An alternative access method for the same information available from the CNI-ANNOUNCE listserv.
For those who missed earlier announcements over the summer, here is your opportunity to register for the Designing Libraries Conference. We have a great roster of speakers and two valuable pre-conferences. Program information and links to the conference site are below.
Proposals are now being accepted for project briefings to be presented at CNI’s Fall 2019 Membership Meeting on Dec. 9-10 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 typically 30-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; 30-minute sessions WILL BE PAIRED. A limited number of project briefings are accepted.
NEW THIS YEAR – “Short Updates” pilot: 1-hour session(s) comprised of a series of brief updates (approx. 8 minutes each, limited to 1 presenter per update) on new or ongoing projects, programs, or organizations that may have reported at CNI in the past. Contact Joan Lippincott, firstname.lastname@example.org, for questions about brief updates.
Proposals may be submitted via online form:
Deadline for submissions is Monday, October 7.
More information is at https://www.cni.org/mm/fall-2019. Follow along: #cni19f.
As many of you are aware, CNI has worked closely with the Learning Spaces Collaboratory over the years. This national colloquium promises to be stimulating and rewarding for those involved in planning all types of learning spaces. Registration information is linked below.
Join us November 1 – 3, 2019 in Kansas City, Missouri for the LSC National Colloquium that will be focusing on spaces for learning. If your campus is:
– anticipating a major facilities project within the next seven years
– engaged in a campus-wide initiative of repurposing current spaces
– re-examining if and how spaces serve institutional goals for inclusivity
Architect/Design Professional Registration
Opening Plenary Session: Two Perspectives on the Process of Planning
Laura Malinin, Inaugural Director, Nancy Richardson Design Center, Associate Professor of Interior Architecture + Design – Colorado State University
William LaCourse, Dean of the College of Natural and Mathematical Sciences – University of Maryland Baltimore County
Malinin and LaCourse share their individual stories of imagining and realizing spaces for quite diverse communities of learners, beginning with focusing on the experience of the learner.
These were two quite different spatial types, yet they had a common goal: to enable interdisciplinary, engaged and applied learning, inspire innovation and creativity. Each story illustrates the complexity and iterative nature of planning—toward the end that the project is embraced by the campus community, focuses on the future, and enhances institutional distinction.
Saturday Breakout Sessions will:
– focus on diverse spatial types: libraries; STEM facilities classrooms (including technologically-enhanced classrooms), makerspaces, and spaces for informal learning
– explore the nature of spaces focusing on inclusivity and spaces for formal and informal learning that create a campus ecosystem of learning
– present an overview on how to develop an institutional “checklist for planning”
– incorporate attention to assessing how spaces matter.
Be in touch with any questions.
Jeanne L. Narum
Learning Spaces Collaboratory, Principal
The ARL-CNI Fall Forum provides an opportunity to participate in a stimulating program and interact with colleagues on key issues. Please see below for information on registering and note the Tuesday, September 3 deadline.
—Joan Lippincott, CNI
ARL-CNI Fall Forum: September 26, 2019
Other Important Information
Other Important Information
About the Association of Research Libraries
This July, I was fortunate to be able to participate in the milestone 10th Assembly convened by Sage Bionetworks. This entire event was recorded, and the videos are now available linked to an excellent blog posting summarizing the goals of Sage and what took place at the meeting here
I was part of the first panel, “Open Science Matters.”
The National Academies are hosting a one-day workshop on Implementing FAIR Data for People and Machines on Wednesday, September 11 in Washington DC. They have a genuinely outstanding set of speakers and this should be a superb event. Full details at
Note that there is a modest registration fee.
I was greatly saddened to hear of the death of former National Library of Medicine Director Dr. Donald
Lindberg. Don was a genuine visionary and superb strategic leader who was responsible for enabling many of the key advances in both bio-informatics and public access to biomedical and health information as we
know them today.
The announcement from the National Library of Medicine is here
He was also a great friend to and supporter of CNI. In 2014 it was my privilege to be able to present Dr. Lindberg with the Paul Evan Peters award at our Spring meeting.
The award announcement can be found here
I’m pleased to be able to share this announcement about a new initiative that CNI has embarked upon jointly with our partners at the Association of Research Libraries and EDUCAUSE; I’ve spent a good deal of time planning this effort with my colleagues in those organizations over the past month and it’s wonderful to see it launched! I think that the first phase — identifying key landscape-changing technologies — will be of great interest to the CNI community and I hope to be able to update progress on that via this list and at our December 2019 and Spring 2020 Member meetings. Below is the full announcement about the initiative and its objectives.
The Association of Research Libraries (ARL), the Coalition for Networked Information (CNI), and EDUCAUSE are working together to better understand how research libraries, as collaborative partners in the research and learning enterprise, can best advance research and learning during these times of significant changes in the production, dissemination, and reuse of digital content.
The three partner organizations are focused on understanding how such technologies and emerging disciplines as data science, artificial intelligence, mobility and ubiquitous networking, cloud and ambient computing, augmented/virtual reality, and the internet of things are— and are not—fundamentally transforming the way research and learning occur. More specifically, the partners will focus on understanding the role research libraries are playing and need to play in this dynamic context.
This project is organized in three phases over 18 months. It will engage experts, leaders and community members from research libraries, information technology, higher education, the research enterprise, and the three organizations. The project will develop a set of recommendations and possible actions for key stakeholders, the broader community, and the partner organizations to consider in response to findings related to the following questions:
• Based on technologies considered most critical in research and learning, what knowledge and competencies do research library leaders and staff need?
• What can research libraries do now to advance their knowledge and practice in these technologies given their current and potential impact on research and learning? What support is needed to do so?
• How should research libraries remain strategically aligned with and capable of adopting digital innovations as collaborative partners in advancing research and learning?
As a result of the recommendations, we will seek to create pathways that position research libraries to positively impact the research enterprise under dynamic digital conditions that continue to dramatically change our world.
I’m pleased to announce the availability of this new addition to the ELI 7 Things series. As Malcolm Brown states, it was a broad, complex, and challenging topic, and I enjoyed working with colleagues on producing this issue.
—Joan Lippincott, CNI
A new ELI 7 Things publication “hit the stands” (at least the virtual ones) recently, and the topic is digital literacies. Interest in this topic has surged over the past several years, as measured by the ELI Key Issues survey: the topic was 13th in 2016 but ranks 4th in 2019.
This issue presented an interesting challenge: compress a complex topic like digital literacies into the 7 Things framework. As we state in the issue itself, digital literacy “…encompasses a range of skills and knowledge necessary to evaluate, use, and create digital in-formation in various forms. Digital literacies include data literacy, information literacy, visual literacy, media literacy, and metaliteracy, as well as related capacities for assessing social and ethical issues in our digital world.”
But thanks to the help supplied by our subject matter experts, we were able to pull together the issue. So many thanks are owed to:
- Debra Gilchrist, Pierce College
- Alison Head, Project Information Literacy
- Trudi Jacobson, SUNY Albany
- Joan Lippincott, CNI
As always, the ELI 7 Things is free to all. The issue on literacies can be fetched here:
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Uncommon Thinking for the Common Good
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There’s a really useful report surveying all of the numerous efforts that are underway in open-source publishing platforms and how they fit together that’s been released by MIT Press as part of a grant from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation. The report is called “Mind the Gap: A Landscape Analysis of Open Source Publishing Tools and Platforms” and it’s available at
The report announcement is at