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Learning Space Toolkit Survey

I know many readers of cni-announce/CNI News would find it useful to refer to a broad collection of tools and resources when you are planning a learning space project, whether a learning/information commons, media lab, or other facility.  The NC State University Library is developing a web resource for the community and would like input from you.  [I am on the advisory board of this initiative.]

–Joan Lippincott

The Learning Space Toolkit is an IMLS-funded project to develop a web-based collection of tools, references, and resources for planning, evaluating, and operating technology-rich informal learning spaces. The toolkit will enable campus administrators, space planners / designers, facility managers, and campus experts such as library and IT professionals to envision needs for space, technology, and services and then plan for how best to meet those needs.

We are conducting a brief survey of potential users to gather feedback on priorities for the tools we are planning to develop. The survey is organized by the six sections within the toolkit (Roadmap, Needs Assessment, Space Types, Services, Technology, and Assembly instructions), offering an opportunity to rate the importance of the content planned for each and let us know if anything is missing.

Survey:  http://www.surveygizmo.com/s3/623751/Learning-Space-Toolkit-Your-Input
It will take approximately 10mins to complete and your input will be aggregated and anonymized, with your name/institution only used for response tracking purposes.

For more information about this project, please visit us at http://learningspacetoolkit.com

PKAL LSC Colloquium: Assessing the Impact of Spaces for Learning on Undergraduate Learners 11/4-6/11

Dear CNI News Subscribers:

The PKAL Learning Spaces Collaboratory (LSC) has received an NSF grant to pursue questions about the relationship of learning spaces to student learning. This Colloquium is one of the main events in which the community will be asked to assist with exploration of questions and then development of an agenda for use within the participants’ home institution. PKAL LSC events involve institutional teams and encourage active participation in the event.

I am on the advisory committee for this program and will be participating in the workshop.

Please see the URL below for information on the agenda and fee-based registration.

–Joan Lippincott


2011 LSC National Colloquium


Start date: Nov 4, 2011

End date: Nov 6, 2011

Assessing the Impact of Spaces for Learning on Undergraduate Learners: Building a Community of Practice

Westfields Marriott

Chantilly, VA

The 2011 LSC Colloquium is designed for the collective exploration of basic questions at the intersection of research and practice in the realm of planning 21st century learning spaces for 21st century learners. Attention will be given to research domains as diverse as cognitive science, learning sciences, social psychology, organizational and pedagogical change, and from communities of practitioners equally diverse: senior academic administrators, libraries, pedagogical pioneers, physical plant officers, architects, and other design and construction professionals.

This diversity of experience and expertise brought to the colloquium ‘table’ reflects the reality that planning 21st century learning spaces is a very complex undertaking. It demands the cross-fertilization of ideas around issues such as why and how collaborative learning and other research-based pedagogies work, why and how interdisciplinary teams prosper as problem-solving teams, why and how giving students hands-on, real-world learning experiences motivates them to persist and succeed—and why and how space matters.

This will be a working colloquium. It is a first major step in building a new community of practice, one that shares a collective sense that has been informed by theory and confirmed by practice of how space influences learning. This is a community of practice that actively engages researchers and practitioners that can share data and insights about how spaces enable a supportive learning community to emerge. Colloquium participants will draft resources, to be piloted and prototyped, developed and disseminated in early 2012, which will nurture and inform this emerging community of practice. At the most fundamental level, this colloquium is to catalyze the feedback loops that connect attention to the where of learning to discussions about what and how students learn—and connect attention to what and how students learn to the planning of spaces, to where students learn.

Pre-workshop opportunities include fall webinars and suggested background readings. Post-workshop expectations are for critiquing, piloting, and assessing the various resources for planners drafted at the colloquium. Throughout, a feedback loop will offer opportunity for sharing data and insights about if and how spaces enable a supportive learning community to emerge.

Participants in the 2011 LSC Colloquium will have opportunity to:

  • explore questions to be addressed in the process of planning, experiencing, and assessing built environments for 21st century learning
  • engage in the critique of those questions with a diverse community of practitioners: provosts and deans, faculty with responsibilities for learning in classrooms and labs, librarians and other administrators with responsibilities for assessing learning, for physical spaces; as well as architects and other design and construction professionals
  • examine those questions from perspectives of learning theorists, environmental psychologists, researchers on organizational change
  • examine those questions from the perspective of goals for student learning from within and beyond academe
  • role-play the experience of establishing an on-campus process for planning learning spaces that begins and ends with a focus on learning and learners, prototyping approaches to determine if and how space matters
  • develop a take-home agenda for action to advance local planning of learning spaces: campus-wide or single projects for renovation/new construction.

James Duderstadt to Deliver Closing Plenary at December 2011 Member Meeting

I’m delighted that Professor James Duderstadt will be delivering the closing plenary at our Fall member meeting, December 12-13, in Arlington, Virginia. Jim is President Emeritus of the University of Michigan, and in recent years has been intensively involved in issues about the future of higher education and the research university in the United States and globally, and has thought deeply about ways in which technology may help to shape this future.

He chaired the US National Academies committee that authored the report “Preparing for the Revolution: Information Technology and the Future of the Research University” (see http://books.nap.edu/catalog.php?record_id=10545) and has recently been serviing on the Academies Committee on Research Universities (see http://www8.nationalacademies.org/cp/CommitteeView.aspx?key=49219) which is completing its work this year. His talk will include a discussion of some of this work. We’ll have more details on this plenary, as well as other aspects of the fall meeting, on our website at www.cni.org in the coming weeks.

