An alternative access method for the same information available from the CNI-ANNOUNCE listserv.
A few weeks ago the Center for the Study of Higher Education at the University of California, Berkeley ran a very interesting symposium on the role and future of peer review in publishing and academic tenure and promotion processes and how these interconnected. They have now made the background papers from the meeting available, as described on p.2 of this post; the meeting report is not yet available (I’ll announce it here when it’s ready).
The the archived audio recording of the April 15 CNI Conversations session is now available at http://conversations.cni.org/ (to subscribe to the audio feed add http://conversations.cni.org/feed to iTunes, or any podcatcher). This session includes a recap of the CNI Spring 2010 Membership Meeting by CNI Executive Director Clifford Lynch and Associate Director Joan Lippincott. Cliff also discusses the recent announcement by the Library of Congress to archive the Twitter database, an event on sustainable digital preservation held in Washington, DC on April 1st, and the e-journals summits convened by the National Academies, among other topics. Questions include the state of e-books with the advent of the iPad.
About CNI Conversations
CNI Conversations provides an opportunity for individuals from member institutions and organizations to take part in discussions on current topics with CNI Director Clifford Lynch and others; currently the events take place in audio-conference format. Real-time participation in CNI Conversations requires pre-registration, which is open only to those at member institutions and organizations; if you are interested in participating in CNI Conversations, please contact Jackie Eudell at jackie. We plan to continue to make audio or other records of these exchanges generally available after the event.
For questions or comments related to CNI Conversations, please contact CNI Associate Executive Director Joan Lippincott at Joan.
CNI is pleased to be co-sponsoring this event once again; both Clifford Lynch and Joan Lippincott will be making presentations at the meeting.
*******Registration now open********
Managing data in difficult times
The Carlton Hotel, Edinburgh
July 1-2, 2010
Following the success of previous conferences held in venues such as York and Belfast, JISC and the Coalition for Networked Information (CNI) are proud to announce the 8th International Meeting that will be held on July 1-2, 2010.
This meeting will bring together experts from the United States, Europe and the United Kingdom. Parallel sessions will explore and contrast major developments that are happening on both sides of the Atlantic. This meeting should be of interest to all senior management in information systems in the education community and those responsible for delivering digital services and resources for learning, teaching and research.
Keynote speakers include:
*Dan Atkins, Professor and Associate Vice President, University of Michigan; former Director, Office of Cyberinfrastructure, US National Science Foundation
*Sayeed Choudhury, Associate Director for Library Digital Programs, Johns Hopkins University
*Heather Joseph, Executive Director, SPARC
*Liz Lyon, Director, UKOLN
Further information and the full program: http://www.jisc.ac.uk/Home/events/2010/07/cni.aspx
Registration form link: http://asp.artegis.com/jisccni2010
For any queries regarding JISC/CNI 2010:
University of Bath
Tel: 01225 384488
Fax: 01225 386838
Last week, Ithaka released its 2009 Faculty survey — the fourth in a series — that explores the views, attitudes and behaviors of faculty with respect to libraries, information resources, and scholarly communication. There was a standing-room-only presentation at the Spring CNI meeting earlier this week in Baltimore covering the highlights of the survey.
Ithaka is offering a series of webinars that will explore major themes of the survey in depth, an excellent opportunity for interested groups to further explore the findings.
I’ve reproduced below both information about the webinars, and then information about the report itself.
Following last week’s release of Ithaka S+R’s Faculty Survey 2009 (http://bit.ly/aJP4pl), we are pleased to announce a series of webinars that will explore each of the major themes of this survey in depth. Each webinar will focus on an individual chapter of the full report, providing the opportunity for a targeted discussion of the findings of our study and their implications for libraries, publishers, and scholarly societies.
Chapter 1: Discovery and the Evolving Role of the Library
When: April 20th, 3pm – 4pm EDT
About: Basic scholarly information use practices have shifted rapidly in recent years and, as a result, the academic library is increasingly being disintermediated from the discovery process, presenting libraries with some key challenges but also the opportunity to reallocate resources to other priorities.
Who should attend: Librarians, university administrators, and others interested in the future of the academic library in the digital age
How to register: https://www1.gotomeeting.com/register/793444185
Chapter 2: The Format Transition for Scholarly Works
When: April 29th, 3pm – 4pm EDT
About: Faculty members’ growing comfort in relying exclusively on digital versions of scholarly materials opens new opportunities for libraries, new business models for publishers, and new challenges for preservation.
