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Library Publishing Forum accepting session proposals

I’m pleased to share this call for presentation proposals for the 2d annual Library Publishing Forum. CNI is a Strategic Affiliate of the Library Publishing Coalition, which organizes this conference. For those who have already developed publishing initiatives in the library or are planning to do so, you should find this program of interest.
–Joan Lippincott
Conference Announcement and CFP: 2nd Annual Library Publishing Forum
Date: March 29-30, 2015
Location: Portland State University, Portland, Oregon
Conference Website: http://www.librarypublishing.org/events/lpforum15
We are pleased to announce the second annual Library Publishing Forum and issue a call for presentation proposals. This year’s theme is Creating and Supporting Sustainable Publishing Programs and we invite proposals for a variety of formats and relevant topics. For further details, please see thiswebsite. Proposals are due December 31, 2014.
This event will bring together representatives from libraries engaged in (or considering) publishing initiatives to define and address major questions and challenges; to identify and document collaborative opportunities; to strengthen and promote this community of practice; and to advance this vibrant subfield of academic publishing.
We encourage library publishers (and friends of library publishing) to submit proposals and/or attend the Forum, including both administrators and technical staff charged with this important scholarly communications function. The Library Publishing Forum will include representatives from a broad, international spectrum of academic library backgrounds, as well as groups that collaborate with libraries to publish scholarly works including the digital humanities. You do not need to be a member of the LPC to attend this event.
Please check the website for registration information.

Allegra Swift
Head of Scholarly Communication & Digital Publishing
Claremont Colleges Library
Claremont University Consortium
909.607.0893 | scholarship.claremont.edu

Digital Initiative Symposium – Call for Proposals

I’m happy to pass along this Call for Proposals from University of San Diego.
Joan Lippincott

2015 University of San Diego Digital Initiatives Symposium Call for Proposals

When: Wednesday, April 29, 2015

Where: University of San Diego

Proposals are now being accepted for the second annual Digital Initiatives Symposium, a day-long event focused on all types and platforms of institutional repositories and digital initiatives.

This year’s symposium will focus on the intersections of libraries and the broader educational community: open educational resources, library partnerships with faculty for digital initiatives, digital humanities, and other topics, in a variety of institutional contexts.

We are accepting proposals for 45-minute concurrent sessions and 90-minute panel presentations. We welcome proposals from all types of organizations, including colleges and universities of all sizes, community colleges, public libraries, special libraries, museums, and other cultural memory institutions.

We are especially interested in proposals that consider:

· roles for deans and directors in digital and institutional repository initiatives

· roles for disciplinary faculty in digital and institutional repository initiatives

· diverse repository platforms and functions

· open access policies

· repositories and distance learning

· repositories and information literacy

· digital humanities

· copyright

· open educational resources

· instruction and scholarly communication

· archives and special collections

Submission Guidelines and Selection Criteria

Panel discussions: 90 minutes

Concurrent sessions (case studies, white papers, demonstrations, or panels): 45 minutes

Please plan to leave 10-15 minutes for questions.

Submissions must include:

· Session title

· Presenters’ names, titles, and affiliations

· A brief abstract, no more than 300 words (If accepted, the abstract will be used as part of the program and published along with conference proceedings.)

· A longer description of the session, approximately 500 words

· A brief statement on learning outcomes for the session

· Specific technology or other presentation requirements

Submissions will be evaluated based on the relevance of the topic and potential to advance thinking about digital initiatives and institutional repositories. Acceptance is competitive. Registration fees will be waived for accepted presenters.

Submit proposals and questions to Kelly Riddle, Digital Initiatives Librarian at the University of San Diego, at kriddle.

For more information on the day’s events, please visit http://digital.sandiego.edu/symposium/.

