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REMINDER: Proposals Due for CNI Spring 2014

The submission deadline for CNI’s spring 2014 membership meeting is fast approaching! The meeting will be held on March 31-April 1 in St. Louis, Missouri.

Proposals for project briefings are due no later than Friday, February 14.
A limited number of proposals are accepted.
For details, and for a submission form, please consult http://www.cni.org/events/membership-meetings/past-meetings/spring-2014/

Meeting and hotel registration deadline is Monday, February 24: http://www.cni.org/mm/spring-2014/s14-registration-accommodations/.

Please use #cni14s in tweets about this meeting.

Horizon Report 2014 Higher Education Edition released

The New Media Consortium (NMC) released the Horizon Report 2014 Higher Education Edition at the EDUCAUSE Learning Initiative (ELI) Annual Meeting. As usual, this highly anticipated report drew much interest. Some of the findings include “Integration of Online, Hybrid, and Collaborative Learning” as a fast trend (1-2 years), the “Shift from Students as Consumers to Students as Creators” as a mid-range trend (3-5 years) and “Evolution of Online Learning” as a long range trend (5+ years).

You’ll find much more in the full report at http://www.nmc.org/pdf/2014-nmc-horizon-report-he-EN.pdf
It provides a lot of detail on the trends, including links to some very interesting examples.

Joan Lippincott, CNI

Donald Lindberg to Receive Paul Evan Peters Award at Spring CNI Meeting, St. Louis


NLM Director Donald A.B. Lindberg to Receive Paul Evan Peters Award

Washington, DC – February 3, 2014 – The Coalition for Networked Information (CNI), the Association of Research Libraries (ARL), and EDUCAUSE are pleased to announce that Donald A.B. Lindberg, director, National Library of Medicine, has been named the 2014 recipient of the Paul Evan Peters Award. The award recognizes notable, lasting achievements in the creation and innovative use of network-based information resources and services that advance scholarship and intellectual productivity.

“In terms of genuinely sustained, visionary, and high-impact leadership in using networked information to transform everything from consumer health care to fundamental research in molecular biology and related disciplines, I can’t think of any organization that can match the record of the National Library of Medicine under Don Lindberg’s leadership,” noted CNI executive director Clifford Lynch. “He has been responsible for an incredible string of strategic and often prescient commitments that have changed our world. Don is a wonderful choice for the Paul Evan Peters Award.”

Donald Lindberg has worked as a scientist for over 50 years, becoming widely recognized as an innovator in applying computer technology to health care, medical diagnosis, artificial intelligence, and educational programs. In 1984 he was appointed director of the National Library of Medicine (NLM), the world’s largest biomedical library, a post that he still holds. As NLM’s director, he has spearheaded countless transformative programs in medical informatics, including the Unified Medical Language System, making it possible to link health information, medical terms, drug names and billing codes across different computer systems; the Visible Human Project, a digital image library of complete, anatomically detailed, three-dimensional representations of the normal male and female human bodies; the production and implementation of ClinicalTrials.gov, a registry and results database of publicly and privately supported clinical studies of human participants conducted around the world; and, the establishment of the National Center for Biotechnology Information, a national resource for molecular biology information and genetic processes that control health and disease. Today, NLM has a budget of $327 million, more than 800 employees, and digital information services that are used billions of times a year by millions of scientists, health professionals, and members of the public.

Selection committee member George Strawn (director, National Coordination Office for the Networking and Information Technology Research and Development [NITRD] Program) recounted, “I met Don Lindberg 20 years ago, when, in addition to his NLM duties, he was serving as the first director of the interagency National Coordination Office for what is now called NITRD. I have valued his vision and leadership since that time. For example, his long-term support for Semantic Medline predated the Semantic Web by at least a decade and now portends a revolutionary mode of scientific discovery.”

“It’s a pleasure to honor Donald Lindberg, who has contributed so much to the use of computers and information technology in health care,” stated EDUCAUSE president and CEO Diana Oblinger. “He was a pioneer in the field of medical informatics, and his visionary leadership at the National Library of Medicine has transformed the way we all access biomedical literature. I’m honored to join with CNI and ARL in recognizing his achievements with the Paul Evan Peters Award.”

