An alternative access method for the same information available from the CNI-ANNOUNCE listserv.
Project Information Literacy has just published a new interview with Joan Lippincott, CNI’s Associate Executive Director. In this latest contribution to the Smart Talks occasional series, Joan discusses library learning spaces and how those spaces drive the transformation of curriculum across campuses everywhere.
Joan Lippincott: Libraries as the Intellectual Crossroads of a Campus is available at http://www.projectinfolit.org/joan-lippincott-smart-talk.html.
Earlier this fall, the Library of Congress once again hosted its invaluable invitational meeting on Designing Storage Architectures for Digital Collections, which surveys the current state of the art and prospects for various kinds of mass storage, which a particular focus on reliability and costs.
The materials from this meeting offer an excellent resource for those interested in these questions. They are now available at:
On behalf of our community, I thank the Library of Congress for its continuing leadership in this area.
University Press and Library Summit Releases White Paper, Recommendations
The P2L Summit brought together 23 teams of university library and press directors with an administrative relationship (typically the press reporting to the library—“P2L”) on May 9–10, 2016, in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. Convened by the Association of Research Libraries (ARL), the Association of American University Presses (AAUP), and the Coalition for Networked Information (CNI), the P2L Summit was funded by The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation and hosted by Temple University Libraries and Temple University Press.
In this first such meeting of members of this community, the library-press teams discussed the benefits of, challenges in, and possibilities around this kind of relationship. Summit participants explored how libraries and presses might leverage the strengths of their distinctive enterprises to move toward a unified system of publication, dissemination, access, and preservation that better serves both the host institution and the wider world of scholarship. The P2L Summit was an important first step toward a shared action agenda for university presses and academic libraries that supports a full spectrum of approaches to scholarly communication and publishing.
P2L Summit organizers Mary Rose Muccie (Temple University Press), Joe Lucia (Temple University Libraries), Elliott Shore (ARL), Clifford Lynch (CNI), and Peter Berkery (AAUP) have released a white paper on the summit, “Across the Great Divide: Findings and Possibilities for Action from the 2016 Summit Meeting of Academic Libraries and University Presses with Administrative Relationships (P2L).” The white paper discusses key issues covered in the summit, areas that need greater mutual understanding between libraries and presses, the press’s role on campus, preliminary recommendations that came out of the summit, and the European perspective on these issues as presented by Wolfram Horstmann (Göttingen State and University Library, Germany).
Appendices to the P2L Summit white paper include the text of the opening keynote presentation by Scott Waugh (UCLA) on “The Role of Libraries and University Presses in the Scholarly Eco-system: A Provost’s Perspective”; a roster of summit participants; results and analysis of a pre-summit survey of teams of press and library deans/directors, about how those relationships are managed; the summit agenda; and the text of Clifford Lynch’s closing remarks on the summit.
The white paper concludes by noting a subsequent summit, P2L2, will continue this collective conversation and delve deeply into the recommendations from the first summit as well as those proposed in other contexts. Open to a wider audience, P2L2 will focus on collaboration—both intra- and inter-institutional—and on strategies to reinforce the library and press joint mission and advance the shared goal of promulgating scholarship. Details about P2L2 will be announced in 2017.
About the Association of American University Presses
The Association of American University Presses (AAUP) is an organization of nearly 140 international nonprofit scholarly publishers. Since 1937, AAUP advances the essential role of a global community of publishers whose mission is to ensure academic excellence and cultivate knowledge. The Association holds integrity, diversity, stewardship, and intellectual freedom as core values. AAUP members are active across many scholarly disciplines, including the humanities, arts, and sciences, publish significant regional and literary work, and are innovators in the world of digital publishing. AAUP is on the web at http://www.aaupnet.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 ARL.org.
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 Temple University
Temple University is a public, four-year research university and a national leader in education, research, and healthcare. Founded by Dr. Russell H. Conwell in 1884, Temple’s official motto—Perseverantia Vincit, or Perseverance Conquers—reflects its students’ drive to succeed and commitment to excellence. Temple is a vital institution in the Philadelphia region and commonwealth of Pennsylvania, contributing more than $3 billion toward Pennsylvania’s economy each year. The university also has a strong global reach, with long-standing and vibrant campuses in Tokyo and Rome, programs in London, Beijing, and other locations worldwide, and over 300,000 alumni living around the world. Temple University is on the web at http://www.temple.edu/.
Are you involved with planning events as a volunteer or staff member? Are you looking for conferences and other professional development opportunities? You’ll want to be aware of a resource developed by our colleagues at the Digital Library Federation (DLF). You can find out what is scheduled (to avoid conflicts as you plan events) and you can find out what is available to attend by consulting this resource.
–Joan Lippincott, CNI
DLF Community Calendar
As you may know, this is an open, crowdsourced resource with an international scope, covering digital libraries & archives, DH, museums & cultural heritage, data curation, open science, digital publishing, and related fields.
