6th International m-Libraries Conference

Dear subscribers:

I have worked with the M-Libraries conference since its inception – as a speaker and member of the program committee – and can highly recommend it for a high quality program. See details below.

–Joan Lippincott, CNI


We are delighted to announce that early-bird registration is now open for  the Sixth International m-Libraries conference, entitled ‘m-Libraries: smart libraries: re-inventing libraries for a changing world’ to be held at The Open University in Milton Keynes, UK on the 16th to 18th May 2016. 

As part of this exciting programme we have now confirmed David Bartlett (formerly Premier of the Australian State of Tasmania from 2008 until 2011) Maree Conway (Foresight Practitioner, Researcher and Trainer at Thinking Futures, Australia), Lisa Smith (Director, Education at Monash University Library) as speakers.  The full line up of speakers can be found on our website – http://www.m-libraries.org/

We would be delighted if you could join us for what promises to be a stimulating and thought-provoking delve into the libraries of the future and the services they can provide. 

Keep in touch, or be a part of our build-up on Facebook m-libraries: Smart Libraries or Twitter @mlibraries #mlib 15

Kind wishes,


— The Open University is incorporated by Royal Charter (RC 000391), an exempt charity in England & Wales and a charity registered in Scotland (SC 038302). The Open University is authorised and regulated by the Financial Conduct Authority.

CNI Mtg Registration Reminder

The registration deadline for the Spring 2016 CNI membership meeting is next THURSDAY, MARCH 3rd. If you haven’t registered for the meeting or made hotel accommodations, please do so by Thursday. Details about the hotel are available from the meeting website at:


If you have questions about registration, please contact Jackie Eudell at jackie@cni.org. The meeting will be held at the Westin Riverwalk in San Antonio, TX on April 4-5.

We look forward to seeing you there!

Videos: Design Labs & Shared Research Data Service

The Shapiro Design Lab (SDL) is a new creative learning environment at the University of Michigan Library enabling efforts to bridge disciplines, build networks, and discover new contexts for scholarship. Laurie Alexander and Justin Schell discuss how the new space encourages a culture of engaged, connected learning and knowledge creation in Design Labs at the Intersection of Engaged Learning and Digital Scholarship:
Vimeo: https://vimeo.com/156575644
YouTube: https://youtu.be/sMxOHGxqpSc

In the United Kingdom (UK) there are funder mandates for universities to take full responsibility for their research data. In Establishing a Shared Research Data Service in the UK: How We’re Doing It. What About You?, Rachel Bruce describes the shared solutions Jisc is putting in place to help universities manage this responsibility, including the establishment of a shared research data management service that can help to meet the core requirements using core systems:
Vimeo: https://vimeo.com/156313024
YouTube: https://youtu.be/CIt5v3A-es4

To see all videos produced by CNI, visit our video channels on YouTube (www.youtube.com/cnivideo) and Vimeo (vimeo.com/channels/cni).

NCSU Libraries Data Visualization Institute

Dear CNI News subscribers:

The NCSU Libraries have just announced this intensive, week-long Data and Visualization Institute, with the first offering in May, 2016. It is an excellent opportunity for libraries that want to develop the expertise of staff so that they can work with faculty and students on the data generated from their research and assist them with developing useful visualizations for their projects. Applications for the institute will be accepted until March 13, 2016.

–Joan Lippincott, CNI



Registration now open for Data and Visualization Institute  for Librarians at the NCSU Libraries
This week-long course–a visualization immersion–will feature interactive sessions with expert instructors.

(Raleigh, NC) — Librarians can now register online for the first Data and Visualization Institute forLibrarians (DVIL) at NCSU Libraries. The hands-on, interactive course takes place May 23-27, 2016 at the James B. Hunt Jr. Library at NC State University. The application deadline is March 13, 2016.

institute_logoDVIL is a week-long course providing the opportunity for librarians passionate about research and scholarship to immerse themselves in learning about data science and visualization in collaboration with academic peers. Participants will develop the knowledge, skills, and confidence to communicate effectively with faculty and student researchers about their data and be able to provide initial consultancy on the course topics. 

