An alternative access method for the same information available from the CNI-ANNOUNCE listserv.
The EDUCAUSE Top 10 IT Issues 2020, now available online at https://er.educause.edu/articles and in the print EDUCAUSE Review, always includes great material for discussion on campus. In addition to the main article, a number of topics are highlighted to provide additional analyses, including library perspectives on the issues. Karen Wetzel, Director of Community and Working Groups for EDUCAUSE and I interviewed 4 library leaders for their views on a few of the identified top trends. Our thanks to Karim Boughida, Dean, University Libraries, University of Rhode Island, Salwa Ismail, Associate University Librarian for Digital Initiatives and Information Technology and Associate CIO, University Library, University of California, Berkeley, Sarah Pritchard, Dean of Libraries, Northwestern University, and Keith Webster, Dean of Libraries and Director of Emerging and Integrative Media Initiatives, Carnegie Mellon University, for their insights. Our interviewees had so many valuable perspectives that we anticipate a fuller reporting of our interviews in an online-only version of this article in future.
Joan K. Lippincott, Ph.D.
Associate Director Emerita
Coalition for Networked Information
Late last week, the US Office of Science and Technology Policy has issued an interesting request for comments on a draft set of desirable
characteristics of repositories that store federally funded research data. See
The deadline for responses is March 6, 2020.
The submission deadline for CNI’s spring 2020 membership meeting is fast approaching! The meeting will be held on March 30-31 in San Diego, CA, at the Westin Gaslamp Quarter.
We are pleased to announce that a report on the 2019 ARL-CNI Fall Forum, Research Libraries as Catalytic Leaders in a Society in Constant Flux, is now available at http://bit.ly/ARL-CNI-2019-Forum-Report
This scholarly communications event will undoubtedly be of interest to many in the CNI community. Proposals are now being accepted; details below.
-Diane Goldenberg-Hart, CNI
The 2020 Scholarly Communication Symposium is seeking presentation proposals for this year’s conference, which will be held on May 10-11, 2020 in Greensboro, NC. The theme of this year’s conference is “Strategies for Transitioning Journals to Sustainability”, and will focus on how libraries and other academic institutions are planning and implementing interventions, alternative publishing models, and other responses to the ongoing serials crisis.
The past year has been notable because of the boycott of Elsevier by the University of California system, as well as the unbundling of so-called big deal subscription packages at many major flagship universities. A key category of questions this symposium will engage with could be summarized as, “If not Elsevier, then what?” Alternatives to monopoly publishers include transitions to high-quality peer-reviewed open access (OA) journals, OA mandates by funding agencies, and governmental responses to monopolistic control of scholarly communication.
Major presenters who have already committed to speak at this year’s symposium include our keynote Heather Joseph (SPARC Executive Director), librarians from California and other states who have either boycotted or unbundled Elsevier subscription packages, faculty editors from around the world who have taken their journals independent of Elsevier, funding agency officials who have instituted OA mandates, and legal experts who will speak to government oversight of scholarly communication.
We invite proposals for short presentations regarding any topic related to our theme of strategies for transitioning journals to sustainability. If you would like to submit a proposal, use the CFP submission form at URL http://go.uncg.edu/scs20
Registration is not yet open for the conference but will be coming soon. For more information and future updates, see the conference website at URL: http://libconf.uncg.edu
Proposals are now being accepted for project briefings to be presented at CNI’s Spring 2020 Membership Meeting on March 30-31 in San Diego, CA, at the Westin Gaslamp Quarter. 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 MAY 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. 10 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 Diane Goldenberg-Hart, firstname.lastname@example.org, for questions about brief updates.
Proposals may be submitted via online form:
Deadline for submissions is Monday, February 3.
More information is at https://www.cni.org/mm/spring-2020. Follow along: #cni20s.
A new video from CNI’s December meeting has been added to our channels:
It seems that there are a number of events of interest to the CNI community taking place in London this January; our colleague Richard Marciano just brought this event addressing computational Archival Science at the British Library on January 20 to my attention, and I wanted to share the information:
Join us for ETD2020 (Electronic Theses and Dissertations) Conference in November 2020 in Al Ain, Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates.
