What is the likely shape of the library of the Future?
And how do we build collections for it?
Fiesole 2012
April 13-14, 2012

The European University Institute (EUI)
Fiesole, Florence

Theme: Advancing Global Scholarship in STM and the Humanities

Global communication networks facilitate knowledge sharing in all aspects of scholarship. This global reach expands our horizons and brings with it serious challenges:

  • How do we build and preserve collections of international resources and deliver them to scholars wherever they may be?
  • How do we resolve rights and royalty issues across borders?
  • How do we build cyber-infrastructures that balances the needs of the scientific community with those of the humanities?
  • How do we insure that advances in technology benefit all the world's people?

In the digital age, sharing of our resources is even more critical to the mission of research libraries. We must provide access to growing born–digital international resources and at the same time provide stewardship for the wealth of indigenous knowledge in all the world's country and regions. This retreat will provide an opportunity to explore these issues and share our collective wisdom.


Thursday, April 12

 Villa la Fonte, San Domenico di Fiesole


09:00 - 12:30
Optional Preconference Session: Information Discovery : Examining Enabling Technologies and New Tools
The Internet, the Web, and the global information network provide the world's innovators with an unparalleled laboratory in which to create services and tools for scholars that could not be imagined 50 years ago or even at the end of the 20th Century. In this session, we will look at some of these emerging technologies and how they are being put to work by researchers and scholars.
Break at 14:30 (Sponsor, The Charleston Company)
  • Convener

    Anthony Watkinson
    Senior Lecturer, Department of Information Studies, University College of London
  • Judy Luther
    President, Informed Strategies
    Discovery and the Content Landscape
  • Jenny Walker
    Consultant, Ex Libris; Co-Chair, NISO Open Discovery Initiative
    Status Report on the NISO Open DIscovery Initiative (ODI)
  • Bruce Heterick
    Vice President, JSTOR and Portico
    Plato's Cave
  • Mike Sweet
    CEO, Credo Reference
    There's Nothing Wrong with Discovery Services that Can't Be Fixed by the Reference Layer
  • Giovanni Tummarello
    Research Unit Leader, FBK, Fondazione Bruno Kessler and DERI, Digital Enterprise Research Institute
    Web of Data : Past Research, Current State, Clear Opportunities
  • Mary M. Somerville
    University Librarian/Director, Auraria Library, Denver
    Collaboration Opportunities for Publishers, Vendors and Librarians : SAGE White Paper Research Highlights
12:30 - 13:00
16:45 - 17:30
Optional Post-Preconference
This highly focused post-preconference will look at the theft of historical documents and rare books from libraries and archives and examine our legal rights and remedies.
  • Bill Hannay
    Partner at Schiff Hardin LLP, Chicago area law firm and frequent speaker at the Charleston Conference
    Our Nomadic Treasures : What to Do When Our Children Go Astray
19:00 - 22:00
Opening Dinner
Piazza del Carmine, Florence
Sponsor, SAGE

Friday, April 13

 Villa la Fonte, San Domenico di Fiesole


08:30 - 09:00
09:00 - 09:10
Welcome and Introduction
  • Veerle Deckmyn
    Library Director, European University Institute
09:10 - 10:00
Opening Keynote
  • Bruno Racine
    President, Bibliothèque Nationale de France
10:00 - 12:30
Serving the Nomadic Scholar
This session will look at the impact of the Web and virtual collections on the
  • Convener

    Jim Mouw
    Assistant Director for Technical and Electronic Services, University of Chicago
  • Carol Tenopir
    Chancellor's Professor, School of Information Sciences, University of Tennessee
    Just because You Can't See Them, Doesn't Mean They Aren't There : Tracing Scholars and Their Use of Resources
  • Alix Vance
    Executive Director, GeoScience World
    Fiona Murphy
    Executive Editor, Earth and Environmental Sciences, Wiley–Blackwell
    The Publisher's Perspective : Finding (and Maintaining) One's Niche
12:30 - 13:30
(Sponsors, Elsevier and The Charleston Company)
13:30 - 14:15
Afternoon Keynote
  • Anthony Watkison
    University College London
  • Deanna Marcum
    Managing Director, Ithaka S+R; Former Associate Librarian, Library of Congress
    Reflections and Directions
14:15 - 17:15
Managing Collections at Web Scale
What are the factors that influence how large voluntary library cooperatives can be selfsustaining? Without an effective organizational structure, including financial and social requirements and clear long-term goals, whatever people want to accomplish for access and preservation of collections may fall apart. This session will explore several organizational models that are being used today to ensure that web scale projects survive.
Break at 3:30 p.m. (Sponsor, ProQuest)
  • Convener

