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Google Analytics Workshop to Be Offered by ARL in October 2014

The ARL Statistics and Measurement Program is offering a full-day, in-person workshop on Google Analytics, to be held on October 20, 2014, in partnership with LunaMetrics, a Google Analytics Certified Partner. Google Analytics is a tool that can help identify where website visitors are coming from and how they interact with web pages. Libraries can use this knowledge to improve their websites and overall user experience.
Course Description

This workshop will focus on the following topics:

Web Analytics Basics—what can we measure?
Google Analytics Overview—how it works, implementation and configuration issues, data quality, and privacy
Google Analytics 101—tour of reports, metrics definitions, features, and functions
Advanced Analysis—custom reports, advanced segments, site search reporting, content grouping, event tracking, and e-commerce tracking
Key Metrics for Actionable Insights—library websites, digital libraries, OPACs
Critical Google Analytics Configuration Steps—goal tracking, site search, campaign links, filters, and profiles


Jonathan Weber is a web analyst at LunaMetrics, a Pittsburgh Internet consulting firm. LunaMetrics works to increase traffic to websites and convert more of that traffic into business. They have a strong emphasis on website testing and web analytics and are a Google Analytics Certified Partner. Jonathan works on configuring Google Analytics and analyzing websites for insights. He has also been involved in code4lib.org and the Evergreen ILS project, and has published several articles on library technology issues in Library Journal and Information Standards Quarterly. He received an MLIS from the School of Information Sciences at the University of Pittsburgh. Before he caught the web analytics bug, he worked as an information architect.
Event Details

Date: Monday, October 20, 2014
Time: 9:00 a.m.–5:00 p.m.
Location: ARL, 21 Dupont Circle NW #800, Washington, DC
Fee: $450
Registration: Register online (https://www.formstack.com/forms/?1681133-t6zFGeRyGi) by September 19, 2014.

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 http://www.arl.org/.

NSDA Report on Implications of New PDF/A-3 Standard

I wanted to share the announcement of a new report from the National Digital Stewardship Alliance on the PDF/A-3 file format specification that was released in late 2012. The PDF/A specifications are fairly widely used to define a “more preservable” subset of the hugely complex general PDF specification (A is for “archival”). The new “incremental” upgrade to PDF/A raises some very nasty issues for institutions relying on this specification in an archival context; at the very least, migration to this new version is going to take some careful consideration, and potentially some substantial expense and disruption. There’s a helpful short overview on the Library of Congress Digital Preservation blog at:


The full report is at


Many thanks to NDSA for alerting the community to this serious potential problem, and for a good analysis of the issues involved.

Clifford Lynch

Data Sharing and Human Subjects: Two Recent Report

I wanted to share two (relatively) recent reports dealing with various aspects of human subjects, personally identifiable data and research data management and reuse.

The first comes from the US National Research Council and is titled “Proposed Revisions to the Common Rule for the Protection of Human Subjects in the Behavioral and Social Sciences” and can be downloaded for free (or purchased in print) from


This is a wide-ranging report that builds on an earlier (March 2013) Workshop report that I posted last year to CNI-announce; it deals, among many other things, with questions about when Instutional Review Boards should become involved in behavioral and social sciences research and to what extent; it also deals with issues about data reuse.

The second is a report from the EU DASISH (Data Services Infrastructure for the Social Sciences and Humanities) program (see www.dasish.eu for a general overview). Confusingly, the project reports are here


rather than under “publications”, and of particular interest is the report “Legal and Ethical Issues” under “New IPR Challenges”, at


which provides a very helpful look at some issues surrounding the sharing and reuse of human subjects data from an EU perspective. The report is actually from June 2013, but I only saw it recently.

I hope these are helpful for readers trying to track policy development in this important area.

Clifford Lynch
Director, CNI

Personal Digital Archiving 2014 – Program Available

The Personal Digital Archiving (PDA) 2014 Conference will take place on April 10-11 at the Indiana State Library in Indianapolis, IN. The conference program is now available from the meeting website at http://visions.indstate.edu/pda2014/#; registration closes April 1.

