CNI Mtg Program/Schedule of Events Now Available

The Schedule of Events/Meeting Program for CNI’s Fall 2012 Member Meeting is now available for download from the meeting website:

The document includes a schedule of project briefings to be presented at the meeting, as well as session abstracts.

We will be posting meeting updates from the CNI Twitter account ( using the hashtag #cni12f and we encourage other twitterers to do the same. The meeting will be held Dec. 10-11 at the Capital Hilton Hotel in Washington, DC.

We look forward to seeing you next week in DC!

CurateGear 2013! – Earlybird Registration ends

For those subscribers interested in digital curation, you’ll find a great line-up of speakers at this program in North Carolina on January 9 2013.
Joan Lippincott

Register Now for “CurateGear 2013: Enabling the Curation of Digital Collections”
Join us for  CurateGear 2013  a day-long event focused on digital curation tools and methods. See demonstrations, hear about the latest developments and discuss application in professional contexts. CurateGear will be an interactive event focused on digital curation tools and methods.

The symposium will take place on January 9, 2013 from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. at the William and Ida Friday Center for Continuing Education, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.

Register for CurateGear 2013

Symposium Speakers

·        Jonathan Crabtree, Odum Institute for Research in Social Science
·        Mark Evans, Tessella
·        Lisa Gregory, State Library of North Carolina
·        Barbara Guttman, National Institute of Standards and Technology
·        Carolyn Hank, McGill University
·        Chien-Yi Hou, University of North Carolina
·        Greg Jansen, UNC Libraries
·        Leslie Johnston, Library of Congress
·        Cal Lee, University of North Carolina
·        Nancy McGovern, MIT Libraries
·        Richard Marciano, University of North Carolina
·        Mark Matienzo, Yale University
Courtney Mumma, Artefactual Systems
·        Trevor Owens, Library of Congress
·        David Pearson, National Library of Australia
·        Doug Reside, New York Public Library
·        Ryan Scherle, Duke University
·        Seth Shaw, University Archives, Duke University
·        Katherine Skinner, Educopia Institute
·        Mike Thuman, Tessella
·        Helen Tibbo, University of North Carolina
·        William Underwood, Georgia Tech
·        Doug White, National Institute of Standards and Technology
For more information, contact Angela Murillo, Project Manager, at

Sponsors: This event is made possible by the generosity of the Institute of Museum and Library Services, the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation and the School of Information and Library Science at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.

Price: Registration   $100.00
Late Registration (after December 1st)  $125.00
Students: $50

Payment Notes: Only Visa and Mastercard are accepted. Checks can be made out to UNC-Chapel Hill and posted to SILS. For credit card questions, please contact Michelle Taylor at:

Dr. Helen R. Tibbo, Alumni Distinguished Professor
School of Information and Library Science
University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
Chapel Hill, NC 27599-3360
Tel: 919-962-8063
Fax: 919-962-8071

Call for Proposals: JCDL 2013

CNI is pleased to support this important event again in the coming year.


The ACM/IEEE Joint Conference on Digital Libraries (JCDL 2013) is a major international forum focusing on digital libraries and associated technical, practical, organizational, and social issues. JCDL encompasses the many meanings of the term digital libraries, including (but not limited to) new forms of information institutions and organizations; operational information systems with all manner of digital content; new means of selecting, collecting, organizing, distributing, and accessing digital content; theoretical models of information media, including document genres and electronic publishing; and theory and practice of use of managed content in science and education.

JCDL 2013 will be held in Indianapolis, Indiana (USA), 23-25 July 2013. The program is organized by an international committee of scholars and leaders in the digital libraries field and attendance is expected to include several hundreds of researchers, practitioners, managers, and students.

