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Research libraries are vital infrastructure enabling the development and dissemination of knowledge. They are simultaneously essential to the function of institutions of learning and themselves institutions that must grow and learn. In this context, librarianship must involve dynamic and empirically driven applied research and testing to improve our knowledge ecosystem. This talk explores how developments in human centered design, systems thinking for social change, frameworks for collaborative applied research, and service design can inform a general approach to the role of librarians in research institutions. Collectively, these areas of work support a vision of librarians at research institutions as both enablers of knowledge production and producers of essential new knowledge and scholarship.
Slides for the Libraries Research and Innovative Practice Forum at the University of Maryland.