Jisc/CNI report “The Journey towards Openness” released

Today, as part of Open Access Week, Jisc and CNI have released the report of our July 2014 joint meeting titled “The Journey Towards Openness”.

Every two years, Jisc and CNI have brought together a small group of leaders from both the US and the UK to explore a topic of joint interest related to digital content, technology, and higher education. At this meeting we took a very broad look at what we called the the “journey towards openness”, encompassing open access, open data and open scholarship, some of the interrelationships among these developments, and some particular challenges in international cooperation to advance these shifts. The report also contains brief summaries of a number of important events that have taken place since the 2014 conference, providing an ongoing context for the discussions.

There is a short blog post summarizing the report at


The actual report, which contains a rich set of links and video materials as well as text, can be read at:


and there’s also a PDF version that can be found at:


Clifford Lynch Director, CNI

Register now for October 20th LSC Webinar: Spaces that have a Role in Preparing Students for Productive and Meaningful Lives

You’ll find many examples of interest in the next Learning Spaces Collaboratory webinar. This one explores why physical spaces are still important in learning, among other questions. There is a fee for registration – see below.
–Joan Lippincott, CNI

 Learning Spaces Collaboratory News & Alerts: Fall 2015

Join us for the LSC Webinar Making the Case: Spaces that have a Role in Preparing Students for Productive and Meaningful Lives on October 20th at 3:30pm EDT.


Note that a recording of the webinar is available for all registered participants if you cannot join us in real-time.

Skidmore College: Spaces for experiencing the power of art in the process of learning 

We will be exploring some audacious questions about why place-based learning matters and sharing stories from campuses giving students campus-based experiences through which they become, practice becoming. Some audacious questions we will be exploring:

·         In a time when information can be accessed, examined, shared, and translated into practice virtually, beyond boundaries of time, place, why do physical spaces matter to the undergraduate learning experience?

·         What is it that we want our undergraduate learners to become that is enabled by “in-the-present, in the space” interactions in which students are actively engaged in a social and supportive community?

·         What are the attributes, the affordances of spaces that “work” in the service of robust learning?

 James Madison University
James Madison University: One of the many makerspaces now being established around the JMU campus

The October LSC webinar will present stories from four campuses that explore these questions and offer advice for planning teams—be they architects or academics.

Georgia Institute of Technology
Georgia Institute of Technology: A practice room for problem-driven learning pedagogies 

Join us in thinking about how a black box theater, a fine arts museum, campus-wide networks of makerspaces, a green roof classroom, problem-solving studios can contribute to a campus ecosystem of learning spaces for your community of learners.

 Texas A&M University 

Texas A&M University: An unexpected space for learning on the TAMU campus


Jeanne L. Narum

The Independent Colleges Office, Director

Learning Spaces Collaboratory, Principal

D: (202) 256-8872

C: (202) 528-0305



Presentations from Library of Congress Storage Architectures Symposium 2015

On September 9-10, 2015 I was fortunate to be able to attend the Library of Congress 2015 Symposium on Storage Architectures for Digital Collections. This invitational meeting, which LC sponsors every fall, is unique in its focus on the intersection of technology and economic trends in storage systems (of all types) with the special needs of very large scale digital archives and collections. The presentations from this meeting are now available at


and represent a wonderful resource for those interested in such issues.

Clifford Lynch
Director, CNI

Knowledge Exchange Report on European National Approaches to Researcher IDs

In June, 2015 the Knowledge Exchange, a partnership of JISC in the UK, the DFG in Germany, SURF in the Netherlands, Denmark’s DEFF and CSC, the IT Center for Science in Finland, which focuses on digital infrastructure for research and scholarship, held a workshop to continue its exploration of national strategies for implementing researcher identifiers such as ORCID and ISNI. There’s a report of this workshop now available at:


Clifford Lynch
Director, CNI

Reminder & Hotel Update: CNI Fall Meeting

Several key deadlines for CNI’s fall membership meeting are fast approaching:

* Project briefing proposals are due by Oct. 19https://wp.me/P1LncT-64z

* Make hotel reservations by Nov. 11 for conference rate; rooms ARE currently available. For best results, make reservations by using this link: https://aws.passkey.com/event/14145972/owner/25255/home (there have been some reported problems with the link included in the mailing to representatives).

* Registration closes Nov. 11.

CNI’s Fall Membership Meeting will be held Dec. 14-15, 2015, at the Capital Hilton Hotel in Washington, DC.

