Duke University and Dartmouth College have been doing some fabulous work supported by the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation over the past few years, looking deeply at institutional digital information management strategies. One of the most fascinating and unique aspects of this effort has been the way that they have worked in both a collaborative and comparative mode to gain insight into the challenges they face.
Duke and Dartmouth are holding a symposium on the afternoon of December 9, 2012, the Sunday before the Fall CNI Membership meeting, in Washington DC. This is a great opportunity for participants in the CNI meeting to learn about this important effort. The symposium is open to all, however: you do not need to be attending the CNI fall meeting to participate in the symposium.
I’ve reproduced the announcement, including the registration information, below. Note that space is limited. I hope to see many of you there.
We invite you to attend a symposium titled “Digital Information Management in the Research University: Strategic Directions and Tactical Approaches.”
The data deluge is an issue we all face, and the independent and decentralized nature of organizations in academia makes digital information management especially challenging for universities. How should we approach the challenges of appropriately preserving, disseminating, and disposing of institutional records and scholarly outputs that exist only in digital forms? How do we balance costs and benefits with other individual and institutional priorities? The answers rest at the intersection of governance, culture, and technology, and require both a strategic understanding of the issues and pragmatic, tactical approaches to address them.
With support from The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, Dartmouth College and Duke University have explored these issues for the past four years. In this symposium, representatives from Duke, Dartmouth and other universities will discuss their experiences and insights, with panel discussions focused on Open Access and Research Data in particular, and will engage participants in discussions about how we might work together to construct better ways to meet these challenges. David Ferriero, Archivist of the United States, will be the keynote speaker, and Cliff Lynch, Executive Director of CNI, will provide closing remarks.
This half-day symposium will be held on Sunday December 9, 2012, on the day before the Fall 2012 CNI Membership Meeting in Washington, DC, and will be held at the same venue – the Capital Hilton.
Registration is free for all attendees, but capped at 75 participants. A buffet lunch and reception will be provided.
The full agenda and registration form are available here: http://december9symposium.wordpress.com/
Registration is open now, and will close on November 30.
Deborah Jakubs, Rita DiGiallonardo Holloway University Librarian and Vice Provost for Library Affairs at Duke University,
Jeffrey Horrell, Dean of Libraries and Librarian of the College at Dartmouth College