CLIR Report Reviewing First Decade of CLIR Postdoctorial Fellowships

It’s rare to see in-depth historical and critical review of important programs within our community, and the Council on Library and Information Resources (CLIR) Fellowships have certainly been an extremely important innovation, so I’m delighted to share the announcement of this recent study (reproduced below).

The CLIR fellows have been ongoing guests at our CNI membership meetings (as part of CNI’s commitment to community leadership development), and so many readers of this list will have likely encountered some of the outstanding participants in this program at our meetings in recent years.

Clifford Lynch
Director, CNI

Washington, DC, September 10, 2015- A new report from the Council on Library and Information Resources (CLIR) celebrates the first decade of the CLIR Postdoctoral Fellowship Program by bringing together 20 past and present CLIR fellows to share their thoughts on their experiences and, more broadly, the direction of academia. The report presents a series of collaboratively written essays in a volume titled The Process of Discovery: The CLIR Postdoctoral Fellowship Program and the Future of the Academy.

“The process of discovery-obtaining new knowledge, developing insight, uncovering what was previously unknown or invisible: the wild surmise of seeing clearly what had been incoherent, fragmented, or disjunctive-is a salient theme of each essay,” writes CLIR President Charles Henry in the report’s foreword. “Each essay is a look into the working conditions associated with creating a new profession of expertise and responsibilities in response to emerging forms of scholarly communication and pedagogy.”

The collection represents the coalescence of ideas and viewpoints from multiple authors participating in collaborative writing groups over several months. The results of this effort include the essays “Collaboration in the Evolving Academy: Experiences from the CLIR Postdoctoral Fellowship Program”; “Changing and Expanding Libraries: Exhibitions, Institutional Repositories, and the Future of Academia”; “Libraries and the Research Data Management Landscape”; and “Toward a Trackless Future: Moving beyond ‘Alt-Ac’ and ‘Post-Ac’.” Collectively, these four pieces explore key themes that arose from a comprehensive survey of program participants and alumni conducted in 2014. Findings from the survey project, led by former fellows John Maclachlan, Jason Brodeur, and Jennifer Parrott, are included in the collection. Also included are an account of the program’s history, contributed by Elizabeth Waraksa, and an exploration of the goals that inform the program’s pedagogy, coauthored by longtime leaders of the fellowship’s educational activities Elliott Shore and Lauren Coats.

The collaborative writing process was conceived and led by Maclachlan, of McMaster University, and managed by Waraksa, an independent consultant, with the support of CLIR Director of Research and Assessment Christa Williford. The three also serve as the volume’s editors.

Appendices to the volume list CLIR Postdoctoral Fellowship host institutions, 2004-2014, and name individual professionals who have contributed to the program over its history.

The report is available as a PDF download free of charge at

ARL Fall Forum to Explore Research Partnerships in Digital Scholarship for the Humanities and Social Sciences-Register by September 11

Register by this Friday, September 11, for the ARL Fall Forum 2015, “Research Partnerships in Digital Scholarship for the Humanities and Social Sciences,” to be held in Washington, DC, on Thursday, October 8.

This daylong event launches the Julia C. Blixrud Memorial Lecture along with the Julia C. Blixrud Scholarship, which will support the attendance of one master of library and information science (MLIS) student or recent graduate at the ARL Fall Forum each year. The inaugural Blixrud Memorial Lecture will be presented by Tara McPherson, associate professor of critical studies in the University of Southern California’s School of Cinematic Arts.

Additional program sessions will explore emerging publishing models in the humanities and social sciences as well as funding strategies for research partnerships across institutions and across borders.

The ARL Fall Forum will be held at the Dupont Circle Hotel in Washington, DC. The cutoff date for reserving hotel rooms at the ARL rate of $279 (single/double) is Friday, September 11, 2015. You may make your hotel reservation by calling the Dupont Circle Hotel at (202) 483-6000 and asking for the “Association of Research Libraries room block.” You may also make your reservation via the Dupont Circle Hotel website—click “Room Block Code” and add the code of ASSO041015_001.

Register online for the ARL Fall Forum by Friday, September 11, 2015. The registration fee is $275 for anyone affiliated with an ARL member institution, CNI member institution, or SPARC member institution; registration is $300 for all others. This fee includes a continental breakfast, coffee/tea breaks, and lunch.

More Information
For more details, including a preliminary program schedule, visit the ARL Fall Forum 2015 website. Please direct questions about the forum to Sue Baughman, ARL deputy executive director,

About ARL
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

Call for Proposals, CNI Fall ’15 Meeting

Proposals are now being accepted for project briefings to be presented at CNI’s Fall 2015 CNI Membership Meeting on December 14-15 in Washington, DC, at the Capital Hilton.

Project briefings are 45-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. A limited number of project briefings are accepted.

Proposals may be submitted via online form:

Proposal submissions are due no later than Monday, October 19.

The Twitter hashtag for this meeting is #cni15f.

We look forward to seeing you in DC!

