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Dear CNI Community,
Please see below a request from CDL/Educopia/Stratos/LYRASIS/COAR/Longleaf a request to participate in a brief survey re. library publishing infrastructure and the Next Generation Library Publishing (NGLP) project and how to improve scholarly publishing infrastructure. If you have a moment, they would appreciate your input.
We know these are complicated times, and you are enduring challenges in multiple areas. Many of us are adjusting to new working environments (and office-mates!), and our tools, workflows, and communication methods are being stretched and tested under new constraints.
The Next Generation Library Publishing (NGLP) project (https://educopia.org/next-generation-library-publishing/) has funding from Arcadia (https://www.arcadiafund.org.uk/) to invest in existing, emerging, and new infrastructure for library publishing in 2020-21, and we’d like your thoughts on how and where to spend those funds. This is your chance to help shape the future of library and other nonprofit publishing!
We seek your perspectives, needs, and opinions on how our NGLP team could help to improve your experience with publishing workflows and technologies.
Tell us your ideas on how to improve scholarly publishing infrastructure. These might include new tools, enhancements to existing tools, bridges between tools, hosted solutions, or even work on shared practices and standards. We are also interested in learning about other projects or initiatives that relate to this effort.
We are eager for all your ideas, from single-sentence wishes to brief proposals for fully formulated plans. It may be something that you or your organization wants to work on, or something that you wish others would do to make your life easier. No suggestion is too big or too small!
Please share your ideas by completing this short survey (https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/G5225CB) by or before 4/24/2020. We hope that you will participate and share this request widely among your colleagues. The results will help in identification of development priorities for the project. A summary will be shared in our reports. If you have questions or comments, please email us at NGLP@educopia.org
The Next Generation Library Publishing Team
• Catherine Mitchell, Director of Publishing, Archives, and Digitization, California Digital Library
• Katherine Skinner, Executive Director of the Educopia Institute
• Kristen Ratan, Founder, Stratos
Catherine Mitchell, PhD
Director of Publishing, Archives, and Digitization
California Digital Library | University of California
escholarship.org | osc.universityofcalifornia.edu
calisphere.org | oac.cdlib.org
CNI’s Spring 2020 Virtual Meeting is proceeding apace with the addition of videos from our opening and closing plenaries that took place earlier this week:
On Thursday, April 2, Christine Wolff-Eisenberg and Jennifer Fredrick of Ithaka S+R launched the project briefing of our CNI Spring 2020 Virtual Meeting with a report on the key findings of their 2019 survey of academic library leadership; this is part of an almost decade-long series of such surveys that Ithaka has often been very gracious to releasing at CNI meetings. We should have the video of this presentation available in the near future and will announce it here. In the interim, the full report is at
and their slides from the presentation are at
There are a couple of important developments here. The data being reported is from late 2019; clearly we are in a different world today, as our presenters emphasized, and while this is a very important “before” dataset, the answers might be very different today. Ithaka is going to do a follow-on survey in fall of 2020, and the comparison between the before and after data should be incredibly important. More details on this to come. While everything is very fluid right now, I’m hopeful we might be able to share some results from this wok at our December member meeting, which I hope we can conduct (at least mainly) in person.
Also, Ithaka is reaching out to do a student survey in the wake of the pandemic. See
In the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic, colleges and universities across the country are grappling with many challenges, including moving instruction online, ensuring that students are supported holistically, and beginning to forecast retention. To provide the real-time information needed by institutional leaders, Ithaka S+R is launching a new survey of students to enable institutions to swiftly address these crucial issues.
To help institutions streamline participation, we are able to cover the costs of the survey for 20 institutions. And, because institutional leaders need this vital information as soon as possible, we are prepared to begin survey fieldwork as early as next week.
The Ithaka S+R COVID-19 Student Survey builds on our extensive work surveying campus communities, including national and institution-specific surveys of faculty members and students.
If you are interested in fielding this survey in April, please review the survey instrument and learn more about survey implementation steps. If you are committed to moving forward, you can sign up to participate. We are sensitive to the many challenges you may be facing at this juncture and have tried to reduce the administrative work to participate in this survey as much as possible. This includes waiving the fee for 20 institutions, a click-through participation agreement, a simplified implementation process, and templates for the invitation and reminder emails for inviting your students. If demand for the survey exceeds 20 institutions, the fee for additional four-year colleges and universities will be $4,000 to help defray staff and infrastructure costs.
