Videos: Activist Stewardship; Access to DBpedia Versions

New videos from CNI’s April membership meeting have been posted:

Activist Stewardship: The Imperative of Risk in Collecting Cultural Heritage examines a central mission challenge for research libraries as they continue to collect and manage contested and controversial parts of the cultural record. This plenary talk was presented by a panel from the University of California, Los Angeles.
Vimeo: https://vimeo.com/163211057
YouTube: https://youtu.be/NbiDoREVtAI

In Access to DBpedia Versions using Memento and Triple Pattern Fragments, Herbert Van de Sompel (Los Alamos National Laboratory) and Miel Vander Sande (Ghent University) describe their work with Memento, DBpedia (the linked data version of Wikipedia) and the added capabilities of linked data fragments, triple pattern fragments, and HDT.
Vimeo: https://vimeo.com/163210737
YouTube: https://youtu.be/e1CpQEjYfa8


Previously-released videos from this meeting:

Starting a Textbook Revolution: Project Partners On and Beyond Your Campus
https://vimeo.com/163210515

Improving Research Data Sharing and Reuse: Scientists and Repositories
https://youtu.be/vG7Wb5BGvgI

Defining the Scholarly Record for Computational Research
https://youtu.be/X8M6ocvEOdE

The Role of Next Generation Libraries in Enhancing Multidisciplinary Research
https://vimeo.com/163210455

All videos produced by CNI are on our video channels: YouTube (www.youtube.com/cnivideo) and Vimeo (vimeo.com/channels/cni).

Videos: Textbook Revolution; Research Data Sharing/Reuse

Two new videos from CNI’s recent membership meeting have been posted:

Textbook affordability is an issue of growing concern in higher education. Academic libraries, working collaboratively with campus partners, have led the way in program innovation to improve student access to course learning content. Starting a Textbook Revolution: Project Partners On and Beyond Your Campus includes presentations by speakers from three institutions taking strategic approaches to advance the adoption of open educational resources (OER) through partnerships on and beyond their campus. 

Vimeo: https://vimeo.com/163210515
YouTube: https://youtu.be/9_WizSoIptg

In Improving Research Data Sharing and Reuse: Scientists and Repositories, Michael Conlon of the University of Florida reviews and discusses the landscape of scientific data sharing and reuse, and the efforts that may be needed to create a preferable environment:

Vimeo: https://vimeo.com/163210812
YouTube: https://youtu.be/vG7Wb5BGvgI

Look for more announcements soon of other video offerings from the spring 2016 CNI meeting. To see all videos produced by CNI, visit our video channels on YouTube (www.youtube.com/cnivideo) and Vimeo (vimeo.com/channels/cni).

Videos: Scholarly Record for Computational Research; Libraries & Multidisciplinary Research

Two new videos from CNI’s recent membership meeting have been posted:

The opening plenary talk, Defining the Scholarly Record for Computational Research, by Victoria Stodden of the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, explores how to define and ensure the integrity of the scholarly record in an age of computationally enabled work, focusing especially on the reproducibility of research findings.

YouTube: https://youtu.be/X8M6ocvEOdE
Vimeo: https://vimeo.com/162823483

In The Role of Next Generation Libraries in Enhancing Multidisciplinary Research, Tom Hickerson and Kathryn Ruddock (U. Calgary), Joan Lippincott (CNI), and Shawna Sadler (Deakin) examine if research libraries are equipped to meet the needs of multidisciplinary research, and they report on a series of focused discussions with researchers during a recent series of workshops.

YouTube: https://youtu.be/OGWxAWrlZTc
Vimeo: https://vimeo.com/163210455

Look for more announcements soon of other video offerings from the spring 2016 CNI meeting. To see all videos produced by CNI, visit our video channels on YouTube (www.youtube.com/cnivideo) and Vimeo (vimeo.com/channels/cni).