Important Dates

December 15, 2014: Proposal submission deadline

January 23, 2015: Notification of acceptance

February 16, 2015: Selected presenters must confirm presentations

March 23, 2015: Registration deadline

Dr. Theresa S. Byrd

Dean of the University Library

Helen K. and James S. Copley Library

University of San Diego

5998 Alcalá Park

San Diego, CA 92110-2492

Phone: (619) 260-7522

Fax: (619) 849-8301


21st Century Learning Spaces LSC webinar

I’m passing along the latest invitation for a webinar from the Learning Spaces Collaboratory (LSC). There is a fee for participation. Many of you have told me how useful you have found these sessions.
–Joan Lippincott

We invite your participation in the November LSC webinar: Connecting the Dots between Planning and Assessing 21st Century Learning Spaces: Lessons Learned from the Field on Thursday, November 20th at 3:30 p.m. EST.


In this webinar, we will step back from exploring specific “built” spaces—libraries, common spaces, teaching labs, etc. With three thoughtful practitioners as our guide, we will explore some dimensions of learning space research:

· What it is

· Why it is difficult to do, albeit critical to planning spaces that are transformative over the long-term

· How does it inform the planning process

· How to start on a small scale, small budget (critical first steps)

Each of these facilitators—Elliot Felix, Dana Gierdowski, and Bonnie Sanborn—brings distinctive expertise to this exploration:

· Elliot works with leading higher education, cultural, and corporate organizations to create strategies that improve the experiences of their people. He’ll contribute expertise on post-occupancy evaluations to measure the success of spaces to improve them and inform the next ones.

· Dana, from her work (also at NCSU) in researching how innovative, technology-rich learning spaces impact users—faculty and students alike. Her portfolio of research on learning spaces incorporates attention to diverse types of spaces. She teaches writing-intensive courses in higher ed and her most recent work focuses on writing classrooms.

· Bonnie, trained as an anthropologist, puts her lens on how learning from a space can help understanding all kinds of user needs and behaviors. Her current research emphasis is on social behavior in collaborative or informal spaces.

No matter the stage of your planning or the scope or intent of your project, the explorations in this webinar are designed to challenge participants to embrace assessment more readily, understand who needs to be involved, translate what they are learning from assessment to enhance the physical, social, and intellectual learning environments for all undergraduates.

New ways of thinking about learning spaces are happening across the continent, as illustrated by a story in The Globe and Mail. Thanks to Bruno Gnassi, University Librarian, Bishop’s University in Quebec.

Please visit the LSC home page for reflections on the October webinar and other LSC resources.


REMINDER: CNI Registration closes FRIDAY

The registration deadline for the Fall 2014 CNI member meeting is this FRIDAY, November 7. If you have not registered for the meeting or made hotel accommodations, please do so by Friday. Information about registration & accommodations is available online:

If you have questions about meeting registration, please contact Jackie Eudell at jackie@cni.org. The event will be held at the Capital Hilton Hotel in Washington, DC, December 8-9.

See you in DC!

OCLC Report: Registering Researchers in Authority Files

I wanted to share the announcement of the very recently released report “Registering Researchers in Authority Files” from Karen Smith-Yoshimura at OCLC research in collaboration with an international task force. The convergence of traditional authority files, researcher ID registries like ORCID, and other biographical and bibliographical resouces has been a substantial concern for CNI’s program over the past few years, and those attending the CNI membership meetings have seen a number of presentations recently exploring developments in this area.

The background and links to the report are at:


Karen’s report is a very helpful summary of recent developments, with particular emphasis on the relationships to traditional name authority infrastructure. Essential reading for those tracking these issues.

Clifford Lynch
Director, CNI


OCLC Research published a new report today: Registering Researchers in Authority Files.

Written by OCLC Research Program Officer Karen Smith-Yoshimura and a 13-member task group comprised of specialists from the US, UK and the Netherlands, this report summarizes their research into approaches to providing authoritative researcher identifiers.

Registering researchers in some type of authority file or identifier system has become more compelling as both institutions and researchers recognize the need to compile their scholarly output. The report presents functional requirements and recommendations for six stakeholders: researchers, funders, university administrators, librarians, and identity management systems, and aggregators (including publishers). It also provides an overview of the researcher identifier landscape, changes in the field, emerging trends, and opportunities.

