An alternative access method for the same information available from the CNI-ANNOUNCE listserv.
Clifford Lynch’s opening plenary address from CNI’s recent membership meeting, Responsible Stewardship, Technology Realities, and Renewing Collaborations: CNI’s Agenda for the Coming Year, looks at key developments that the Coalition for Networked Information has been tracking over the past year, and highlights some issues of particular interest to the CNI community, including trends in scholarly communication, publishing, and emerging technologies. You’ll find Cliff’s talk on both of CNI’s video channels:
Look for more announcements soon of other video offerings from the fall 2018 CNI meeting (https://www.cni.org/mm/fall-2018). To see all videos produced by CNI, visit our video channels on YouTube (www.youtube.com/cnivideo) and Vimeo (vimeo.com/channels/cni).
Today at the CNI Fall Member meeting in Washington DC I introduced the updated CNI program plan for 2018-2019. This is available online at
Printed copies will be mailed to CNI member representatives shortly. I hope this is a helpful summary of our current initiatives and recent activities.
How could libraries be more involved in the learning analytics programs of their institution? This was a question explored by Megan Oakleaf, Associate Professor, Director of Instructional Quality, at the School of Information Studies at Syracuse University and PI of the Library Integration in Institutional Learning Analytics (LIILA) project. An extensive report was recently issued at the conclusion of this study. It is must reading for anyone involved in learning analytics, whether from the library or other units that might partner with the library on activities.
I was very pleased to serve on the Advisory Board of this project.
To give you an idea of the content of the report, I’m including below the abstract and a portion of the Executive Summary.
“The Library Integration in Institutional Learning Analytics (LIILA) project, funded by the Institute of Museum and Library Services, convened three meetings with academic library administrators, reference and instruction librarians, systems librarians, library technology administrators, library association leaders, and IT administrators as well as learning analytics, library vendor, and learning standards representatives to increase academic library participation in higher education learning analytics and prepare academic librarians to engage in this important use of data to support student learning and success.”
“Finally, the LIILA project yielded ten “next steps” for moving forward in this arena (section 6.0). These next steps include:
1. increasing awareness of and discussion about the role of libraries in institutional learning analytics both within the academic library community and among institutional participants in learning analytics;
2. investigating current library data practices and committing to transparent communication about the ways in which data is gathered, maintained, stored, secured, and used within libraries;
3. communicating and negotiating data rights with library vendor and institutional partners;
4. situating learning analytics among other assessment approaches as a tool for student learning and success support;
5. including libraries in learning analytics conversations at the institutional level;
6. identifying and analyzing questions or problems that require a learning analytics approach;
7. envisioning the contributions that library data makes to developing a holistic picture of student learning and success;
8. exploring interoperability standards that enable disparate information systems to connect in real time;
9. identifying and prioritizing user stories linking libraries and student learning and success that merit further development; and
10. pursuing pilot studies that investigate the feasibility of developing library user stories into achievable integrations of library data into institutional learning analytics.”
The paper is available at https://library.educause.edu/resources/2018/11/library-integration-in-institutional-learning-analytics
—Joan Lippincott, CNI
During the 2018-2019 program year, CNI is convening several small groups of library and information technology leaders to discuss the most urgent and most promising opportunities for collaboration in various areas of higher education. The first of these meetings was held in September, 2018 and the report from this discussion is now available at
The beginning of the report provides a bit more background on the overall effort.
This conversation was intended as a broad survey of the territory. We will be holding several more such groups to delve into specific areas more deeply.
I will be talking about this project broadly, as well as some of the specific findings from this report, during my plenary next Monday at the CNI Member meeting; it’s also covered in the new 2018-2019 Program Plan which we’ll distribute at the meeting, and which should be online shortly.
A Guide to the Fall 2018
Coalition for Networked Information Membership Meeting
The Fall 2018 CNI Membership Meeting, to be held at the Omni Shoreham Hotel in Washington, DC on December 10 and 11, offers a wide range of presentations that advance and report on CNI’s programs, showcase projects underway at member institutions, and highlight important national and international developments. Here is the “roadmap” to the meeting, which includes both plenary events and an extensive series of breakout sessions focusing on current issues in digital information. As always, we have strived to present sessions that reflect late-breaking developments and also take advantage of our venue in the Washington, DC area to provide opportunities to interact with policy makers and funders.
