Academic Librarianship Today

Sponsored by Rowman & Littlefield
Recorded on 07/18/2017

Posted in Library Leadership and Management


Hosted by Yale University Library’s Todd Gilman, this webinar offers multiple expert perspectives on the transformation of libraries as information organizations, the influence of technology on how we provide academic information resources and services in a digital and global environment, and the various career opportunities available for academic librarians now and in the future. The speakers offer broad and diverse views, ranging from those of senior administrators and practitioners working in North American academic libraries large and small to thought leaders from recognized non-profit organizations devoted to research and strategic guidance for libraries in the digital age, to library school faculty. What emerges is a library landscape at once full of promise and exciting initiatives yet beset by seemingly insurmountable challenges—how to attract and retain the talent needed for current and future professional roles, how to keep up with ever-advancing computer technology, and how to pay for all this along with the vast quantity of research materials our ambitious and accomplished patrons demand.


Todd Gilman, Host
Librarian for Literature in English
Yale University

Todd Gilman taught literature and writing at the University of Toronto, Boston University, and MIT before embarking on a career in academic librarianship. Since 2001 he has served as Librarian for Literature in English at Yale University, where he builds humanities collections for Sterling Memorial Library and, as library liaison to various humanities departments, assists undergraduate and graduate students with their library research. Since 2004 Gilman has served as a part-time member of the faculty of the School of Information at San Jose State University, where he teaches graduate courses on Academic Libraries, Reference, and Book and Library History.

Carrie Forbes, Panelist
Associate Professor, Associate Dean for Student and Scholar Services
University of Denver Libraries

Carrie Forbes, Associate Professor, Associate Dean for Student and Scholar Services, heads the public service units of the University of Denver Libraries, including reference and instructional services, circulation, interlibrary loan, and reserves. She co-edited Rethinking Reference for Academic Libraries: Innovative Developments and Future Trends, published by Rowman and Littlefield in 2014. She received her MLS from Indiana University, Bloomington and her MA in higher education from the University of Denver.

Sarah K. Lippincott, Panelist
Program Director
The Library Publishing Coalition (LPC)

Sarah is a librarian with a background in scholarly communications and the humanities. She currently serves as Program Director of the Library Publishing Coalition (LPC), an independent, community-led membership association that supports an evolving, distributed range of library publishing practices. She earned her MSLS from The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and her BA in the College of Letters and French Studies from Wesleyan University. Before joining the LPC, she worked as an independent communications consultant for The Association of Research Libraries (ARL), SPARC, and the open access journal eLife. Her professional interests include the intersection of scholarly communications and undergraduate teaching and learning, digital scholarship, and how librarians can facilitate new forms of scholarly inquiry.

Jennifer Osorio, Panelist
Interim Head of the Collections, Research and Instructional Services (CRIS) Department
Charles E. Young Research Library
University of California, Los Angeles

Jennifer serves as Interim Head of the Collections, Research and Instructional Services (CRIS) Department at UCLA’s Charles E. Young Research Library, where she has worked since 2007. She also serves as the subject librarian for Latin American Studies, Iberian Studies, and Ethnic Studies. In addition to an MLIS from UCLA, she also holds an MA in Latin American Studies. Her research interests include academic library leadership and succession planning, open access in Latin America, and teaching, particularly with rare and unique materials.

Brian Owen, Panelist
Associate University Librarian for Technology Services and Special Collections
Simon Fraser University Library
Simon Fraser University in Burnaby, British Columbia

Brian serves as Associate University Librarian for Technology Services and Special Collections at the Simon Fraser University Library in Burnaby, British Columbia. He has over twenty-five years of senior management experience in large academic libraries — SFU and the University of British Columbia — with the development, implementation, and maintenance of library software and systems, both proprietary and open source; and the application of information technology to creating, maintaining, accessing and preserving information resources. He is also the Managing Director for the Public Knowledge Project (PKP), which is responsible for the development and support of Open Journal Systems (OJS), an open source software publishing platform actively used by almost 10,000 scholarly journals in 2015. He is an Associate with SFU’s Canadian Institute for Studies in Publishing and SFU’s Master of Publishing Program. He received the Award for Distinguished Service to Research Librarianship from the Canadian Association of Research Libraries (CARL) in 2007.