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Learning Space Rating System version 1 released

For those interested in assessment of learning spaces, you will want to download version 1 of the newly released Learning Space Rating System (LSRS) available on the EDUCAUSE Learning Initiative (ELI) website at http://www.educause.edu/eli/initiatives/learning-space-rating-system

From the Introduction:
“The Learning Space Rating System (LSRS) project provides a set of measurable criteria to assess how well the design of classrooms support and enable active learning activities. Noting the success of several architectural programs to promote sustainable building design, the LSRS provides a scoring system to serve as an indicator of how well a classroom’s design serves the goal of active learning. The LSRS criteria form the basis for a rating system that will allow institutions to benchmark their environments against best practices within the higher education community.”

While this version focused on formal learning spaces, primarily classrooms, future versions will informal spaces (such as library and computer center spaces) and specialized spaces.

–Joan Lippincott

Jordan Eschler & Olivia Dorsey Receive Paul Evan Peters Fellowships

Washington DC — The Coalition for Networked Information (CNI) is pleased to announce the selection of doctoral student Jordan Eschler and master’s student Olivia Dorsey as the 2014 recipients of the Paul Evan Peters Fellowship for graduate study in library and information sciences. The fellowship was established to honor the memory of CNI founding executive director Paul Evan Peters; it recognizes outstanding scholarship and intellectual rigor, a commitment to civic responsibility and democratic values, and imagination. This is the first time two fellowships are being awarded in one year.

Jordan Eschler is a PhD student at the University of Washington’s Information School; she holds a BA in Economics and English from the University of Michigan and an MS in Information Management from the University of Washington. Eschler was selected for the Peters Fellowship, in part, for her research in helping to empower patients in their healthcare decisions, focusing especially on the unique circumstances of young adults with chronic disease. This segment of the population, Eschler points out, typically has fewer resources than older patients, but it is generally more inclined to seek advice and information from online communities. University of Washington iSchool professor Michael Eisenberg, who recommended Eschler for the award, wrote that she “shares the same sense of passion and commitment to using technology to improve society and services to people” as the award’s namesake.

This year’s recipient of the new award for master’s students, Olivia Dorsey, begins a program in information science at the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill, where she previously received a BS in information science. Dorsey is particularly interested in using digital humanities to explore issues surrounding diversity, experience and identity. As an undergraduate research fellow, Dorsey created the digital archive FranklinMemories.com, which documents the faces and voices of the African American community in the racially diverse Appalachian town of Franklin, NC. Dorsey “has demonstrated outstanding potential for research and scholarship,” wrote University of Maryland professor Richard Marciano in a letter recommending her for the award, concluding, “she is committed to the archives profession and advancing diversity concerns within it.”

CNI executive director Clifford Lynch stated, “This year we again had a wonderful applicant pool that would have made Paul Peters both delighted and proud, and we have a great pair of awardees that honor his memory.” Commenting on this year’s change to the fellowship, “I am particularly pleased that this cycle we were able to offer a second award specifically targeted at a master’s-level student; this allows us to recognize people who are eager to move quickly into professional practice, paralleling Paul’s career trajectory.”

Selection committee members included: Ellen Borkowski, chief information officer at Union College; Clem Guthro, director of the Colby College Libraries; Jennifer Paustenbaugh, university librarian at Brigham Young University; and Joan Lippincott, associate executive director of the Coalition for Networked Information.

About the Fellowship

The Paul Evan Peters Fellowship was established to honor and perpetuate the memory of the founding executive director of the Coalition for Networked Information. Funded by donations from Peters’s colleagues, friends, and family, in 2014, the fellowship provides two two-year awards: one to a doctoral student in the amount of $5,000 per year, and one to a master’s student in the amount of $2,500 per year. Fellowships are given to students who demonstrate intellectual and personal qualities consistent with those of Peters, including:

• Commitment to the use of digital information and advanced technology to enhance scholarship, intellectual productivity, and public life
• Interest in the civic responsibilities of networked information professionals, and a commitment to democratic values and government accountability
• Positive and creative approach to overcoming personal, technological, and bureaucratic challenges
• Humor, vision, humanity, and imagination

The fellowship will be awarded next in 2016; applications will be available on CNI’s website, www.cni.org.

More information about the fellowship and its current and past recipients is available at www.cni.org/go/pep-fellowship.

CNI is a coalition of over 220 institutions dedicated to supporting the transformative promise of digital information technology for the advancement of scholarly communication and the enrichment of intellectual productivity. The Coalition, which is sponsored by the Association of Research Libraries (ARL) and EDUCAUSE, is headquartered in Washington DC. More about CNI is at www.cni.org.

The Association of Research Libraries (ARL) is a nonprofit organization of 125 research libraries in the US and Canada. ARL’s mission is to influence the changing environment of scholarly communication and the public policies that affect research libraries and the diverse communities they serve. ARL pursues this mission by advancing the goals of its member research libraries, providing leadership in public and information policy to the scholarly and higher education communities, fostering the exchange of ideas and expertise, facilitating the emergence of new roles for research libraries, and shaping a future environment that leverages its interests with those of allied organizations. ARL is on the web at www.arl.org.

A nonprofit association and the foremost community of IT leaders and professionals committed to advancing higher education, EDUCAUSE helps those who lead, manage, and use information technology to shape strategic IT decisions at every level within higher education. For more information, visit educause.edu.

ARL Forum on Future of the Scholarly Monograph, Oct 9, 2014, Washington DC

As part of our continuing interest in the evolution of the scholarly monograph, CNI is very pleased to be a partner with the Association of Research Libraries in the ARL 2014 Fall Forum, “Wanted Dead or Alive — the Scholarly Monograph”. This one-day meeting, to be held in Washington DC on the 9th of October, 2014, will look at developments surrounding the monograph from a variety of directions, including the economics of monograph publishing and the shifting role of the monograph in the digital world.