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 and presenters are also welcome; there will be coffee and an opportunity to meet some long-time members starting at 11. Light refreshments are available for all at 12:15 PM on Monday, December 10. The opening plenary is at 1:15 PM and will be followed by four rounds of parallel breakout sessions. Tuesday, December 11, includes four additional rounds of parallel breakout sessions, lunch and the closing plenary, concluding around 3:30 PM. We are continuing to offer breakout sessions of different duration at this meeting, including half-hour sessions, allowing us to provide you with more opportunities to learn about new initiatives. Along with plenary and breakout sessions, the meeting includes generous break time for informal networking with colleagues and a reception which will run until 7:30 PM on Monday evening, December 10, after which participants can enjoy a wide range of dining opportunities in Washington.
The CNI meeting program is subject to last-minute changes (remember, it’s December, and weather can sometimes surprise us), particularly in the breakout sessions, and you can find the most current information on our website, cni.org, and on the announcements board near the registration desk at the meeting. Information about wireless access in the meeting room areas will be available in your packets and at the registration table; those staying in the CNI hotel room block at the Omni Shoreham should also have free wireless access in their rooms. In addition, we are running the mobile-friendly web app Sched from the meeting website (https://www.cni.org/mm/fall-2018/schedule-f18) to facilitate online access to the meeting schedule. And we’ll still have printed programs available for all, of course.
The Plenary Sessions
As is now traditional, I have reserved the opening plenary of our winter member meeting for an update. During this session, scheduled to start at 1:15 PM on Monday, I want to look at recent developments and the ways in which the landscape is changing and identify some key developments I expect to see in the coming years. As part of this, I’ll discuss progress on the Coalition’s agenda, and highlight selected initiatives from the 2018-19 Program Plan. The Program Plan will be distributed at the meeting (and will be available electronically on the Coalition’s website, cni.org, in early December). I look forward to sharing CNI’s continually evolving strategy with you, as well as discussing recent events and current issues. There’s so much to talk about. The opening plenary will include time for questions and discussion, and I am eager to hear your comments.
Our closing plenary speaker on Tuesday afternoon will be Dr. Patricia Flatley Brennan, director of the US National Library of Medicine (NLM). Since her appointment in 2016, Patti has worked to position the Library to be the hub of data science at the National Institutes of Health (NIH), and has done tremendous work in formulating institutional approaches to stewardship for data in the biomedical sciences. In her talk, “The National Library of Medicine and the National Institutes of Health Partnership in Accelerating Discovery Through Data,” Patti will discuss how digital content is changing research, how NLM is thinking about its role as part of the preservation of biomedical research data, and provide her thoughts on the ways that scholarship is documented and disseminated. I am delighted that Patti will be here to share her insights into these critical areas; I’ve had opportunities to work with her and I can attest that she’s taken a deeply knowledgeable and very thoughtful approach to shaping strategies for NLM and the broader NIH. It’s very clear to me that NLM sees partnerships with the broader community as an essential part of their strategy; this is an important opportunity to move these discussions forward. You can read more about Patti Brennan on the meeting website.
Highlighted Breakout Sessions
I will not attempt to comprehensively summarize the wealth of breakout sessions here; we offer a great abundance and diversity of material. However, I want to note, particularly, some sessions that have strong connections to the Coalition’s 2018-19 Program Plan, as well as a number of other sessions of special interest or importance, and to provide some additional context that may be helpful to attendees in making choices. We have a packed agenda of breakout sessions, and, as always, will try to put material from these sessions on our website following the meeting for those who were unable to attend. We will also be capturing a few sessions for later distribution, some using traditional video capture and some using a voice over visuals capture system; these will be noted on the conference message board.
We will have two sessions on blockchain (or perhaps more accurately, distributed ledgers, which is a far-from-new technology), a topic that has been the subject of a tremendous amount of poorly informed enthusiasm recently. It seems like we are in a world where blockchain is the answer, now what was the question, whether the context is public records, scholarly communication, or trading of financial instruments or commodities. I’m thrilled that our good friend David Rosenthal, one of the most incisive thinkers on these issues, will be with us to consider whether distributed ledger technology is a viable solution to problems in academic communication and digital preservation. This is a don’t miss session, and we will be capturing it on video for those who can’t join us; David previewed this at my seminar at UC Berkeley about a month ago and I believe it concisely captures many of the limitations of the various blockchain models. Meanwhile, Michael Nelson, another regular CNI contributor who has done a great deal of work on aspects of web archiving, will tell us why blockchain cannot be used to verify replayed archived web pages, and what the implications are there.