Consult the meeting website (https://wp.me/P1LncT-64s) for more details.

Ithaka Workshop: Managing and Organizing Talent in The Academic LIbrary

Deanna Marcum and Roger Schoenfeld of Ithaka are hosting a workshop co-located with the December CNI meeting on Managing and Organizing Talent in the Academic Library; this will take place on the morning of Monday December 14.

More details and registration information are below.

Clifford Lynch
Director, CNI


Managing and Organizing Talent in the Academic Library: A Workshop at CNI

There is no more important role of research library leaders than to recruit and develop the talent in your libraries and to organize the work of your colleagues so that they can work successfully in a changing environment. Deanna Marcum and Roger Schonfeld have been working on these issues in a number of projects this year, including talent management and organizational structure. We would like to take this opportunity to step back and reflect together with a group of senior library leaders about some of the key implications for their libraries.

Deanna and Roger will present findings and facilitate discussion on two principal topics:
· How can your library more effectively recruit and develop staff who possess the expertise and skills needed to move in the direction you have set out for it? Given the constraints that typically exist, how can you strengthen your processes for recruiting, selection, development, and other aspects of talent management?
· What alternatives can you consider for how to structure your organization at this particular point in its history? No structure is perfect, but how can you better align your organization with your strategic objectives to improve coordination and decision-making on the most important issues you face?
This session will be held on Monday December 14 from 9:00-12:00 in conjunction with the winter CNI meeting in Washington DC.

For more information or to register, please visit https://ithakasr-cni-workshop.eventbrite.com

Roger C. Schonfeld
Director, Library and Scholarly Communication Program
Ithaka S+R
Twitter: @rschon
Email: rcs@ithaka.org
Tel: 212-500-2338

Research Data Issue of Journal of Librarianship & Scholarly Communication

The Journal of Librarianship and Scholarly Communication has just published a special issue (volume 3 issue 2) covering research data management, edited by Gail Clement and Lisa Schiff. There are numerous articles in this issue that will be of interest to the CNI community, I believe, and the table of contents can be found here:


The journal is open access.

Clifford Lynch
Director, CNI

ACRL Virtual Meeting Digital Scholarship Centers Interest Group

The ACRL Digital Scholarship Centers Interest Group is sponsoring a free web meeting on a timely topic – integrating research faculty into the planning and management of library-based DH centers. Please see registration information below.

Joan Lippincott, CNI


Do you operate or participate in your institution’s Digital Scholarship Center?

Are you thinking of partnering with others to develop one at your institution?

Just want to learn more about Digital Scholarship Centers?

Then you might be interested in this upcoming virtual meeting of the ACRL Digital Scholarship Centers Interest Group:

We have invited two special guests to join us for a discussion about how to integrate faculty and fellows into the DSC.

Below is a description of the event. It is free but you must register in advance. Here is the link to the registration page:


(Look for the registration link under “Event Status” near the top of the page)


Date: Wednesday October 21

Time: 3:00 pm EST

What are the promises and pitfalls of integrating research faculty into the planning and management of library-based DH centers? This ACRL Digital Scholarship Centers Interest Group meeting provides two fresh perspectives on the issue, one from the Academic director of Temple Library’s new Digital Scholarship Center, and the other from a humanities research post-doc there. Short presentations will discuss the structuring of program offerings, the development of a research program, and the collaboration between faculty members and academic librarians, followed by Q&A. Join Merinda Hensley and Steven Bell, Co-Conveners of the Digital Scholarship Centers Interest Group, as they invite their two guests, Dr. Peter Logan and Liz Rodrigues, to tell us more about bringing faculty and fellows into the digital scholarship center.

Dr. Peter Logan is a specialist in 19th-century British literature and the history and theory of the novel. As Director of the Center for the Humanities at Temple in 2013, he worked with the Digital Library Initiatives Department of Temple Libraries to create a year-long program training graduate students in the fundamentals of digital research methods. As Academic Director of the Temple Libraries Digital Scholarship Center he will shape the Center’s programs and offerings.

Dr. Liz Rodrigues completed her Ph.D. in English at the University of Michigan in 2015 and joins the Temple Digital Scholarship Center as a postdoctoral fellow. Her past digital projects have included the development of a set of interactive online tools for teaching the revision process and building digital collections to highlight student work.

Last updated:  Friday, February 1st, 2013