Digital Libraries

Much of CNI’s work relates to the broad scope of topics involved in the development of digital libraries. Our work has always encompassed many forms of content, including born-digital materials, multi-media, images, video, audio, text, manuscripts, and geo-spatial information. The very large collections compiled by HathiTrust and Google Books, and very large data sets being established in many disciplines, have led to new frontiers for research and scholarship. The content of digital libraries requires stewardship, and we encourage discussion of the organization of these collections, discoverability, long-term preservation, and other aspects of their management.

Recent Publications/Reports/Presentations by CNI Staff

JCDL 2013 Opening Keynote (July '13) Speaker: Clifford A. Lynch View more information
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“Impact of Digital Scholarship” (April '09) Author: Clifford A. Lynch
In The Journal of Library Administration 49:3 (April 2009), pp. 227-244. View more information


“Digital Libraries, Learning Communities, and Open Education” (June '08) Author: Clifford A. Lynch

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“Repatriation, Reconstruction, and Cultural Diplomacy” (January '08) Author: Clifford A. Lynch

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“Beyond Coexistence: Finding Synergies between Print Content and Digital Information” (January '07) Author: Joan K. Lippincott

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Recent Project Briefings & Plenary Sessions from CNI Meetings

The DeLiVerMATH Project: Towards Virtual Research Environments in Mathematics (December '14)

Peter Loewe, German National Library of Science and Technology
Silke Rehme, FIZ Karlsruhe Leibniz Institute for Information Infrastructure


Developing a 21st Century Global Digital Mathematics Library for Research (December '14)

Clifford Lynch, Coalition for Networked Information
Patrick Ion, American Mathematical Society
Timothy W. Cole, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign


Developments in Digital Repositories (December '14)

Tracy Seneca, University of Illinois at Chicago
Charles Blair, University of Chicago
Glen Robson, National Library of Wales


Rights & Access Challenges for Large Scale Collections, Aggregators, and Repositories (December '14)

Elaine Westbrooks, University of Michigan
Kevin Smith, Duke University
Emily Gore, Digital Public Library of America
Debra Kurtz, University of Texas at Austin


Smithsonian X Digitization: Rapid Capture for Vast Collections, 3D Digitization for Iconic Objects (December '14)

Günter Waibel, Smithsonian Institution
Vincent Rossi, Smithsonian Institution


Recent Videos

JCDL 2013 Opening Keynote (July '13) Speaker: Clifford A. Lynch View more information
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Publication and Research Roles for Libraries Using Spectral Imaging Data (March '13) Todd Grappone, University of California, Los Angeles
Stephen Davison, University of California, Los Angeles
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Extending Access to Scholarly Resources: JSTOR’s Alumni Program (December '12) Bruce Heterick, JSTOR
Susan Gibbons, Yale University
Damon Jaggars, Columbia University
Molly Tamarkin, Duke University View more information
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Wikipedia and Libraries: What’s the Connection? (December '12) Merrilee Proffitt, OCLC Research
Sara Snyder, Smithsonian Institution View more information
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Archiving Large Swaths of User-Contributed Digital Content: Lessons from Archiving the Occupy Movement (March '12) Howard Besser, New York University
David Millman, New York University
Sharon M. Leon, George Mason University
Kristine Hanna, Internet Archive
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Recent Podcasts

Oct 14, 2011: eBird Global Tool, Net Gen, 21st-Century Collections, and More (October '11) CNI Conversations Podcast, Oct. 14, 2011

[audio:http://www.cni.org/wp-content/uploads/2011/10/20111014-CNI-Conversations.mp3|titles=20111014-CNI-Conversations] Audio Recording [28 min.]

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