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I’m pleased to be able to share this announcement about a new initiative that CNI has embarked upon jointly with our partners at the Association of Research Libraries and EDUCAUSE; I’ve spent a good deal of time planning this effort with my colleagues in those organizations over the past month and it’s wonderful to see it launched! I think that the first phase — identifying key landscape-changing technologies — will be of great interest to the CNI community and I hope to be able to update progress on that via this list and at our December 2019 and Spring 2020 Member meetings. Below is the full announcement about the initiative and its objectives.
The Association of Research Libraries (ARL), the Coalition for Networked Information (CNI), and EDUCAUSE are working together to better understand how research libraries, as collaborative partners in the research and learning enterprise, can best advance research and learning during these times of significant changes in the production, dissemination, and reuse of digital content.
The three partner organizations are focused on understanding how such technologies and emerging disciplines as data science, artificial intelligence, mobility and ubiquitous networking, cloud and ambient computing, augmented/virtual reality, and the internet of things are— and are not—fundamentally transforming the way research and learning occur. More specifically, the partners will focus on understanding the role research libraries are playing and need to play in this dynamic context.
This project is organized in three phases over 18 months. It will engage experts, leaders and community members from research libraries, information technology, higher education, the research enterprise, and the three organizations. The project will develop a set of recommendations and possible actions for key stakeholders, the broader community, and the partner organizations to consider in response to findings related to the following questions:
• Based on technologies considered most critical in research and learning, what knowledge and competencies do research library leaders and staff need?
• What can research libraries do now to advance their knowledge and practice in these technologies given their current and potential impact on research and learning? What support is needed to do so?
• How should research libraries remain strategically aligned with and capable of adopting digital innovations as collaborative partners in advancing research and learning?
As a result of the recommendations, we will seek to create pathways that position research libraries to positively impact the research enterprise under dynamic digital conditions that continue to dramatically change our world.
I’m pleased to announce the availability of this new addition to the ELI 7 Things series. As Malcolm Brown states, it was a broad, complex, and challenging topic, and I enjoyed working with colleagues on producing this issue.
—Joan Lippincott, CNI
A new ELI 7 Things publication “hit the stands” (at least the virtual ones) recently, and the topic is digital literacies. Interest in this topic has surged over the past several years, as measured by the ELI Key Issues survey: the topic was 13th in 2016 but ranks 4th in 2019.
This issue presented an interesting challenge: compress a complex topic like digital literacies into the 7 Things framework. As we state in the issue itself, digital literacy “…encompasses a range of skills and knowledge necessary to evaluate, use, and create digital in-formation in various forms. Digital literacies include data literacy, information literacy, visual literacy, media literacy, and metaliteracy, as well as related capacities for assessing social and ethical issues in our digital world.”
But thanks to the help supplied by our subject matter experts, we were able to pull together the issue. So many thanks are owed to:
- Debra Gilchrist, Pierce College
- Alison Head, Project Information Literacy
- Trudi Jacobson, SUNY Albany
- Joan Lippincott, CNI
As always, the ELI 7 Things is free to all. The issue on literacies can be fetched here:
Director of Learning Initiatives
Uncommon Thinking for the Common Good
282 Century Place, Suite 5000, Louisville CO 80027
There’s a really useful report surveying all of the numerous efforts that are underway in open-source publishing platforms and how they fit together that’s been released by MIT Press as part of a grant from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation. The report is called “Mind the Gap: A Landscape Analysis of Open Source Publishing Tools and Platforms” and it’s available at
The report announcement is at
The Preservation and Archiving Special Interest Group has announced the date and location for its next meeting. I’ve been to a number of these over the years, and they are always very valuable.
The announcement is below.
Save the Date – PASIG Madrid, May 19-21, 2020
Please save the date for the next Preservation and Archiving Special Interest Group (PASIG) meeting in Madrid, May 19-21, 2020. The Biblioteca Digital Memoria de Madrid, Centro Cultural Conde Duque is the event host. The PASIG Steering Committee is pleased to connect with colleagues in Conde Duque, which is the most important cultural center in Madrid and home to some of the city’s main libraries and archives. Like last year, this PASIG will offer bi-lingual translation services in English and Spanish.