Library Publishing Forum Full Program Announced

The Library Publishing Coalition’s Library Publishing Forum, which takes place May 17-19 at the University of North Texas, has posted its full program. This is a great opportunity to get up to speed with a fast-developing program area for academic libraries.

–Joan Lippincott, CNI

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The 2016 Library Publishing Forum (May 17-19 at the University of North Texas) is fast approaching!

We have posted our full program, which focuses on the theme of “Amplifying Scholarship” through building robust, innovative, and sustainable library publishing initiatives. Program highlights include keynotes from Cheryl Ball (Associate Professor of Digital Publishing Studies at West Virginia University) and Dan Morgan (Digital Science Publisher at the University of California Press and Publisher of Collabra).

In addition to the main program, we’re pleased offer a half-day OER pre-conference on Tuesday, May 17, which is included with your full conference registration. 

Registration is open through May 5, but we encourage you to plan your travel and register early. Hotel room blocks begin expiring this week. 

Located a short distance from the Dallas/Forth Worth International Airport and Dallas Love Field and at the heart of the North Texas horse country, the town boasts a lively music and arts scene.

We hope to see you there!

Best,
Sarah

— 

Sarah Kalikman Lippincott
Program Director
Educopia Institute, Library Publishing Coalition
sarah@educopia.org
www.librarypublishing.org
919-218-2516
Skype: sarah.k.lippincott

Library Publishing Forum 2016
May 17 – 19, 2016
Denton, TX

Linked Open Data in Cultural Heritage Workshop

Linked data has been a very popular topic at recent CNI meetings. For those of you who wish to delve more deeply into the topic, please consider registering for this upcoming workshop in Toronto.

— Joan Lippincott, CNI

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Colleagues: 

I am very pleased to alert you to an upcoming Linked Open Data in Cultural Heritage Workshop (LODLAM) May 12-13 in Toronto at Ryerson University and York University. There are a few spots left in the beginner track and a few more for the experienced track.  We are very grateful to our sponsors Canadiana, Digital Library Federation, Our Digital World, Osgoode Hall Law School (York University), and University of Toronto for making this possible. 

Details below: 

Please join us for an exciting two days of workshops, presentations and discussion on Linked Open Data in Cultural Heritage

 

Linked Open Data in Libraries, Archives and Museums (LODLAM) is gaining prominence in the cultural heritage community and especially amongst memory institutions as it promises to profoundly impact the way resources are discovered and accessed. Linked Open Data is integral to ensuring that local collections are globally discoverable and shareable.

The Linked Open Data in Cultural Heritage Workshop (#LODLAMTO) is a two-day event taking place on May 12-13, 2016 at Ryerson University (map) and York University (May 13) in Toronto. It’s a great opportunity to learn about and get some practical experience with Linked Open Data (LOD).

The first day is focused on training workshops with a track for beginners and another track for participants with more experience. During the second day participants will have the opportunity to discuss topics of interest, give short presentations and work together with data.

Workshop programme, registration details and info available on website: http://lodlamto.ca

Registration info available at:

http://lodlamto.ca/register

Regards,

Joy Kirchner, University Librarian, York University and Madeleine Lefebvre, Chief Librarian, Ryerson University

Call for Applicants: Paul Evan Peters Fellowship for Information Studies

The Coalition for Networked Information (CNI) invites applicants for the

2016 Paul Evan Peters Fellowship
https://www.cni.org/go/pep-fellowship
Applications due no later than MAY 9, 2016

The Paul Evan Peters Fellowship was established to honor and perpetuate the memory of CNI’s founding executive director. The fellowship is awarded every two years to students pursuing graduate studies in librarianship, the information sciences, or a closely related field, who demonstrates intellectual and personal qualities consistent with those of Paul Evan Peters, including:

–commitment to use of digital information and advanced technology to enhance scholarship, intellectual productivity and public life;

–interest in the civic responsibilities of information professionals and a commitment to democratic values;

–positive and creative approach to overcoming personal, technological, and bureaucratic challenges, and

–humor, vision, humanity, and imagination.