Issues related to intellectual property, open access, and scholarly publishing will be well represented at this meeting. The Internet Archive (IA) will be discussing a couple of projects in which it is currently involved. One presentation will report on a study conducted in conjunction with several university presses to examine digitizing backlist and out-of-print books and then making them available via controlled digital lending by libraries. In another session, IA will report alongside Impactstory and SPARC on building infrastructure and services for open access to research outputs, including projects such as Unpaywall and the Open Access Button.
Additional sessions in this area include:
• Promoting a Public Face for Scholarly Journals describes a joint project by the American Historical Association and the Rosenzweig Center at George Mason University that aims to extend the audience of scholarly work.
• Representatives from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign explore open access publishing in academic settings and the budgetary implications of article processing charges at an R1 institution.
• An update on Lever Press, which is made up of a consortium of libraries seeking to establish a new publishing model with an emphasis on the humanities.
• Panelists from three libraries and the Library Publishing Coalition will talk about the work library publishers are doing, including discussion of a few open source publishing platforms. As I have learned over the course of the past few months, there is a great deal of activity taking place in this area, much of which seems to have been occurring “under the radar,” but which promises to really reshape the landscape in the next few years.
• An interesting and potentially important new tool developed at Johns Hopkins, the Public Access Submission System (PASS), allows for simultaneous submission into funder repositories, like PubMed Central, and institutional repositories. This is an important attempt (one of the first in the US) to rebalance the relationships between publishers, academic institutions, funders, and individual researchers in workflows surrounding the publishing process.
• Martin Eve of the University of London will report on what’s next for the Open Library of Humanities, especially in light of the European Union’s Plan S.
• The California Digital Library will discuss partnering with Dryad to address researcher needs and lead an open, community-owned initiative in research data curation and publishing. This is a potentially important new model that seeks to restructure institutional relationships with independent data archives to introduce greater systemic sustainability and better support faculty.
• Ithaka S+R has been working with the State University of New York to examine its publishing activities and we’ll hear about the opportunities they’ve identified.
• Public Access to Research Data will include a report on a recent invitational workshop organized by the Association of Public and Land-grant Universities and the Association of American Universities that seeks to advance open access to research data.
Scholarly practices (e-research, digital humanities, and digital scholarship) and data services are closely related to the above themes, and we’ll have ample opportunities to hear about ongoing efforts in these areas as well. Data integrity is a critical research element. Can I Trust this Data? Selecting Data for Reuse and Other Dilemmas of the Research Scientist will include a description of a compelling proposed solution to the challenge of finding and using trustworthy interdisciplinary data. Curating Reuse: An Institutional Approach to Statistical and Computational Reproducibility discusses a University of Colorado Boulder project to enhance existing data curation workflows and enable wider and more effective reuse of data produced on campus.
Additional sessions on data and e-research/scholarship:
• A report on the Moore-Sloan Data Science Environments describes a major initiative to explore the integration of data science into three research universities (New York University, the University of California Berkeley, and the University of Washington) over the past few years.
• A presentation on a research object authoring tool for the NIH Data Commons that is designed to improve reuse and reproducibility.
• RA21, or Resource Access for the 21st Century, whose mission is to align and simplify pathways to subscribed content across participating scientific platforms, is a publisher-driven (and somewhat controversial) effort that proposes reshaping authentication/authorization frameworks.
• The presentation of a project at the University of California San Diego to promote a sustainable, equitable research information and scholarly communication ecosystem.
• We will learn about evolving engagement in the data and computational sciences at the University of Cincinnati Libraries.
• A team from Stanford and the University of Minnesota will discuss the state of the art in technology for geospatial content in libraries and future work to promote greater access to geospatial content.
• An opportunity to consider areas of greatest need and opportunity for DataONE going forward, as well as an examination of sustainability options; this is particularly timely as the project approaches the end of its second NSF funding cycle.