The Hathi Trust Research Center is calling for proposals as part of its Advanced Collaborative Support Program. See
From the announcement:
The theme this round is “project completion.” We especially seek to collaborate with researchers who have started a project with HTRC tools or data but who got stuck and gave it up. Reasons for putting aside the project could have been difficulty with dataset creation, questions about HTRC tool use, or lack of support generally. Previous ACS awardees are not eligible. Such proposals should demonstrate:
‧ A well-developed research question
‧ Identified analysis methods
‧ Unfinished analysis work with HTRC data and/or tools
‧ A feasible completion timeline within 6 months
Proposals are due April 30, 2020. Projects will run from June 15, 2020 through no later than January 15, 2021.
Inquiries can be sent to email@example.com
The world has changed drastically since planning began for CNI’s Spring 2020 Membership Meeting; indeed, even in the brief time since we announced the transition to a virtual spring meeting priorities have shifted and new strategies have emerged. Given the multitude of pressing issues our community faces in this new reality, we are soliciting additional project briefing proposals for CNI’s Spring 2020 Virtual Membership Meeting, particularly focusing on topics that relate specifically and directly to current challenges. There are undoubtedly a myriad of issues our community would benefit from hearing about and discussing at this most critical time; some of these topics include:
• Research continuity when campuses are closed
• Supporting suddenly remote students
• Open resources and research, teaching & learning
• Technology equity
• Rapid cloud service implementation
• Developing 3D printing strategies to support manufacturing short-falls
Project briefings will take place as 30-minute or one-hour webinars weekdays from April 2nd through May 29th during the noon-5pm EDT/9am-1pm PDT window; only one webinar will take place within each available time slot. Anyone may propose a project briefing webinar, including groups/individuals from non-member institutions and organizations.
Proposals may be submitted via online form:
https://www.cni.org/mm/spring-2020/project-briefing-proposals-s20. Deadline for submissions is Monday, April 13, 2020. We’ll respond to the proposals on a rolling basis, aiming for a roughly one week window from submission to response. Our expectation is that we’ll accept a maximum of about a dozen of these proposals.
Please stay tuned for additional announcements and calls for participation related to the spring virtual meeting focusing on these developments and others.
More information is at https://www.cni.org/mm/spring-2020. Follow along: #cni20s. Please contact us if you have any questions
Diane & Clifford
Late last year, we announced a joint ARL/CNI/EDUCAUSE effort to identify the emerging technologies that we believed would have the highest impact on research libraries, either directly or because of their ability to reshape the research enterprise or teaching and learning and consequently the work of research libraries, and to explore the strategies that research libraries might take to engage these. This has been a strange process in some ways; between the time the project was launched and today, the world has changed drastically, and in some cases the higher education community has been forced to very rapidly embrace these emerging technologies in profound ways, though perhaps it remains to be seen whether this is a short-term or permanent phenomenon. There’s an extraordinary amount to explore and try to understand here.
In any event, along with my colleagues at ARL and EDUCAUSE, I’m delighted to share the first outputs from this work. I hope they will be helpful. Please see our joint statement, along with pointers to these outputs and some discussion of what comes next, here:
Please be well and be safe. I look forward to engaging with many of you as part of the CNI Spring 2020 Virtual Meeting, which launches next week.
I deeply regret to announce that I’ve decided to cancel our Spring 2020 Member Meeting in San Diego due to COVID-19 developments. I reached this decision after close monitoring of recent developments, including declarations of states of emergency, increasing numbers of cases being diagnosed around the country, warnings from the medical and public health communities, suspensions of face to face classes by some of our member institutions and imposition of travel restrictions by others, and after extended consultation with the CNI Steering Committee and members of the broader CNI community. I am sorry for the disruption that this decision to cancel will cause, but I feel convinced that it’s the best choice based on what I know now, and I think it’s better to make the decision earlier rather than later to reduce uncertainty.
I am very grateful for those who’ve written me or Diane in recent days to keep us posted about changes in their ability to participate in the meeting; this has been important in maintaining a picture of the situation and reaching the decision to move to the virtual event. And also for the many offers for virtual presentations from those who had to withdraw from speaking at the physical meeting; as you’ll see below we will be taking you up on these offers!