Two fellowships will be awarded in 2016:

• One to a doctoral/PhD student in the amount of $5,000 per year, to be awarded two consecutive years.

• One to a master’s student in the amount of $2,500 per year, to be awarded two consecutive years.

What Fellowship Recipients Say About the Award:

Jordan Eschler, who received the 2014 Peters Fellowship for doctoral students, used the award to design and execute research that she then presented at conferences. The award supported the research work itself, as well as travel to the events. One of her papers detailed a preliminary illness phase-based information behavior model for young adult cancer survivors, which will serve as the basis for her dissertation.

Olivia Dorsey was the recipient of the masters level fellowship in 2014; her master’s project, “Visualizing Police Brutality,” focused on visualizing data relating to incidents of police brutality against unarmed African Americans from 1979-2014. Dorsey currently serves as Technology Specialist within the IT Department of the Mountain Area Health Education Center in Asheville, NC.

Jessica A. Koepfler received the Peters fellowship in 2010 and she completed her degree in 2014. She now serves as Managing Director at Intuitive Company, a user-centered research, design, and development firm. On winning the award, Koepfler commented, “The fellowship provided a source of funding that allowed me to commit myself to a ‘fringe’ topic like the study of values within the context of homelessness. Without the funding, I would have been beholden to a topic that my advisor was funded in rather than getting to be creative and do something I was truly passionate about. The award is also quite prestigious and put a spotlight on me early on in my program, which had the snowball effect of people noticing me. This very likely impacted the number of great opportunities that came my way throughout my program and academic career. I am truly grateful for the fellowship and credit it with being very instrumental to me particularly in those early years of my PhD program.”

“The characteristics that have often been associated with Paul–positivity, creativity, humor, vision, humanity, and imagination–are, I hope, dimensions that I also bring to the work that I do as a scholar and as a teacher,” wrote Phillip Edwards, 2004 fellowship recipient and currently Instructional Consultant at the Center for Faculty Excellence at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Edwards credits the award with helping to broaden his professional horizons as a student: “Because of this funding, I was able to travel to conferences which I would have otherwise been unable to attend, and the interactions I had among other researchers and practitioners at these gatherings have been more valuable than I could have ever imagined.”  

Christopher (Cal) Lee, who received the first Peters Fellowship, is currently Associate Professor at the School of Information and Library Science at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, where he teaches a variety of subjects, including archival administration, records management, digital curation, understanding information technology for managing digital collections, and the construction of digital repository rules.

Links to the application forms, as well as more information about the Paul Evan Peters Fellowship and the application process, are available at https://www.cni.org/go/pep-fellowship.

Jisc/CNI Conference 2016: Int’l Advances in Digital Scholarship

Jisc and CNI have been collaborating on conference programs in the UK, usually held every other year. We have an upcoming conference in Oxford, where we will explore a range of issues related to developments in digital scholarship. The details for registering and for the program are now live on the conference website.

–Joan Lippincott, CNI

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I am delighted to invite you to the Jisc and CNI Conference 2016: International advances in digital scholarship, 5-6 July at Wadham College, Oxford.

The conference will bring together leading experts from the UK, US and Europe to explore the current critical issues and innovations in digital scholarship, facilitating an international exchange on leading practice and policy.

We are pleased to announce that Professor Sir Nigel Shadbolt, Principle of Jesus College and Professorial research fellow in  Computer Science at the University of Oxford, will give the opening keynote.

The event will open with a welcome reception at the Bodleian Library, Oxford from 19:00 on 5 July until 17:30 on 6 July. The conference will provide a platform for leading international developments to be shared and discussed, addressing themes of:

·         Sustainability of open access

·         Tracking research and research metrics

·         Analytics

·         Researcher incentives

·         Managing active research.