Who should attend: Librarians, publishers, and scholarly societies interested in the print-to-electronic transition
How to register: https://www1.gotomeeting.com/register/830016017
Chapter 3: Scholarly Communications
When: May 5th, 3pm – 4pm EDT
Publishers, scholarly societies, libraries, faculty members, and others have laid significant groundwork for reforming various aspects of the scholarly communications system, but faculty attitudes are driven by incentives and suggest the need for continued leadership.
Who should attend: Publishers, librarians, scholarly societies, and faculty members interested in the changing landscape for scholarly communications
How to register: https://www1.gotomeeting.com/register/543934248
We also have an upcoming webinar on our recently released What to Withdraw framework and accompanying decision-support tool; more information is available at https://www1.gotomeeting.com/register/486363776. We encourage you to attend any or all of these webinars, and to pass along this information to any of your colleagues who you believe might be interested. Thank you very much, and we look forward to hearing your reactions to the Faculty Survey 2009!
Roger Schonfeld & Ross Housewright
Roger C. Schonfeld
Manager of Research
In a published report, Faculty Survey 2009: Strategic Insights for Librarians, Publishers, and Societies, Ithaka S+R analyzes responses from over 3,000 faculty members based at US four-year colleges or universities and offers a unique comparative look at 2009 against previous surveys from 2000, 2003, and 2006 on a variety of key questions facing information service organizations and their parent institutions.
Trends in faculty attitudes and behaviors on issues ranging from the library as information gateway and the need for preservation of scholarly material, to their engagement with institutional and disciplinary repositories and thoughts about open access are addressed. For the first time, Ithaka S+R also looked at the role that scholarly societies play and their value to faculty.
Some of the key findings of this report include:
· Basic scholarly information use practices have shifted rapidly in recent years and, as a result, the academic library is increasingly being disintermediated from the discovery process, risking irrelevance in one if its core areas.
· Faculty members’ growing comfort in relying exclusively on digital versions of scholarly materials opens new opportunities for libraries, new business models for publishers, and new challenges for preservation.
· Despite several years of sustained efforts by publishers, scholarly societies, libraries, faculty members, and others to reform various aspects of the scholarly communications system, a fundamentally conservative set of faculty attitudes continues to impede systematic change.
The full report is freely available at http://bit.ly/aJP4pl. Results will also be presented at the Coalition for Networked Information Spring Meeting in Washington D.C. on April 12, 2010.
Please feel free to contact us with any questions or comments – we look forward to discussing these findings with you and the CNI community.
Roger and Ross
Roger C. Schonfeld
Manager of Research
Ithaka S+R (www.ithaka.org/ithaka-s-r) is the strategy and research arm of ITHAKA, a not-for-profit organization dedicated to helping the academic community use digital technologies to preserve the scholarly record and to advance research and teaching in sustainable ways. The Ithaka S+R team supports innovation in higher education by working with initiatives and organizations to develop sustainable business models and by conducting research and analysis on the impact of digital media on the academic community as a whole. Insights from these efforts are shared broadly, with more than a dozen reports freely available online. JSTOR, an accessible archive of more than 1,000 scholarly journals and other content, and Portico, a service that preserves scholarly content published in electronic form for future generations, are also part of ITHAKA.
Register now for the April 15 session of CNI Conversations; the call will begin at 1:00 pm EST and will run for about an hour. This event is open to all individuals at CNI member institutions, but requires pre-registration. Please contact Jackie Eudell at email@example.com to register for the call.
About CNI Conversations
CNI Conversations provides an opportunity for individuals from member institutions and organizations to take part in discussions on current topics with CNI Director Clifford Lynch and others; currently the events take place in audio-conference format. Real-time participation in CNI Conversations requires pre-registration, which is open only to those at member institutions and organizations. Recordings of these events are made available from the archive at http://conversations.cni.org/ (to subscribe to the audio feed add http://conversations.cni.org/feed to iTunes, or any podcatcher).
For questions or comments related to CNI Conversations, please contact CNI Associate Executive Director Joan Lippincott at Joan@cni.org.
NISO to hold April 14 Webinar on “RFID in Libraries: Standards and Expanding Use”
Existing ANSI and ISO standards outline the radio frequencies and character encoding on an RFID tag but don’t address the specific needs for interoperability in a library environment. A NISO working group issued a Recommended Practice in 2008 on “RFID in U.S. Libraries” as an interim best practice until the ISO standardization effort was completed. That ISO standard is nearing its final stages and is expected to be finalized in late 2010 or early 2011. NISO’s working group will be undertaking a revision of the recommended practice to align it with the international standard.