Led by expert instructors, sessions will be interactive and will focus on mastery of core concepts, with hands-on exposure to select open source and highly used commercial tools. Sharing of practices and experiences across institutions will be encouraged.

The institute’s curriculum, available later in February, will focus on topics such as:

  • Data Exploration and Statistical Analysis
  • Data Visualization
  • Data Description, Sharing, and Reuse
  • Data Cleaning & Preparation, and 
  • Gathering and Analyzing Textual & Multimedia Data.

Additional topics such as bibliometric analysis, version control with Git and GitHub, publisher and funder datause agreements, and open data and open science will be discussed in short sessions.  

Computer programming and data analysis experience is not required. Participants should be comfortable using common office applications (e.g., Microsoft suite), Google applications (e.g., Drive, Spreadsheets, Docs), and be familiar with PC and Mac environments.

The Institute’s instructional day is Monday-Friday from 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Registration cost is $2,500 per person, which covers instruction, breakfasts and lunches each day, and one evening reception during the week. The registration cost does not include travel and lodging expenses.

To apply

Applications for the Data and Visualization Institute for Librarians will be accepted beginning on Monday, February 15, 2016. The application deadline is Saturday, March 13. Visit the Data and Visualization Institutewebsite for program details and to apply for the course: https://www.lib.ncsu.edu/datavizinstitute


Honora Eskridge, Director of the Data and Visualization Institute for Librarians, 919.515.6120,datavizinstitute@ncsu.edu

About Data Science and Visualization at the NCSU Libraries

The NCSU Libraries provides research data services and hosts a variety of data science and visualizationprograms in its state-of-the-art, high-tech spaces. Through offerings such as our Data Visualization Workshop Series and “Coffee & Viz” events, we provide interactive and entertaining forums for researchers to share theirvisualization work and discuss topics of interest. 

About the NCSU Libraries

The NCSU Libraries is the gateway to knowledge for the NC State University community and its partners. The Libraries’ collections reflect the historic strengths of the University as well as its vision for the future. With extensive research holdings in the areas of engineering, science, technology, and agriculture, the NCSU Libraries is recognized as a national leader.

Brewster Kahle Public Lectures At Berkeley March 2 and 3, 2016

For CNI News readers in the Bay Area, Brewster Kahle will be giving two featured lectures next week. These should be fabulous. I don’t know whether these will be streamed.

Clifford Lynch
Director, CNI

Right to Remember
Brewster Kahle, Founder of the Internet Archive

Regents Lecture

March 2
7:30 – 9:00 PM
310 Banatao Auitorium, Sutardja Dai Hall, UC Berkeley

Brewster Kahle is the founder of the Internet Archive, a non-profit digital library that preserves and provides free access to cultural artifacts. Through the Internet Archive, Kahle has spearheaded efforts to “copy” audio, visual, and book collections, as well as the internet itself, creating a repository of human existence. The Internet Archive is now one of the largest libraries in the world, preserving 20 petabytes of data, and working with more than 400 library and university partners, including the Smithsonian and the Library of Congress. 

As cultural materials are increasingly erased and eroded over time, the Internet Archive champions our right to remember: to investigate and learn from past human experience.

More information at



Library of the Future

March 3
4:30 – 5:30 PM
Morrison Library, UC Berkeley

Who is responsible for protecting our cultural memory? Who should pay to maintain these records? And how can we ensure that the artifacts we’ve preserved do not vanish into obscurity?

Join us as the new University Librarian Jeffrey MacKie-Mason investigates the role and future of the modern library with Brewster Kahle, founder of the Internet Archive. How should we preserve our legacy in the digital world for generations to come?

More information at


Report on Value of the European Bioinformatics Institute (EMBL-EBI)

I wanted to share the announcement of a recent report on the contributions and value of the European Bioinformatics Institute. (EMBL-EBI). This is a very unusual contribution to the literature, attempting to estimate economic and scholarly impact of investment in large-scale scientific infrasctructure that offers a trove of freely accessible information globally.

Clifford Lynch
Director, CNI


In 2015, Charles Beagrie Ltd was commissioned by the European Bioinformatics Institute (EMBL-EBI), to study and analyse its economic and social impact.