Find out more about the programme and book your place on the Jisc website. Register by 13 May and receive our early bird rate of £99 +VAT (standard rate is £129 + VAT).

https://www.jisc.ac.uk/events/jisc-and-cni-conference-2016-06-jul-2016

For more information email events@jisc.ac.uk. Please feel free to pass this email onto colleagues who you think might be interested in attending.

Bucknell U. Digital Scholarship Conference – call for proposals

The 3d annual digital scholarship conference to be held at Bucknell University, has just issued a call for proposals. The topics, listed below should elicit some interesting proposals from CNI member institutions and others.

–Joan Lippincott, CNI

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#BUDSC16: Negotiating Borders through Digital Collaboration

Bucknell University, with support from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, will host its third annual digital scholarship conference on October 28-30, 2016. The theme of the conference is “Negotiating Borders through Digital Collaboration.” 

This conference will bring together a broad community of practitioners–faculty, researchers, librarians, educational technologists, and students–who are using technology to rethink seemingly intractable borders within and outside of the university. We define “borders” as boundaries that limit access; conditions that differentiate insiders from outsiders; or any obstacle that impairs open communication and collaboration.

We invite proposals that explore or critique digital modes of scholarly, cultural, and political intersectionality. Special consideration will be given to proposals that demonstrate how crossing institutional boundaries, whether within or beyond the university, can facilitate the expansion of borders, broadly conceived.

Some topics may include:

  • Digital tools that bridge the gap between scholarship and teaching
  • Computational methods that explore intersections of identity, power, and social justice
  • Global and multilingual aspects of digital scholarship
  • The role of technology in creating communities of practice that bridge cultural, racial, and economic divides
  • Digital technologies that facilitate equitable collaborations between faculty and students, or that bridge the town/gown divide
  • New modes of inquiry that negotiate and rethink normative ideas of gender and sexuality
  • Forms of digital scholarship that allow for increased accessibility

Presentations may take the form of interactive presentations, project demos, electronic posters, panel discussions, work-in-progress sessions, workshops, or lightning talks.

We look forward to building on the success of the last two years, in which instructional technologists, librarians, archivists, faculty, students, and community members came together to discuss challenges, share working models, reflect on projects, and inspire new avenues for actively including students in public scholarly pursuits. For more information, please view our video from the 2015 meeting and visit the conference website.

Proposals due May 31, 2016 via the online application form.

Cheers,

Param

Param Bedi

Vice President

Library and Information Technology

Bucknell University

(o) 570-577-1557

http://www.bucknell.edu

Roadmap to Spring 2016 Member Meeting

Meeting Roadmap
A Guide to the Spring 2016
Coalition for Networked Information Membership Meeting

The Spring 2016 CNI Membership Meeting, to be held at The Westin Riverwalk in San Antonio, Texas, on April 4 and 5, offers a wide range of presentations that advance and report on CNI’s programs, showcase projects underway at CNI member institutions, and highlight important national and international developments. Here is the customary “roadmap” to the sessions at the meeting, which includes both plenary events and an extensive series of breakout sessions focusing on current developments in networked information.

As usual, the CNI meeting proper is preceded by an optional orientation session for new attendees-both representatives of new member organizations and new representatives or alternate delegates from existing member organizations-at 11:30 AM; guests are also welcome. Refreshments are available for all at 12:15 PM on Monday, April 4. The opening plenary is at 1:15 PM and will be followed by three rounds of parallel breakout sessions. Tuesday, April 5, includes additional rounds of parallel breakout sessions, lunch, and the closing keynote, concluding around 3:30 PM. Along with plenary and breakout sessions, the meeting includes generous break time for informal networking with colleagues and a reception which will run until 7:15 PM on the evening of Monday, April 4, after which participants can enjoy the San Antonio Riverwalk or other attractions.

The CNI meeting agenda is subject to last minute changes, particularly in the breakout sessions, and you can find the most current information on our website, www.cni.org, and on the announcements board near the registration desk at the meeting. Information about wireless access in the meeting room areas is available in your packets and at the registration table. In addition, we are running an experimental deployment of a meeting app called Whova; information about this will be sent to each registrant by email, and will also be available at the meeting registration desk. And we’ll still have printed programs available for all.