NISO’s webinar, “RFID in Libraries: Standards and Expanding Use,” on April 14, 2010 from 1:00 – 2:30 p.m. (Eastern), will look at the latest developments in both of these standardization efforts regarding the use of Radio Frequency Identification (RFID) in libraries and share the experience of an actual implementation of RFID. Learn about RFID data models for library applications, what data is specified to be on an RFID tag, and which encoding schemes to use. Hear about experiences in implementing the NISO Recommended Practice and the issues that must be addressed beyond technology when RFID is introduced.
Topics and speakers for the webinar:
Topics and speakers for the webinar:
— ISO Standard on RFID in Libraries — Paul Sevcik, Senior Product Development Specialist, 3M Library Systems
— U.S. Implementation of RFID in Libraries — Vinod Chachra, CEO, VTLS, Inc.
— Case Study of RFID Library Implementation — Speaker TBA
Can’t make it on the scheduled day and time? Registrants get access to the recorded version for one year; watch at your convenience. NISO and NASIG members receive a discounted member rate. A student discount is also available.
For more information and to register, visit the event webpage: http://www.niso.org/news/events/2010/rfid/
A Guide to the Spring 2010 Coalition for Networked Information Membership Meeting, Cliff’s Roadmap, is now available at https://www.cni.org/tfms/2010a.spring/roadmap.html.
This is a very well-organized workshop with a program spanning topics of interest to many in the CNI constituency.
From 26 – 30 July 2010, Ticer’s international summer school “Digital Libraries à la Carte” will be held at Tilburg University, the Netherlands. You can pick your choice from a completely renewed ‘menu’ of five one-day modules.
· Module 1: Strategic Developments and Library Management
· Module 2: The Library in the Scholar’s Workflow and Research Data
· Module 3: Libraries – Partners in Teaching and Learning
· Module 4: Mobile Technologies in Education and Library
· Module 5: Web 2.0 and Linked Data in Libraries
The informative website can be found at www.tilburguniversity.nl/ticer/2010/. Those registering before 1 May 2010, will receive a €150 discount.
Over the past few years the US Government has carried out several surveys of scientific collections and produced two very interesting reports that give a sense of the extent and diversity, as well as the scientific importance, of these resources. The first report is a survey of Federal Scientific Collections and can be found in the 2008 Archives of the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy (http://www.whitehouse.gov/administration/eop/ostp/nstc/docsreports/archives) at:
The second report, which is based on an NSF survey, looks at collections that receive Federal Funding; about two thirds of those described in the report are affiliated with higher education collections. This report can be found at
Note that this NSF report is a short summary, and at the end it gives a URL to much more extensive data gathered from the survey.
These reports are important not just as baseline data about these collections, but because they lay part of the groundwork for a flurry of discussion and activity that is now taking place about capturing digitial representations various parts of these collections, and linking them together into national and international resources. I’ll be sharing out pointers to some of these developments in coming months, and I also hope that we’ll be able to highlight some of them at upcoming CNI meetings.
The Coalition for Networked Information (CNI) announces the 2010 Paul Evan Peters Fellowship
Applications due by April 23, 2010
The Paul Evan Peters Fellowship was established to honor and perpetuate the memory of CNI’s founding executive director. The fellowship is awarded every two years to a student pursuing graduate studies in librarianship, the information sciences, or a closely related field, who demonstrates intellectual and personal qualities consistent with those of Paul Evan Peters, including:
–commitment to use of digital information and advanced technology to enhance scholarship, intellectual productivity and public life;
–interest in the civic responsibilities of information professionals and a commitment to democratic values;
–positive and creative approach to overcoming personal, technological, and bureaucratic challenges, and
–humor, vision, humanity, and imagination.
The fellowship is in the amount of $5000 per year, to be awarded two consecutive years to a student in a graduate program.
“The characteristics that have often been associated with Paul–positivity, creativity, humor, vision, humanity, and imagination–are, I hope, dimensions that I also bring to the work that I do as a scholar and as a teacher, ” wrote Philip Edwards, 2004 fellowship recipient and a faculty member at the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill, School of Information and Library Science. Edwards credits the award with helping to broaden his professional horizons as a student: “Because of this funding, I was able to travel to conferences which I would have otherwise been unable to attend, and the interactions I had among other researchers and practitioners at these gatherings have been more valuable than I could have ever imagined.”
Cal Lee, who received the first Peters Fellowship, is currently Assistant Professor at the School of Information and Library Science at the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill, where he teaches classes for graduate and undergraduate students, as well as continuing professional education workshops, in a variety of subjects, including archival administration, records management, digital curation, understanding information technology for managing digital collections, and the construction of digital repository rules.
More information about the Paul Evan Peters Fellowship and the application process are available at https://www.cni.org/pepfellowship/.