CNI is pleased to serve as a conference collaborator again this year.

Video: Internet Identity Update

A new video of a project briefing session from CNI’s fall 2013 meeting is now available:

Internet Identity Update: From Social to Scholar
Kenneth Klingenstein (Internet2)

This presentation provides an update on Internet identity and its interactions with the research and evaluation community. Several key developments are shared, including Social-to-SAML (Security Assertion Markup Language) gateways, scholarly identity, federal initiatives such as National Strategy for Trusted Identities in Cyberspace (NSTIC), application categories such as research and scholarship, privacy managers, international collaboration platforms, and other topics of interest to the CNI community.

A video of the presentation is now online at

Look for more announcements soon of videos of other sessions from the fall 2013 CNI meeting. To see all videos available from CNI, visit CNI’s video channels on YouTube (http://www.youtube.com/cnivideo) and Vimeo (http://vimeo.com/channels/cni).

Ithaka Workshop on Evidence Driven Decision Making in Conjunction with Spring CNI

I’m passing along this invitation on behalf of Roger Schonfeld of Ithaka S+R. Hopefully, some of those coming to our spring member meeting in St. Louis will be able to take advantage of this opportunity. If you are interested, please be in touch with Roger directly as he describes below; this is a separate event from the CNI meeting.

Clifford Lynch
Director, CNI

Ithaka S+R is hosting a workshop of 8-12 library leaders to consider evidence-based decision-making in academic and research libraries. The workshop has been scheduled in conjunction with the CNI meeting in St. Louis and will be held on Monday morning, March 31. Ithaka S+R is building on the findings from our forthcoming Library Survey of deans and directors, which contains extensive findings on leadership and strategy for the academic library, as a point of departure for this session.

I hope you will be able to participate. The workshop will provide a vehicle for discussing your library’s current data gathering and analysis programs as well as tactics you might wish to employ to collect the additional information necessary to make strategic decisions about the future of your library. It will emphasize challenges associated with, and mechanisms for, making major decisions about services and strategies for your library.

If you are interested in participating in this workshop, please email me directly (rcs@ithaka.org) with a brief expression of interest.

Thank you,
Roger Schonfeld

Call for Papers: JCDL/TPDL – Joint Conference on Digital Libraries and International Conference on Theory and Practice of Digital Libraries

In 2014 the Joint Conference on Digital Libraries (JCDL) and the International Conference on Theory and Practice of Digital Libraries (TPDL) will be held together as the International Digital Libraries Conference (DL2014) in London, UK.


The combined DL conference will be the major international scientific forum on digital libraries for 2014, bringing together researchers and developers as well as content providers and users. The focus of the joint conference is on on digital libraries and associated technical, practical, organizational, and social issues.

Important dates

Full and short papers due: March 16, 2014, 11.59pm HAST
Posters, Panels, and Demonstrations due: March 23, 2014, 11.59pm HAST
Notification of acceptance: May 25, 2014
Camera ready version due: June 8, 2014

Workshop, Tutorial, and Panel submissions due: March 2, 2014, 11.59pm HAST
Notification of acceptance: April 27, 2014

Conference Scope

The themes of the 2014 TPDL/JCDL combined conference will follow the theme of ‘preserving the past – finding the future’. Digital collections face two major challenges: organising and conserving material across time, and enabling users to discover the material they need in increasingly large collections. In terms of ‘preserving the past’, example issues include the demands of digitisation of physical materials, the digital preservation of material so it remains accessible, and the systematic classification and indexation of large collections across social and technological change.

In contrast, when ‘finding the future’, sophisticated discovery tools, effective library policies, support for linked data, and supporting the user’s interpretation and analysis of content are examples of the key challenges that face the communities of DL practitioners and researchers.

The conference welcomes internationally leading insights into both research problems and practical complexities. Contributions from digital humanities, digital preservation, hypertext and information retrieval researchers are as much a vital part of the digital library community’s interests as core DL research, and submissions on these and other related topics are strongly encouraged.