The Plenary Sessions

We have two wonderful plenary sessions lined up. Both are tied very closely to the ongoing programmatic interests of CNI and its members.

Professor Victoria Stodden of the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign will give the opening talk on April 4, exploring how to define and ensure the integrity of the scholarly record in an age of computationally enabled research. This presentation will explore some of the key emerging issues of what it means to fully document scholarly work that relies extensively on data and/or computation, with a particular focus on enabling the replication or reproduction of research findings. These are increasingly critical as we develop new norms for good scholarly practice and for our system of scholarly communication, and as our stewardship institutions work to manage this evolving scholarly record. Clearly, these challenges are deeply intertwined with research data management and software sustainability and preservation.

Victoria, who has both a PhD in Statistics and a law degree, is one of the genuinely foundational thinkers about reproducibility in scholarship and how this is changing as information technology becomes pervasive in research practices. I am delighted that she is able to join us.

CNI has been exploring issues involved in the stewardship of various aspects of the broad cultural record as a foundation for scholarly work as well as in its broader social role as a memory of our society. Our closing plenary session continues this exploration.

Todd Grappone, Elizabeth McAulay and Sharon Farb of the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA), will examine a central mission challenge for research libraries as they continue to collect and manage contested and controversial parts of the broader cultural record that represent essential evidence to support scholarly work today and into the future. It seems that the scope of such materials is becoming more extensive, and in a digital world collections of such materials are often much more visible, with potentially global reach. Further, the challenges and attacks on such collections have increased in intensity and taken on technical as well as legal and policy dimensions. The UCLA team will look at issues here from both the operational and policy perspectives, drawing upon extensive experience in collecting and stewarding such collections.

I am very grateful to Todd, Elizabeth and Sharon for helping us to understand these fundamental challenges in stewardship of the cultural record and advancing the conversation about how we address them.

You can find official abstracts, information about the speaker, and pointers to background information for both plenaries on the CNI website.

Highlighted Breakout Sessions

I will not attempt a comprehensive summary of breakout sessions here; we offer a great wealth and diversity of material. However, I want to note, particularly, some sessions that have strong connections to the Coalition’s 2015-2016 Program Plan and also other sessions of special interest, and to provide some additional context for a few sessions that may be helpful to attendees in making session choices. I do realize that choosing among so many interesting concurrent sessions can be frustrating, and as always we will try to put material from the breakout sessions on our website following the meeting.

Many CNI member institutions are developing a range of capabilities and organizational strategies related to research data management (including strategies for dealing with big data and services addressing data curation, data discovery, and the support for new scholarly practices (e-research). I am delighted that we will have Michael Conlon, Professor Emeritus at the University of Florida and project director for VIVO, presenting his thoughts on the landscape of scientific data sharing and reuse, and the efforts that may be needed to create a desirable future environment. I know that many of you will be interested in the initial findings from a Sloan-funded study, led by Myron Gutmann, now at the University of Colorado Boulder, that seeks to measure the amounts and characteristics of research data that is being produced through sponsored projects in the US, with a particular focus on understanding the proportion of this data that is actually being placed under organized stewardship through mechanisms like repositories.

Additional sessions on data and e-research include:

*       da|ra: Solutions to the Challenges of Data Registration, Access and Exchange by two researchers funded through the German science agency (DFG), which will describe a data registry and an integrated search index that enables searches of references with links to data holdings.

*       An Open Science Framework for Solving Institutional Challenges, which will examine the Open Science Framework (OSF), which is an open source scholarly commons and workflow management service, from the viewpoint of research institutions.

*       The Role of Next Generation Libraries in Enhancing Multidisciplinary Research, reporting on a set of workshops at the University of Calgary, in which three teams of interdisciplinary researchers discussed common research infrastructure and support needs.