* Full paper submissions due: 28 January 2013
* Short Papers, Panels, Posters, Demonstrations, Workshops, Tutorials due: 4 February 2013
* Doctoral Consortium submissions due: 15 April 2013
* Notification of acceptance for Workshops and Tutorials: 15 March 2013
* Notification for Papers, Panels, Posters, Demonstrations, Workshops, Tutorials: 29 March 2013
* Notification of acceptance for Doctoral Consortium: 6 May 2013
* Conference: 22-26 July 2013
** Tutorials and Doctoral Consortium: 22 July 2013
** Main conference: 23-25 July 2013
** Workshops: 25-26 July 2013

The intended community for this conference includes those interested in all aspects of digital libraries such as infrastructure; institutions; metadata; content; services; digital preservation; system design; scientific data management; workflows; implementation; interface design; human-computer interaction; performance evaluation; usability evaluation; collection development; intellectual property; privacy; electronic publishing; document genres; multimedia; social, institutional, and policy issues; user communities; and associated theoretical topics. JCDL welcomes submissions in these areas.

Submissions that resonate with the JCDL 2013 theme of Digital Libraries at the Crossroads are particularly welcome; however, reviews, though they will consider relevance of proposals to digital libraries generally, will not give extra weight to theme-related proposals over proposals that speak to other aspects of digital libraries. The conference sessions, workshops and tutorials will cover all aspects of digital libraries.

Participation is sought from all parts of the world and from the full range of established and emerging disciplines and professions including computer science, information science, web science, data science, librarianship, data management, archival science and practice, museum studies and practice, information technology, medicine, social sciences, education and humanities. Representatives from academe, government, industry, and others are invited to participate.

JCDL 2013 invites submissions of papers and proposals for posters, demonstrations, tutorials, and workshops that will make the conference an exciting and creative event to attend. As always, the conference welcomes contributions from all the fields that intersect to enable digital libraries. Topics include, but are not limited to:

* Collaborative and participatory information environments
* Cyberinfrastructure architectures, applications, and deployments
* Data mining/extraction of structure from networked information
* Digital library and Web Science curriculum development
* Distributed information systems
* Extracting semantics, entities, and patterns from large collections
* Evaluation of online information environments
* Impact and evaluation of digital libraries and information in education
* Information and knowledge systems
* Information policy and copyright law
* Information visualization
* Interfaces to information for novices and experts
* Linked data and its applications
* Personal digital information management
* Retrieval and browsing
* Scientific data curation, citation and scholarly publication
* Social media, architecture, and applications
* Social networks, virtual organizations and networked information
* Social-technical perspectives of digital information
* Studies of human factors in networked information
* Theoretical models of information interaction and organization
* User behavior and modeling
* Visualization of large-scale information environments
* Web archiving and preservation

Paper authors may choose between two formats: Full papers and short papers. Both formats will be included in the proceedings and will be presented at the conference. Full papers typically will be presented in 20 minutes with 10 minutes for questions and discussion. Short papers typically will be presented in 10 minutes with 5 minutes for questions and discussion. Both formats will be rigorously peer reviewed. Complete papers are required — abstracts and incomplete papers will not be reviewed.

Full papers report on mature work, or efforts that have reached an important milestone. Short papers will highlight efforts that might be in an early stage, but are important for the community to be made aware of. Short papers can also present theories or systems that can be described concisely in the limited space.

Full papers must not exceed 10 pages. Short papers are limited to at most 4 pages. All papers must be original contributions. The material must therefore not have been previously published or be under review for publication elsewhere. All contributions must be written in English and must follow the ACM formatting guidelines (templates available for authoring in LaTex2e and Microsoft Word). Papers are to be submitted via the conference’s EasyChair submission page:

All accepted papers will be published by ACM as conference proceedings and electronic versions will be included in both the ACM and IEEE digital libraries.

Posters permit presentation of late-breaking results in an informal, interactive manner. Poster proposals should consist of a title, extended abstract, and contact information for the authors, and should not exceed 2 pages. Proposals must follow the conference’s formatting guidelines and are to be submitted via the conference’s EasyChair submission page: Accepted posters will be displayed at the conference and may include additional materials, space permitting. Abstracts of posters will appear in the proceedings.

Demonstrations showcase innovative digital libraries technology and applications, allowing you to share your work directly with your colleagues in a high-visibility setting. Demonstration proposals should consist of a title, extended abstract, and contact information for the authors and should not exceed 2 pages. All contributions must be written in English and must follow the ACM formatting guidelines (templates available for authoring in LaTex2e and Microsoft Word), and are to be submitted via the conference’s EasyChair submission page:  Abstracts of demonstrations will appear in the proceedings.

