeth Kirk, Harvard University)


You may register now for this session; a brief summary will be posted soon.

  • Monday, March 15: Consortial Collection Development 2 (Chair, Katie Gibson, Miami University of Ohio)

~ Sustainable Vendor-Inclusive Cooperative Collection Development (Barbara Alvarez, University of Michigan &
Barbara Casalini, Casalini Libri)
~ International Print Collections in a Consortial Environment: A Case study of Western European Resource Sharing (Manuel Ostos, Penn State University & Lisa Gardinier, University of Iowa)


This panel discussion will discuss issues of cooperative collection development from both the vendor perspective and from that of librarians.

Barbara Alvarez and Barbara Casalini will discuss issues librarians and vendors face as they work together to support collaborative collection development, as libraries work to decrease duplication within their “collective collection” and seek to increase the breadth of the collective holdings, both print and electronic. In this prospective environment, vendors of library materials that provide selection services via approval plans will be in a unique position to help achieve collective library goals. Library partners and vendors will need to implement strategies that assure a sustainable business model for all involved. Currently, a few pilot projects are underway to test the feasibility of vendor-supported cooperative collection development for specific geographic areas. Initial results of those pilots will be shared with participants.

Manuel Ostos and Lisa Gardinier will discuss their model for collaborative collecting print resources to support research and teaching across the Big Ten Academic Alliance (BTAA) institutions, while ethically supporting the fragile distribution networks that supply international materials to academic libraries. Drawing from a pilot project for Latin America implemented among several BTAA institutions, the authors will discuss the results of this model and how European studies would benefit from a shared collection.

  • Monday, March 22: Assessment and Collection Development (Chair, Kathleen Smith, Stanford University Libraries)

~ Assessment for Resource Sharing Use of Bibliometrics for Collection Development in Italian Academic Libraries (Rossana Morriello, Sapienza University of Rome)

~ Collection development and Acquisitions Strategies for Libraries and Publishers (John Lenahan, Ithaka S+R/JSTOR)

~ Library Support for an OA Journal (Timothy Shipe, University of Iowa)


You may register now for this session; a brief summary will be posted soon.

  • Monday, April 12: Posters (Chair, André Wenzel)


You may register now for this session. More information, including poster titles, to come soon.

  • Monday, April 19: Wrap-up/Next Steps


You may register now for this session; a brief summary will be posted soon.

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