Be Part of the Discussion

Don’t miss this year’s LYRASIS Member Summit October 3-4 in Chicago. The theme is “From Local to Global” and it promises to be a fast-paced, two-day experience that pairs imagination with innovation and discussion with action. Sitting beside you in Chicago will be senior leadership from forward thinking research, public and academic libraries, museums and archives.

We need your active voice for the discussions on Day 1 – our “Innovation with Imagination” day – to critique, add value, and help set direction for the LYRASIS $1M+ FY 2020 Research and Development budget. Our Day 1 keynote will be Kaitlin Thaney, Director of Wikimedia’s Endowment, previously at Mozilla, Digital Science and Creative Commons. She will discuss the imperative to "innovate or perish" and how to create innovative programs that leverage and create community. Shift into high gear for Day 2 – our “Discussion with Action” day. Our Day 2 keynote will be Heather Joseph, Executive Director of SPARC and recognized open access advocate. She will frame content and publishing for us with new eyes, and how to do more with less in our ever changing landscape. This year’s summit will feature another challenging keynote, to be announced here soon! Breakouts will include ScholComm 2.0, how to change the patron/user experience as it relates to content, scalable technology and platforms, and leveraging non-profit platforms. Our closing speaker is Jon E. Cawthorne, Ph.D. Dean of the Wayne State University Library System.

Our first Member Summit featured a keynote by Rob Cartolano, Associate Vice President of Technology and Preservation at Columbia University, who launched a rallying cry for the importance of innovation that leads to programs and services offered by non-profits. To rise to that cry, in less than a year, LYRASIS launched our Leaders Circle and the $100,000 Catalyst Fund. Summit year two we welcomed Deanna Marcum, the previous second in command at the Library of Congress and currently working with Ithaka S+R, who talked about the importance of consolidation of smaller siloed non-profits, the benefits of scale, and how common visions develop better solutions. Her keynote was the inspiration for LYRASIS and DuraSpace’s merger, completed in June of this year. Last year’s keynote was John Bracken, Executive Director of the Digital Public Library of America (DPLA) and formerly an active change leader in the world of funding/foundations, who spoke to our members about using technologies with communities to transform libraries, both public and academic. This spawned a double – triple partnership between LYRASIS and DPLA; and between NYPL, DPLA and LYRASIS.

This year’s summit will feature another challenge put forth by two keynote speakers.  

Scholarly Communications/Library Publishing

Whether you are a public library, academic library, special collection or other, locally managed, but globally linked scholarly communications is now within our grasp. Be part of creating, sharing, or consuming content. Inform and drive your patrons, researchers, or local experts to lead the way. 

User/Patron Experience, whether through audio, video, text, or data

Delivering the best possible research, analysis or reading experience is at the heart of what libraries do on a daily basis. This track will dig into topics like using data to improve the experience of your users, facilitating and supporting community initiatives like literacy, and getting the most out of your collections through new technologies.

Community Supported Programs (CSP)

LYRASIS has the largest collection of CSP’s in the world with over 1,733 institutions that contribute fiscally to their operation. Learn from what works (and doesn’t work). How the It Takes a Village framework increases the chances for sustainable success and lowers the risk of setbacks.

Leaders Circle Members preconference is exclusive to our Leaders Circle members. The Leaders Circle members pre-conference will be held October 3, 8:00 AM - 12:00PM. The pre-conference includes high level strategic discussions for your senior and executive staff to help shape future innovations and services for the LYRASIS Community as a whole.

Check to see if you are a Leaders Circle member. If your organization would like to learn more about joining at the Leaders Circle tier and joining us at this networking event, please click here.


These sessions are all scheduled for Day 2, but don't miss our exciting Day 1 focused on innovation with imagination. Catalyst Fund recipients will present, the 2020 LYRASIS research agenda will be determined and our opening speaker will be Kaitlin Thaney - Endowment Director, Wikimedia Foundation.

NextGen ScholComm: Models to Move us Forward

This panel will focus on innovative approaches to advance the OPEN movement, including emerging content models, publishing strategies, and other issues to address through collective action.

Reimagining the Future of Scholarly Communication from the University Press Perspective

The university presses on this panel will discuss their roles in the future of scholarly communication and what it will take to get there through collaboration with the library community.

Patron Data: Privacy, Curation and Beyond

Stewarding patron data is a critical part of our organizational missions, but are we ceding control of this information when we use for-profit interfaces? This panel will discuss the challenges and solutions for maximizing the power of user data while still protecting patron privacy.

Perspectives on Accessibility: a LYRASIS Research Endeavor

This panel will focus on the LYRASIS research conducted into the state of accessibility efforts in libraries, including purchased content, created content and systems.

Cultural Heritage Collections As Data

This panel will discuss the opportunity to rethink cultural heritage collections information by making it available as data, thus expanding the opportunities for researchers and beyond to engage computationally with vital resources.

Community Supported Software Sustainability and Beyond: a Wider Perspective 

This session will feature speakers discussing various layers of sustainability, using the LYRASIS It Takes a Village model to encourage innovation and long term success. Speakers will also discuss wider sustainability strategies and making room for innovation and sustainability at the portfolio level.

Trends, Challenges and Impact with Going Global for Community Supported Programs

This panel discussion features speakers working with various community supported programs from different parts of the world. The themes that will be discussed include Global Engagement Considering Different Cultures, Languages and Tools; Incorporating and Adapting Standards; and Broadening User Bases.

EBook Reading Experience: Publics and Academics

We find ourselves in an EBook ecosystem where patrons and researchers need to use multiple services that can create intentional disintermediation between library and user with the additional need of ongoing staff and patron training. Proliferation of proprietary reading apps are problematic when it comes to accessibility and patron privacy. This panel will discuss the overlapping issues and risks and what solutions are currently available