An alternative access method for the same information available from the CNI-ANNOUNCE listserv.
One of the on-demand project briefings we’ll be including in our upcoming membership meeting will be a talk by Peter Kaufman, of MIT Open Learning, on his new book, The New Enlightenment and the Fight to Free Knowledge. As Peter describes it, the book delves deeply into the verification, and the verifiability, of knowledge. More about the book is at https://www.sevenstories.com/books/4278-the-new-enlightenment – it is licensed CC-BY. The roll-out of the “book” (and there’s more to it than a traditional, fixed book) is complex, and it will involve making multimedia materials available on PubPub. Peter will speak to this in his presentation. But at the very least, you can order a copy directly from the link in an electronic or traditional printed copy right away.
-Diane Goldenberg-Hart, CNI
CNI is taking advantage of the affordances of the virtual meeting environment to remain as flexible, responsive and timely as possible in delivering our Spring 2021 Membership Meeting. While we are still finalizing a few things, I wanted to share the schedule (below) as it is developing, though we may still add a few sessions and speakers. We are very grateful for your patience, and for your contributions to the meeting.
A preliminary list of the planned project briefings (both synchronous and asynchronous) is now available at https://www.cni.org/mm/spring-2021/project-briefings-breakout-sessions-s21; we will be posting the schedule for the synchronous breakouts in the coming days. We have changed the time blocks for these slightly from our earlier announcement. Synchronous (live) project briefings will now run 1:00-5:00 PM EDT on March 15-16, and 4:00-5:00 PM EDT on March 17-19 (replacing the originally planned moderated panels, which we will not be doing this meeting). Pre-recorded videos will be available “on-demand” by March 15 and throughout the meeting and you are free to watch them anytime, though we have left March 22-23 as unscheduled and that may be a good time for you to explore pre-recorded materials, if you wish. We won’t make the pre-recorded sessions available to the public until the meeting is over.
We will be adding details to the meeting website as they are finalized: https://www.cni.org/mm/spring-2021. Unless otherwise specifically indicated, everything is being recorded and will be subsequently publicly available.
I look forward to seeing many of you next month. Please let me know if you have any questions.
Schedule of CNI Plenary Days Sessions (All times Eastern)
March 24, 2021
- Noon-1:00 PM
Welcome to Spring 2021 Member Meeting Plenary Days
Summary of the Spring 2021 Executive Roundtable “Post-Pandemic Strategic Planning Challenges and Approaches”
I’ll provide a preliminary summary and synthesis of what I heard at the Executive Roundtables during the preceding week, in advance of preparing the formal report.
- 1:30-2:30 PM
Remote Access to Archives and the Sourcery Project
Dan Cohen, Northeastern University
Greg Colati, University of Connecticut
Barbara Rockenbach, Yale University
Tom Scheinfeldt, University of Connecticut
I’ll moderate this panel, which will try to summarize and extend some very fruitful and provocative conversations about the Sourcery project and the broader issue of remote access to archives and special collections. This has enormous implications for resource allocation and service design, and also for research continuity.
- 3:00-4:00 PM
The Big Ten Academic Alliance BIG Collection and its Implications
Krisellen Maloney, Rutgers University
Joseph Salem, Michigan State University
Claire Stewart, University of Nebraska-Lincoln
John Wilkin, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
Maurice York, Big Ten Academic Alliance
This panel will focus on prospective implications for the BIG collection, as it deals with electronic resource licensing and transformative agreements with publishers. I will serve as moderator.
March 25, 2021
- 2:00-3:00 PM
Evolving Roles of Chief Information Security Officers (CISOs) and Chief Privacy Officers (CPOs) in the University Environment
Brian Kelly, EDUCAUSE
Kent Wada, University of California Los Angeles
Cheryl Washington, University of California Davis
This session, which I will also moderate, will deal with the evolving roles of CISOs and CPOs, and explore how these relate to the work of libraries, both in negotiating contracts with publishers that hold reader privacy in the balance, and also in the broader emerging role of libraries as privacy advocates and educators.
- 3:30-4:30 PM
Kari L. Jordan, Executive Director, The Carpentries
I’m thrilled that Kari has agreed to join us to explore opportunities for the higher education community (and particularly IT and libraries) to collaborate with and support The Carpentries in expanding and democratizing new skills, most notably in the areas of computational tools, research data management, and data science, that are needed to support and conduct so much research today and in the future.
March 26, 2021
- Noon-1:00 PM
CLIR Fellows Panel
Portia Hopkins, Rice University
Luling Huang, Carnegie Mellon University
Jennifer Ross, University of Toronto
Synatra Smith, Philadelphia Museum of Art
We heard about fascinating projects and we learned a tremendous amount about the concerns and challenges facing emerging leaders within our community when we hosted the first CLIR Fellows Panel at the fall meeting in December. I invite you to meet another cadre of CLIR Fellows as they describe their work and share their perspectives on the current landscape.
- Time TBA; to immediately follow last session on March 26.
Meeting Close (10-15 minutes; not recorded)
Clifford Lynch, CNI
A quick summary of the spring meeting and a look ahead at CNI activities in the coming months.
Many CNI member institutions will be interested in this new version of the Learning Space Rating System (LSRS), put together by a highly experienced team. The LSRS “provides a set of measurable criteria to assess how well the design of classrooms supports and enables multiple modalities of learning and teaching, especially that of active learning.” An important update to earlier versions is a dedicated section on inclusion, which “takes a more systematic and thorough approach with a new framework that addresses physiological, cognitive, and cultural inclusion” compared with earlier versions. Many of the criteria described in those sections are highly relevant to library spaces, too. More information and a link to the website is below.
