About the SOCHE Library Conference

Our Futures in Times of Change: The Academic Library in the 21st Century

Academic libraries are facing issues of flexibility, form, and function involving everything from the expectation of their users to the resources and services they offer. Assuring that libraries remain essential and central to the academic enterprise demands vision, planning, and building relationships. How can academic libraries in the 21st century increase their flexibility, re-shape their form and re-tool their function to better contribute to overall student success? We will explore steps and strategies to help academic libraries advance their traditional roles as gatekeepers to their rich lodes of information and knowledge while continuing to transition to the resource needs of their users in the 21st century.


May 18 SOCHE Library Conference
10:00 AM - 10:30 AM REGISTRATION
10:30 AM - 10:45 AM WELCOME
10:45 AM - 11:30 AM KEYNOTE - The Academic Library in the 21st Century with Damon Jaggars

Registration closes on May 11th, 2018

Call For Papers

The SOCHE Library Council calls on librarians, faculty, staff, administrators, and graduate students to submit proposals for the May conference that create opportunities for deep discussion and to showcase best practices from Ohio and beyond. The committee will be looking for proposals that fit within the overall theme of the conference. We are particularly interested in proposals that include both librarians and other campus partners. Suggested concurrent session topics include, but are not limited to, the following:

  • Library partnerships with faculty and student support units
  • Research data management services in libraries
  • The function of the library as publisher through its institutional repository
  • Creating a user-centric academic library by using the User Experience (UX) to rethink and redefine library services and spaces
  • Evolving nature of the scholarly record
  • Providing the means to educate students about digital literacy
  • Approaches to library liaison positions that provide for organizational and workforce flexibility
  • Collaborating and sharing space with other units inside the library
  • Librarian outreach both within and beyond the academy
  • Open educational resources (OERs) and affordable textbooks
  • Patrons as Creators: Makerspaces, 3D Printers, and Natural User Interfaces
  • Library’s role in student success
  • Library space as an important “resource” for students
  • Marketing library resources and services effectively and creatively
  • Research assistance models in the 21st century

All Concurrent session proposals must be submitted online by the due date of Friday, January 19, 2018, via this form. Late and or incomplete submissions will not be considered.

Meet Our Speaker

Damon Jaggars

Vice Provost and Director of University Libraries at The Ohio State University

Damon E. Jaggars is Vice Provost and Director of University Libraries at The Ohio State University. He assumed the post on February 1, 2016.

Jaggars previously served as interim vice provost and university librarian at Columbia University, following several years as Associate University Librarian for Collections and Services. Beginning in 1996, Jaggars worked at the University of Texas (UT) Libraries in several roles, including Associate Director for User Services, Associate Director for Student and Branch Services, and Head Librarian, Undergraduate Library. He began his career at the Iona College Libraries, where he served as Coordinator of Information Technology/Access.

Jaggars’ leadership experience includes supporting the evolving academic enterprise in the libraries at both Columbia and UT. His administrative background includes extensive experience in service planning, collection development and management, facilities planning and design, budgetary management and human resources. Jaggars also has broad experience building and managing distinctive and unique collections, developing and managing information technology infrastructures within research libraries, and in service quality assessment.

Questions? Suggestions?

For more information on SOCHE's conferences and events or to make suggestions, please contact Kimberly Weaver at 937.258.8890 ext. 106 or at kimberly.weaver@soche.org.