Lindberg’s interest in the potential intersection between information technology and the biological sciences stretches back to the early days of his career. He joined the pathology faculty at the University of Missouri in 1960, where he developed the first automated lab system and an automated patient history acquisition system. He implemented an automated statewide system for interpreting electrocardiograms, as well as other medical applications for the computer. Around this time, Lindberg also began publishing articles in a field that would come to be known as medical informatics, including “The Computer and Medical Care,” which appeared in 1968.

As NLM director, Lindberg convinced the United States Congress that the Library was an essential information conduit, facilitating the decision-making process of scientists and pharmaceutical companies, and, ultimately, benefiting patients and the general public, thereby securing the organization’s robust future. “Don is a long-standing advocate for free public access to health information through NLM’s MedlinePlus and MedlinePlus Connect,” said Elliott Shore, ARL executive director. “His leadership continues to play a critical role in the integration of biomedical information systems and services, fostering a well-informed society.”

A member of the Institute of Medicine of the National Academy of Sciences, Lindberg has received numerous honors and awards, including the prestigious Morris F. Collen, MD, Award of Excellence of the American College of Medical Informatics, and the Surgeon General’s Medallion of the US Public Health Service. He received his medical degree from the College of Physicians and Surgeons, Columbia University, and an undergraduate degree from Amherst College.

A four-member committee selected Lindberg for the award: the late Ann J. Wolpert, director of libraries at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology; George O. Strawn, director of the Federal Networking and Information Technology Research and Development (NITRD) National Coordination Office (NCO); Sally Jackson, professor of communication at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign; and Joan Lippincott, associate executive director of the Coalition for Networked Information.

Named for CNI’s founding director, the award will be presented during the CNI membership meeting in St. Louis, Missouri, to be held March 31–April 1, 2014, where Lindberg will deliver the Paul Evan Peters Memorial Lecture. The talk will be recorded and made available on CNI’s YouTube and Vimeo channels after the meeting concludes. Previous award recipients include Christine L. Borgman (2011), Daniel Atkins (2008), Paul Ginsparg (2006), Brewster Kahle (2004), Vinton Cerf (2002), and Tim Berners-Lee (2000).

CNI, ARL, and EDUCAUSE sponsor the Paul Evan Peters Award, which was established with additional funding from Microsoft and Xerox Corporations. The award honors the memory and accomplishments of Paul Evan Peters (1947–1996). Peters was a visionary and a coalition builder in higher education and the world of scholarly communication. He led CNI from its founding in 1990 with informed insight, exuberant direction, eloquence, and awareness of the needs of its varied constituencies of librarians, technologists, publishers, and others in the digital world.

CNI is a coalition of some 220 member institutions dedicated to supporting the transformative promise of digital information technology for the advancement of scholarly communication and the enrichment of intellectual productivity. ARL is a nonprofit organization of 125 research libraries in the US and Canada. Its mission is to influence the changing environment of scholarly communication and the public policies that affect research libraries and the diverse communities they serve. An association with more than 2,300 members, EDUCAUSE actively engages with colleges, universities, corporations, foundations, government, and other nonprofit organizations to further the mission of higher education through the use of information technology.

For more information, visit the award website.

M-Libraries Conference 2014

The M-Libraries Conference brings together an international group of experts working to promote the integration of mobile devices and content suited for mobile devices into libraries and their services. The next conference will be in Hong Kong from May 27-30, 2014. I am delighted to be one of the keynote speakers. A link to the conference website, where you will find the program and registration information, is below.
–Joan Lippincott, CNI


We are pleased to announce that registration is now open for the Fifth International M-Libraries Conference, presented by The Open University (UK) in partnership with, and hosted by, The Chinese University of Hong Kong. The overall theme for the conference is ‘M-Libraries: from devices to people’. The programme features international keynote speakers and around 40 papers from 20 countries around the world.