• There will be an introduction to the NSF-funded Science Gateways Community Institute, which promotes knowledge and resource sharing among communities of practice.
• We will hear about the shift in focus on the SHARE project, to that of a community partner model; again sustainability is an important subtext here.
• The Globus platform has been very important for high-performance computing in recent years, and consideration of its relationship to research data management is very timely.
A number of sessions will focus specifically on digital humanities (DH):
• A transcription project at the College of William and Mary created opportunities for students and staff, and transformed the perception of the library.
• A report on the Iberian Books project will consider how it could be leveraged for new research; this session will also include information about the image-matching service Ornamento.
• There will be a presentation on a proposed service model for a more sustainable infrastructure for DH projects resulting from an analysis by Athenaeum21 of over 30 projects at Oxford University.
• We will hear how spreadsheets, maps, and data visualization tools altered the construction of a memoir and led to a class assignment on racial mapping at California Polytechnic State University.
Other sessions will focus on identity management and privacy. Ken Klingenstein of Internet2 returns to continue the conversation regarding internet identity and the research community. Montana State University will report on a study of HTTPS and Google Analytics in academic library websites. Two teams will discuss privacy gaps in online library services. We’ll have an update on the Social Networks and Archival Context (SNAC) Cooperative, a highly strategic archival identity management program focused on cooperatively maintaining archival identity management data and providing a web-based discovery service.
A team from Los Alamos National Labs (LANL) will discuss the collaborative research data management pilot Nucleus, based on Open Science Framework, and launched in the unique technology and policy environment of the LANL Research Library.
A presentation by Yale University will discuss how institutional departments collectively addressed the many barriers to collaboration, resulting, ultimately, in sustainable, shared services, staffing, and funding models, demonstrating how libraries and museums can partner to leverage collections and expertise.
Digital preservation and curation continue to figure prominently in CNI’s agenda. Oya Rieger and Roger Schonfeld of Ithaka S+R will report on the state of digital preservation, which they have been assessing in order to identify key research questions and action areas. The Software Preservation Network will discuss the tools, guidelines, and workflows they are developing to promote best practices in this important area. The PEGI Project was established to plan a national agenda for collaboratively preserving electronic government information; we’ll have a report on the project’s results and the planned next steps. We will also hear about a related project, “Planning a Community-Created Data Rescue Toolkit,” which is working to coordinate distributed efforts for government data preservation.
Discovery, interoperability, and linked data are topics of interest to many in the CNI community. In the session The Challenge of Hidden Big Data Collections: Making Digital Congressional Papers Available for Scholarly Research, we’ll hear two reports: one on the University of Nevada’s acquisition of one senator’s congressional papers, representing its largest acquisition of data to date, and the other on a tool to make congressional constituent correspondence available for research.
Additional sessions on discovery, interoperability, and linked data:
• We will have a presentation on tools and services to improve the discoverability of digital humanities scholarship.
• A presentation describing projects to make historic copyright data available in searchable, machine-processable, and linkable forms, in order to enable libraries and other cultural institutions to legally use and share underutilized public domain and copyrighted literature and scholarship.
• There will be a breakout on DRAS-TIC Fedora and exploring a Linked Data Platform server based on Apache Cassandra NoSQL database for next-generation repositories; presenters from the University of Maryland and the Smithsonian Institution will discuss the exploratory phase of the project.
• Presenters will discuss whether Linked Open Data can help users engage with and make better use of digitized special collections.
• There will be a report on the work of the Islandora Collaboration Group and the Five College Consortium.
Explorations of how organizations are developing and evaluating new services and engaging communities are also key components of CNI’s program. Presenters from Columbia University will describe a new campus-wide program to provide students with access to instruction in the fundamentals of computational literacy. OCLC has been developing a workflow to ensure that good ideas lead to useable services. At the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, librarians help faculty and staff demonstrate research impact and advance teaching using the same digital scholarship tools and methods used for research. In an effort to build community and support for open science, liaison librarians at Carnegie Mellon University joined with faculty in the biological sciences to host a transdisciplinary open science symposium.
