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The “Academic Research and University Libraries: Creating a New Model for Collaboration” project at the University of Calgary has produced some valuable findings. This is an opportunity for others to benefit from their experience and that of additional institutions. This symposium, a dissemination activity of the project, will include presentations, panel sessions, and opportunities for small group discussions. Registration is now open (see links below) and is expected to fill very quickly.
—Joan Lippincott, CNI
Registration Is Open
Critical Roles for Libraries in Today’s Research Enterprise
A Symposium being held on December 11, 2019, at the Omni Shoreham Hotel, Washington, D.C.
Research has changed: have libraries? Today many academic libraries are seeking ways to better align with current research practice and to engage as vital partners in the campus research ecosystem. The issues are critical, necessary changes are fundamental, and libraries are developing new means and partnerships to sustain relevance.
Held following the CNI Fall Membership Meeting, Critical Roles for Libraries in Today’s Research Enterprise is a one-day symposium created for librarians, research administrators, and technology professionals to identify responses to this challenge.
Library leaders will examine new organizational structures, programs, and services, innovative spaces, and collaborative models. Research administrators will evaluate the impact of these new developments and describe future opportunities. Presentations will characterize the potential for new synergies and functional partnerships. Most importantly, participatory discussions will give attendees the opportunity to collaborate in developing strategies to apply at their own institutions.
This symposium represents the culmination of four years of research conducted at the University of Calgary, led by Thomas Hickerson and sponsored by The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation. Organized in association with Charles Eckman (University of Miami), and Xuemao Wang (University of Cincinnati), this event is funded as part of the University of Calgary project, “Academic Research and University Libraries: Creating a New Model for Collaboration.”
Registration is no-cost but limited and expected to fill quickly. Since the target audience for this event is colleges and universities, for-profit corporations are requested to limit their representation to one individual. Program details are now available: https://library.ucalgary.ca/libraryresearchplatform/symposium
Join us for this signature opportunity to identify the changes needed to reposition libraries for research in the digital age.
Register here: https://ucalgary.libsurveys.com/criticalrolesregistration
For questions, contact John Brosz (firstname.lastname@example.org), Project Coordinator
Dr. Joan K. Lippincott, CNI’s long-time associate executive director, has informed me that she will be retiring effective January 1, 2020. It’s impossible for me to readily summarize her achievements and contributions in over 30 years of dedicated service to the library community. Joan joined CNI in the fall of 1990, soon after the organization’s inception under the leadership of founding director Paul Evan Peters, and she has played a critical role in shaping CNI’s trajectory since the earliest days. When I joined CNI as director in 1997, we immediately formed what I believe was an extraordinarily effective leadership team, and our partnership over the past two decades has been one of the great pleasures and most rewarding experiences of my career.
In addition to providing brilliant stewardship of CNI’s operations, during her time at CNI, Joan has provided critical intellectual leadership for programs in teaching and learning, learning spaces, digital scholarship, and assessment. The author of countless articles, chapters, and reports, Joan was one of the founders of the Designing Libraries for the 21st Century conference, which is now going into its eighth year. She is valued as an admired colleague, compassionate mentor, and trusted friend by so many throughout the CNI community and beyond.
I personally want to thank Joan for her contributions to CNI and to the community; we have all benefited – I most of all – from her insights, leadership and wise counsel. We will recognize her years of service during the CNI Fall 2019 Membership Meeting in Washington, DC, this December. But for now, please join me in thanking Joan, celebrating her accomplishments and legacy, and in wishing her all the best in retirement as she transitions to become associate director emerita. I expect that she will continue to be engaged in some of our ongoing programmatic work at CNI; more on this in future.
Diane Goldenberg-Hart, who currently serves as CNI’s communications coordinator, has added the role of assistant director designate to her portfolio and will assume operational responsibilities as CNI’s assistant executive director at the start of 2020. Diane is well known to the CNI community; she’s been part of our organization for over 15 years, coming to us after various roles in the Yale University Libraries. Please join me in welcoming Diane to her new role at CNI.
I anticipate additional staffing changes to take place over the coming months, particularly in CNI’s focus areas involving teaching and learning and digital scholarship; details about these will be shared with the community as they develop.