The EMBL- EBI, located on the Wellcome Genome Campus in Hinxton, near Cambridge in the UK, manages public life science data on a very large scale, making a rich resource of genome information freely available to the global life science community.

The full report published today presents the results of the quantitative and qualitative study of the Institute, examining the value and impact of its work. The report highlights key findings, including that EMBL-EBI data and services made commercial and academic R&D significantly more efficient. This benefit to users and their funders is estimated, at a minimum, to be worth £1 billion per annum worldwide – equivalent to more than 20 times the direct operational cost of EMBL-EBI.

The report should be of interest to anyone interested in the value and impact of open data, data curation, and long-term research data management. It is the fourth report in a series of studies that have looked at the value of data sharing and curation across social sciences, archaeology, atmospheric science, and now bio-informatics and life sciences.

A full press release accompanying today’s publication is available on the EMBL-EBI website at http://www.ebi.ac.uk/about/news/press-releases/value-and-impact-of-the-european-bioinformatics-institute

The Report is available online in printable format at http://www.beagrie.com/EBI-impact-report.pdf

A short Executive Summary version of the report is available online in printable format at http://www.beagrie.com/EBI-impact-summary.pdf

Personal Digital Archiving Registration is Open (Ann Arbor, MI, May 12-14)

I wanted to share this announcement. CNI is delighted to again be a cooperating organization for this meeting.

Clifford Lynch
Director, CNI

PDA 2016 Registration is open.   The PDA 2016 website is

 http://www.lib.umich.edu/pda2016 or  http://www.lib.umich.edu/personal-digital-archiving-2016/registration-and-housing-information

The PDA 2016 will start May 12 with a Keynote speech by Doug Boyd, from the Louie B. Nunn Center for Oral History

Special Collections Research Center, Margaret I. King Library, University of Kentucky Libraries. The rest of the day will be filled with Panels and Lighting talks and end with a reception and Poster session.  Day two will began with a Keynote speech by Gabriela Redwine of Yale University and author of Personal Digital Archiving Report.  The rest of the day is filled with more presentations. The final day May 14, 2016 will be a time for hands on workshops in the computer labs in the University of Michigan Library.

Planning a Digital Scholarship Center: Registration Update

Registration is now open to individuals or teams from any institution (it was restricted to those affiliated with ARL or CNI member institutions for the first 2 weeks.) We are near capacity for the workshop; if you are interested in participating, I encourage you to register right away. We will maintain a waiting list once we reach the maximum number of registrants.

We have seen increasing interest in the development of digital scholarship centers, often in academic libraries, in recent years. CNI has been active in featuring sessions about these centers at our membership meetings, and we have published reports and articles on the topic. Our latest initiative is this workshop, which will provide a range of models for developing a digital scholarship center and will provide information on a wide variety of issues to be taken into consideration during planning and early implementation phases. We are very pleased to partner with ARL on this workshop. We expect a lot of interest in this workshop and we do have a limit on the number of attendees.

Please see below for additional information, including a link to the workshop website.

Joan Lippincott, CNI


Planning a Digital Scholarship Center: A CNI/ARL Workshop
May 17-18, 2016
Arlington, VA

An increasing number of institutions are planning programs and spaces they call digital scholarship centers, scholars’ labs, research commons, or similar names. Often these centers are located in and administered by academic libraries, in contrast to faculty-run institutes. While some centers focus on digital humanities, many work with a broader range of disciplines, supporting e-science and digital research in the social sciences. During the planning and early implementation process for a center, there are many decisions to be made about the mission, programs, partnerships, staffing, technologies, as well as the physical space of the center. 

This workshop will assist institutions in the process of planning digital scholarship centers, not by offering one solution but by presenting a variety of models that will help institutions make informed choices that address institutional needs and priorities. The event will include a combination of presentations by invited speakers, group discussions and hands-on exercises.


This workshop will assist those institutions in the planning stages or early implementation stages of a digital scholarship center. Institutions are encouraged to register teams, but individual registrants are also welcome. The target audience includes deans/directors and associate directors of libraries, scholarly communications librarians, digital humanities professionals or faculty, GIS staff, information technology staff, and faculty engaged in digital scholarship.