The Preservation and Archiving Special Interest Group (PASIG) is dedicated to advancing the practice of digital preservation and archiving. It brings together practitioners, industry experts and researchers to share experience on how to put preservation and archiving into practice.
The website is at http://www.pasig2020memoriademadrid.es. Agenda drafts, sponsorship information, registration, and travel and hotel options in the coming months. The Program Committee is in its initial planning phase, but if you have a topic you want to be considered or would like to inquire about sponsorship email Courtney Mumma (email@example.com) and the Program Committee Chairs, Gilberto Pedreira Campillo (firstname.lastname@example.org) and Carlos Villarrubia Rodríguez (email@example.com).
The Program Committee for Madrid and the PASIG Steering Committee are working closely together on this event. We would like to thank the members of both for all their effort and commitment! If you have an interest in digital preservation and want to be a part of a great community, make sure you save this date!
PROGRAM COMMITTEE CHAIRS / PRESIDENTES DEL COMITE DE PROGRAMA:
Co-chairs: Gilberto Pedreira Campillo (firstname.lastname@example.org), Director of Digital Library Memoria de Madrid and Carlos Villarrubia Rodríguez (email@example.com), Head of IT Technicians and Assistant in Digitalizing Area
STEERING COMMITTEE / COMITE DIRECTIVO:
Natalie Baur, El Colegio de México
Tom Cramer, Stanford University
Ben Fino-Radin, Small Data Industries
Neil Jefferies, University of Oxford
Thomas Ledoux, Bibliotheque Nationale de France
Sarah Mason, Artefactual Systems
Becky McGuinness, Open Preservation Foundation
David Minor, UC San Diego Library
Courtney Mumma, Texas Digital Library
Matthias Razum, FIZ Karlsruhe
CNI is pleased to co-sponsor this compelling program along with the Association of Research Libraries. Registration is now open. Details are below.
ARL-CNI Fall Forum to Explore Research Libraries as Catalytic Leaders in a Society in Constant Flux
Registration is open for the 2019 Fall Forum to be hosted by the Association of Research Libraries (ARL) and the Coalition for Networked Information (CNI) on Thursday, September 26, in Washington, DC. The theme of this year’s ARL-CNI Fall Forum is “Research Libraries as Catalytic Leaders in a Society in Constant Flux.” The 2019 forum’s goal is to help us understand what research libraries are doing as catalytic leaders now and to discuss and recommend what more we need to do to contribute to our institutions, the research and learning ecosystem, and society.
The Fall Forum features the Julia C. Blixrud Memorial Lecture and the Julia C. Blixrud Scholarship which supports the attendance of one master of library and information science (MLIS) student or recent graduate at the forum each year. This year’s Blixrud Scholarship awardee is Madelynn Dickerson research librarian for digital humanities and history at the University of California, Irvine. Dickerson is pursuing an MLIS at San José State University and is interested in the evolving role of libraries in facilitating new forms of research, cultures and infrastructures around digital scholarship, and intersections between art and technology. As part of the scholarship, Dickerson will tweet from the forum and write an overview of the event.
The fifth annual Blixrud Memorial Lecture, entitled “The Fourth Industrial Revolution,” will be delivered by Jaron Lanier. A computer scientist, composer, musician, artist, and award-winning author, Lanier writes on numerous topics, including high-technology business, the social impact of technology, the philosophy of consciousness and information, internet politics, and the future of humanism. His latest book, Ten Arguments for Deleting Your Social Media Accounts Right Now, synthesizes what we know about the new technology of tricking people with algorithms.
In addition to the keynote, there will be several programs focusing on emerging opportunities, artificial intelligence and new forms of reality, and organizational readiness. Speakers will be listed on the schedule as they are announced.
How can ARL and CNI help research libraries move forward in these areas and help develop the next generation of organizations, skills, and competencies? Join us to share your ideas at this year’s ARL-CNI Fall Forum.
Registration for the 2019 Fall Forum opens Wednesday, July 31. The 2019 Fall Forum registration fees are as follows:
The registration fee includes a continental breakfast, coffee/tea breaks, and lunch.
The deadline to register is Tuesday, September 3, 2019.
To register and learn more about the forum, including schedule and hotel information, visit the ARL-CNI Fall Forum 2019 webpage.