See the Registering Researchers in Authority Files overview page for key highlights and to download the report in 8.5×11 or A4 formats. Supplementary data sets are also available for download, including: 18 use-case scenarios for the six stakeholders; functional requirements derived from the use-case scenarios; the list of 100 research networking and identifier systems the task group considered; characteristics profiles of 20 research networking and identifier systems; mappings of each of the 20 systems to the functional requirements; and a researcher identifier information flow diagram.

Libraries as Enablers of Pedagogical and Curricular Change

My colleagues Anu Vendantham of University of Pennsylvania and Kim Duckett of NCSU and I co-authored an article “Libraries as Enablers of Pedagogical and Curricular Change” that came out in the EDUCAUSE Review online edition today:

In the article we make the case for libraries working together with faculty and students to develop new types of assignments that engage students with technologies and content to create new information products. We have a number of examples, enhanced with videos and photos, that we hope will inform and inspire you.

Joan Lippincott

Personal Digital Archiving 2015, NYC, 4/24-26, 2015: Call for Participation

CNI is once again serving as a co-sponsor for the important Personal Digital Archiving Conference. Here is the call for participation. As you can see, both the format and the focus of the conference have changed a bit. Hope to see many CNI-announce readers there.

Clifford Lynch
Director, CNI

Call for Participation, Personal Digital Archiving 2015

We are pleased to announce that the Personal Digital Archiving Conference 2015 will take place in New York City for the first time! The conference will be hosted by New York University’s Moving Image Archiving and Preservation program April 24 to 26, 2015.

This year’s conference will differ slightly from the Personal Digital Archiving (PDA) Conferences of previous years. We will have two full days of presentations focused on a set of themes and we will set aside a third day for workshops covering useful digital tools.

The conference program committee seeks proposals for:
– 10 to 20 minute presentations
– 5 minute lightning talks
– posters (including demos)
– workshops, particularly emphasizing software tools (taking place on the third day).

The program committee will try to cluster shorter presentations into panels and encourage discussion among the panelists. For the day of workshops, we are seeking hands-on learning focused on useful digital tools. We anticipate four half-day workshops, with two in the morning and two in the afternoon.

Our personal and professional records are now primarily digital, and our lives are geared toward constant sharing of these works, from street protests to baby photos. The complexity of these growing collections in every sphere of our lives cannot be overstated. The Personal Digital Archiving 2015 Conference welcomes a broad community, working to ensure longterm access to these personal collections and archives. We would like to see presentations that show how an individual would approach a personal collection and how a closely tied group (such as a family or a community organization) would approach their shared collection.

The array of physical and digital formats that comprise any collection is ever expanding and shifting. Approaches to managing these collections differ greatly between the broad spectrum of archival best practices and “better than leaving it in the basement” practices.

Personal Digital Archiving 2015 invites proposals on the full range of topics relevant to personal digital archiving. We particularly encourage papers and presentations around community groups, activist groups and their use of digital media, as well as personal/familial collections and homebrewed digital solutions.

Presentations might address challenges, such as:
– Ubiquitous recording devices – such as cell phones — for videos and photos
– Action cameras (such as GoPro)
– Cloud storage
– Social media: Vine, Instagram, Twitter, Facebook, blogs etc.
– Email
– Open-source, low-cost digital tools
– From an organizational perspective: community outreach and economic models
– Security: issues of access, encryption, reliability and safety
– Archival and library issues associated with collection, appraisal, ingest and description
– Migration of content from obsolete or outdated storage media.

If you wish to submit an abstract for the conference, please fill out the form at http://bit.ly/1t8x3Td .

(Long URL: https://docs.google.com/forms/d/1coPX4s0oHnUdsSFFTKNmd1WolWhQDxn6UAV6Wk3ThXA/viewform).