This should be a plenary address that is both timely and of lasting importance, and I’m very pleased that we will be able to host it at our meeting.

Clifford Lynch
Director, CNI

Call for Project Briefing Proposals for CNI Fall 2011 Mtg

The Fall 2011 CNI Membership Meeting will be held on December 12-13 (Monday and Tuesday) at the Crystal Gateway Marriott in Arlington, VA.  Registration materials will be sent by the middle of this month to designated member representatives.  Please note that the meeting and hotel registration deadline is Friday, November 11.  For more information, see the meeting Web site:

We are now accepting proposals for project briefings, one hour breakout sessions which focus on a specific institutional project related to networked information or a discussion of a hot topic.  A limited number of project briefings are accepted.  Proposals may be submitted via a Web form available at


or via an e-mail message to Joan Lippincott at joan@cni.org.
The deadline for proposal submission is Friday, October 21.

Please tag blog posts about this meeting with CNI2011fall for easy reference; the Twitter hashtag is #cni11f

Looking forward to seeing you in Arlington!

Prototyping Learning Spaces – PKAL LSC Webinar

The PKAL Learning Spaces Collaboratory (LSC) offers high quality programs and information resources.  I serve on the Advisory Board of this group.
They have updated their website, on which you will find new resources and announcements of upcoming LSC events:
The first is the LSC webinar on September 15, facilitated by Phil Long, now at the University of Queensland, formerly at MIT; the topic is “Just Do It: Prototyping Toward Progressive Renovation of Learning Spaces”:
PKAL LSC suggests that in viewing the site, consider whether the photo is of a space with windows or not. Reflect on the questions to be addressed. Consider the relevance of such questions in your current context.
The webinar will be of value to all those with some stake in the quality of the built environment for learning.
2011 – 2012 LSC webinar series will feature individuals and campuses where discussions about learning spaces are becoming woven into the institutional culture, rather than entered into episodically in response to an immediate need. The registration fee for an LSC webinar is an institutional fee, so participants are invited to assemble colleagues anticipating or giving attention to learning spaces—whether they be facilities officers, librarians, academic administrators, or faculty from across the campus.

–Jeanne Narum, for the LSC Steering Committee and LSC Collaborating Partners

New CNI Conversations: CI for Classical Studies, Digital Scholarship Centers, Data Mgt, Cliff’s Summer Reading

This latest report from CNI features director Clifford Lynch discussing some of his summer reading, as well as Cliff describing a range of issues related to research data management that were discussed at several summer meetings and conferences. CNI’s associate director Joan Lippincott joins Cliff in this podcast to talk about digital scholarship centers, with an emphasis on services for graduate students.

For more information about the Sept. 6 CNI Conversations, and to listen, go to:

CNI Conversations has moved!

Please update podcatchers and links accordingly:

Listen online at http://www.cni.org/resources/cni-conversations/
Point your podcatcher to http://www.cni.org/resources/cni-conversations/feed/

We hope you enjoy this program and we welcome your feedback. For questions or comments related to CNI Conversations, please contact CNI Associate Executive Director Joan Lippincott at joan@cni.org.


NSF Report: Changing the Conduct of Science in the Information Age

CNI-ANNOUNCE readers may be interested in a recently-issued report from the U.S. National Science Foundation reporting on a November 2010 workshop titled “Changing the Conduct of Science in the Information Age”. This takes an international perspective on issues involved in cyberinfrastructure and data intensive science. The report contains extensive appendices and background papers (some of which are reports like the European Union “Riding the Wave” document that will already be familiar to some readers). There’s a table of contents, with links to allow the downloading of individual sections or the entire report, at


My thanks to Guy Almes for the pointer to this report.

Clifford Lynch
Director, CNI

ARL-CNI Forum on 21st-Century Collections,

ARL and CNI will co-host the forum 21st-Century Collections and the Urgency of Collaborative Action on October 13–14 in Washington, DC, immediately following the ARL Membership Meeting. The event is open to all. For preliminary information about the program and to register, see the forum Web site:


Coming Soon: Redesigned CNI Web Site

CNI will be launching our newly designed Web site over Labor Day weekend. The new site will continue to offer easy access to all the information the community has come to rely on from CNI, including the latest news on pressing issues, CNI membership meeting details, and publications by CNI staff. In addition to the usual features, we’ve incorporated some new additions we hope you will find useful. CNI’s new site will include a Browse by Topic section in which we’ve organized some material, produced by CNI staff and/or hosted on our Web site, around a few themes that have been important to CNI’s work in recent years. There is easy linking to social media from our new site, and both CNI News (a news feed alternative to the CNI-ANNOUNCE listserv) and the CNI Conversations podcast series have been incorporated into the site (watch for postings about updating your subscriptions to those services).

We hope that you will enjoy discovering the new site and that you will find it easy to use, clean and efficient. As always, we welcome your comments and suggestions, on CNI’s Web site, or anything else related to CNI and its work.

Moore Foundation Call for Input on Data Intensive Science

The Gordon and Betty Moore Foundation has issued a call for community input to help guide the planning for their future investments in data-intensive science. The call is open through mid-September, 2011, and is structured through a web tool that allows both submission of new ideas and commentary on ideas that others have submitted in response to the Foundation’s call. This is an excellent opportunity for the CNI community to help shape thinking at the Foundation.

The call can be found at


and there is a little additional background at


Clifford Lynch
Director, CNI

Last updated:  Friday, February 1st, 2013