— Joan Lippincott, Associate Executive Director Emerita, CNI
The Learning Space Rating System Team Members proudly announce the release of the LSRS 3.0. The LSRS v3 page is live at
The Learning Space Rating System (LSRS), in its third edition since 2014, continues to provide a framework to measure the potential performance of learning spaces—that is, to assess what activities physical spaces enable learners and instructors to do in them. This latest version of the LSRS serves as a way to measure progress toward designing flexible and inclusive learning spaces that support multiple modalities of learning and teaching. We hope that it also provides the higher education community with a common language and method to document and share best practices in pursuit of that goal.
LSRS Team Members:
- Barbara Brandt, Emory University
- Malcolm Brown, EDUCAUSE Learning Initiative
- Shirley Dugdale, Dugdale Strategy, LLC
- Adam Finkelstein, McGill University
- Richard Holeton, Stanford University
- Julie Johnston, Indiana University
- Crystal Ramsay, Penn State University
- Robert Smith, Stanford University
A special thanks to Kathe Pelletier, Director of the EDUCAUSE Teaching and Learning Program, for her role in supporting this new version and rollout to the Educause community. Thank you also to the Educause IT team for their work on the preparation of the content for the web.
There will be some planned events and opportunities to discuss the variety of changes and additions to this new version. For the first time, we are providing a set of research sources, organized by LSRS section, that have informed our development of the Intent, Criteria, and Approaches and considerations for each credit. We hope that experts and practitioners from the community will continue to help us refine and enhance these resources, as well as the LSRS instrument itself. Whether you’re new to the LSRS or a returning user, we invite you to share your experiences.
Members of the CNI community will be interested to learn about a new copyright education program from Columbia University Libraries and LYRASIS, to offer online classes on copyright through the Virtual Copyright Education Center (VCEC) pilot project. My understanding is that the courses will be taught by legal experts with various cultural heritage backgrounds, including libraries, archives, museums, and education, and that the first course, designed to be foundational, will be free.
For more information, see the announcement from Columbia University Libraries:
-Diane Goldenberg-Hart, CNI
Another reminder that the submission deadline for CNI’s spring 2021 virtual membership meeting is fast approaching!
Proposals are now being accepted for project briefings to be presented during CNI’s Spring 2021 Membership Meeting (virtual). The meeting will take place online March 15-26, 2021. Anyone may propose a project briefing, including groups/individuals from non-member institutions and organizations.
Project briefings address issues of interest to the membership, as outlined in CNI’s Program Plan. The 30-minute to one-hour sessions focus on a timely topic or on a specific institutional/organizational project related to digital information; they can also explore parallel developments across institutions. A limited number of project briefings will be accepted.
March 15-16 from noon-5:00 pm EDT will be devoted to live project briefings. For the spring 2021 virtual meeting, we are only scheduling a very small number of live (synchronous) project briefings; we expect the great majority of project briefings will be pre-recorded. Once accepted, speakers who are selected for live sessions will be contacted regarding the schedule. More details are on the project briefing proposals page.
Proposals may be submitted via online form:
Deadline for submissions is Friday, February 12, 2021
More information, including the complete event schedule-at-a-glance, is at https://www.cni.org/mm/spring-2021.
Follow the meeting: #cni21s
Communications Consultant, CNI
There are several new resources from the Learning Spaces Collaboratory: the links (see below) in the Spaces that Anticipate the Future series focus on two projects that highlight inclusivity and creating community. The second is a fascinating discussion around “the importance of the affective interactions with spaces on campus and how they shape learning.”
Both of these topics reflect discussions that have been taking place online, led by Jeanne Narum of the Learning Spaces Collaboratory; I have learned much from participating in these conversations and I’ll continue to share the products of them as they emerge.
—Joan Lippincott, Associate Executive Director Emerita, CNI
** Spaces that Anticipate the Future
Introducing an LSC series on spaces that anticipate the future. Through snapshots and stories we illustrate the arc between questions asked in the process of planning spaces for learning and the resulting spaces. Snapshots.
– An LSC Conversation
From the 2021 LSC Virtual Roundtables, a conversation about topophilia, about the campus as an ecosystem, about how our physical spaces, once thought to be stolid and enduring, need to evolve to help us meet both the moment and the changing needs of higher education post-pandemic.
How have conversations between academics and architects changed as a result of planning in the time of COVID? We will be posing these and other questions to our larger LinkedIn community. Please join us in that conversation.
The LSC, as a community of architects and academics, has a rich archive of resources that capture and advance best practices in planning for assessing learning spaces. It is interesting to note if and how questions relating to diversity and inclusivity differ now—in 2021 from then—in 2016. What has changed?
Jeanne L. Narum
Learning Spaces Collaboratory, Principal
There’s a very interesting report that has come out recently titled “Effects of the COVID-19 Pandemic on the Working Practices of Analytical Facilities”, coming out of the Central European Research Infrastructure Consortium which helps to shed light on some of the questions raised by the ongoing work that CNI has been doing on developments in research resilience.
You can find a summary of the paper, and a link to download the full report, at
The next annual Digital Data in Biodiversity conference will take place virtually June 7-9, 2021. You can find conference information at
Registration is open. I’ve attended most of the meetings in this series, and have found them to be extremely informative.
Our colleagues at Jisc in the UK released a new document outlining their strategy for research and innovation in the coming years. Well worth reading. See
for a direct link to the document,
for a little background, and
for a related blog post with commentary.
As part of the CNI Fall 2020 Member meeting, we hosted a (virtual) Executive Roundtable titled “International Tensions and “Science Nationalism” in a Networked World”. This looked quite broadly at issues around the security and integrity of the US higher education research enterprise, the challenges that universities are facing, and also some of the possible implications of these developments on the evolution of the global scholarly communications system. So far, it appears that there will be considerable continuity of focus on these issues from the Trump administration to the new Biden administration.
The report is available at