An alternative access method for the same information available from the CNI-ANNOUNCE listserv.
In August, I had the opportunity to attend a very interesting workshop in Bozeman, Montana dealing with the evolution of a National Research Platform (building on the work done on the Pacific Research Platform). Larry Smarr, in his plenary session at CNI’s Spring 2018 Member Meeting in San Diego, provided some background on these developments (and video of this presentation is available at the CNI web site).
The videos from all the plenary sessions at the August workshop are now available and provide a detailed survey of developments in this area. See
The US National Science Foundation is running a public competition for big ideas that can help set the NSF-funded research agenda for the coming decade; this is open until late October. Details can be found at
A very nice story about the Designing Libraries conference, recently held at University of Calgary, appeared today:
The sponsoring institutions plan to offer another conference next year and we’ll keep you apprised as plans develop.
—Joan Lippincott, CNI
Proposals are now being accepted for project briefings to be presented at CNI’s Fall 2018 Membership Meeting on Dec. 10-11 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 30-minute, 45-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. A limited number of project briefings are accepted.
Proposals may be submitted via online form:
Deadline for submissions is Friday, October 5.
More information about CNI’s fall meeting is at https://www.cni.org/mm/fall-2018; follow along on Twitter: #cni18f.
The report of the two Executive Roundtables that CNI held in conjunction with its Spring 2018 Meeting in San Diego, California is now available. This covers best practices and policy issues in Strategies for Preserving Institutional and Researcher Email, and I think it surfaces a number of issues that have not been much discussed, as well as serving as a helpful companion to the recent report on best practices in Email Archiving Task Force funded by The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation and the Digital Preservation Coalition.
The report can be found at
Please note the deadline below for the Library Assessment Conference early-bird rate for registration.
Kim Duckett of Duke University and I will be co-facilitating one of the preconference workshops: Library Spaces: Approaches to Needs Assessment and Post-Occupancy Assessment.
—Joan Lippincott, CNI
Register by this Saturday, September 1, to receive the early-bird discount for the 2018 Library Assessment Conference: Building Effective, Sustainable, Practical Assessment, to be held Wednesday–Friday, December 5–7, in Houston, Texas. 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 seventh Library Assessment Conference is co-sponsored by the Association of Research Libraries and the University of Washington Libraries. The University of Houston Libraries and Texas A&M University Libraries will serve as hosts for the event, working with the conference sponsors on local arrangements and meeting planning. The conference is planned and organized by a Steering Committee composed of individuals active in the library assessment community.
The following registration options are available:
- Early-bird registration (through Saturday, September 1): $450
- Registration (after Saturday, September 1): $550
- Graduate student rates: $275 (early-bird); $300 (regular)
- Pre- and post-conference workshop rates: $100 (half day); $180 (full day)
Registration closes Wednesday, November 14, 2018. Register early to secure your space. Create an Ex Ordo account and register online.
Workshops are filling up quickly. Pre-conference workshops will be held on Tuesday, December 4. Post-conference workshops will be held on the afternoon of Friday, December 7. More information about the workshops is available on the conference website.
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 Westin Galleria Houston. (See the conference website for information about reserving hotel rooms.)
For more details and to register, visit the Library Assessment Conference website.
About the Association of Research Libraries
The Association of Research Libraries (ARL) is a nonprofit organization of 125 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.
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.
About the University of Houston Libraries
The University of Houston (UH) Libraries advances student success, knowledge creation and preservation, and globally competitive research. UH Libraries comprises the MD Anderson Library, the William R. Jenkins Architecture and Art Library, the Weston A. Pettey Optometry Library, and the Music Library, providing high-impact collections, spaces, and tools that spark opportunities for transformational learning, discovery, and scholarship.
About the Texas A&M University Libraries
The Texas A&M University Libraries, located in College Station, serve 67,000 students, 3,700 instructional faculty, and 19 colleges and schools. The Libraries are driven by: information literacy programs to support University strategic missions, digitization and conservation efforts to protect collections, scholarly communications programs to enhance scholarly visibility, open access projects to reduce student costs, and re-imagining of library spaces to invite collaboration.
Kelly Miller, Associate Dean for Learning and Research Services at the University of Miami Libraries, has written a thoughtful column “On Being in Libraries,” as the E-Content column in the September/October EDUCAUSE Review; it has been my pleasure to serve as E-Content column editor this year. Among her many thought-provoking observations, Kelly writes, “Designing spaces and services that allow for open-ended dialogue, creative expression, and contemplative inquiry may support students seeking greater spaciousness of mind and being.”
You can find the column at https://er.educause.edu/articles/2018/8/on-being-in-libraries
—Joan Lippincott, CNI
Many in the CNI community will be interested in this annual, international event. This year, the International Conference on Digital Preservation (iPRES) is set to take place Sept. 24-27 in Boston and Cambridge, Massachusetts, and there is still time to register. See below for details.
-Diane Goldenberg-Hart, CNI
We are excited to share the detailed schedule – with information about every session – for iPRES2018, the 15th International Conference on Digital Preservation. We are using the Open Science Framework (OSF) platform to make the full conference proceedings available – including slides, papers, poster images, workshop materials, panel questions, session notes, and supplementary materials.