Further details on the conference can be found at www.m-libraries.org

The conference venue, CUHK’s mountainside campus, overlooking one of Hong Kong’s iconic harbours, is stunning and delegates will have the opportunity to visit a variety of libraries in the vicinity.

Best wishes,

Nicky Whitsed,
M-libraries V Conference Committee

Video: Institutional Research Data Management

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

Institutional Research Data Management: Policies, Planning, Services & Surveys

This video features discussion of university-wide data policy planning by Ricky Erway of OCLC Research, and a presentation by David Fearon (Johns Hopkins U.), and Andrew Sallans (Center for Open Science) on surveying and report on research data management services offered by ARL-member research libraries.


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).

U. San Diego Digital Initiatives Symposium – Call for Proposals

Our colleagues at the Copley Library, University of San Diego, are offering a timely symposium, and the CNI constituency is invited to submit proposals for a conference session. Details are below.
–Joan Lippincott, CNI

Call for Proposals: Digital Initiatives Symposium

When: April 9, 2014

Where: University of San Diego

Registration: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/digital-initiatives-symposium-tickets-9504204331

Proposals are now being accepted for the first annual Digital Initiatives Symposium, a day-long event focused on digital elements of library ecosystems and featuring a bepress Digital Commons user group meeting, hosted by Copley Library at the University of San Diego.

The symposium’s inaugural year will focus on digital initiatives and institutional repositories. With the growing popularity of institutional repositories, libraries are looking for new and increasingly diverse ways to integrate them more fully into library and university systems: as platforms for library publishing, as components of research data management plans, and as part of long-term preservation solutions.

We are accepting proposals for 45-minute concurrent sessions and 1½-hour panel discussions. We welcome proposals on innovative uses and sites for repositories throughout the library and the university, and on practical, theoretical, organizational or administrative topics related to institutional repositories. We are particularly interested in sessions that consider

· Innovative, “non-traditional,” or expanded repository services

· Integrating repositories into other library initiatives, digital or otherwise

· Integrating repositories into university initiatives outside the library (e.g., managing ETD workflows through repositories)

· Liaison librarians, disciplines, and institutional repositories

· Repositories as tools for research and pedagogy

· Repositories in public, special, or other non-academic libraries

· Institutional repositories and the scholarly communication lifecycle

· Digital initiatives and copyright

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

· Technology or other 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 will be waived for accepted presenters.

More about the Program

· The day will feature two panel discussions and a number of concurrent sessions to explore these and other questions about institutional repositories. We welcome participants from all sizes and types of institutions and at all stages of IR development, from those running robust programs to those just exploring the idea of repositories.

· The symposium will feature two keynote addresses:

Lorraine Haricombe, Dean of the University of Kansas Libraries

Lee Van Orsdel, Dean of University Libraries at Grand Valley State University

· The day will end with a bepress Digital Commons user group session. This session will be led by bepress and is intended for people already working with Digital Commons and those interested in learning more.

Submit proposals and questions to Kelly Riddle, Digital Initiatives Librarian at the University of San Diego, at kriddle or 619-260-6850.

Important Dates

January 27, 2014: Proposal submission deadline

February 15, 2014: Notification of acceptance

February 20, 2014: Selected presenters must confirm presentations

March 15, 2014: Registration deadline

ARL/DLF Workshops

I’m forwarding information on two workshops that may be of interest to cni-announce subscribers.Joan Lippincott, CNI

The Association of Research Libraries (ARL) Statistics and Assessment program and the Digital Library Federation (DLF), a program of the Council on Library and Information Resources, are pleased to offer two three-day in-depth workshops focused on using XML and XSLT in the library environment: “An Introduction to XML and XML Applications” and “Transforming Library Metadata with XSLT.”

