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Darby Orcutt

Darby Orcutt

Assistant Head, Collections & Research Strategy, North Carolina State University
Darby Orcutt is Assistant Head, Collections & Research Strategy, NCSU Libraries, Faculty, University Honors Program, Affiliated Faculty, Center for Innovative Management Studies, and Affiliated Faculty, Genetic Engineering & Society Center, as well as recently served as the Associate Chair of the Faculty of NC State. A national leader in developing business models for data access for content mining and computational research, his current work revolves primarily around support for interdisciplinary research teams. His regular column in Against the Grain, “It’s High Time,” addresses the future of academic libraries.

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Particularly in the humanities where the scholarly monograph is of critical importance, where and how books may be accessed by scholars is a sensitive issue. How should libraries be communicating with their communities about issues of access, convenience and responsiveness when it comes to the printed volumes that may take up so many valuable square feet of the library’s physical plant? Automation and offsite storage represent a wonderful benefit to institutions, but do researchers feel their needs have been slighted? How best to engage with the community on sensitive issues of preservation and best practice?
Recent years have introduced a variety of new technologies into the mainstream, such as artificial intelligence, data science, and virtual and augmented reality. As the research community increasingly uses these tools and techniques to generate findings, what are the needs of the library in supporting the research activity as well as the resulting output? This virtual conference will explore technologies supported by the modern research library and the impact on both workflow and workforce. The first block of the day will consist of discussions of the administrative view of new technologies impacting on the library with the rest of the day given over to case studies.

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