You’ll need to cancel your hotel reservations; there should be no charge for this if you do it in the next week or so.
Over a period from March 30 to May 30, we will run a virtual spring meeting; note that we have “re-instated” all registrants who subsequently cancelled their participation in the in-person meeting. While all the details are still being worked out, this is the rough plan.
Rob Sanderson will open the virtual meeting by delivering his plenary at 1pm PDT/4pm EDT on Monday March 30. Tara McPherson’s closing plenary will be at the same time on Tuesday March 31. As with our in-person meetings, both of these will be recorded and made openly available as well.
During the period from April 2 through May 30, we will invite all of the breakout sessions to present as webinars during the noon-5pm EDT/9am-1pm PDT window; we will reach out to those speakers (including speakers of accepted sessions that subsequently contacted us to withdraw from the in-person meeting). When the presenters are willing, these sessions will be recorded and made openly available. The exception will be the short updates; for these, presenters will be invited to record a 10-15 minute talk and we’ll make these available as they are received. One side effect is that this will be the most extensively documented CNI meeting ever, with the most material available to the public.
We may add a few periodic interactive “synthesis and summary” discussion sessions; this is still being shaped.
The Monday March 30 Executive Roundtable will take place as scheduled, but virtually. We will be in touch with the participants of the Sunday afternoon, March 29, Executive Roundtable to reschedule this session.
The organizers of pre and post meeting events will be in touch with people who are involved in those events separately. At this point, I don’t have information about the plans for most of these.
At the beginning of June, we’ll do a meeting evaluation. I’m hopeful that between the data we gather about participation and subsequent re-use, and what we learn from the evaluation, we’ll gather knowledge that will help guide us towards better meetings in the future, whether virtual, in-person or some hybrid of the two.
To those who had plans to attend in San Diego, my apologies and my appreciation for your understanding; I hope you’ll join us for the online event. To those who planned to present, my thanks, and I hope that you’ll bring your contributions to the virtual meeting.
We’ll be in touch with meeting registrants directly soon with further details. Updated information about the virtual event will be posted to the meeting web page (www.cni.org/mm/spring-2020) and we’ll use the hashtag #cni20s for the twitter stream for the virtual meeting.
Please contact me or Diane Goldenberg-Hart (firstname.lastname@example.org) if you have any questions.
In response to recent developments regarding COVID-19, I wanted to provide an update on our membership meeting scheduled for later this month in San Diego. As of today, WE PLAN TO HOLD THIS MEETING; we are monitoring developments and guidance from organizations like the Centers for Disease Control and state and local officials carefully and closely, however, and our decision to go forward with the meeting could change as the situation nationally is quite fluid and difficult to predict.
Joining us for this meeting, as an attendee or a presenter, is a choice that everyone will have to make for themselves based on the specifics of their individual situation; in addition I recognize that some attendees may be facing travel restrictions imposed by their employers. I ask that if you choose not to attend that you please let us know; if you are a presenter, we will work with you to make alternative arrangements to share your planned presentation with the CNI community through a mechanism such as a separately scheduled webinar. As always, we will attempt to capture and subsequently make available many key sessions for those who can’t be with us, as well as those who wouldn’t be at the meeting in any case.
Obviously, we are focused on ensuring the health and safety of all meeting participants. We are in discussion with the Westin San Diego Gaslamp Quarter hotel, where we will hold the meeting, about measures such as additional hand sanitizing stations, and have the following statement from Marriott (the parent company of Westin):
“In response to the Coronavirus (COVID-19), Marriott International is reinforcing recommended measures on appropriate hygiene standards and following the guidance of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), the World Health Organization (WHO), applicable guidelines of the global and local health authorities, and taking relevant health and safety measures. […] our housekeeping team is currently working on adding additional hand sanitizer stations throughout the hotel as well as internally reminding associates of proper hand washing habits. The San Diego Tourism Authority has also issued a statement regarding coronavirus – https://www.sandiego.org/about/coronavirus.aspx.”
If anything changes we will let you know as soon as we know. In the interim, if you have questions, please be in touch with me or Diane Goldenberg-Hart (email@example.com).