The evolving role of the library is taken up by speakers from the University of Rochester, as they discuss the planning process for the development of the iZone, a collaborative innovation hub located in the library and the benefits of its placement. In What Is the Future of Libraries in Academic Research? a team from the University of Calgary will provide an update on their in-depth work to develop partnerships between the library and multidisciplinary and interdisciplinary researchers to implement services and infrastructure that enables and supports their work. Many CNI attendees are familiar with the Hunt and Hill libraries at North Carolina State University and the acclaim they have received as 21st-century library facilities. Presenters will focus on how they’ve been able to transform the library’s impact on teaching and learning in these facilities. The potential for artificial intelligence to play key roles in knowledge creation within academic institutions will be explored by speakers from the University of Oklahoma.
Assessment will be a theme in several briefings:
• Analyzing Faculty Activity Reporting at the University of Arizona shares the findings of UA Vitae, a system that reports on faculty activity launched by the university five years ago.
• An IMLS-funded partnership has studied library adoption of 3D and virtual reality services.
• We’ll have a report on “Developing a Framework for Measuring Reuse of Digital Objects,” also IMLS-funded.
• The University of Oklahoma discusses measuring exhibit engagement through open source code and 3D printing.
• A discussion of how research libraries can leverage their knowledge of bibliometric analysis, resource management, and scholarly communications infrastructures to contribute to institutional rankings initiatives – this work can heighten the visibility of librarians’ skills in an area of key importance to the university administration.
• The results of an environmental scan of how and why digital strategies succeed or fail.
The Library of Congress will present an update on its digital strategy, and we will offer a popular annual session where representatives from the Council on Library and Information Resources (CLIR), the National Historical Publications & Records Commission (NHPRC), The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, and IMLS will discuss funding priorities and trends.
I invite you to browse the complete list of breakout sessions and their full abstracts on the CNI website. In many cases, you will find these abstracts include pointers to reference material that you may find useful to explore prior to the session, and after the meeting, we will add material from the actual presentations, including selected video recordings, when they become available to us. You can also follow the meeting via Twitter using the hashtag #cni18f, and this year, as an experiment, we’ve built a Slack workspace (bit.ly/cni18fSLACK), which we encourage you to explore and then let us know if you found it to be useful, or how we might improve it as tool to help attendees connect over shared interests and agendas.
I look forward to seeing you in Washington, DC for what promises to be another extremely worthwhile meeting. Please contact me (email@example.com), or Joan Lippincott, CNI’s Associate Director (firstname.lastname@example.org), if we can provide you with any additional information on the meeting.
Coalition for Networked Information
This afternoon I attended a report release webinar for a US National Academies committee examining the feasibility, prospects, and implications of quantum computing. This is a very complex technical area which has been subject to a considerable amount of (sometimes inaccurate) hype recently; at the same time, it is an area with considerable promise and a vast number of open questions.
The rate of progress here is an area where there have been many predictions that differ wildly. It’s very useful to have a rigorously reviewed and through National Academies consensus study to put developments in perspective. And this report is not just about the details of the technology; it looks carefully at potential evolutionary paths and impacts in various sectors.
You can find an announcement about the main findings of the report, along with a link to the report proper, here
A direct link to the report, which can be downloaded as a free PDF (about 200 pages), or you can just get the summary section.
Many members of the CNI community will be interested to learn about the latest edition of this useful resource. CNI is an LPC strategic partner.
-Diane Goldenberg-Hart, CNI
The Library Publishing Coalition is pleased to announce publication of the 2019 Library Publishing Directory! This year’s Library Publishing Directory highlights the publishing activities of 138 academic and research libraries, and is openly available in PDF and EPUB formats and via the searchable online directory. The Directory illustrates the many ways in which libraries are actively transforming and advancing scholarly communications in partnership with scholars, students, university presses, and others. Each year, the Directory‘s introduction presents a ‘state of the field’ based on that year’s data. We have also published this year’s on our blog: https://librarypublishing.org/library-publishing-landscape-2018/.
Publication of the 2019 Directory was overseen by the LPC’s Directory Committee:
Alexandra Hoff, Purdue University (2018-19 chair)
Robert Browder, Virginia Tech
Janet Swatscheno, University of Illinois
Jessica Kirschner, Texas Tech
Melanie Schlosser, Educopia Institute (ex officio)
The Directory is made possible by the generous donation of services from Purdue University Libraries and Bookmasters.
