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Kim Duckett, Head of Research and Instructional Services, Duke University Libraries and I will be co-facilitating a pre-conference workshop on Library Spaces: Approaches to Needs Assessment and Post-Occupancy Assessment at this conference.
—Joan Lippincott, CNI
Library Assessment Conference 2018
Registration Now Open
Early-Bird Deadline August 31
by Angela Pappalardo | 202-296-2296 | email@example.com | on July 16, 2018
Registration is now open 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 Friday, August 31): $450
Registration (after Friday, August 31): $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.
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.
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Our colleagues at EDUCAUSE are now accepting proposals for sessions for the ELI 2019 Annual Meeting – see below for information. For those of you with innovative programs or projects in teaching and learning, I encourage you to submit a proposal for this dynamic meeting.
—Joan Lippincott, CNI
I am very pleased to announce that the Call for Proposals (CFP) for the ELI 2019 Annual Meeting is now open!
Deadline for proposal submission is September 6, 2018.
We’ve put together a short “tips” video to provide some advice on composing an effective proposal. You can access the video here:
If you have any questions, please don’t hesitate to get in touch with me or with Nori Barajas-Murphy email@example.com
Ps. Please forgive the cross-posting; we’re eager to get the word out
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Yesterday, the US National Academies announced publication of a new report called “Open Science by Design: Realizing a Vision for the 21st Century”. This is a broad-ranging report about how the practice and communication of science is changing in the digital world. You can find the link to the report, a summary, background on the committee and the process that produced the report, and a link to the webcast (including a transcript) here:
(Disclosure: this report was done by the Board on Research Data and Information at the Academies; I am a former co-chair of this, though I wasn’t involved in the development of this report.)
There have also been a series of interesting reports coming out of Europe recently, emphasizing the FAIR (Findable, Accessible, Interoperable, and Reusable) Principles for research data (which are also heavily emphasized in the US report above). These principles sound simple, but how to actually accomplish them is a formidable research problem.
The European Commission Expert Group on Fair Data has issued an interim report and action plan; these can be found respectively at
The Expert Group is conducting a Consultation till August 5 and has invited comment on these documents. See http://www.codata.org/working-groups/fair-data-expert-group
for further information and background on the Expert Group.
In the UK, the JISC have recently issued a report “FAIR in Practice” which can be found here
and there is a useful blog posting here
In the Netherlands, SURF has also produced a report “FAIR Data Advanced Use Cases” which is at
And finally, LIBER (the European Research Library Network) has issued the “LIBER Open Science Roadmap” in conjunction with its recent annual meeting. See
LIBER’s web page at
has some additional useful background.
Happy Summer reading!
I was fortunate to be able to participate in the Library Publishing Coalition Preconference on Open Source Publishing Platforms in late May. There is a tremendous amount of activity taking place in this area, both in terms of supporting journals and creating platforms for digital books.
The video and slide decks from this meeting are a wonderful look at the state of the art. See
I was unable to stay on for the main Forum, but materials from that are also available and contain additional material that will certainly be of interest to our community. See
The LPC Blog also contains a number of postings reflecting on the pre-conference and the Forum at
(Disclosure: CNI is a Strategic Affiliate of the Library Publishing Coalition.)
This is a great opportunity to participate in developing a national roadmap for enhancing web privacy; please see below for application information.
—Joan Lippincott, CNI
Montana State University is proud to host A National Forum on Web Privacy and Web Analytics, a two-and-a-half day event funded by the Institute of Museum and Library Services that will convene approximately 40 librarians, technologists, and privacy researchers with the goal of producing a national roadmap for enhancing web privacy in the age of third-party tracking. This forum project ultimately seeks to develop actionable, privacy-focused strategies for implementing analytics in libraries. Please read more about this project on our website: lib.montana.edu/privacy-forum.