For those who missed earlier announcements over the summer, here is your opportunity to register for the Designing Libraries Conference. We have a great roster of speakers and two valuable pre-conferences. Program information and links to the conference site are below.
Proposals are now being accepted for project briefings to be presented at CNI’s Fall 2019 Membership Meeting on Dec. 9-10 in Washington, DC, at the Omni Shoreham Hotel. Anyone may propose a project briefing, including groups/individuals from non-member institutions and organizations.
Project briefings are typically 30-minute or one-hour sessions that focus on a discussion of a hot topic, or on a specific institutional/organizational project related to digital information; 30-minute sessions WILL BE PAIRED. A limited number of project briefings are accepted.
NEW THIS YEAR – “Short Updates” pilot: 1-hour session(s) comprised of a series of brief updates (approx. 8 minutes each, limited to 1 presenter per update) on new or ongoing projects, programs, or organizations that may have reported at CNI in the past. Contact Joan Lippincott, email@example.com, for questions about brief updates.
Proposals may be submitted via online form:
Deadline for submissions is Monday, October 7.
More information is at https://www.cni.org/mm/fall-2019. Follow along: #cni19f.
As many of you are aware, CNI has worked closely with the Learning Spaces Collaboratory over the years. This national colloquium promises to be stimulating and rewarding for those involved in planning all types of learning spaces. Registration information is linked below.
Join us November 1 – 3, 2019 in Kansas City, Missouri for the LSC National Colloquium that will be focusing on spaces for learning. If your campus is:
– anticipating a major facilities project within the next seven years
– engaged in a campus-wide initiative of repurposing current spaces
– re-examining if and how spaces serve institutional goals for inclusivity
Architect/Design Professional Registration
Opening Plenary Session: Two Perspectives on the Process of Planning
Laura Malinin, Inaugural Director, Nancy Richardson Design Center, Associate Professor of Interior Architecture + Design – Colorado State University
William LaCourse, Dean of the College of Natural and Mathematical Sciences – University of Maryland Baltimore County
Malinin and LaCourse share their individual stories of imagining and realizing spaces for quite diverse communities of learners, beginning with focusing on the experience of the learner.
These were two quite different spatial types, yet they had a common goal: to enable interdisciplinary, engaged and applied learning, inspire innovation and creativity. Each story illustrates the complexity and iterative nature of planning—toward the end that the project is embraced by the campus community, focuses on the future, and enhances institutional distinction.
Saturday Breakout Sessions will:
– focus on diverse spatial types: libraries; STEM facilities classrooms (including technologically-enhanced classrooms), makerspaces, and spaces for informal learning
– explore the nature of spaces focusing on inclusivity and spaces for formal and informal learning that create a campus ecosystem of learning
– present an overview on how to develop an institutional “checklist for planning”
– incorporate attention to assessing how spaces matter.
Be in touch with any questions.
Jeanne L. Narum
Learning Spaces Collaboratory, Principal
The ARL-CNI Fall Forum provides an opportunity to participate in a stimulating program and interact with colleagues on key issues. Please see below for information on registering and note the Tuesday, September 3 deadline.
—Joan Lippincott, CNI
ARL-CNI Fall Forum: September 26, 2019
Other Important Information
Other Important Information
About the Association of Research Libraries
This July, I was fortunate to be able to participate in the milestone 10th Assembly convened by Sage Bionetworks. This entire event was recorded, and the videos are now available linked to an excellent blog posting summarizing the goals of Sage and what took place at the meeting here
I was part of the first panel, “Open Science Matters.”
The National Academies are hosting a one-day workshop on Implementing FAIR Data for People and Machines on Wednesday, September 11 in Washington DC. They have a genuinely outstanding set of speakers and this should be a superb event. Full details at
Note that there is a modest registration fee.
I was greatly saddened to hear of the death of former National Library of Medicine Director Dr. Donald
Lindberg. Don was a genuine visionary and superb strategic leader who was responsible for enabling many of the key advances in both bio-informatics and public access to biomedical and health information as we
know them today.
The announcement from the National Library of Medicine is here
He was also a great friend to and supporter of CNI. In 2014 it was my privilege to be able to present Dr. Lindberg with the Paul Evan Peters award at our Spring meeting.
The award announcement can be found here