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A Sequence of Convenings for 2021

A Sequence of Convenings for 2021

Theme: Making the BIG Collection the “lead idea,” the center of gravity, to align resources and activities across Big Ten Academic Alliance library initiatives

A sequence of monthly keynote events, conversations, and workshops.
Description: All staff from across Big Ten Academic Alliance libraries are warmly invited to this “Sequence of Convenings,” which will focus on generating broad community engagement with the vision, themes, and practical direction for the BIG Collection. The program will include large plenary sessions about the strategic CONCEPTS of the BIG Collection, which will alternate with focused conversations about how we re-imagine our WORK as a community to collectively design and build the future we want to see.

This virtual series re-imagines the traditional BTAA annual library conference into a continuous series of 90-minute sessions that will build throughout the course of 2021. We openly invite and encourage all staff from across our libraries to attend, participate, and contribute. There is no cost for these events, though registration is required. You may select multiple events below to register for, and return at any time to edit your choices.

The primary content of the plenary sessions will be recorded and made available online, as will selected content from the community conversations. Further information will be added to each session as it becomes available.

Watch Now: Envisioning the BIG Collection: Building a Knowledge Commons for the Big Ten

Recorded Monday March 8, 10am CT / 11am ET (2nd Monday in March) - 90 minutes

Session format: Plenary (Keynote presentation, panel discussion, Q&A)

Keynote speaker: Maurice York, Director of Library Initiatives, Big Ten Academic Alliance

Host: Damon Jaggars, Vice Provost and Dean University Libraries, OSU

Panelists: Members of the BIG Collection Steering Committee

Session description: In an unprecedented collaborative gesture, the fifteen research libraries of the Big Ten Academic Alliance have committed to intentionally managing their core collections of books and digital assets as one collection to meet the growing needs of faculty and students on each campus. The BIG Collection is the overarching initiative to advance this commitment. The objective of the BIG Collection is to create a coherent knowledge commons for our faculty and students, with content universally available to all without regard to what institution produced or purchased it, supported by interoperable services and systems that rest on a foundation of shared infrastructure. We are beginning by building the infrastructure for the knowledge commons. This presentation will introduce the theme for the year of Convenings by describing the vision, direction, and priorities for the BIG Collection.

Watch Now: Collective Action and the Common Good: The Cornerstone of the Knowledge Commons

Recorded Monday April 19, 10am CT / 11am ET

Session format: Plenary (Keynote presentation, panel discussion, Q&A)

Keynote speaker: Kathleen Fitzpatrick, Director of Digital Humanities, Professor of English, Michigan State University

Host: Maurice York, Director of Library Initiatives, Big Ten Academic Alliance

Panelists: Cathleen (Cathy) A. Curley, Chief Information Officer for the College of Literature, Science and the Arts (LSA) at the University of Michigan; Greg Eow, President of the Center for Research Libraries

Session description: Commitment to collective action from all fifteen libraries of the Big Ten stands as the first foundational concept of the BIG Collection. By joining our strengths, we create something more than the sum of our parts. By articulating the needs of the whole, we can coordinate holistic action to elevate the collective interest and the greater good. This is the power of collaboration and the power of the BIG Collection. Kathleen Fitzpatrick will introduce the theme of Collective Action and illustrate the very important link between the future of the library and the future of the university. 

WATCH NOW:  The Path to Community Action: How the BIG Collection will work and how to get involved

Recorded Monday, May 10, 10AM CT/ 11AM ET

Session format: Conversation, break out rooms

Session description: In the feedback and questions over the first two Convenings, we’ve heard clearly an emergent topic on people’s minds of “How will this work? How do I get involved and contribute? And how will it impact my work?” An important goal for the BIG Collection is to build a system that is responsive to our needs rather than reactive. For the May session, we will pause to consider this most important question through format and content oriented toward exploring the concept of how things will work. The session will center on small group conversations for listening, sharing ideas, and providing input; we will be using Zoom break-out rooms

WATCH NOW:  Interdependence: The Pillars of the Knowledge Commons

Recorded Monday June 14, 10am CT / 11am ET

Session format: Plenary (keynote presentation, panel discussion, Q&A)

Keynote speaker: Greg Eow, President, Center for Research Libraries (CRL)

Session description: In our global and networked society, everything around us is embedded in complex systems, from the ceiling light that comes on at the flick of a switch, to the food that arrives on our tables, to the quality of the air we breathe. Our libraries succeed because they are composed of layer upon layer of interdependent, complex systems. The essence of interdependence is in the inextricable bonds that link our path together towards a common future and join us together in common cause. These are the agreements we make with each other and the commitments that stand behind them--what others can count on us for, and what we can be counted on to do. Greg Eow will lead off this discussion of interdependence as a fundamental concept of the path toward the BIG Collection.

WATCH NOW:  Open Knowledge: the Dome of the Knowledge Commons

Monday, September 13, 10am CT / 11am ET (2nd Monday in September) - 90 minutes

Session format: Plenary (keynote presentation, panel discussion, Q&A)

Keynote speaker: Evviva Weinraub Lajoie, Vice Provost for University Libraries, University at Buffalo

Session description: A key purpose of the knowledge commons is advancing open knowledge through open scholarship. Independent public knowledge depends on the sustainable creation and preservation of scholarly and scientific knowledge in the public interest. This includes access to the sources of knowledge from the past; the creation of knowledge in the present; and the durable preservation of knowledge into the future. Our libraries are the guardians and stewards of independent public knowledge. Evviva Weinraub will introduce this exploration of open knowledge as a vital component of the BIG Collection.