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I’m delighted to announce the plenary sessions for the December 2019 CNI Member Meeting.
As is traditional at our December meetings, I’ll take the opening plenary to survey developments and report some of the findings of our recent work, and to introduce the 2019-2020 CNI Program Plan. We will also hear briefly from Joan Lippincott, our soon-to-be-emerita Associate Executive Director.
I’m really thrilled to announce Professor Kate Eichhorn from the New School will be our closing keynote speaker. This last summer, Kate published a fantastic book titled “The End of Forgetting: Growing Up with Social Media”; this crystalized a number of trends and developments that I had been watching closely and put them together in some unexpected and extremely insightful ways. The implications — for the public at large, for our students, for the evolution of social norms, and for memory institutions — are profound, and I was really excited when she agreed to come and explore these issues with us. You can find her abstract and bio on our web site at
I look forward to seeing many of you for our meeting in December.
I’m delighted to announce that registration has opened for the 15th International Digital Curation Conference, which will take place early next year. The full announcement is below. CNI has been proud to be a collaborating organization with the IDCC conference since the beginning.
“Collective Curation: the many hands that make data work”
17-20 February 2020
Croke Park Stadium, Dublin, Ireland
We’re delighted to announce that registration for the 15th International Digital Curation Conference (IDCC) is now open!
IDCC is a leading conference on digital curation and Research Data Management, regularly attracting around 250 delegates from all over the world.
The programme will focus on the role content creators and curators have in ensuring digital objects are properly created, managed and shared. The programme will include papers, lightning talks, demos, posters, workshops that will address the following themes:
– Social, political and cultural implications of digital curation
– Trust: assessing content and containers
– Data stewardship
– Preservation planning
The main conference programme will take place on the 18th and 19th of February and will include keynote lectures by Fran Berman and Sarah Collins. Workshops will be held on the 17th of February and on 20th we will hold an unconference, with discussion topics driven by delegates choice.
The conference will be run in partnership with the Digital Repository of Ireland, https://www.dri.ie, a national digital repository for Ireland’s humanities, social sciences, and cultural heritage data. IDCC20 will be hosted at the Croke Park Stadium, Ireland’s largest sporting arena and home to home of Ireland’s largest sporting and cultural organisation, the Gaelic Athletic Association. We’ll be at the heart of Ireland’s community.
To register, please go to http://www.dcc.ac.uk/events/idcc20/registration
Book a place now to benefit from early bird rates!
Over the summer I wrote a short and relatively non-technical piece looking at what machine learning might have to offer to archives and special collections. This has just come out and can be found here
The International Council on Archives, which invited the piece, has also translated it into French, for those who prefer that language.
Recently, my friend Dan Cohen of Northeastern University has also looked at very similar topics in his wonderful newsletter Humane Ingenuity. See
I may do a longer version of this piece at some point in future, greatly expanding the discussion of facial recognition, which is quickly turning out to be an extremely interesting and complicated issue.
Over the past few months, I have had a number of long, wonderful conversations with CLIR Presidential Fellow Carol Mandel about her fascinating work on born-digital preservation at scale, which turns out to be very closely related to thinking I’ve been doing over the past decade about stewardship in the digital world. Carol has now issued the first chapter of her analysis, which frames a series of questions for discussion by the community. The paper can be found at
Carol will be leading a discussion on this at the DLF Fall Forum. She and I will also be doing a breakout session on this work at the December CNI Member Meeting.
Comments on this important and insightful work and the questions it raises are welcome and should be sent to email@example.com
The submission deadline for CNI’s fall 2019 membership meeting is fast approaching! The meeting will be held on Dec. 9-10 in Washington, DC.
The “Academic Research and University Libraries: Creating a New Model for Collaboration” project at the University of Calgary has produced some valuable findings. This is an opportunity for others to benefit from their experience and that of additional institutions. This symposium, a dissemination activity of the project, will include presentations, panel sessions, and opportunities for small group discussions. Registration is now open (see links below) and is expected to fill very quickly.