An Introduction to XML and XML Applications

February 26–28, 2014, in Washington, DC

Transforming Library Metadata with XSLT

May 14–16, 2014, in Washington, DC

Additional information on the content and registration details are available at:


Martha Kyrillidou

Association of Research Libraries

Videos on Digital Humanities Centers & Collecting Social Media; Podcast Interviews

New videos of presentations from CNI’s fall 2013 meeting are now available:

Trends in Digital Scholarship Centers, Joan Lippincott (CNI), Harriette Hemmasi (Brown U.), Vivian Lewis (McMaster U.)

Many higher education institutions are considering how to better support e-research in a wide variety of disciplines on their campus. One response is the development of physical spaces, often called “digital scholarship centers,” that provide high-end technologies and support services primarily to faculty, graduate students, and seniors working on capstone projects. This presentation provides an overview of digital scholarship center trends.


Capturing the Ephemeral: Collecting Social Media and Supporting Twitter Research with Social Feed Manager, Daniel Chudnov, Bergis Jules, Daniel Kerchner and Laura Wrubel (George Washington University)
In 2012 George Washington University Libraries started collecting social media data from Twitter. The process began in direct response to researcher needs: social sciences professors were analyzing how major media organizations use Twitter and how congressional representatives interact with their constituencies, collecting tweets through painstaking manual processes that did not scale and slowed down research progress dramatically. To simplify their process, staff developed Social Feed Manager, a free and open source Web application that collects data from multiple Twitter accounts using the free Twitter API. This presentation includes lessons learned so far about building social media collections and establishing a program in support of researchers and special collections/university archives.


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).

Interviews with selected attendees and speakers from CNI’s fall 2013 membership meeting, produced by EDUCAUSE, are now available from the meeting website at http://www.cni.org/mm/fall-2013/

The collection includes the following conversations:

* Data Federation of University Research, Deborah Ludwig (U. Kansas)

* The Community Sourced Development of Fedora 4, Tom Cramer (Stanford U.)

* Brown University Libraries Supporting Digital Scholarship, Harriette Hemmasi (Brown U.)

Open Repositories 2014 Call for Proposals

GET READY to Submit Your OR2014 Proposal
A message from the Open Repositories 2014 Conference organizers

As the year turns it’s time to look forward to the Ninth International Conference on Open Repositories, OR2014 (#or2014). The conference will take place June 9-13 in Helsinki, Finland hosted by University of Helsinki‘s twin libraries: Helsinki University Library and the National Library of Finland.

The theme this year is “Towards Repository Ecosystems” emphasizing the interconnected nature of repositories, institutions, technologies, data and the people who make it all work together. There are several different formats (see below) provided to encourage your participation in this year’s conference. With the deadline for submissions fast approaching the organizers invite you to review the call for proposals here:http://or2014.helsinki.fi/?page_id=281, and to submit your proposal here:https://www.conftool.com/or2014/ by Feb. 3, 2014.


• 3 February 2014: Deadline for submissions
• 4 April 2014: Submitters notified of acceptance to general conference
• 17 April 2014: Submitters notified of acceptance to interest groups
• 9-13 June 2014: OR2014 conference


Conference Papers and Panels

We welcome proposals that are at least two pages and no more than four pages in length for presentations or panels that deal with digital repositories and repository services. Abstracts of accepted papers will be made available through the conference’s web site, and later they and associated materials will be made available in a repository intended for current and future OR content. In general, sessions are an hour and a half long with three papers per session; panels may take an entire session. Relevant papers unsuccessful in the main track will automatically be considered for inclusion, as appropriate, as an Interest Group presentation.

Interest Group Presentations

One to two-page proposals for presentations or panels that focus on use of one of the major repository platforms (DSpace, ePrints, Fedora and Invenio) are invited from developers, researchers, repository managers, administrators and practitioners describing novel experiences or developments in the construction and use of repositories involving issues specific to these technical platforms.

24×7 Presentation Proposals

We welcome one- to two-page proposals for 7 minute presentations comprising no more than 24 slides. Similar to Pecha Kuchas or Lightning Talks, these 24×7 presentations will be grouped into blocks based on conference themes, with each block followed by a moderated discussion / question and answer session involving the audience and whole block of presenters. This format will provide conference goers with a fast-paced survey of like work across many institutions, and presenters the chance to disseminate their work in more depth and context than a traditional poster.