The forum event will take place on the campus of Montana State University in Bozeman, Montana from September 12-14, 2018. Our grant funds will cover participant travel costs, meals during the event, and lodging. This project will be successful with participation from those working and thinking in and around the topics of privacy, analytics, and library ethics. If you are actively working in the areas of privacy and analytics, or you have ideas for the future of analytics privacy in libraries, we want to hear from you.
The call for participation will be open from June 29-July 15. Our project team will then review the applications and respond before the end of July.
We are working to create a culture of diversity, inclusivity, and accessibility throughout the duration of the project and especially during the forum event in September. We strongly encourage applications from those who identify with traditionally underrepresented or marginalized populations.
For questions or feedback, please contact Project Director Scott Young, User Experience & Assessment Librarian at Montana State University.
We look forward to reading your application.
Scott W. H. Young
Assistant Professor, UX & Assessment Librarian
Montana State University
Our colleagues at the Library Publishing Coalition announce the availability of a workshop that will be co-scheduled with the Digital Library Federation Forum. Details on applying are below.
—Joan Lippincott, CNI
Library Publishing Curriculum Pilot Workshops: Content and Sustainability
Date: Sunday, October 14 (full day)
Location: M Resort, just outside of Las Vegas, NV
Registration fee: $100 (includes breakfast, lunch, and multiple coffee breaks)
Apply to attend a workshop (deadline August 24)
The Library Publishing Coalition and the Educopia Institute, in collaboration with the Digital Library Federation (DLF), are excited to host a pair of in-person workshops at the 2018 DLF Forum based on the IMLS-funded Developing a Curriculum to Advance Library-Based Publishing project. Both full-day workshops will take place on Sunday, October 14 (the day before the Forum) at the M Resort just outside of Las Vegas, NV. Each workshop is limited to 20 participants, to be selected through a brief application process. We also have three diversity scholarships available – see below for details.
While the workshops are affiliated with and will complement the DLF Forum, please note that you do not have to attend the Forum to participate in the workshops. See below for workshop descriptions, scholarship information, and application instructions.
Note: These workshops are based on the Content and Sustainability modules of the Library Publishing Curriculum released in May of 2018.
Library Publishing Curriculum: Content
The Content Workshop (based on the Content Module) covers how library publishers attract, select, edit, manage, and disseminate content. It includes information about how to recruit partners and select content for a program, and how to incorporate diverse voices into each part of the publication process. It also shares information about common production workflows, identifying the resources and staff skills needed to support various editorial strategies and content types.
Instructor: Matt Ruen, Grand Valley State University
Library Publishing Curriculum: Sustainability
The Sustainability workshop (based on the Sustainability Module) will focus on how library publishing endeavors can establish longevity and find long-term success. Attendees will learn how to build support with key stakeholders and communities, both internally (library staff) and externally (e.g., University Press), and how to undertake digital preservation to prolong the lifespan of digital publications.
Instructor: Lisa Schiff, California Digital Library
We are delighted to be able to offer three scholarships for workshop attendees, aimed at ensuring a diverse group of participants. Each scholarship consists of up to $1,000 in reimbursement against allowable travel expenses incurred for workshop attendance (determined according to U.S. federal guidelines, as this is funded through a federal grant). The scholarship application deadline is August 24, 2018, and applicants will be notified by September 7, 2018.
HOW TO APPLY
If you are interested in applying for the workshop and/or for a diversity scholarship, please fill out the application form. The application deadline is August 24, 2018 and applicants will be notified by September 7, 2018.
Please note that the application will ask for: A brief applicant bio, A brief personal statement that addresses how attendance at the workshop will benefit the participant, Diversity characteristics (diversity scholarship applicants only)
Email firstname.lastname@example.org with questions.
The IMLS-funded Developing a Curriculum to Advance Library-Based Publishing project is running a series of pilot workshops, and these two DLF workshops are one opportunity of many. For a full list of events, including virtual and physical workshop opportunities, please see: https://educopia.org/deliverables/library-publishing-curriculum-pilot-experiences.
