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POSTPONED: ACRL/SPARC Forum: Navigating the Current Budget Crisis While Creating a More Sustainable, Values-Aligned Future for Research

3-4:30pm EDT  ·  Webcast Open Access


Wednesday, August 5th, 2020


3-4:30pm EDT

Due to widespread power outages along the east coast of the US, we will need to postpone today's planned ACRL/SPARC Forum. Unfortunately, these outages would have prevented one of our speakers and many more of our participants from joining the discussion.

We are working to reschedule the Forum now and plan to announce the new time as soon as we can. All of those currently registered will receive another email with the new date and time once it is confirmed.

We hope you will be able to join us at the new time!

Libraries are facing a period of serious financial hardship while simultaneously navigating the shift to a system for sharing scholarship that is open by default. The decisions libraries make in the coming months in response to the budgetary impact of COVID-19 will have important consequences for the future of research infrastructure.

Now taking place virtually as a webcast on August 5th at 3pm EDT / 12pm PDT, the next ACRL/SPARC Forum will focus on this challenge—exploring how different institutions are re-evaluating their relationships with vendors, seeking to align their spend with their values, and keeping an eye on the long-term consequences of urgent decisions that need to be made in the short term.

The 90-minute session will follow a moderated discussion format featuring the following panelists:

  • Chris Bourg: Director, MIT Libraries
  • Jon E. Cawthorne: Dean, Wayne State University Library System
  • Scarlet Galvan: Collection Strategist Librarian, Grand Valley State University
  • Kaitlin Thaney: Executive Director, Invest in Open Infrastructure
  • Moderator: Brandon Butler: Director, Information Policy, University of Virginia Library


The ACRL/SPARC Forum is free for anyone to join, but registration is required. Please click here to register.

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