“Repository Rants” 24×7 Block

One block of 24×7′s at OR14 will revolve around “repository rants”: brief exposés that challenge the conventional wisdom or practice, and highlight what the repository community is doing that is misguided, or perhaps just missing altogether. The top proposals will be incorporated into a track meant to provoke unconventional approaches to repository services.

Posters, Demos and Developer “How-To’s”

We invite developers, researchers, repository managers, administrators and practitioners to submit one-page proposals for posters, demonstrations, technical how-tos and technology briefings. Posters provide an opportunity to present work that isn’t appropriate for a paper; you’ll have the chance to do a 60-second pitch for your poster or demo during a plenary session at the conference. Developer “How-To’s” will provide a forum for running a mini-tutorial or demonstration in the developer lounge, if there are enough interested parties.

Developer Challenge

Each year a significant proportion of the delegates at Open Repositories are software developers who work on repository software or related services, and once again OR2014 will feature a Developer Challenge. An announcement will be made in the future with more details on the Challenge. Developers are also encouraged to make submissions to the other tracks–including posters, demonstrations, and 24×7 presentations–to present on recently completed work and works-in-progress.

Workshops and Tutorials

One- to two-page proposals for Workshops and Tutorials addressing theoretical or practical issues around digital repositories are welcomed. Please address the following in your proposal:

• The subject of the event and what knowledge you intend to convey
• Length of session (e.g., 1-hour, 2-hour? half a day? whole day?)
• How many attendees you plan to accommodate
• Technology and facility requirements
• Any other supplies or support required
• A brief statement on the learning outcomes from the session
• Anything else you believe is pertinent to carrying out the session

Submit your paper, poster, demo or workshop proposal through the conference system. PDF format is preferred. Please include presentation title, authors’ names and affiliations in the submission. The conference system is now open and is linked from the conference web site: http://or2014.helsinki.fi/

See you in Helsinki!

Carol Minton Morris
Director of Marketing and Communications
Skype: carolmintonmorris
607 592-3135

ETD 2014 Conference Call for Proposals

I want to share this announcement of the call for proposals for the international ETD conference, the premier venue for learning about the latest developments in electronic theses and dissertations.
Joan Lippincott, CNI

*With apologies for cross-posting*

Electronic Theses & Dissertations (ETD) 2014: 23 to 25 July 2014, Leicester, UK.

Deadline for proposals for papers and posters is 31 January

ETD2014 – the Networked Digital Library of Theses and Dissertations’ (NDLTD) 17th annual symposium – takes place at the University of Leicester, UK from 23 to 25 July 2014.

Now that the New Year has arrived we would like to remind you that the deadline for proposals is Friday, 31 January 2014.

Put 23 to 25 July 2014 in your diary and submit a proposal to present a paper or contribute a poster to share your knowledge with the ETD community!

With the overall symposium theme of ‘ETDs for Life’, we want to explore what difference the huge growth in open access to electronic theses and dissertations is making for authors, other researchers and for social and economic development

We are seeking proposals which address one of the following themes:

● ETDs for authors: topics such as authors’ perceptions of advantages/disadvantages of open access to ETDs and whether this access has influenced development of their career or other aspects of their lives.

● ETDs for society and the economy: topics such as the value of open access to ETDs to business, education (including beyond academia), cultural life and economic development.

● ETDs for scholarship: topics such as the visibility and accessibility of ETDs to the information seeker and the development of ‘enhanced’ ETDs which include access to related research data.

● ETDs and the information professional: topics such as the skills, resources and services required to further improve access to ETDs.

For information on how to submit your proposal, please visit http://www.le.ac.uk/etd2014/call

Ben Wynne, Deputy Librarian & Head of Academic Liaison

David Wilson Library, University of Leicester

E: bw65

T: +44 (0) 116 252 5048

F: +44 (0) 116 252 2066

W: www.le.ac.uk/library

Last updated:  Friday, February 1st, 2013