20 Association of Research Libraries Research Library Issues 296 — 2018 Some Guiding Principles for Radical Collaboration This introduction lays out the core concepts around radical collaboration and provides some context for the contributions that follow in this issue of RLI. These are some considerations in thinking about how we begin to engage in radical collaboration: • Raise awareness through open discussion—listen and assume good intent use inclusive terms (for example, digital practice) and adjust. • Be aware of using our own lens and our cumulative progress in viewing our past—it’s like saying, “Those dratted people in the ’90s refused to use social media!” before that was possible. • Balance advocacy and inquiry—determine when to make your case, and when to listen and learn to deepen your awareness and understanding • Continue from now—facing forward (informed by lessons learned)—look for opportunities—expect the unexpected. The concluding section of this issue of RLI will build on this starting point to help envision what radical collaboration will look like. Endnotes 1. I defined and explored “radical collaboration” as a concept in a series of presentations in 2017 and 2018, including “Collaborating across Communities: Leveraging Our Strengths for Sustainable Programs and Services” (13th International Digital Curation Conference, Barcelona, Spain, February 21, 2018), http://www.dcc. ac.uk/sites/default/files/documents/IDCC18/PresentationsIDCC18/ NMcGovern_IDCC2018.pdf.