*       Expert Curation of SHARE Data Set, which will describe a pedagogy and community engagement initiative that creates digital curation training partnerships.

*       A Campus Master Plan for Research Storage, describing a project at New York University (NYU) to look at the research storage needs and solutions at the university through all stages of the research data lifecycle.

*       Working with a Community-based Organization to Support Ontology Infrastructure, focusing on managing mappings between ontology entities in the complex data and metadata ecosystem of Earth Science in order to enhance interoperability.

*       A Multiple Institutional Collaboration Project toward Geospatial Data Discovery, focusing on the Committee on Institutional Cooperation’s (CIC) project to create a portal for discovery and access to the geospatial resources of eight states.

*       An Ocean of Data, which will describe a metadata and digital object identifier (DOI) strategy for a large, dynamic collection of research data about the world’s oceans.

Developing systems to manage faculty research are taking a variety of forms, and a session on faculty profile systems will highlight Boise State University’s implementation of a newly overhauled platform from bepress, which allows the library to develop readership metrics for faculty as well as showcase their scholarship. The University of Arizona will report on their experiments with graph database technologies to maximize the utility of data being collected in various campus systems.

Also important for management of the output of scholarship are organizational identifiers, and representatives from ORCID, Crossref, and DataCite will provide an overview of current and potential uses of those identifiers and the need for a system to serve the community’s needs in this area. This is a hugely complex area, particularly as one considers the full range of potential functional requirements and the social and political context, and it has only very recently begun to receive the attention it requires.

A core focus of CNI’s program has highlighted innovations in digital library content development and digital scholarship in the humanities. At the Yale University Library digital humanities lab, working with ProQuest, they developed an effort to build tools on top of a large archive of materials restricted by copyright and licensing agreements. In another briefing, we’ll hear about a group of multi-type libraries and cultural heritage institutions in the Chicago area that have developed the Chicago Collections, which now hold more than 104,000 digital images and more than 4,000 finding aids; intended users include students, citizens, and scholars. Clemson University collaborated with the US National Park Service to develop the Open Parks Network, which has resulted in the digitization of over 350,000 items from many sites, including national parks, historic sites, libraries, museums, and archives.

A circumstance that may be more prevalent than we realize comes about when two institutions are working on projects with similar scope and content but are developing different approaches. This happened when both the University of North Carolina at Greensboro and Cornell University found that they were working on developing large databases of runaway slave advertisements; we’ll learn how they worked together to complement each other’s projects.

At an increasing number of universities and colleges, staff teams are partnering with faculty and students working on high-end digital projects in a variety of fields, often through the framework of a digital scholarship center. In a joint session, the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign and Emory University will report on their programs to support and partner with faculty in new areas of research and will map the cycle of evolution of centers that offer this support. We will also learn about the planning for the recently opened Research Commons at The Ohio State University, and the principles that informed its development.

Several sessions will address issues related to scholarly communication and publishing, in some cases proposing new models to disseminate the products of scholarship. Martin Paul Eve of the University of London will describe the Open Library of Humanities, a model that employs library partnership subsidies for publication of humanities content in an open scholarly platform. Additional sessions include:

*       Publishing Programs in Academic Libraries, in which we’ll learn about the new liberal arts colleges initiative to launch the Lever Press, an open-access publishing venture as well as some thinking from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln and University of Kansas on an emerging model for an effective, at-cost publishing program in academic libraries.

*       On the CUSP: Canadian Universities and Sustainable Publishing, which will address national strategies and models to effectively sustain open access publishing in Canada.

Following on the topic of our spring 2016 CNI executive roundtable on institutional strategies for open educational resources (OER), we will have a panel from Temple, Ohio State, and Simon Fraser universities describing their work on open educational resources at their institutions.

Digital preservation, a topic of great interest to our members, will be explored in several sessions:

*       National Web Archiving Programs in the US, where presenters will describe a number of important and innovative programs addressing federal government information and tools for storytelling using social media archival content. Representatives from the University of North Texas, the Internet Archive, and Old Dominion University will be presenters.