About the Association of Research Libraries
The Association of Research Libraries (ARL) is a nonprofit organization of 124 research libraries in Canada and the US whose mission is to advance research, learning, and scholarly communication. The Association fosters the open exchange of ideas and expertise, promotes equity and diversity, and pursues advocacy and public policy efforts that reflect the values of the library, scholarly, and higher education communities. ARL forges partnerships and catalyzes the collective efforts of research libraries to enable knowledge creation and to achieve enduring and barrier-free access to information. ARL is on the web at ARL.org.
About the Coalition for Networked Information
The Coalition for Networked Information (CNI) is a joint program of the Association of Research Libraries (ARL) and EDUCAUSE that promotes the use of information technology to advance scholarship and education. Some 240 organizations representing higher education, publishing, information technology, scholarly and professional organizations, foundations, and libraries and library organizations, make up CNI’s members. Learn more at www.cni.org.
Those of you attending recent CNI meetings and Designing Libraries conferences may be aware of the impressive work undertaken at the library of the University of Calgary, under the auspices of a grant from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, to work with researchers on interdisciplinary studies (for example, see the video linked from https://www.cni.org/topics/assessment/what-is-the-future-of-libraries-in-academic-research ) The December 2019 symposium will build on that work, with contributions from additional institutions, to encourage other universities to adopt similar models. You can find more information from the links below. While registration is not yet open, those interested may wish to save this date and look for an announcement here when registration is available (or sign up for notification).
—Joan Lippincott, CNI
Save the Date: December 11, 2019
Critical Roles for Libraries in Today’s Research Enterprise
A Symposium being held 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 campus research. 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. Faculty researchers will characterize the potential for new synergies and functional partnerships. Most importantly, these discussions will give attendees the opportunity to collaborate in developing strategies to apply at their own institutions.
Registration is no-cost but limited and expected to fill quickly. Attendees will be asked to provide a brief statement of their interests and involvement in the areas of focus. Registration and Program details will be available in early September. For notification, sign-up at http://ucalgary.libsurveys.com/criticalrolesnotification.
Jointly organized by Thomas Hickerson (University of Calgary), Charles Eckman (University of Miami), Xuemao Wang (University of Cincinnati), and Joan Lippincott (CNI), this event is funded as part of research conducted at the University of Calgary, “Academic Research and University Libraries: Creating a New Model for Collaboration,” sponsored by The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation.
Join us for this signature opportunity to identify the changes needed to reposition libraries for research in the digital age.
For more information please see the Symposium website: https://library.ucalgary.ca/libraryresearchplatform/symposium
For questions, contact John Brosz (firstname.lastname@example.org), Project Coordinator
Clifford Lynch, CNI Executive Director, is pleased to share this announcement along with Jisc Chief Executive Paul Feldman:
Save the date for the Jisc and CNI conference
The Jisc and CNI conference brings together leading experts and influencers who support and collaborate with researchers employing, sharing and communicating digital research practices and outcomes from the UK, US and Europe.
The next Jisc and CNI conference will take place on 14-15 July 2020 in Bristol, UK.
The conference theme, frontiers in research practice, will explore how universities can equip themselves to respond to this new world and realise the potential it will offer.
The research environment is rapidly evolving. The convergence of big data with technologies such as machine learning and ubiquitous connectivity offer the potential for automated research at a vast scale, but also raise important ethical questions.
Open research can enable reproducibility and transparency helping to build trust and integrity in the research process. All the while, the transition to a scholarly communications environment which supports open research poses challenges for authors, institutions, policy makers and publishers alike.
The conference is the perfect opportunity to explore the current issues and innovations in this field.
The full programme and registration page will be released later this year. See our website for further information.
Look forward to seeing you there!
Many institutions are concerned about the accessibility of content, and this report will provide an overview of how libraries are addressing this issue. Posting on behalf of LYRASIS.
—Joan Lippincott, CNI
LYRASIS announces the release of a new study, Understanding the Landscape of Library Accessibility for Online Materials. The study was undertaken in an effort to map the landscape of accessibility policies and practices for online resources as managed by libraries and archives across the United States. The study can be accessed on the LYRASIS website at https://www.lyrasis.org/technology/Pages/Accessibility-Survey-Report.aspx.