In addition to the direct link above, there’s a post about the calendar and ways to contribute, here:
I am sharing this opportunity at Harvard to recognize a leading academic librarian and innovator. Please see nomination information below.
–Joan Lippincott, CNI
Call for Nominations
S.T. Lee Library Leadership and Innovation Lecture and Award
Harvard Library seeks nominations of leading academic librarians and innovators who have improved research libraries’ services to scholars and students to be recognized for their distinguished work.
The successful nominee will receive an award of $5,000 and will deliver a lecture in 2017 at Harvard, where they will also engage with library leadership by participating in interactive talks and workshops. This lecture series will take place biennially between 2017 and 2021. Lectures will be made openly available online.
Nominators will share information on their nominee’s background through a curriculum vitae, and will document the areas of expertise, and the impact of the nominee’s contributions to academic and research libraries. Interested individuals may also nominate themselves, but should seek letters of support to assist reviewers in evaluating an individual’s impact to the field. Successful candidates will demonstrate sustained excellence over a period of five years or longer and substantial impact in the academic and research community. Harvard seeks leaders who will share lessons of original and innovative thinking which can positively influence the direction of libraries and their services.
January 6, 2017
$5,000 grant and travel-related costs
The speaker will be selected by a panel of leaders in the library field and notified by February 6, 2017.
Submit a Nomination:
Complete nomination form here
About the Award
This lecture series is made possible by a generous donation from Dr. Seng T. Lee, a philanthropist who has long been a supporter of libraries and education. Dr. Lee’s generosity is also funding the S.T. Lee Innovation Grants at Harvard Library, with the goal of improving access to information and the experience of using library resources at Harvard. In the past, Dr. Lee has funded libraries in Singapore, the United Kingdom, and the United States. Dr. Lee’s interest in improving the experience of using library resources aligns with the Harvard Library’s expanding emphasis on innovation and user-focused services.
CNI is very pleased to be a co-sponsor of NCSU’s Data Science and Visualization institute for Librarians this year. I know spots will fill up quickly so note the date that applications can be submitted – starting Dec. 12.
–Joan Lippincott, CNI
Save the Date! The Data Science and Visualization Institute for Librarians will be held April 24-28, 2017 at the James B. Hunt Jr. Library, North Carolina State University in Raleigh, North Carolina.
Applications for the Institute will be accepted beginning on Dec 12, 2016.
The Data Science and Visualization Institute for Librarians 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 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.
A final schedule will be available in early December, including topics such as:
- Data Exploration and Statistical Analysis
- Bibliometric Analysis
- Data Visualization
- Version Control with Git and GitHub
- Data Description, Sharing, and Reuse
- Data Cleaning and Preparation
- Web scraping
- Analyzing Textual Data
- Mapping and Geospatial Visualization
- Publisher and Funder Data Use Agreements
Visit our website (https://www.lib.ncsu.edu/datavizinstitute) to stay up-to-date on program details and to apply (beginning December 12, 2016).
The Data Science and Visualization Institute for Librarians is offered through a collaboration between the NCSU Libraries and the Coalition for Networked Information (CNI).
The Library of Congress seeks the assistance of the CNI community in the planning for its digital preservation educational programs; see below for more about the initiative, including a link to a survey.
How prepared is your organization to provide long-term, durable access to its mission-critical digital content? What skills and experience do staff need to address the digital preservation needs of your organization?
The Library of Congress Digital Preservation Outreach and Education (DPOE) Program, http://www.digitalpreservation.gov/education/index.html, is conducting a survey designed to capture the digital preservation continuing education, professional development, and training needs of your organization. The Library will in turn use this information to assist with the further development and/or refinement of its digital preservation educational programs and initiatives. Any organization in the United States and territories engaged in the preservation of digital content is invited to complete the survey through close of business on Friday, January 20, 2017. The survey is available from https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/2016DPOESurvey
Thank you for your participation.
Internship and Fellowship Programs
Library of Congress
There’s a wonderful workshop that’s being offered in conjunction with the IEEE 2016 Big Data Conference in Washington DC next week, on December 8. Here’s a link to the program:
I just learned of a very interesting symposium that’s taking place on December 5-6, 2016 titled “Cultural Heritage and Data: the Role of Research infrastructure.” This is organized by a number of organizations, including the Library of Congress, the National Gallery, the Smithsonian and George Washington University on the US side, and several organizations representing the member states of the EU on the European side.
Here’s more information on the conference. Registration is free, but closes November 30.
CNI welcomes the opportunity to help spread the word about the 2017 BitCurator Users Forum, April 27-28, 2017, at Northwestern University; see call for proposals below.