Gail McMillan of Virginia Tech, where she and her colleagues have been pioneers in the electronic theses and dissertations (ETDs) movement, has just published an article “ETDs in the 21st Century,” as one of the series of E-Content columns, which I edit this year for EDUCAUSE Review. You can find it here: https://er.educause.edu/articles/2018/7/etds-in-the-21st-century
Gail looks back at the development of ETDs and also looks forward as part of this EDUCAUSE Review issue celebrating “Twenty Years: EDUCAUSE and Higher Education IT.”
—Joan Lippincott, CNI
The next Designing Libraries conference will be held at University of Calgary on September 16-18. There is a choice of two preconferences, a 1 1/2 day program, and a tour that will give participants an early look at the inside of the Calgary New Central Library. In the past few years, the Designing Libraries conference has reached maximum capacity and we have had to maintain a waiting list. Don’t be disappointed – register soon! This conference is a joint effort of University of Calgary, North Carolina State University, and CNI.
An article about the event appeared this morning in UToday, the university’s campus news outlet: http://ucalgary.ca/utoday/issue/2018-06-26/ucalgary-host-7th-annual-international-designing-libraries-conference-september
See you there!
Joan Lippincott, CNI
Join Us for the 7th Designing Libraries Conference | September 16-18, University of Calgary, Alberta, Canada
We are pleased to announce that the Program and Speaker Line-Up are now available for the 7th Annual Designing Libraries Conference, co-hosted by the University of Calgary, North Carolina State University, and the Coalition for Networked Information.
Designing Libraries has become a premier venue for librarians, architects, educators and technologists to discuss issues and innovations in designing today’s libraries and learning spaces.
Hear from colleagues across North America who are designing new library and learning spaces. Enjoy a sneak peek inside Calgary’s New Central Library, the only Canadian project on Architectural Digest’s list of most anticipated buildings of 2018 and tours of the newly opened LabNEXT and other facilities at the Taylor Family Digital Library at University of Calgary.
REGISTER AND BOOK NOW to assure your hotel accommodations at preferred conference rates. View the program, schedule, and all conference details here: http://designinglibraries.ucalgary.ca/
For more information please contact: Shawna Sadler at email@example.com
Final videos from CNI’s spring 2018 membership meeting have been posted:
NCSU Libraries Digital and Data Science Skills Workshops: Building Capacity and Meeting Campus Needs, Jennifer Garrett, North Carolina State University
Heard of DevOps? Find Out How this Methodology Can Accelerate Your Ability to Launch New and More Engaging Library/Museum Exhibitions, Carl Grant & Twila Camp, University of Oklahoma
Special thanks to presenters who allowed us to make these videos available to the public; to see more presentations from CNI member meetings, see our YouTube (www.youtube.com/cnivideo) and Vimeo (vimeo.com/channels/cni) channels.
Here is information on the upcoming Choosing Pathways to OA working forum, which I know many in our community will be interested in attending
Joan K. Lippincott, CNI
On behalf of the University of California Libraries and the California Digital Library, I am pleased to tell you that (free!) registration is open for the “Choosing Pathways to OA” working forum, Oct 16-17, 2018. Please feel free to circulate widely and encourage appropriate people to attend.
From the planning committee:
We are thrilled to announce that registration is now live for the Choosing Pathways to OA working forum.
We have updated the forum website, www.cp2oa18.com, with additional details on travel, accommodations, accessibility, and more—and will be building these out more robustly over the next few weeks.
While we develop the forum schedule more precisely, we have in the interim added additional information about forum structure, which we’d like to call your attention to here:
The forum structure and agenda will be based on design thinking to cultivate discourse and a solutions-based approach. The goal is to facilitate participants’ abilities to understand and assess which OA strategies might be appropriate for repurposing spends at their own institutions, to engage participants in exploring insights shared by others about the implications of implementing those strategies, and to support participants in outlining or developing their own action plans for their institution or author community.