Authored by Hannah Rosen, LYRASIS Scholarly Communication Specialist and Digitization Program Coordinator, and Jill Grogg, Strategist for the Content and Scholarly Communication Initiatives team, the study is based on a survey conducted in early 2019 as a mechanism to better understand how (primarily academic) libraries within the United States are handling accessibility for their online content, and more specifically, where they stand in terms of policy and implementation.
Key findings of the study include:
- Libraries are the most progressive in terms of accessibility when they maintain the most control over their content.
- National policies and community technical guidelines on accessibility hold more prominence than local or institutional mandates.
- Most accessibility training is self-initiated; more infrastructure is needed to train librarians in accessibility mandates and tools.
Celeste Feather, Senior Director of Content and Scholarly Communication Initiatives at LYRASIS says of the report, “This study is an important piece of the work LYRASIS is doing to understand the needs of collections holding institutions across the country, and helps unite libraries in their efforts to make materials more accessible to their users and communities. Our goal is to leverage the reach we have at LYRASIS, with more than 1000 members, to help build conversations around these vital topics and use our research abilities to inform the wider community about these important trends and best practices.
The report and all survey materials, including original survey questions and anonymized responses are accessible on the LYRASIS webpage. Visit https://www.lyrasis.org/technology/Pages/Accessibility-Survey-Report.aspxx for more information.
LYRASIS Content and Scholarly Communication Initiatives Team
Sheila Rabun, MLIS https://orcid.org/0000-0002-1196-6279
ORCID US Community Specialist
Phone: 1-800-999-8558 x4809
For those of you with expertise in instructional technology, learning spaces, assessment, digital literacy, learning analytics, and other topics related to teaching and learning, EDUCAUSE is looking for proposal reviewers for its 2020 ELI annual meeting. I’ve found that this type of service is an interesting way to get a window into current projects and programs. Please see the link below to offer providing your services as a reviewer.
—Joan Lippincott, CNI
The EDUCAUSE Learning Initiative (ELI) is seeking session proposal reviewers for its 2020 annual meeting. The dates for the reviewing period this year are from Sept 18 to Oct 2nd. Each reviewer will be asked to review 12-15 proposals. In addition to substantially contributing to the quality of the annual meeting sessions, reviewing proposals has two additional benefits:
- Learning about leading work in the field;
- Learning what makes a proposal effective and persuasive and what does not, which is useful the next time you compose a conference proposal
Being a reviewer does NOT preclude your submitting your own proposals for the annual meeting.
If this is of interest to you, please confirm your participation by filling out this very short form: https://tinyurl.com/ELI2020reviewer
Thanks for considering this! Let me know if you have questions. M
Director of Learning Initiatives
Uncommon Thinking for the Common Good
282 Century Place, Suite 5000, Louisville CO 80027
I am truly delighted to announce that registration for Designing Libraries for the 21st Century VIII, hosted by Georgia Tech in Atlanta on October 6-8, 2019, is now open – see details below. We have an excellent line-up of speakers and topics for this conference, and a choice of pre-conferences: one includes tours of 3 Atlanta-area sites and the other uses a design workshop format to focus on making the case for a library space renovation.
The planning group of Tom Hickerson, U. Calgary, Catherine Murray-Rust and Ameet Doshi, Georgia Tech, Greg Raschke, NC State U., and myself, have worked hard to put together a program that we believe will highlight exemplars and trends in the field.
There is a cap on registration and the conference usually fills quickly, so I urge you to register soon if you would like to attend.
—Joan Lippincott, CNI
Registration now open for Designing Libraries VIII
Registration is now open for the eighth installment of the Designing Libraries Conference, held Oct. 6-8 at Georgia Tech.
To register for the conference and book a hotel at a discounted conference rate, visit www.designinglibraries8.library.gatech.edu. Cost for the conference is $500, with one of two pre-conference options available for $150. Conference fee includes lunch both days. Pre-conference fee includes a boxed lunch.
Hosted by the Georgia Tech Library in partnership with the Coalition for Networked Information and North Carolina State University Libraries, the conference will take place at Georgia Tech’s Global Learning Center, with pre-conference events happening throughout Atlanta and on Tech’s campus.
Join fellow librarians, architects, planners, designers, information technologists, and other professionals to explore the challenges and achievements of designing libraries and learning spaces in the 21st century.