Panels and invited briefings will complement the other portions of the program with lively discussions of controversial and cutting-edge issues that are not addressed by other program elements. Invited briefing panels will be developed by the Panel co-chairs David Bainbridge ( and George Buchanan ( and will be designed to address a topic of particular interest to those building digital libraries — they can be thought of as being mini-tutorials. Panel ideas may be stimulated or developed in part from synergistic paper proposals (with consensus of involved paper proposal submitters).

This year stand-alone formal proposals for panels also will be accepted (; however, please keep in mind that panel sessions are few and so relatively few panel proposals will be accepted. Panel proposals should include a panel title, identify all panel participants (maximum 5), include a short abstract as well as an uploaded extended abstract in PDF (not to exceed 2 pages) describing the panel topic, how the panel will be organized, the unique perspective that each speaker brings to the topic, and an explicit confirmation that each speaker has indicated a willingness to participate in the session if the proposal is accepted. For more information about potential panel proposals, please contact the Panel co-chairs named above.

Tutorials provide an opportunity to offer in-depth education on a topic or solution relevant to research or practice in digital libraries. They should address a single topic in detail over either a half-day or a full day. They are not intended to be venues for commercial product training.

Experts who are interested in engaging members of the community who may not be familiar with a relevant set of technologies or concepts should plan their tutorials to cover the topic or solution to a level that attendees will have sufficient knowledge to follow and further pursue the material beyond the tutorial. Leaders of tutorial sessions will be expected to take an active role in publicizing and recruiting attendees for their sessions.

Tutorial proposals should include: a tutorial title; an abstract (1-2 paragraphs, to be used in conference programs); a description or topical outline of tutorial (1-2 paragraphs, to be used for evaluation); duration (half- or full-day); expected number of participants; target audience, including level of experience (introductory, intermediate, advanced); learning objectives; a brief biographical sketch of the presenter(s); and contact information for the presenter(s).

Tutorial proposals are to be submitted in electronic form via the conference’s EasyChair submission page:

Workshops are intended to draw together communities of interest — both those in established communities and those interested in discussion and exploration of a new or emerging issue. They can range in format from formal, perhaps centering on presentation of refereed papers, to informal, perhaps centering on an extended round-table discussions among the selected participants.

Submissions should include: a workshop title and short description; a statement of objectives for the workshop; a topical outline for the workshop; identification of the expected audience and expected number of attendees; a description of the planned format and duration (half-day, full-day, or one and a half day); information about how the attendees will be identified, notified of the workshop, and, if necessary, selected from among applicants; as well as contact and biographical information about the organizers. Finally, if a workshop or closely related workshop has been held previously, information about the earlier sessions should be provided — dates, locations, outcomes, attendance, etc.

Workshop proposals are to be submitted in electronic form via the conference’s EasyChair submission page:

The Doctoral Consortium is a workshop for Ph.D. students from all over the world who are in the early phases of their dissertation work. Ideally, students should have written or be close to completing a thesis proposal, and be far enough away from finishing the thesis that they can make good use of feedback received during the consortium.

Students interested in participating in the Doctoral Consortium should submit an extended abstract describing their digital library research. Submissions relating to any aspect of digital library research, development, and evaluation are welcomed, including: technical advances, usage and impact studies, policy analyses, social and institutional implications, theoretical contributions, interaction and design advances, and innovative applications in the sciences, humanities, and education. See for a more extensive description of the goals of the Doctoral Consortium and for complete proposal requirements.

Doctoral consortium proposals are to be submitted via the conference’s EasyChair submission page:

All contributions must be submitted in electronic form via the JCDL 2013 submission Web page, following ACM guidelines and using the ACM template. Please submit all papers in PDF format.