As the forum will not include presentations in the traditional sense, but instead will be based around discourse, we are engaging facilitators rather than speakers to help guide discussions on given OA publishing strategies. Please check the Facilitators page of our website in the coming weeks for more information.
This overall information-sharing and discussion-centered format strives to achieve a balance between deeper engagement with the OA strategies and meaningful opportunities to frame or advance along next steps–including through alignment or partnership with similarly-interested institutions or communities. As we also hope is clear from the Pathways toolkit and our About page, the forum will give voice to strategies within all OA approaches, with the understanding that each institution or author community might wish to support a range of strategies and approaches.
If you have any questions, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
The CP2OA Planning Committee
Rachael Samberg (UCB) Co-chair
Maria Gould (UCB) Co-chair
Allegra Swift (UCSD)
David Schmitt (UCSD)
Anneliese Taylor (UCSF)
Stephen Kiyoi (UCSF)
Donald Barclay (UCM)
Lisa Schiff (CDL)
Mat Willmott (CDL)
Sherri Barnes (UCSB)
Eunice Schroeder (UCSB)
John Renaud (UCI)
Mike Wolfe (UCD)
Many within the scholarly community have been trying to achieve a large-scale transition to open access (“OA”) to scholarly literature for nearly twenty years. To date, only around 15% of peer-reviewed journal articles are published in fully open-access journals. At this rate, realizing a full OA scholarly universe could take decades. If we within the research community are going to accelerate progress toward free readership for all, we must make critical choices about how we spend our money in supporting OA publishing.
To advance data-driven decision-making on these issues, in March 2018, the University of California (UC) libraries and the California Digital Library released the Pathways to Open Access toolkit. The Pathways toolkit analyzes the many approaches and strategies for advancing the large-scale transition to OA, and identifies possible next action steps for UC system-wide investment and experimentation.
We also designed the Pathways toolkit to be a practical resource for other institutions wrestling with the same choices. Now, we invite you to join us in this decision-making process to create localized plans suitable for your own institution or community.
Participate in a two-day working forum focused on action-focused deliberations about redirecting subscription and other funds toward sustainable open access publishing.
Who: North American library or consortium leaders and key academic stakeholders are invited to substantively deliberate and develop plans for how they will repurpose budgets and subscription spends to support a transition to open access publishing.
The forum seeks to engage participants with relevant decision-making responsibilities involving subscriptions, licensing, collection development, publication policy, research funding, and other strategic areas. This may encompass more than one individual attending on behalf of an institution or community.
When: October 16-17, 2018
Where: UC Berkeley (Berkeley, California)
What: A two-day working forum that inclusively engages participants in deliberations of OA approaches and strategies–with an eye toward empowering local decision-making. Diverse views on pathways for transitioning to open access are encouraged. The forum will be governed by a public statement of diversity and inclusion spanning from the planning process through the event itself. We are exploring ways to make portions of the event available remotely for those unable to attend in person.
Participants will have a meaningful opportunity to:
1. Understand actionable mechanisms and opportunities for advancing the transition to OA
2. Engage in facilitated, substantive exchange on the pragmatics of each of these strategies
3. Accelerate their own action initiatives based upon the discussions
After first-day discussions, attendees will have dedicated time to further consider, align with, or plan for implementing various strategies, suitable for their institutions or communities.
For a preview of the panoply of OA approaches (Green, Gold Non-APC, Gold APC) and funding strategies that will serve as a basis for discussion and decision-making, please see the UC Libraries’ Pathways to OA toolkit.
This working forum is free to attend. No registration fees will be charged, and invited speaker travel and lodging will be covered by the University of California Libraries. Attendance includes breakfast, lunch, snacks, and one dinner.
Additional details and a registration form are forthcoming.
Questions in the meantime may be directed to: email@example.com.
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