Submissions should include:
– The title of your presentation
– For 10 to 20 minute presentations, a 300 word abstract
– For lightning talks and posters, a 150 to 300 word abstract
– For workshop proposals, a 150 to 300 word curriculum overview, including approximate number of hours needed, what tools will be taught, and computing infrastructure requirements
– For panel proposals, a 150 to 300 word overview of the topic and suggestions for additional presenters
– A brief biographical sketch or CV (no more than 2 pages)

Presentation, poster, lightning talk and workshop submissions are due Monday, December 8th, 2014, 11:59 pm EST .

For more information on previous PDA conferences, please visit:




Registration, Program, Housing, and other information will be posted in early 2015. For further information, email personaldigitalarchiving [at] gmail.com .

Co-sponsored by NYU’s Moving Image Archiving & Preservation (MIAP)(http://www.nyu.edu/tisch/preservation/ ) program, the NYU
Libraries (http://library.nyu.edu/about/about.html ) and the Coalition for Networked Information (http://www.cni.org/ ).

National Academies NSF Cyberinfrastructure Study Call for Input

The Computer Science and Telecommunications Board (CSTB) of the National Research Council is conducting a study of Advanced Computing Infrastructure to Support Science in 2017-2020. There is general background on this project here:


Very recently, this committee has issued an interim report — largely a compendium of issues — which is available for public download here:


and is calling for comments via email to the project director, CSTB Director Jon Eisenberg, who can be contacted at jeisenbe@nas.edu.

Clifford Lynch
Director, CNI

OCLC Research Evolving Scholarly Record Workshop in Conjunction with December CNI meeting

I’m delighted that we are co-sponsoring an OCLC Research Workshop on the Evolving Scholarly Record (ESR) in conjunction with the Fall CNI Membership Meeting. The workshop will take place all day on Wednesday, 10 December 2014 at George Washington University. This is a topic of central importance, and one that is very much on CNI’s agenda; it is intimately connected with our efforts to understand the changing shape of the scholarly record, and how this connects to measuring progress and establishing priorities in digital preservation, for example, and also to discussions about how to scope and evaluate scholarly contributions in the digital environment. I hope that many participants at our fall meeting can take advantage of this workshop; I would also note that OCLC intends this as one of a series of events exploring these questions, and these workshops will continue through early 2015 (I will share these announcements on CNI-announce as the details are available).

Below are details on the workshop.

Clifford Lynch
Director, CNI


We are pleased to announce this second workshop in a series on the Evolving Scholarly Record.

Co-sponsored by OCLC Research, the Coalition for Networked Information (CNI), and the George Washington University Libraries, this workshop builds on the framework presented in the OCLC Research report, The Evolving Scholarly Record. Join us to explore the responsibilities of research libraries, data archives, and other stewards of research output-and identify new alliances that should be forged to create a reliable ecosystem for preserving the scholarly record and making it accessible.

OCLC Research Library Partners, CNI attendees, and other interested community members with a mission for collecting, making available, and preserving the scholarly record are invited to attend the workshop. Seating is limited so register now to secure your spot at this free event.
This is the second in a series of Evolving Scholarly Record workshops. The first was held in Amsterdam on 10 June 2014.
See the Evolving Scholarly Record workshop page for details; a more details agenda will be forthcoming shortly.

Merrilee Proffitt, Senior Program Officer
OCLC Research
777 Mariners Island Blvd Suite 550
San Mateo, CA 94404 USA

Merrilee blogs at hangingtogether.org
Follow me on Twitter @merrileeiam

Government-University-Industry Roundtable on Big Data

There is a program hosted by the US National Academies called the Government-University-Industry Round Table that I just very recently learned about, which I think will be of interest to CNI-announce readers who may not be familiar with it. General information is at


Of particular relevance, this group held a two-day discussion on the implications of big data for research, which included several interesting presentations. Information on this session (including some of the presentations) can be found at:


Clifford Lynch
Director, CNI

Last updated:  Friday, February 1st, 2013