1914-1918-online. International Encyclopedia of the First World War

Nicolas Apostolopoulos
Freie Universtät Berlin

Oliver Janz
Freie Universtät Berlin

On the centenary of the start of World War I, “1914-1918-online. International Encyclopedia of the First World War” will present a virtual, open access handbook and encyclopedia on World War I to the academic community and the general public. It will be the most comprehensive academic encyclopedia on World War I created by the largest network of World War I researchers worldwide. The multi-perspective, refereed reference work will be the result of an international collaborative project that is coordinated by the Freie Universität Berlin (Friedrich-Meinecke-Institut, Center for Digital Systems) in cooperation with the Bavarian State Library, and is funded by the German Research Foundation.

“1914-1918-online” is based on semantic wiki technology. Hyper-linked documents and metadata as well as the use of the underlying taxonomy will enable users to find their way through complex, non-linear structures. The visualization of related documents provides versatile access routes to the encyclopedia’s contents based on user defined selection criteria. The structure of the encyclopedia will be shown and tools will be demonstrated that support the creation and the usage of the system.


Assessment of E-book Strategies

Maria Savova
Collection Management and Digital Integration Librarian
Claremont Colleges

Terese Heidenwolf
Director of Research & Instructional Services, Library
Lafayette College

Kevin Butterfield
University Librarian
University of Richmond


What do we know about the use and acceptance of e-books by students and faculty? At the December CNI Executive Roundtable, “E-book Strategies,” several institutions reported on data collection efforts to assist them in better understanding the use of and satisfaction with e-books among their constituencies. In this session, findings from three institutions will provide insight into the kinds of information collected, what the data revealed, and the impact of these studies on policies and strategic directions:

*The University of Richmond Libraries will discuss how the implementation of a demand-driven acquisition (DDA) program for e-books impacted purchasing decisions and ways in which implementation of a discovery layer service impacted reception of e-books.

*Lafayette College Libraries will discuss how format preference data and use data from both subscription and patron-driven acquisition (PDA) e-book packages have shaped e-book acquisition policies.

*Claremont Colleges Library will present results from a study, comparing the usage of the print and electronic equivalent of the same Course Adopted Book title, as well as a quick look at the types of data collected and analyzed from the e-book DDA service.

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Beyond Serials: Lessons Learned and Future Directions for e-Book Preservation

Stephanie Orphan
Director of Publisher Relations

Robert Wolven
Associate University Librarian for Bibliographic Services and Collection Development
Columbia University

Charles Hammer
Associate Director of Product Management Global Research
John Wiley & Sons

Portico began working with libraries and scholarly publishers on the preservation of e-books in 2008. The past five years have seen incredible growth in the scholarly e-book space and vastly increased coverage of e-books in digital preservation services. As is the case with all growth spurts, these accomplishments have been accompanied by inevitable growing pains. This session will bring together stakeholders from across the e-book preservation landscape to discuss lessons learned, challenges, and possible future directions for e-book preservation. Areas for discussion include the challenges of developing preservation business models for a market that is still evolving, making sense of the multi-platform and aggregator space, the impact of rights restrictions, format and technical issues, and challenges presented by complex and numerous publisher sales and access models.


Can a Consortium Build a Viable Preservation Repository?

Suzanne E. Thorin
Program Director, Academic Preservation Trust
University of Virginia

Bradley Daigle
Director, Digital Curation Services; APTrust Content Lead
University of Virginia

Stephen Davis
Director, Columbia Libraries Digital Program
Columbia University

Linda Newman
Head, Digital Collections and Repositories
University of Cincinnati

Scott Turnbull
Senior Software and Systems Administrator; APTrust Technology Lead
University of Virginia


The Academic Preservation Trust (APTrust), a consortium of 16 institutions, was formed two and a half years ago when a small group of academic library deans agreed to take a community approach in building and managing a repository that would provide long-term preservation of the scholarly record. The repository also aims to aggregate content, to provide for disaster recovery, to leverage economies of scale, and to explore access and other services. From its beginning, APTrust has been a layered collaboration of deans, technology experts, content/preservation specialists, and a small APTrust staff located at the University of Virginia. The growth of the consortium has been bumpy at times, with differences of opinion regarding technology decisions and, inside the University of Virginia (UVA), in building awareness that an entrepreneurial program requires quick responses from the infrastructure. APTrust remains repository and format agnostic by using the Baglt specification for content submission. Metadata is managed by Fedora with pointers to content preserved in Amazon S3 and Glacier with administrative functions built using Hydra and Blacklight. The repository is scheduled to go live in June and will become a Digital Preservation Network (DPN) node. A panel of APTrust partners and UVA staff will describe the interplay in decision making among deans, technologists, and content experts and will discuss the evolving nature of an effort that is approaching full production, including questions of governance, business modeling, certification goals and the consortium’s evolving approach to the complex issues related to digital preservation.