    Carol Ann Hughes
    Associate University Librarian, UC Irvine
  • Roger Schonfeld
    Director of Research, Ithaka S+R
    Generating and Sustaining Trust for the Preservation of Library Collections
  • Sylvia Van Peteghem
    Chef Librarian, University of Ghent
    It's All About Sharing
  • Natasha Schumann
    Project Manager, Nestor, German National Library
    Collaborative Efforts on Digital Preservation in Germany : Nestor Network of Expertise
  • Mimi Calter
    Assistant University Librarian & Chief of Staff, Stanford University Libraries
    Report on WEST
17:30 - 19:00
Visit to Roman Amphitheater and Etruscan Museum in Fiesole. Cocktail in the archeological site!
Sponsor, Casalini Libri
19:00 - 22:00
Dinner on your own

Saturday, April 14

 Villa la Fonte, San Domenico di Fiesole


09:00 - 09:45
Saturday Keynote
  • Ward Shaw
    Private Investor
  • Blaise Simqu
    President of CEO, Sage Publishing
    Keynote – Fiesole meeting
09:45 - 12:30
The Future for Scholars, Libraries and Collections
This session will look at our future directions: What are we doing to broaden digital access to non–text materials – particularly in the digital humanities? How are scholars and researchers responding? What’s the future for librarians in the world of global digital scholarship?
Break at 11:00 (Sponsor, Wiley–Blackwell)
  • Convener

    Martha Whittaker
    Director of Content Management, George Washington University Libraries
  • Svante Kristensson
    Library Director, University of Boras
    Complex Digital Objects in Open Repositories within the Field of Artistic Research
  • Michael Mabe
    CEO, STM
    A Look at Recent Scholarly Behavior
  • Stephen Pugh
    Partner, Oranjarra Partners
    Librarians Are Not Hospice Workers : Best Practice Strategies for Demonstrating Value and Influence in Academic Libraries
  • Gino Roncaglia
    Senior Research Fellow, Tuscia University
    Layers, e-Books, e-Libraries
12:30 - 13:00
Closing Session
  • David Worlock
    Digital Information Services Strategist and Co-Chair, Outsell Leardership Councils
13:30 - 14:30
Light Lunch
Pensione Bencistà, all participants are invited
Sponsor, Casalini Libri, Sponsor Bus Transportation, Springer
14:30 - 22:30
Optional Event
Guided Tour of Siena and its Cathedral
Located 50 km from Florence. Cost is 85 euro per person and includes transportation, guide, museum entrance and dinner. The magnificent complex of the Cathedral of Siena, its Duomo, is home to numerous masterpieces representative of the development of Italian Art by the likes of Michelangelo, Donatello, Bernini and Pinturicchio. The Duomo itself constitutes one of the most illustrious examples of Romanesque-Gothic cathedrals in Italy; its inlade marble mosaic floor is "the most beautiful ... largest and most magnificent ... that ever was made" in the words of Giorgio Vasari. Adjoining the cathedral is the sixteenth century jewel, the Piccolomini Library, with its stunning frescoes and collection of illuminated manuscripts. The recently discovered and fully restored "crypt" features a colorful cycle of paintings executed by a series of artists active in Siena during the second half of the XIII century. The visit will also include a tour of the Duomo museum featuring the ultimate masterpiece of Sienese painter Duccio di Buoninsegna, the Maestà (1308–11). From the museum, visitors climb to the terrace of the incomplete facade, which was to be part of a 14th century plan to enlarge the Duomo, for the most spectacular view onto the town of Siena. The guided tour of the Duomo complex will be followed by a leisurely walk through the town of Siena and dinner at a local trattoria.


For further information about the Retreat Series please contact Katina Strauch, Rebecca Lenzini or Michele Casalini.


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