*       The Software Preservation Network Project, which will describe a study and upcoming forum to explore building a community infrastructure to support software preservation at scale.

*       Digital Curation in Art Museums, which will report on a convening by the Johns Hopkins University Museum Studies and Digital Curation Programs of cultural heritage professionals for a summit on digital curation in art.

*       Preserving Intangible Cultural Heritage, which will describe a research and policy agenda for preservation of intangible cultural heritage in North America.

Libraries are rethinking their overall information management systems as well as mechanisms for information organization, access and retrieval. As libraries develop large collections of digital materials, they may find that they need new perspectives and solutions, particularly as the ecology of discovery and access systems continues to shift and evolve. We will hear a report of how the California State University Council of Deans procured a unified library management system for 23 campuses that had operated independent systems in the past. They hope that their new model will aid discovery, unite resources, empower analytics, and simplify workflow. A representative from Index Data will discuss his views regarding rethinking the current typical integrated library system enterprise software. He believes a more flexible, collaborative approach for an open source, scalable software infrastructure together with a set of core library services, will stimulate innovation and collaboration.

Two sessions will address how libraries are seeking to do a better job of connecting users with information. At Montana State University, they are working on search engine and social media optimization to surface the library’s paid databases to users when they search the open web. At the University of Texas at San Antonio, they are implementing a pro-active, context-sensitive chat system that has significantly increased the number and sophistication of questions from users when they are searching for databases or other information.

We continue to track developments in linked open data, with a particular focus on concrete projects. An important tool in the study of art, the Getty Provenance Index, which was converted from print to an online database in the mid 1980’s, has now undergone another significant transformation, incorporating linked open data; we’ll learn about the background for the project and its progress. Karen Smith-Yoshimura from OCLC will summarize the results of a 2015 linked data survey of 89 institutions in 20 countries.

A selection of project briefings addresses a variety of themes regarding platforms, tools, and services. Herbert Van de Sompel of Los Alamos National Laboratory, who was recently honored by his institution with the Fellows Prize for Outstanding Research, and his colleague from Ghent University, will describe their work with Memento, DBpedia (the linked data version of Wikipedia) and the added capabilities of linked data fragments, triple pattern fragments, and HDT. A representative from the New York Public Library will describe the use of microservices architecture in building scalable library software solutions. We’ll have an update on the Avalon Media System, an open source system based on Fedora and Hydra technologies that is used to provide access to digitized and born-digital audio and video collections.

In a potentially provocative session in which presenters will discuss their concern that information technology has not been successfully integrated into library organizations, presenters from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign and McMaster University will provide some examples that illustrate their concerns and also suggest some ways to rethink how libraries approach information technology leadership, culture, and structure.

We will have some sessions that describe new services, spaces, and maker space initiatives. At the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, the libraries and the Center for Faculty Excellence have developed a collaborative support model as part of a maker initiative. At the University of Oklahoma, the library is developing tools and technologies such as virtual reality and websites to bring collaborators together across distributed innovation spaces in order to support collaboration and leverage expertise. We will learn about a suite of experimental learning environments at Clemson University that include a center for geospatial technologies, a digital studio, and a digital resources lab.

Finally, Roger Schonfeld and Christine Wolff will release results from the new Ithaka S+R Faculty Survey 2015. This survey, which has been done every three years, now represents a substantial database measuring evolving faculty views and behaviors in many areas of interest to the CNI community. Roger tells me that this year’s survey documents some very substantial shifts from the 2012 results.

I invite you to browse the complete list of breakout sessions at the CNI website: https://www.cni.org/mm/spring-2016/s16-project-briefings-breakout-sessions. In many cases you will find these abstracts include pointers to web resources that you may find useful to explore prior to the session, and after the meeting we will add materials from the actual presentations as they are available to us. We will be recording the plenary sessions, although to facilitate open discussion we will not be capturing the question segment of the closing plenary. We’ll record a few breakout sessions and capture some additional ones using voice over visuals. All these videos will be made available in the weeks following the meeting. There will be a list of the breakouts we plan to capture at the registration table, but please keep in mind that these session captures do not include the discussion part of the breakout, and that we occasionally have problems with the captures. There’s no substitute for being there in person!