Community-based Stewardship at Pennsylvania State University

Mike Furlough
Associate Dean for Research & Scholarly Communications
Pennsylvania State University

Patricia Hswe
Head, ScholarSphere User Services and Digital Content Strategist
Pennsylvania State University

Ben Goldman
Digital Records Archivist
Pennsylvania State University


This presentation will trace Pennsylvania State University’s community-driven strategy for developing digital stewardship through two services: 1) ScholarSphere, deployed for “scholarly works” produced by faculty, staff, and students; and 2) ArchiveSphere, being created for the management of institutional records, and aimed at a more narrowly defined audience charged with specific duties defined in University policy. Both services share a common code base developed on the Hydra/Fedora framework. Mike Giarlo and Patricia Hswe have previously written that “[t]he story of ScholarSphere, Penn State’s institutional repository (IR) service, is a multilayered, community-driven narrative.” To develop this service together, the University Libraries and Information Technology Services took a deliberate approach to building communities of practice, first among librarians and technologists, then among faculty, students, and staff, and ultimately in the wider digital preservation world. Both partners engaged potential stakeholders and users of the service at the earliest stages of development to guide functionality and service planning. As a result ScholarSphere is unusual among repository services in the degree of control it cedes to depositors to set the level of access, rights, and persistence for materials they contribute. ScholarSpheres’s flexibility contrasts with expectations of records managers, who organize and collect institutional records according to well-defined policies and retention schedules. ArchiveSphere, envisioned in response to the growing need to manage born-digital records, will enable an archivist to deposit hierarchies of digital materials, preserve the relational and hierarchical connections among files while also permitting rearrangement and classification.

At Penn State, a strong stakeholder base exists because of a thriving records management program and community of liaisons in offices throughout the university. Additionally, there are common needs for digital archival management tools across multiple institutions and the opportunity for further community development around these needs. How can community-building practices be applied to the development of ArchiveSphere? This presentation will include a brief overview of community development and user engagement in the development and promotion of ScholarSphere, followed by an outline of current development plans for ArchiveSphere and the records management community at Pennsylvania State University.


Continuing the Conversation

Bryan Alexander
Head, Bryan Alexander Consulting
Senior Fellow, National Institute for Technology in Liberal Education (NITLE)

Clifford Lynch
Executive Director
Coalition for Networked Information (CNI)

Continue the conversation with Cliff Lynch and Bryan Alexander. They will take questions and comments on the topics discussed during the plenary, and will explore some of the issues a bit more in depth.


Course Readings in Learning Management Systems

Eric Frierson
Discovery Services Engineer
EBSCO Information Services

Michael Waugh
Systems Librarian
Louisiana State University


The Learning Tools Interoperability (LTI) protocol provides opportunities for third parties (libraries or library vendors) to create immersive experiences for a variety of learning management systems (LMS) (e.g., Blackboard, Canvas, D2L, Moodle, Sakai). EBSCO, a provider of library databases and discovery services, has created an LTI-compliant tool that allows course instructors to build assigned reading lists without ever leaving the LMS. This session will include a brief explanation of the LTI protocol (for those interested in building LTI tools), demonstration of how the EDS Reading List tool makes use of it to the benefit of course instructors, and discussion of how this technology can help libraries add value to the teaching and learning experience.


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Demonstration of FLEXspace Beta Release

Lisa Stephens
Senior Strategist, SUNY Academic Innovation
State University of New York (SUNY)

Megan Marler
Shared Shelf Director, Strategic Services

Members of the core team will lead a demonstration of FLEXspace beta, the Flexible Learning Environments eXchange. This new, image and video intensive, highly searchable, open education resource is designed to encourage a community exchange of best practices in the use, design and construction of learning spaces across three domains: learning and assessment, technology integration, and facilities planning and design. Participants are encouraged to bring laptops to take this very powerful tool for a test drive, and to learn how your campus community can access it in order to provide feedback during the beta release. (Please note that in order to access the system during the demo, participants will need to bring a laptop; FLEXspace is anticipated to be mobile device ready later this year.)




Enriching How We Create, Teach and Learn: The Intersections of Scholarly Communication and Information Literacy

Joyce Ogburn
Dean of Libraries and Belk Distinguished Professor
Appalachian State University

Stephanie Davis-Kahl
Scholarly Communications Librarian
Illinois Wesleyan University

Merinda Kaye Hensley
Instructional Services Librarian and Scholarly Commons Co-coordinator
University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

Mary Ellen Davis
Executive Director
Association of College and Research Libraries


Academic librarians are exploring the intersections between scholarly communication and information literacy programs, intersections that have become more apparent as the academic environment has grown increasingly digital. Technological changes and resulting new connections have impacted many aspects of scholarship, teaching, and learning. These changes, coupled with an increased emphasis on creativity and use of media, require a system level approach to literacy and the creation, use, and distribution of knowledge. An Association of College and Research Libraries (ACRL) white paper issued in 2013 identifies three areas of intersection (economics, digital literacy, and changing roles) and recommended four objectives to pursue (integrate pedagogy and scholarly communication into educational programs for librarians; develop new model information literacy curricula; explore options for organizational change; and promote advocacy). A new ACRL task force is promoting and building on the recommendations of the white paper, identifying professional development opportunities, and ascertaining other strategic actions to bring these programs together. In the project briefing members of the task force will facilitate a discussion about current activities nationally and at attendees’ institutions. The presenters will seek ideas to guide ACRL in helping to advance action at academic institutions; specifically, how to bring others (e.g. IT, e-learning initiatives, teaching and learning centers, and offices for faculty development) into the conversation and identify areas for collaboration. Discussion topics will include connections with teaching methods, learning outcomes, digital literacy, data literacy and management, digital scholarship, and publishing services.


Presentation (Ogburn)