—Joan Lippincott, CNI
Registration Is Open
Critical Roles for Libraries in Today’s Research Enterprise
A Symposium being held on December 11, 2019, at the Omni Shoreham Hotel, Washington, D.C.
Research has changed: have libraries? Today many academic libraries are seeking ways to better align with current research practice and to engage as vital partners in the campus research ecosystem. The issues are critical, necessary changes are fundamental, and libraries are developing new means and partnerships to sustain relevance.
Held following the CNI Fall Membership Meeting, Critical Roles for Libraries in Today’s Research Enterprise is a one-day symposium created for librarians, research administrators, and technology professionals to identify responses to this challenge.
Library leaders will examine new organizational structures, programs, and services, innovative spaces, and collaborative models. Research administrators will evaluate the impact of these new developments and describe future opportunities. Presentations will characterize the potential for new synergies and functional partnerships. Most importantly, participatory discussions will give attendees the opportunity to collaborate in developing strategies to apply at their own institutions.
This symposium represents the culmination of four years of research conducted at the University of Calgary, led by Thomas Hickerson and sponsored by The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation. Organized in association with Charles Eckman (University of Miami), and Xuemao Wang (University of Cincinnati), this event is funded as part of the University of Calgary project, “Academic Research and University Libraries: Creating a New Model for Collaboration.”
Registration is no-cost but limited and expected to fill quickly. Since the target audience for this event is colleges and universities, for-profit corporations are requested to limit their representation to one individual. Program details are now available: https://library.ucalgary.ca/libraryresearchplatform/symposium
Join us for this signature opportunity to identify the changes needed to reposition libraries for research in the digital age.
Register here: https://ucalgary.libsurveys.com/criticalrolesregistration
For questions, contact John Brosz (firstname.lastname@example.org), Project Coordinator
Dr. Joan K. Lippincott, CNI’s long-time associate executive director, has informed me that she will be retiring effective January 1, 2020. It’s impossible for me to readily summarize her achievements and contributions in over 30 years of dedicated service to the library community. Joan joined CNI in the fall of 1990, soon after the organization’s inception under the leadership of founding director Paul Evan Peters, and she has played a critical role in shaping CNI’s trajectory since the earliest days. When I joined CNI as director in 1997, we immediately formed what I believe was an extraordinarily effective leadership team, and our partnership over the past two decades has been one of the great pleasures and most rewarding experiences of my career.
In addition to providing brilliant stewardship of CNI’s operations, during her time at CNI, Joan has provided critical intellectual leadership for programs in teaching and learning, learning spaces, digital scholarship, and assessment. The author of countless articles, chapters, and reports, Joan was one of the founders of the Designing Libraries for the 21st Century conference, which is now going into its eighth year. She is valued as an admired colleague, compassionate mentor, and trusted friend by so many throughout the CNI community and beyond.
I personally want to thank Joan for her contributions to CNI and to the community; we have all benefited – I most of all – from her insights, leadership and wise counsel. We will recognize her years of service during the CNI Fall 2019 Membership Meeting in Washington, DC, this December. But for now, please join me in thanking Joan, celebrating her accomplishments and legacy, and in wishing her all the best in retirement as she transitions to become associate director emerita. I expect that she will continue to be engaged in some of our ongoing programmatic work at CNI; more on this in future.
Diane Goldenberg-Hart, who currently serves as CNI’s communications coordinator, has added the role of assistant director designate to her portfolio and will assume operational responsibilities as CNI’s assistant executive director at the start of 2020. Diane is well known to the CNI community; she’s been part of our organization for over 15 years, coming to us after various roles in the Yale University Libraries. Please join me in welcoming Diane to her new role at CNI.
I anticipate additional staffing changes to take place over the coming months, particularly in CNI’s focus areas involving teaching and learning and digital scholarship; details about these will be shared with the community as they develop.
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, email@example.com, 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.