SAVE THE DATE:
Join us for the 2019 Library Publishing Forum, May 8-10, in Vancouver, BC!
Digital Publishing Librarian
Texas Tech University Libraries
The University of San Diego hosts a wide-ranging symposium on digital initiatives each year. Please consider submitting a proposal – note the deadline of December 14, 2018.
—Joan Lippincott, CNI
Call for Proposals: Digital Initiatives Symposium 2019
The Digital Initiatives Symposium at the University of San Diego is accepting proposals for its full-day conference on Tuesday, April 30, 2019. Proposals should fall into one of three formats:
Panel discussions: 60 minutes (please allow 10-15 minutes for Q&A)
Concurrent sessions: 45 minutes (please allow 10-15 minutes for Q&A)
Lightning talks: 10 minutes
We welcome proposals from organizations, including colleges and universities of all sizes, community colleges, public libraries, special libraries, museums, and other cultural memory institutions. This year, we are especially interested in proposals that consider:
- linked data
- social justice and open access
- the future of open access
- data management and sharing, open data
- open educational resources
- digital initiatives in instruction and undergraduate research
- roles for deans and directors in digital and institutional repository
- roles for disciplinary faculty in digital and institutional repository
- diverse repository platforms and functions
- digital humanities
- copyright, licensing, and privacy issues
- collaboration: interdisciplinary initiatives and collaboration within and
- between campuses
- scholarly communication
- technical applications related to platforms or tools
- web archiving
- web annotation
Submit your proposal at digital.sandiego.edu/symposium (Click on “Submit Proposal” on the left sidebar.) All submissions will be evaluated based on the relevance of the topic and potential to advance thinking about digital initiatives, institutional repositories, and scholarly communication. Acceptance is competitive. Registration fees will be waived for accepted presenters.
Proposal deadline: December 14, 2018
Ithaka S+R has just issued a very interesting and thought-provoking issue brief by Danielle Cooper and Oya Rieger titled “Scholars ARE Collectors: A proposal for Re-Thinking Research Support.” Very much worth reading. See
CNI is a Library Publishing Coalition (LPC) strategic affiliate; we are pleased to share this call for proposals for LPC’s May forum.
—Diane Goldenberg-Hart, CNI
Library Publishing Forum Call for Proposals and Hotel Information
Are you involved in library publishing? Interested in the intersection of libraries and scholarly publishing issues? Eager to share your expertise and/or research with the library publishing community? We want to hear from you at the Library Publishing Forum in May 2019, but time is running out.
The Forum proposal submission form closes at 8 AM Eastern time next Monday, December 3 (a slight extension from the original 11/30 deadline). The Program Committee is going to start reviewing proposals immediately afterwards, and there will be no further extensions, so don’t delay!
You can find the full CFP and other details on the 2019 Library Publishing Forum website.
But wait, there’s more: Forum hotel and travel information now available
Vancouver hotels fill up early, so if you know you’re attending, we suggest making your travel arrangements as soon as possible! Check out the Forum’s Travel and Registration page for detailed information about hotel options, travel, and recommendations from Vancouver locals.
The Forum has a very small block of rooms (50) reserved at the Delta Hotels Vancouver Downtown Suites, across the street from Harbour Centre. The conference rate (CA$289 , approximately $218 USD), is available for the nights of May 6th through May 10th, and must be booked by April 9, 2019. We do expect the block to fill up much sooner than that, however, so if you are interested in staying at the Delta at the negotiated rate, please book your room as soon as possible. Instructions for doing so are on the Travel and Registration page.
Vancouver is a surprisingly affordable city for conference travel, and the Travel and Registration page includes a range of alternative hotels at different price levels. The Program Committee has also provided a message board Google Doc for attendees who are interested in finding someone to share a room.
On behalf of the Library Publishing Coalition Program Committee:
Matt Ruen, Grand Valley State University (Chair)
Kevin Stranack, Simon Fraser University (Host Liaison)
Sonya Betz, University of Alberta
Laureen Boutang, University of Minnesota
Jonathan Bull, Valparaiso University
Peter Potter, Virginia Tech
Elizabeth Scarpelli, University of Cincinnati
David Scherer, Carnegie Mellon University
Maureen Walsh, The Ohio State University
Melanie Schlosser, Library Publishing Coalition