You can follow the meeting on Twitter by using the hashtag #cni16s.

I look forward to seeing you in San Antonio. Please contact me (cliff@cni.org) or Joan Lippincott, CNI’s Associate Director (joan@cni.org), if we can provide you with any additional information on the meeting. Also, Victoria Stodden has alerted me that it will be peak season for Bluebonnets, the Texas state flower, so you might be on the lookout for these.

Clifford Lynch
Executive Director
Coalition for Networked Information

Library Assessment Conference 2016 Registration Now Open: Early-Bird Deadline July 1

We are pleased to share the announcement below – registration is now open for the 2016 Library Assessment Conference. CNI’s Joan Lippincott and Kim Duckett of Duke University will be co-facilitating a post-conference workshop on November 3rd: Library Spaces: Approaches to Needs Assessment and Post-Occupancy Assessment – you can register for workshops (for an additional fee) when you register for the conference.

-Diane Goldenberg-Hart
CNI Communications

Registration is now open for the 2016 Library Assessment Conference: Building Effective, Sustainable, Practical Assessment, to be held October 31–November 2 in Arlington, Virginia. The preeminent conference in the field with more than 600 registrants, this biennial gathering supports and advances the growing library assessment community through formal presentations, workshops, and informal engagement. This sixth Library Assessment Conference is co-sponsored by the Association of Research Libraries (ARL) and the University of Washington (UW) Libraries.

Registration

Early-Bird Registration (through July 1): $450

Registration (after July 1): $525

Additional workshop fees: $100 for each half-day workshop

Registration closes October 8, 2016. Register early to secure your space, as registration may close before the deadline due to high demand. Register online: http://libraryassessment.org/reg/index.shtml

Pre-conference workshops will be held on Sunday, October 30, 1:00–4:30 p.m. Post-conference workshops will be held on Thursday, November 3, 9:00 a.m.–12:30 p.m. More information about the workshops is available on the conference website: http://libraryassessment.org/workshops/index.shtml

Conference Format

The conference provides a full range of presentations—invited speakers, papers, and posters that cover all aspects of library assessment. There will be plenty of time to meet and engage with conference speakers and participants in formal and informal settings. All meetings will take place in the conference hotel, the Crystal Gateway Marriott (https://aws.passkey.com/event/14519794/owner/1487/home) in Arlington, Virginia. (See the conference website for information about reserving hotel rooms: http://libraryassessment.org/travel/index.shtml.)

Steering Committee

Sue Baughman, Association of Research Libraries, Co-Chair

Steve Hiller, University of Washington, Co-Chair

Jackie Belanger, University of Washington

Bob Fox, University of Louisville

Lisa Hinchliffe, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

Martha Kyrillidou, Consultant

Vivian Lewis, McMaster University

Megan Oakleaf, Syracuse University

Jennifer Paustenbaugh, Brigham Young University

Stephen Town, CASQ Ltd., UK

Additional Information

For more details and to register, visit the Library Assessment Conference website (http://libraryassessment.org/).

About the Association of Research Libraries

The Association of Research Libraries (ARL) is a nonprofit organization of 124 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/.

About the University of Washington Libraries

The University of Washington (UW) Libraries, located in Seattle, is the largest library in the Pacific Northwest. The UW Libraries is well-known for its innovative programs and services in assessment, organizational development, user spaces, and institutional collaboration. Its print and digital collections support world-class research and scholarship in such areas as health sciences, environmental sciences, area and language studies, and the Pacific Northwest. UW Libraries is on the web at http://www.lib.washington.edu/.

Last updated:  Friday, February 1st, 2013