Our theme, ‘Discovery, data, and dates’ is a reflection of our interest in the enhancement of discovery of research through digital repositories, access to data from around the world and how the Networked Digital Libraries of Theses and Dissertations (NDLTD) have contributed to research over time, and a light-hearted reference to our location in the home of research into date palms.
The conference will be held at the United Arab Emirates University campus in the oasis city of Al Ain, within the Abu Dhabi Emirate of the UAE and we look forward to welcome you as researchers, librarians, archivists, open access advocates and industry representatives to this exotic location at a time of the year when the weather is perfect!
Dates: 16-18 November 2020
Location: The state-of-the-art campus of the United Arab Emirates University, Al Ain.
First in the region
NDLTD is an international organization dedicated to promoting the adoption, creation, use, dissemination, and preservation of electronic theses and dissertations (ETDs). We support electronic publishing and open access to scholarship in order to enhance the sharing of knowledge worldwide.
See the web site www.ndltd.org for details and background of the NDLTD organisation which was established in 1998 and has since held international conferences in the US, Europe, Oceana, Africa and Asia.
ETD2019 was held in Porto, Portugal in November 2019. Previous conferences have been held in Taiwan (2018), Washington DC, USA (2017), Lille, France (ETD 2016), New Delhi, India (ETD 2015), Leicester, UK (ETD 2014), Hong Kong (ETD 2013); Lima, Peru (ETD 2012); Cape Town, South Africa (ETD 2011); Austin, Texas, USA (ETD 2010); Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA (ETD 2009); Aberdeen, Scotland (ETD 2008); Uppsala, Sweden (ETD 2007) Quebec City, Canada (ETD 2006), Sydney Australia (ETD 2005); Lexington, Kentucky, USA (ETD 2004), and Berlin, Germany (ETD 2003).The first meeting was held in Memphis, Tennessee, USA, in June 1998.
This conference, ETD2020 will be the first in the region, and we expect it will attract many participants from all over the world and specifically the Gulf region.
Conference Themes: Discovery, Data, & Dates
We invite papers and posters on topics addressing electronic resources in research from managing print collections to e-collections in supporting research:
- Institutional repositories and platforms
- Open Scholarship – Open Access – Open Science – policies, practices, use cases
- Research Data management
- Digital archives
- Technical processes – scanning; PDF; OCR; Arabic language texts; format migration
Abstracts for proposed papers will be considered and upon acceptance presenters will be invited to provide full papers for peer-review and program development according to the following timetable:
Call for papers
1st December 2019
Deadline for abstract submission
February 1st, 2020
Acceptance of abstracts
February 15th, 2020
Deadline for full-length papers
May 15th, 2020
Acceptance of papers
June 15th, 2020
Conference program will include several invited keynote addresses, workshops and submitted papers/presentations. All presenters, including poster presenters will be invited to prepare and submit a final version for publication online, subject to editorial and peer review before publication.
The NDLTD Board has decided to launch a new journal to publish such papers and related content. Selected papers of those submitted to the ETD2020 will be considered for editing and inclusion in the new journal from 2020.
Please submit all abstracts (up to 350 words) in a word format providing Author(s) Names and affiliations; Title; and relevant conference theme.
Upload at https://edt2020.exordo.com
A very interesting and timely conference being held in London in a few weeks. Hopefully some presentation materials will be available after the conference, and if I get information on this I’ll share it with the list.
I am pleased to inform you that registration is now open for the “Archives, Access and AI” conference (London, 15-17 January).
The conference is partly funded by my AHRC Leadership Fellowship. It will bring together distinguished academics, archivists and policy makers to discuss the issues of archives in the digital age.
Keynote speakers: Josh Schneider (ePADD/ Stanford); Melissa Terras (Edinburgh); and Matthew Kirschenbaum (Maryland).
Link to register: https://store.lboro.ac.uk/conferences-and-events/school-of-design-and-creative-arts/upcoming-eventssymposiums/archives-access-and-ai-working-with-borndigital-and-digitised-archival-collections
Conference programme: https://www.poetrysurvival.com/2019/12/programme-aracai-conference.html
Abstracts and short bios: https://www.poetrysurvival.com/2019/12/abstracts-short-bios-aracai-conference.html
Best festive wishes,