The workshop will cover the following topics:

• Process of planning a digital scholarship center

• Funding a center

• Staffing issues, including types of staff, training, integration with other staff

• Technologies and physical space

• Models and types of centers

• Partnerships for research

• Partnerships for teaching and learning

• Dissemination and curation of products of digital scholarship

• Lessons learned

A preliminary agenda is available on the workshop website.

Preparation for the Workshop

Individuals and/or institutional teams will be asked to read background articles and to complete an assignment prior to attending the workshop. More information is available on the workshop website.


Registration is limited to 100 people. A waiting list will be maintained after the limit has been reached. Register at https://arl.formstack.com/forms/digital_scholarship_centers_workshop


The registration fee of $375 per individual will include an evening reception (May 17), continental breakfast and lunch (May 18), and several breaks with light refreshments throughout the event.

Venue & Accommodations

The workshop will take place at the DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel Washington DC-Crystal City, 300 Army Navy Drive, Arlington, Virginia

Participants will be able to reserve rooms at the event group rate of $229 per night (single/double) through a direct link on the event site once the URL is available; please check the workshop website, or contact the hotel at 703-416-4100 and identify yourself as a workshop participant.

Planning Committee

Members of the workshop planning committee are:

• Rebecca Graham, Chief Information Officer and Chief Librarian, University of Guelph

• Harriette Hemmasi, Joukowsky Family University Librarian, Brown University

• Joan Lippincott, Associate Executive Director, Coalition for Networked Information

• Rikk Mulligan, Program Officer for Scholarly Publishing, Association of Research Libraries, and Public Fellow, American Council of Learned Societies 

Additional Information

For more information, visit the workshop website or contact Angela Pappalardo, program coordinator, events and finance, ARL, angela@arl.org or 202-296-2296. 

About the Coalition for Networked Information

The Coalition for Networked Information (CNI) is dedicated to supporting the transformative promise of digital information technology for the advancement of scholarly communication and the enrichment of intellectual productivity. Some 230 institutions representing higher education, publishing, information technology, scholarly and professional organizations, foundations, and libraries and library organizations make up CNI’s members; CNI is entirely funded through membership dues. Semi-annual membership meetings bring together representatives of CNI’s constituencies to discuss ongoing and new projects, and to plan for future initiatives. Learn more about CNI at https://www.cni.org.

About the Association of Research Libraries 

The Association of Research Libraries (ARL) is a nonprofit organization of 124 research libraries in the US and Canada. ARL’s mission is to influence the changing environment of scholarly communication and the public policies that affect research libraries and the diverse communities they serve. ARL pursues this mission by advancing the goals of its member research libraries, providing leadership in public and information policy to the scholarly and higher education communities, fostering the exchange of ideas and expertise, facilitating the emergence of new roles for research libraries, and shaping a future environment that leverages its interests with those of allied organizations. ARL is on the web at http://www.arl.org/.


Joan K. Lippincott, Ph.D.
Associate Executive Director
Coalition for Networked Information
21 Dupont Circle, Suite 800
Washington, DC  20036
202-872-0884 (Fax)

Invitation from UT Austin, for Spring Meeting Attendees

The University of Texas Libraries in Austin is extending a special opportunity, to CNI spring meeting attendees, to tour the newly renovated spaces in UT’s Perry-Castañeda Library. More information is below, including a link to RSVP for a tour.

Dear CNI Spring Membership Meeting Attendees,

Your colleagues at the University of Texas Libraries in Austin invite you to visit their newly renovated spaces in the Perry-Castañeda Library, including the Learning Commons with active learning classrooms and a media lab and the Scholars Commons with silent study spaces and a data lab. Tours have been organized for Sunday afternoon April 3, 2016. Please follow this link to learn more and RSVP for a tour. If you cannot make it on Sunday but are interested in visiting later in the week, please contact Catherine Hamer, Associate Director for User Services.

Catherine Hamer
Associate Director for User Services
University of Texas Libraries
The University of Texas at Austin

Last updated:  Friday, February 1st, 2013