Personal Digital Archiving 2016: Ann Arbor, Michigan, May 12-14, 2016

The dates have now been set for the 2016 Personal Digital Archiving Conference; it will take place in Ann Arbor, Michigan on May 12-14, 2016.

I will post additional information on the conference as it becomes available, but I know that some subscribers of this list will want to hold the dates.

CNI is delighted to once again serve as a co-sponsor for this important conference.

Clifford Lynch

DIrector, CNI

Materials from March 18, 2015 McGill Symposium on Future of Research Libraries

On March 18, 2015 I had the opportunity to participate in a faculty symposium on the future of research libraries hosted by McGill University, where I joined   Larry Alford from the University of Toronto Libraries, MIT Libraries’ Chris Bourg, and Harriette Hemmasi of Brown University Libraries in a series of presentations and a discussion. I think that the presentations came together nicely to offer a view of key issues in the development of strategies to guide the evolution of the library.

There are recordings of all the preservations, plus slides and in some cases texts at

My topic was collections and collecting in the 21st century, and I’ve got a fairly heavily edited text of my talk on the site as well.

Clifford Lynch

Director, CNI

Reinventing Makerspaces – LSC Webinar Sept. 23

Dear CNI subscribers:

Here’s the fall kick-off workshop of the Learning Spaces Collaboratory – Makerspaces – a very timely topic. CNI subscribers are also invited to contact Jeanne Narum, the head of LSC, with examples of innovative Makerspaces in their institution – photos particularly needed. Jeanne can be reached at

–Joan Lippincott, CNI

Details (and registration) at

Learning Spaces Collaboratory Webinar Fall 2015
Learning Spaces Collaboratory Webinar

ELI Online Fall Focus Session

Sending on behalf of our ELI colleagues, an invitation to register for the fall online ELI focus session “Leadership for Teaching and Learning: More Choices, More Complexities, New Models.”

–Joan Lippincott



Colleagues, just a reminder that we have recruited a terrific set of speakers for the ELI online focus session (Sept 15-16). Among them are Jen Stringer (UC Berkeley), Vince Kellen (University of Kentucky), and EDUCAUSE’s new president, John O’Brien. The attached PDF contains the complete program.

Today, responsibility for support of teaching and learning is shared across different campus organizations. For this focus session, we will explore the issues and opportunities for leadership in teaching and learning in this new context. Each of our presenters will be contributing a set of leadership lessons learned to what we are calling a leadership toolbox, which will be a valuable resource for all attendees.

We hope you can join us! Feel free to email me should you have questions about any facet of the focus session.



Director, EDUCAUSE Learning Initiative

IMLS Learning in Libraries Focus Report

The Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS) has issued a report prepared by OCLC Research summarizing their meeting of thought leaders to discuss “Learning in Libraries.” The focus meeting was held in Kansas City in May.

One of the themes from the report urges libraries to “design participatory learning programs that demonstrate innovation and scalability.” The panel I moderated at the meeting highlighted that theme and featured lively presentations on projects from speakers from the University of Nevada, Reno, the Westport Library, and Library as Incubator Project. The presentations are summarized in the report.

IMLS suggests that the report might be useful background for those preparing proposals for some of their grant programs.

You can download the report from a link on a blog post from IMLS:

Joan Lippincott


NMC Horizon Report – Library Edition 2015

The New Media Consortium (NMC) has released the Horizon Report – Library Edition 2015. It is available at

The report identifies trends accelerating technology adoption in academic and research libraries in three time “horizons” and also notes challenges impeding technology adoption and important developments in technology for academic and research libraries.

Some of the findings are that “Increasing Value of the User Experience” and “Prioritization of Mobile Content and Delivery” are key short-term impact trends driving changes in academic and research libraries over the next one to two years. The “Evolving Nature of the Scholarly Record” and “Increasing Focus on Research Data Management” are mid-term impact trends expected to accelerate technology use in the next three to five years; and “Increasing Accessibility of Research Content” and “Rethinking Library Spaces” are long-term impact trends, anticipated to impact libraries for the next five years or more. The report contains much more, including links to initiatives in libraries.

Disclosure – I participated on the advisory panel for this report.

Joan Lippincott

Report on Access to Born-Digital Archival Collections

I wanted to share this announcement of an interesting preliminary report of a broad based study on access practices for born-digital collections in cultural memory organizations, which I think will be of interest to CNI-announce readers.

Clifford Lynch

Director, CNI


Dear colleagues,

For the past year, a research team has been working to on a project to map the landscape of born-digital access. The team surveyed over 200 cultural heritage institutions regarding their access policies and procedures.

The team is preparing to share initial findings at a session at the Society of American Archivists Annual Meeting (, and we thought that you might be interested, too. The document outlining our research is available here:

We welcome any feedback from your membership, and many thanks to those of you who participated in the survey. If you’d like to follow SAA and the session on Twitter, please keep an eye on the hashtags #saa15 #s110 next Thursday!



Wendy Hagenmaier

Digital Collections Archivist

Georgia Tech

Last updated:  Friday, February 1st, 2013