Different tracks for research and practice papers are offered. For further information see the Call for Papers page at:


We are looking forward to seeing you in London!

Last Call: CNI Proposals Due by Feb. 14

As a final reminder, project briefing proposals for the CNI Spring 2014 Membership Meeting are due THIS FRIDAY Feb. 14. Proposals may be submitted via the online form:


If you have any questions about submitting a proposal, please contact Joan Lippincott (joan@cni.org) or me (diane@cni.org).

The meeting will be held March 31-April 1, 2014 in St. Louis, Missouri. The Twitter hashtag for this meeting is #cni14s.

Learning Spaces Collaboratory (LSC) webinars

Some great upcoming webinars on learning spaces from LSC. A link to (fee) registration is below.
Joan Lippincott, CNI
Please join the LSC community for webinars in the continuing series on The Ecosystem of Learning Spaces.

February and March webinars focus on classrooms (general assignment, general purpose). Each will:

· give attention to the institutional context

· present the perspectives of diverse members of the academic community—faculty, campus administrators with responsibilities for information technologies, facilities, assessment and/or curricular faculty development, as well as of participating architects

· explore a range of spatial types, illustrated by profiles from the LSC Guide, the LSC archives.

February 19, 3:30 – 5:00pm EST: This LSC webinar engages in discussions about overall campus planning for classrooms, focusing on lower enrollment courses incorporating research-based pedagogical approaches, about assessment of such spaces and their role within the larger ecosystem of learning spaces on a campus.

Register at http://www.pkallsc.org/events/lsc-guide%E2%80%94webinar-ii-exploring-classrooms

Webinar facilitators include:

· Jim Determan, Principal – Hord Coplan Macht

· Brenda R. Farmer, Senior Learning Environments Designer- University of California, Berkeley

· Michael Lauber, President – Ellenzweig

· Catherine Martin, Associate Professor of Science Education – Morgan State University

· Andrew McBride, Associate Vice President for Facilities, University Architect – University of Richmond

· Robert Emery Smith, Director of Technology Services – Stanford University

Resources from the LSC Guide include:

· Georgia Institute of Technology: Problem-driven Learning Spaces

· North Carolina State University: Student-Centered Active Learning Environment with Upside-down Pedagogies (SCALE-UP)

· University of Maryland College Park: Michelle Smith Collaboratory for Visual Culture

· University of Minnesota: Active Learning Classrooms (ALC)

Note that the registration form invites questions as part of the registration process. The registration page also includes responses to FAQs.

March 25: This webinar continues exploring 21st century classrooms, focusing on those designed for large enrollment courses, serving all disciplinary fields.

May 1: The webinar on May 1 focuses on teaching labs and other spaces serving STEM learners–majors and non-majors alike.

Video: Library Brand Recognition

A new video of a project briefing session from CNI’s fall 2013 meeting is now available:

Library Brand Recognition: Generating Visibility in the Virtual Age
Jeremy Frumkin (U. Arizona), Pascal Calarco (U. Waterloo), Oren Beit-Arie (Ex Libris)

The library is often an invisible facilitator to digital content – users have access to certain resources thanks to the library’s mediation, but they are often unaware of the library’s key procurement role. The University of Waterloo and Ex Libris are piloting a new approach that enables libraries to brand electronic information resources (articles) to which they broker access. The solution is based on research conducted at the University of Arizona and Oregon State University. This presentation describes the general context and need for libraries to better reflect their value to their users, the proposed solution and branding approach, and the current state of the pilot and initial findings from the University of Waterloo.

A video of the presentation is now online at

Look for more announcements soon on videos of other sessions from the fall 2013 CNI meeting. To see all videos available from CNI, visit CNI’s video channels on YouTube (http://www.youtube.com/cnivideo) and Vimeo (http://vimeo.com/channels/cni).

Last updated:  Friday, February 1st, 2013