Proposals are now being accepted for project briefings to be presented during CNI’s Fall 2020 Membership Meeting (virtual). The meeting will take place online Nov. 10-Dec. 15, 2020. Anyone may propose a project briefing, including groups/individuals from non-member institutions and organizations.
Project briefings are typically live, 30-minute or one-hour sessions that focus on a discussion of a timely topic, or on a specific institutional/organizational project related to digital information; they can also explore parallel developments across institutions. We are also accepting proposals for shorter, pre-recorded presentations. A limited number of project briefings will be accepted.
Four weeks will be devoted to project briefings: three weeks based on the three major themes of CNI’s Program Plan (https://www.cni.org/program), and the final week devoted to emerging issues and developments related to the current crisis. While there may be some overlap among themes, we ask presenters to choose what they believe to be the best fit for their proposal; conference organizers may request or suggest a different theme. A few presenters may be contacted in advance and invited to participate in a Monday summary session; participation is optional. We aim to notify presenters within one week of submission deadlines. Once accepted, presenters will have an opportunity to sign up for an available slot during the relevant week on a first-come basis.
Project briefing schedule is as follows:
Week 1: Developing and Managing Networked Information Content
Proposals due Oct. 19
CNI has broad interests across all forms of digital content that can be used to support research and education. Some examples of potential topics within this theme would be strategies for the creation, management, presentation, accessibility, and preservation of digital collections, digital libraries, and federated services in support of digital content, or the reassessment of content and collections in light of current developments in diversity, inclusion and equity. Digital scholarship, institutional repositories, and digital preservation are popular issues in this area.
Nov. 10 – 1:00-5:00pm EST – Project Briefings
Nov. 11 – Veterans Day (no sessions)
Nov. 12-13 – 1:00-5:00pm EST – Project Briefings
Nov. 16 – 4:00-5:00pm EST – Summary Session
Week 2: Transforming Organizations, Professions, and Individuals
Proposals due Oct. 21
CNI seeks to highlight and promote organizational initiatives that facilitate cooperation across institutional units and professional cultures, particularly with respect to collaboration between librarians, information technologists, and other key players within the research and education ecosystem (offices of research, faculty, publishers, and instructional designers and technologists, for example). Currently, particular areas of focus within this theme include career paths and professionalization of roles for those who support data-intensive research, organizational structures to support digital scholarship, the acquisition and creation of instructional materials, and responding to and advancing changing scholarly research practices.
Nov. 17-20 – 1:00-5:00pm EST – Project Briefings
Nov. 23 – 4:00-5:00pm EST – Summary Session
**—Nov. 24-30 – Thanksgiving Break (no sessions)—**
Week 3: Building Technology, Standards, and Infrastructure
Proposals due Oct. 23
This area of CNI’s focus comprises the key areas of standards and infrastructure development. Other examples of topics within this theme would include identifiers, digital books, metadata, distributed and federated network services, harvesting, recommender systems, personalization and other emerging technologies. Issues surrounding security and privacy would also fall under this theme.
Dec. 1-4 – 1:00-5:00pm EST– Project Briefings
Dec. 7 – 4:00-5:00pm EST – Summary Session
Week 4: Emerging Issues and Developments Related to the Current Crisis
Proposals due Oct. 26
We will use the fourth week of our meeting to focus on challenges and strategies that have emerged or grown increasingly acute in recent months. Here we anticipate focus primarily to be on the impact of covid-19 on campuses, instructional and research resilience, implications of coming disruptions such as climate change, or responses to other societal developments although we welcome proposals on other themes relevant to CNI’s program that have taken on particular urgency of late.
Dec. 8-9 – 1:00-5:00pm EST– Project Briefings
Dec. 10 – 1:00-3:00pm EST– Project Briefings
Dec. 11 – no sessions
NB: There will be no summary session for this week.
Proposals may be submitted via online form:
-Diane Goldenberg-Hart, CNI