We are pleased to see many people registering for iPRES 2018. There is still time to register if you haven’t: https://ipres2018.org/registration. If a full registration doesn’t work for you, you can select a workshop-only registration for Monday or register for select days or activities. If you have any questions, please contact our Registration Team.
Some tuition support is still available for underrepresented students and first-time attendees – see the registration page for details. Thank you again, Portico, for your making tuition support possible!
There are rolling submissions and acceptances for ad hoc programming, including the first digital preservation game room, original digital preservation graphics, lightning sessions, and other programming – spots are filling up and additional information is available here.
Our iPRES 2018 Code of Conduct with our response framework is posted and we welcome your feedback.
Looking forward to seeing you in September,
With warm regards,
the iPRES 2018 Organizing Team
Register for ARL-CNI Fall Forum on Creating a Culture of Innovation in Research Libraries
Join Us on September 27, 2018, in Washington, DC
Only a few seats remain available for the 2018 Fall Forum a one-day conference co-sponsored by the Association of Research Libraries (ARL) and the Coalition for Networked Information (CNI). The theme of this year’s Fall Forum is “Innovation in Research Libraries,” with a focus on fostering an organizational culture that is capable of—and comfortable with—producing, testing, implementing, and sustaining innovative ideas regularly. The 2018 ARL-CNI Fall Forum will be held Thursday, September 27, at the Marriott Georgetown in Washington, DC.
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 Justin Fuhr library systems support analyst at the Elizabeth Dafoe Library of the University of Manitoba. Fuhr is pursuing an MLIS at the University of Alberta and is interested in the junction between design and information studies. As part of the scholarship, Fuhr will tweet from the forum and write an overview of the event.
The fourth annual Blixrud Memorial Lecture, entitled, “Culture and Its Role in Innovation,” will be delivered by Bernard “Bernie” Banks associate dean for leadership development and a clinical professor of management at Northwestern University’s Kellogg School of Management. Banks is an expert on leadership and organizational change.
The Fall Forum will also include two panels discussing why innovation is critical for research institutions. The first will be a panel of four senior university administrators:
- Feridun Hamdullahpur, President and Vice-Chancellor, University of Waterloo
- Rafael Bras, Provost and Executive Vice President for Academic Affairs, Georgia Institute of Technology
- Geoffrey Chatas, Senior Vice President and Chief Operating Officer, Georgetown University
- Padma Raghavan, Vice Provost for Research and Professor of Computer Science and Computer Engineering, Vanderbilt University
The second panel will comprise four directors of ARL member libraries:
- Patricia Brennan, Director, National Library of Medicine
- James Hilton, Vice Provost for Academic Innovation, University Librarian and Dean of Libraries, University of Michigan
- Wendy Lougee, University Librarian and Dean of Libraries, McKnight Presidential Professor, University of Minnesota
- Catherine Murray-Rust, Dean of Libraries and Vice Provost for Academic Effectiveness, Georgia Institute of Technology
The program will explore the following questions as well as others that may arise throughout the day: What does a culture of innovation look like within research libraries? How do we move beyond projects or initiatives and scale these efforts across the entire organization? How can we draw upon frameworks from other domains to enhance our short-term efforts and long-term planning? How can organizations develop an inclusive participatory environment where innovation is nurtured and everyone has a voice? What risks do we face in not experimenting with new and different modes of work?
How can ARL and CNI help libraries move forward in these areas and develop programming to continue these conversations? Join us to share your ideas at this year’s ARL-CNI Fall Forum.
The 2018 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 4, 2018.
To register and learn more about the forum, visit the ARL-CNI Fall Forum 2018 webpage
About the Association of Research Libraries
The Association of Research Libraries (ARL) is a nonprofit organization of 125 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
CNI is a coalition of some 240 member institutions dedicated to supporting the transformative promise of digital information technology for the advancement of scholarly communication and the enrichment of intellectual productivity. The coalition, which is sponsored by the Association of Research Libraries (ARL) and EDUCAUSE, is headquartered in Washington, DC. More about CNI is at https://www.cni.org/.
This conference provides an opportunity to network with others working in the Digital Humanities.
—Joan Lippincott, CNI
Inspired by working with scholars and students in many different departments, the Alabama Digital Humanities Center created Digitorium to provide a new venue to discuss the wide range of digital methods which are used and shared by researchers, graduate students, and practitioners from both the humanities and also the social sciences. The conference name, Digitorium, was inspired by the Medieval scriptorium as an early center for the creation, visualization, and dissemination of knowledge. Now, once more, with the evolution of digital techniques such as data visualization and computer-driven textual analysis, we are experiencing another revolution in the circulation and development of ideas, and it is our intention with Digitorium to provide a space in which people working in Digital Humanities can share and grow their work.
For more information: https://apps.lib.ua.edu/blogs/digitorium/
To register: https://apps.lib.ua.edu/blogs/digitorium/registration/