J. Stephen Downie,
University of Illinois

Robert H. McDonald
Indiana University

Learning Space Toolkit launches

I’m reposting this announcement from our colleagues at NCSU.  The Toolkit is a rich resource devised to assist institutions with the planning process for new types of learning spaces, especially informal (non-classrooom) spaces.  I was pleased to serve on the advisory committee for this project.  I hope you’ll check out the website.
Joan Lippincott, CNI
We are happy to announce the release of the Learning Space Toolkit (

The Learning Space Toolkit is a freely available resource designed to support the full lifecycle of a learning space design project, from defining the goals and needs to designing the space to supporting it. By using the Toolkit, institutions will be better equipped to orchestrate the planning process so that learners are better supported and spaces, technology, and services are effective. Watch this video ( for an overview.

Please check out the Toolkit and send us your ideas and reactions. There are feedback links on the website or you can email us directly

We are also interested in hearing about your institution’s informal learning spaces. Please submit one or more of your spaces for consideration as featured examples in the Toolkit. If you would like to nominate an excellent space that we shouldn’t overlook, there is a link on the Space Browser tool (

Thank you,

The Learning Space Toolkit Team
North Carolina State University Libraries and DELTA, brightspot strategy, Strategy Plus at AECOM

The Learning Space Toolkit project is made possible by a National Leadership Grant from the Institute of Museum and Library Services.

REMINDER: CNI Registration closes Monday, 11/12

The registration deadline for the Fall 2012 CNI membership meeting is this MONDAY, Nov. 12th.  If you haven’t registered for the meeting or made hotel accommodations, please do so by Monday.  Information about registration & accommodations is available online:

A preliminary list of project briefing/presentation titles & presenters will be posted soon; consult the meeting website for more details:
If you have questions about meeting registration, please contact Jackie Eudell at  The event will be held in at the Capital Hilton Hotel in Washington, DC, Dec. 10-11.
We looking forward to seeing you in DC!

TPDL 2013 Call for Contributions – 17th Int. Conf. on Theory and Practice of Digital Libraries

CNI is pleased to be a supporting organization for TPDL again this year.

Call for Contributions
17th International Conference on Theory and Practice of Digital Libraries
Valletta, Malta, September 22-26, 2013

The International Conference on Theory and Practice of Digital Libraries (TPDL) constitutes a leading scientific forum on digital libraries that brings together researchers, developers, content providers and users in the field of digital libraries. TPDL 2013 will be organized by University of Malta and it will be held in Valletta, Malta on September 22-26, 2013.

* Aims and scope *
Valuable and rapidly increasing volumes of data are produced or transformed into digital form by all fields of scientific, educational, cultural, business and governmental activities. For this purpose the digital libraries community has developed long-term and interdisciplinary research agendas, providing significant results, such as conceptual models, added value infrastructures, software tools, standards and services.

The advent of the technologies that enhance the exchange of information with rich semantics is the epicenter of the discussions of the community. Information providers inter-link their metadata with user contributed data and offer new services outlooking to the development of a web of data and addressing the interoperability and long-term preservation challenges.

TPDL 2013 under the general theme “Sharing meaningful information”, invites submissions for the proliferation of scientific and research osmosis in the following categories: Full Papers, Short Papers, Posters and Demonstrations, Workshops and Tutorials, Panels and Doctoral Consortium. All submissions will be reviewed on the basis of relevance, originality, importance and clarity in a triple peer review process. The TPDL 2013 proceedings will be published by Springer-Verlag in the Lecture Notes in Computer Science series ( The authors of the best research papers submitted to TPDL2013 will be invited to submit substantially extended versions of their paper for publication in a Focused Issue of the International Journal on Digital Libraries (

* Topics *
General areas of interests include, but are not limited to, the following topics, organized in four categories, according to a conceptualization that coincides with the four arms of the Maltese Cross:

– Information models
– Digital library conceptual models and formal issues
– Digital library 2.0
– Digital library education curricula
– Economic and legal aspects (e.g. rights management), landscape for digital libraries

– Theoretical models of information interaction and organization
– Information policies
– Studies of human factors in networked information
– Scholarly primitives
– Novel research tools and methods with emphasis on digital humanities
– User behavior analysis and modeling
– Social-technical perspectives of digital information

