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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

Summer Reading: A History of the Future in 100 Objects

I know that many readers of the CNI-announce list share my interest in speculations about the future, and how technology, society, and scholarship may evolve to create that future. I’ve recently read what I thought was a very elegant book that I highly reccomend to those who share those interests titled “A History of the Future in 100 Objects” by Adrian Hon.

Adrian Hon’s book is partially inspired by the recent exhibition (and accompanying book) by Neal MacGregor at the British Museum summarizing the history of civilization in 100 objects, and envisions 100 objects (broadly defined; some are really events or other developments that are in some sense represented by an object) from the period 2014 – 2087 that chart the evolution of civilization during that period.

You can find information about this book, and excerpts from it, at



Clifford Lynch
Director, CNI

ELI Annual Meeting Proposal Submission Deadline Approaching

Posted on behalf of Malcolm Brown at EDUCAUSE:

I’m writing with a reminder that the call for proposals for the ELI 2015 Annual Meeting is open, but the deadline is fast approaching (August 28th).

The URL for submitting a proposal is here:

The dates for the 2015 Annual Meeting are Feb. 9-11, 2015, and the location is Anaheim, CA. The tag line for the event is: Designing Our Thinking: Crafting New Directions for Digital Engagement.

There is a variety of session types to choose from. Session themes highlight our top content anchors, but proposals on any pertinent topic on teaching and learning in higher education are most welcome.

If you have any questions about the call for proposals, don’t hesitate to contact us.

Malcolm Brown mbrown<mailto:mbrown>
Veronica Diaz vdiaz<mailto:vdiaz>

Malcolm Brown
Director, EDUCAUSE Learning Initiative

Uncommon Thinking for the Common Good
1150 18th Street, NW, Suite 900 Washington, DC 20036
direct: 575.448.1313 | main: 202.872.4200 | fax: 202.872.4318 | educause.edu<http://www.educause.edu/>

NMC Horizon Report for Libraries

The New Media Consortium (NMC) has just released its first ever report for libraries. As with its other reports, this one identifies six key trends, six significant challenges, and six emerging technologies across three adoption horizons over the next one to five years.

The full report is available at http://www.nmc.org/news/its-here-horizon-report-2014-library-edition

I served on the expert panel to select the topics featured in the report.

–Joan Lippincott

Designing Libraries Conference – Calgary

A limited number of places are still available at the 3d Designing Libraries Conference, which will be held at the University of Calgary in Canada on September 28-30, 2014. North Carolina State University Libraries and CNI are co-sponsors of this event.

Librarians, architects, planners, designers, information technologists and others will gather to discuss the challenges and achievements of designing libraries and learning centers for the 21st century. We will have sessions on an array of topics including creating a vision, focusing on learning, research and technology spaces, planning, interior design, and addressing organization and service models. We will include many examples from renovated libraries as well as new buildings.

We have a great line-up of speakers and topics as well as two preconferences. Information on the program and registration, for a fee, is available on the conference website at http://ucalgary.ca/designinglibraries/

Joan Lippincott

Personal Digital Archiving 2015: New York City, April 24-26

The 2015 Personal Digital Archiving Conference has been scheduled for April 24-26 in New York City. I’m delighted that CNI will once again be a collaborating organization in this important conference. When the call for papers and other conference announcement details area available, I’ll share them here, but for now, those interested should hold the date.

Clifford Lynch
Director, CNI

Article summarizing NRC Report on Building a Mathematics Digital Library

In March 2014 I announced the report of a US National Research Council committee that I co-chaired on the possibilities for building a global digital library to support mathematical research. There’s a short article summarizing this report that committee member Jim Pitman from the University of California, Berkeley and I co-authored which may be of interest to some CNI-announce readers; it’s in the August 2014 Issue of Notices of the American Mathematical Society, which is available on the web at


a direct link to the article can be found at


Clifford Lynch
Director, CNI

Learning Spaces Collaboratory Webinar – Creativity

I’m posting this on behalf of the Learning Spaces Collaboratory; they are kicking off the fall semester with this webinar. I know many of the cni-announce subscribers have found their offerings to be very useful for your institutions.
–Joan Lippincott, CNI

We invite you to join the LSC Webinar – Transforming, Sandboxing, Repurposing Learning Spaces for Nurturing Creative Learning, Creative Learners: Lessons Learned from the LSC Experience on Tuesday, September 16th at 3:30 p.m. EDT.
Please mark the date. This will be an opportunity to:
·         gain insights and practical advice about how to transform and repurpose spaces to nurture the capacity of learners to become agents of their own learning, creative thinkers and problem-solvers, striving explorers, informed trailblazers, risk-takers engaged in out-of-the-box thinking.
·         learn about a team-based approach to imagining such spaces, capturing the experience of participants in a March workshop (LSC/Epicenter/NCIIA) at the d.school at Stanford.
·         be introduced to new vocabulary and lenses for exploring how different kinds of on-campus learning spaces can be construed as a ‘space for creativity, capturing provocative ideas from the  LSC project  on creativity funded by the Sloan Foundation.
·         be inspired by photos and stories from the field to reimagine how planning happens when there is a shared vision about how learning happens and about the nature and affordances of spaces that serve societal and institutional goals for what students should become.
Further information to follow.
We will also be announcing the rest of our fall LSC webinars later in August.

Jeanne L. Narum
The Independent Colleges Office, Director
Learning Spaces Collaboratory, Principal
O: (202) 232-1300
D: (202) 256-8872
C: (202) 528-0305


Last updated:  Friday, February 1st, 2013