Full information can be found at


Clifford Lynch
Director, CNI

CNI at EDUCAUSE 2014 in Orlando

CNI’s Clifford Lynch and Joan Lippincott will present a Community Update on Wednesday, Oct. 1st, to highlight CNI’s program and current developments in a broad range of areas related to digital content. The session will begin at 4:30 PM in meeting room W307A/B. We particularly invite individuals who do not regularly attend CNI membership meetings to come to this introductory session.

Additional conference information is available at http://www.educause.edu/annual-conference

Lynch Article on SHARE in Latest Issue of ISQ

The National Information Standards Organization (NISO) has published a special issue of Information Standards Quarterly (ISQ) on building open access infrastructure. Guest edited by Liam Earney, head of Jisc’s Library Support Services, the issue features articles from a variety of perspectives, including publishers, universities, and open access experts. Browse the table of contents at http://www.niso.org/publications/isq/2014/v26no2/

In Clifford Lynch’s contribution to the issue, The Need for Research Data Inventories and the Vision for SHARE, CNI’s director describes the potential role of the SHared Access Research Ecosystem (SHARE) in the overall scheme of managing research data. The piece is freely available for download at http://www.niso.org/apps/group_public/download.php/13684/PI_Lynch_SHARE_isqv26no2.pdf

Call for Submissions: Artstor Digital Humanities Award

Artstor is proud to announce the Digital Humanities Award. This award recognizes the most innovative and intellectually stimulating projects in this growing field as part of Artstor’s commitment to enhance scholarship and teaching across all disciplines through the use of digital media. Award recipients will receive five years of free access to Artstor’s innovative cloud-based digital asset management tool, Shared Shelf.

To apply for an Artstor Digital Humanities Award:

Entrants are invited to describe their Digital Humanities project in 1,000 words or less. The team behind the best three entries will receive full, long-term access to Artstor’s Shared Shelf digital media management software to upload, catalog, manage, store, and share their project.

About Shared Shelf:

Shared Shelf is a cloud-based, enterprise-wide media management solution that enables institutions to catalog efficiently and consistently, quickly create rich data records, make collections accessible to a targeted audience, and keep files safe. It provides a stable and flexible home for vast media collections, allowing assets to be used and re-used in different contexts. Shared Shelf also offers several other features crucial to the construction of a Digital Humanities project, including:

· Media and associated data preservation according to NDSA standards

· Compatibility with numerous file types, including image, audio, video, and PDF

· Easy export (via OAI server and API) to Open Access environments, including Shared Shelf Commons, the open Web, DPLA, and OMEKA sites

· Fully customizable cataloguing fields and screens

· Role-based permissions and restrictions

· Cloud-based with concurrent multiuser capabilities

You can learn more about Shared Shelf at www.sharedshelf.org, and find full contest rules and submission guidelines at www.artstor.org/dha. The entry deadline is October 15, 2014. Winners will be announced in early December.

Call for Proposals, CNI Fall Meeting

Proposals are now being accepted for project briefings to be presented at CNI’s Fall 2014 CNI Membership Meeting on December 8-9 in Washington, DC, at the Capital Hilton.

Project briefings are 45-minute or one-hour sessions that focus on a discussion of a hot topic, or on a specific institutional/organizational project related to digital information. A limited number of project briefings are accepted.

Proposals may be submitted via online form:

Proposal submissions are due no later than Monday, October 13.

The Twitter hashtag for this meeting is #cni14f.

We look forward to seeing you in DC!

Saving Born-Digital News Content Conference, Columbia MO Nov 10-11, 2014

The University of Missouri – Columbia is hosting a forum on November 10-11, 2014 titled “Avoiding the Memory Hole: Saving Born-Digital News Content”. Our lack of good preservation strategies for digital news is a serious crisis that has been developing for some time, and another look at the issues and the agenda and strategies going forward seems very timely. I will be participating in the event and I hope that other interested readers of CNI-announce will be able to join me at the forum.

Full information can be found at


Note that there is no registration fee.

Clifford Lynch
Director, CNI

Digital Preservation Professional Development Needs Survey

Posted on behalf of Barrie Howard at the Library of Congress:

Dear Colleagues,

Last month the Library of Congress Digital Preservation Outreach and Education (DPOE) Program launched a survey designed to capture the digital preservation continuing education, professional development, and training needs of your organization. The survey has been extended until close of business on Friday, September 5, 2014, and is available fromhttps://www.surveymonkey.com/s/2014DPOESurvey

The survey addresses basic questions about your organization, staff size and responsibilities, collection items, preferred training content and delivery options, and professional development planning. The Library intends to use this information to assist with the further development and/or refinement of its digital preservation educational programs and initiatives.

Any organization in the United States and territories engaged in the preservation of digital content is invited to complete the survey, and thank you for your participation.

All the best,

Barrie Howard

IT Project Manager

Library of Congress (LM 630)

101 Independence Avenue, SE

Washington, DC 20540-1300



Update on Large Scale Resilience Research

About five years ago I shared some pointers to materials, including a synthesis of the state of the art and the research agenda, describing work going on primarily within the exascale computing community on the resilience of very large scale systems; while much of this is focused on computation (very large numbers of processors), it is also highly relevant to storage systems essential for large scale data management and digital preservation. Recently, a new article has been published by a group that includes a number of the authors of the earlier reports, looking at the progress that has beenmade over the past five years. This will be of interest to CNI-announce readers interested in getting a sense of the progress that has (or has not) been made over the last half decade.

This is available at


(abstract and pointer to PDF of the article).

Clifford Lynch
Director, CNI

Last updated:  Friday, February 1st, 2013