– Digital library architectures
– Cloud and grid deployments
– Federation of repositories
– Collaborative and participatory information environments
– Data storage and indexing
– Big data management
– e-science, e-government, e-learning, cultural heritage infrastructures
– Semi structured data
– Semantic web issues in digital libraries
– Ontologies and knowledge organization systems
– Linked Data and its applications

– Metadata schemas with emphasis to metadata for composite content (Multimedia, geographical, statistical data and other special content formats)
– Interoperability and Information integration
– Digital Curation and related workflows
– Preservation, authenticity and provenance
– Web archiving
– Social media and dynamically generated content for particular uses/communities (education, science, public, etc.)
– Crowdsourcing
– 3D models indexing and retrieval
– Authority management issues

– Information Retrieval and browsing
– Multilingual and Multimedia Information Retrieval
– Personalization in digital libraries
– Context awareness in information access
– Semantic aware services
– Technologies for delivering/accessing digital libraries, e.g. mobile devices
– Visualization of large-scale information environments
– Evaluation of online information environments
– Quality metrics
– Interfaces to digital libraries
– Data mining/extraction of structure from networked information
– Social networks analysis and virtual organizations
– Traditional and alternative metrics of scholarly communication
– Mashups of resources

* Important Dates *
– Full and Short papers, Posters and Demonstrations: March 23, 2013
– Panels, Workshops, Tutorials: March 4, 2013
– Notification of acceptance for Papers, Posters, and Demonstrations: May 20, 2013
– Notification of acceptance for Panels, Workshops and Tutorials: April 22, 2013
– Camera Ready Versions: June 9, 2013
– Doctoral Consortium Papers Submission Deadline: June 2, 2013
– Doctoral Consortium Acceptance Notification: July 2, 2013
– End of Early Registration: July 31, 2013
– Conference Dates: September 22-26, 2013

* Formatting Instructions *
Full papers (12 pages), short-papers (6 pages), posters and demonstrations (4 pages) must be written in English and submitted in PDF format. The TPDL 2013 proceedings will be published by Springer-Verlag in Lecture Notes in Computer Science ( Therefore all submissions should conform to the formatting instructions described in the “For Authors” webpage ( For Doctoral Consortium, papers are expected to have a maximum of 8-10 pages, including references. Papers is recommended to be formatted according to Springer LNCS guidelines. In case your paper includes images or screenshots please ensure that you set image compression at 600dpi when you produce your PDF file.

* Submission *
All papers, short-papers, posters and demonstrations must be submitted in electronic format (PDF) via the conference’s EasyChair submission page (TBA). According to the Registration Regulation for TPDL 2013, inclusion of papers in the Proceedings is conditional upon registration of at least one author per paper.

* Organization *
General Chairs:
Milena Dobreva, University of Malta, Malta
Giannis Tsakonas, University of Patras, Greece

Program Chairs:
Christos Papatheodorou, Ionian University, Greece
Trond Aalberg, Norwegian University of Science and Technology, Norway

Organizing Chair:
Charles J. Farrugia, National Archives, Malta

OECD report on E-books

The Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) has recently released a report on developments in the E-book marketplace, with an emphasis on policy issues, which is available for download at

My thanks to the invaluable Gary Price for the pointer to this report. It’s worth noting that the OECD has done quite a bit of work on digital content developments and policy in recent years, and CNI-announce readers might like to peruse the list of available reports at

Clifford Lynch
Director, CNI

SURF Foundation Colloquium on Quality Indicators for Journals

The SURF Foundation in the Netherlands has recently issued a summary of a colloquium that they co-sponsored exploring the difficult and important issue of quality indicators for journals, with particular emphasis on young journals that are now being launched in large numbers under open access programs. The report can be found at

Clifford Lynch
Director, CNI

Presentations from LC 2012 Storage Architectures Meeting

On September 20-21, 2012 the Library of Congress hosted its annual Storage Architectures Meeting, which looks at hardware and storage systems in the context of large scale digital preservation needs; it is an excellent opportunity to understand where the storage industry is headed in terms of supporting digital preservation. The materials from the meeting are now available at:

I note that we’ll have a chance to hear from several of the presenters on related topics at the fall CNI membership meeting.

Clifford Lynch
Director, CNI

Last updated:  Friday, February 1st, 2013