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Robert H. McDonald

Robert H. McDonald

Dean of University Libraries, University of Colorado - Boulder
Robert H. McDonald is the Dean of University Libraries at the University of Colorado Boulder, where he serves as the chief academic and administrative officer of the Boulder campus’s University Libraries system and is a member of the Provost’s leadership team that provides strategic guidance on campus academic affairs. His interests and research focus on library leadership, digital content stewardship, scholarly communications and technology management. Recent publications include works that focus on collaborative technology management and non-consumptive research methods. He is a co-founder of the HathiTrust Research Center and the Kuali Open Library Environment. McDonald holds a B.Mus. and M.Mus. from the University of Georgia and an MLIS from the University of South Carolina.

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Super computing is used by scientists and engineers working on complex research problems. Such investigations may involve data-intensive applications that consume enormous amounts of bandwidth and computing power. Instruction on campus is increasingly tied to learning management systems, which require seamless integration with information resources found in libraries. At the same time, libraries are expressing numerous concerns associated with digital asset and access management. Where is the institutional IT department and just how far can its resources be stretched? This virtual event will look at systems demands found on campus and offer examples of how innovative research institutions (and most particularly, their libraries) are meeting the challenges of talent-sourcing, integration, and support. The first block of speakers address the topic at a high level, the second block of speakers address specific types of computing and IT services that the library is asked to support in some fashion and the third discusses policy concerns such as privacy and ethical use of collected data.

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