BitCurator User Forum 2017 Call for Papers
The BitCurator Consortium (BCC) is accepting proposals for the 2017 BitCurator User Forum, to be held April 27 – 28 at Northwestern University in Evanston, Illinois. An international, community-led organization with over 25 member institutions, the BCC promotes and supports the BitCurator environment, an open source environment of digital forensics tools for use in libraries, archives, museums, and other educational applications.
Digital Forensics: The academic library and beyond
Over the last decade, cultural heritage institutions have applied techniques and software developed for criminal investigation and prosecution to their own work. These applications have repurposed automated processes in unintended ways, leading to new ways of engaging with digital materials. We want to hear your experiences and visions of how digital forensics affects your work.
We invite proposals for the following session formats:
· Lightning Talks
· Birds-of-a-Feather discussions
· Day-long sessions that address real world problems or needs to make progress against
Other session formats are welcome, especially sessions that incorporate interactivity and audience participation.
We invite presentations that address any topic related to digital forensics. Topics of particular interest include:
· ethical concerns: how might donor relations and/or institutional risk tolerance affect forensic analysis
· records management: how can forensic analysis support records management activities
· donor and curatorial relations: challenges and opportunities when working with donors and/or curators
· process automation: use of scripting and related methods to support efficiency
· data management: intersections between research data and forensic analysis
· digital humanities: support for digital humanities work
· practical uses outside of archival workflows: researcher use, data mining, related special projects
1 – 2 presenters, 45 – 60 minutes
Please submit an abstract of no more than 250 words.
This format is intended for one or two speakers presenting a single perspective, piece of research, or practical investigation. We encourage presentations to move beyond the case study and address pressing issues, best practices, opportunities for collaboration, visions, and expanded uses for digital forensics in libraries, archives, and museums.
3 – 5 presenters, 60 – 75 minutes
Please submit a 250-word (maximum) abstract. If submitting as an solo speaker, individual panelists may be matched by the BCC Program Committee based on complementarity of subjects or overarching themes.
We encourage panels to represent a range of professional backgrounds and experience. Proposals that include diverse perspectives (i.e., faculty, students, community members, archivists, and/or multiple institutions) are strongly encouraged. Alternative panel formats (pecha kucha, lightning talks followed by small group discussions, or others) that will facilitate dialogue and enlarge participation are also invited.
1 – 2 leaders, 60 – 75 minutes
Please submit an abstract of no more than 250 words.
Birds-of-a-Feather sessions are networking opportunities in which presenters will lead an informal discussion about a chosen topic for fellow practitioners. Birds-of-a-Feather discussions may be scheduled during lunch or as a concurrent session.
1 presenter, 5-12 minutes
Please submit an abstract of no more than 250 words.
Lightning talks are a great format for case studies, digital forensics “success stories” or “tragic tales,” and research updates.
Real world issues
We welcome the submission of issues you’re experiencing in your regular work with respect to digital forensics tools, whether it be desired functionality, automation that may not yet exist, or other workflow breakdowns. Filling out this form will help us create a longform, hands-on session that will tackle one or more identified needs.
The BCC Program Committee will review and accept abstracts based on their relevance to the conference theme and audience; the clarity of description; and their potential for inspiring discussion, collaboration, and innovation.
Submission Deadline: January 15, 2017
Acceptance Notification: February 15, 2017
How to Submit
Submit proposals here.
Eligibility & Requirements
We welcome proposals from archivists, librarians, digital forensics software and systems providers (vendors), scholars, students, and other individuals working with digital forensics on a regular basis, at both BCC member institutions and non-member institutions, large and small.
Presenters must register for and attend the conference. Presenters must also sign and submit a speaker agreement granting permission to the BCC to distribute their slides online with a CC-BY license. Some sessions will be recorded and distributed online, with permission from the presenters. These presenters will also be asked to sign and submit an agreement granting permission to the BCC to record presentations and distribute recordings online with a CC-BY license. Exceptions to the CC-BY license will be considered on a case-by-case basis.
The BitCurator Consortium (BCC) is an independent, community-led membership association that serves as the host and center of administrative, user and community support for the BitCurator environment. Its purpose is to support the curation of born-digital materials through the application of open-source digital forensics tools by institutions responsible for such materials.
The BCC is now welcoming institutions in all sectors and nations to join as General Members. Member benefits include:
· Access to the BCC help desk
· Prioritization in future feature and enhancement requests
· Dedicated educational offerings
· Voting rights
· Eligibility to serve on the BCC Executive Council and Committees
· Service opportunities
· Community engagement and networking
· Professional development and training
· Subscription to a dedicated BCC member mailing list
· Special rates for BCC events, including the annual BitCurator User Forum
The BCC exists to ensure that the BitCurator community continues to thrive in the years to come. Please consider joining this growing community of practice and international conversation around this emerging set of practices.
For more information, visit bitcuratorconsortium.org
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