The 2020 EDUCAUSE Horizon Report: Teaching and Learning Edition has just been released.
“New this year! For the educational technologies, you’ll find we’ve moved away from the time-to-adoption structure of the past and in its place have offered evidence, data, and scenarios that inform what the future might look like. You’ll also find a new section that illustrates the way the findings identified in the report are having an impact on different sizes and types of institutions around the world.
Our goal was to create a report that will enable you to learn, plan, and act on all that is influencing higher education teaching and learning, now and in the future.”
All videos from CNI’s Fall 2019 Membership Meeting have now been posted, and all presentation materials we have received from speakers are now available from project briefing pages at https://www.cni.org/mm/fall-2019. Thanks to everyone who contributed to the meeting’s success!
We hope you will find these, and all, video offerings from CNI’s December meeting useful, and we invite you to share them widely with your colleagues and networks:
The New Normal: Why Libraries are Teaching AI, ML, DH, NLP, VR… (Tim Dennis, University of California, Los Angeles; Indrani Mandal, University of Rhode Island; Vicky Steeves, New York University; Matthew Burton, University of Pittsburgh; Harrison Dekker, University of Rhode Island)
The panel of data-centric librarians and scientists explores the origins of the trend to provide these newer data and digital services and possible future directions to help assert the library’s key role at the center of scholarship.
Toward Collaborative Models for Sustaining Digital Scholarship, (Katrina Fenlon, University of Maryland)
Three digital humanities projects comprising the “Sustaining Digital Community Collections” are presented with the aim of developing context-driven sustainability models, which share responsibility for the long-term care of digital projects among libraries and research communities.
Building a Digital Preservation Strategy Across a Broad University System, (Todd Grappone, University of California, Los Angeles; Edson Smith, University of California, Los Angeles; Mary Elings, University of California, Berkeley)
The University of California (UC) libraries formed a multi-campus working group charged both with developing a practical, shared vision of digital preservation for library content, and with outlining a roadmap to guide the UC libraries in advancing that shared vision. The talk details the group’s activities, methodology, and findings, and describe how they will inform an overall digital preservation strategy within the UC system.
Machine Learning in Research Libraries: A Snapshot of Projects, Opportunities and Challenges (Harish Maringanti, University of Utah; Elizabeth Lorang, University of Nebraska-Lincoln; Zheng (John) Wang, University of Notre Dame)
The presenters share their efforts exploring a range of practical and theoretical questions relating to the intersection of machine learning and libraries and discuss the opportunities and complexities for its use in research libraries.
Previously released from this meeting:
Data Curation Network Update (Lisa Johnston, University of Minnesota; Cynthia Hudson Vitale, Pennsylvania State University; Tim McGeary, Duke University)
Since its launch in 2018 DCN has grown to 10 organizations. This presentation provides an update on DCN activities and discusses how other libraries and organizations can become involved.
Accessibility Task Force: Determining Compliance and Organizing Action (Suzanne Wones, Harvard University; Claire DeMarco, Harvard University)
The presenters share their experience using Agile frameworks to review systems, identify issues, and set priorities for providing actionable deliverables to facilitate remediation of library digital products and ongoing accessibility compliance with Harvard’s digital accessibility policy.
Memory Institutions and Deep Digital Disruption: Beyond the Technical Challenges of Born-digital Preservation, (Carol Mandel, Council on Library and Information Resources; Clifford Lynch, Coalition for Networked Information)
The presenters share the work that each has been undertaking to frame and address the profound changes in collection and stewardship posed by born-digital content
Ready or Not: Here Comes Voice Search, (Twila Camp, University of Oklahoma; Tim Smith, University of Oklahoma)
This talk discusses the impact of voice search, how libraries can prepare and harness its potential, and the caveats for this artificial intelligence-driven technology.
Artificial Intelligence: Impacts and Roles for Libraries, (Keith Webster, Carnegie Mellon University; Jason Griffey, National Information Standards Organization)
Discusses the evolution of artificial intelligence and potential impacts on libraries including opportunities for libraries to support AI education and research.
A Fragmented Landscape, Collaborations Refreshed, and CNI’s 2019-20 Program, Clifford Lynch (CNI) It includes a farewell to Joan Lippincott, CNI’s longtime associate executive director.
-Diane Goldenberg-Hart, CNI