Personal Digital Archiving 2016 Call for Submissions

Here is the call for submissions for the upcoming 2016 Personal Digital Archiving meeting. CNI is delighted to once again serve as a cooperating organization for this conference.

Clifford Lynch

Director, CNI


We are pleased to announce that the annual Personal Digital Archiving 2016 conference will be hosted at the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor on May 12-14, 2016.

As the centrality of personal digital archives and the ubiquity of digital content grows, librarians, archivists, scholars, students, activists, and those who fill the role of the “family IT person,” have to deal with how to best select, preserve, and manage digital material. PDA 2016 seeks to host a discussion across domains focusing on how to best manage personal digital material, be it at a large institution or in a home office.

Personal Digital Archiving 2016 invites proposals on a variety of relevant topics, suggested but not limited to:

  • Personal digital archives and why they matter to individuals, communities, and organizations
  • Distinctions between personal information management and the archive
  • Key threats to personal digital archives
  • Applying selection criteria to personal digital archives
  • The digital archive during a person’s life and after death
  • Management tools and techniques for personal digital archives
  • Costs associated with maintaining a personal digital archive

We also welcome proposals for hands-on full and half-day workshops for Saturday, May 14. In particular, workshops may be focused on mobilizing communities of interest or on digital archive tools and techniques.

For PDA 2016, we seek to create a balanced showcase for current and emerging scholarship on personal information management and personal digital archiving, as well as for exciting and innovative projects and programs. We strongly encourage proposals from a wide-range of people and organizations. These may include but are not limited to: community organizations focused on gathering oral histories or other local collections, academia, graduate students of all levels in all related disciplines, those preserving familial material, activist groups, hobbyists, tool developers, and information professionals such as archivists, librarians, and curators. For proposals focusing on sharing practice, please note that we are not only seeking “perfect” archiving solutions and strongly encourage proposals discussing “good enough” preservation and challenges or roadblocks to archiving this content.

PDA 2016 will follow the format of the last conference, with two days of presentations, panels, and posters, and a third day of workshops. The program committee seeks proposals for:

  • 10-20 minute presentations
  • 5 minute lightning talks
  • posters (including demos)
  • workshops, particularly those emphasizing technology or procedures enabling grassroots or familial archiving efforts (taking place on the third day).

Your submissions should include:

  • The title of your presentation
  • For 10-20 minute presentations: a 300 word abstract
  • For lightning talks and posters: a 150-300 word abstract
  • For workshop proposals: a 150-300 word curriculum overview, including approximate number of hours needed, what tools will be taught, and computing infrastructure requirements
  • For panel proposals: a 150-300 word overview of the topic and suggestions for additional presenters
  • A brief biographical sketch (a paragraph or so) or CV (no more than 2 pages)

The Program and Host Committees will group presentations by common themes when possible. Shorter presentations may be grouped into relevant panels. We will be incorporating a variety of discussion periods to encourage interaction and the sharing of different perspectives among what will hopefully be a diverse group of attendees.  

All proposals are due by Monday, December 7th. Submit proposals or any questions to the PDA 2016 Program Committee at Check for further information and updates.

Lance Stuchell, on behalf of the PDA 2016 Program Committee

Lance Stuchell
Digital Preservation Librarian
Department of Preservation and Conservation
University Library, University of Michigan

Jisc/CNI report “The Journey towards Openness” released

Today, as part of Open Access Week, Jisc and CNI have released the report of our July 2014 joint meeting titled “The Journey Towards Openness”.

Every two years, Jisc and CNI have brought together a small group of leaders from both the US and the UK to explore a topic of joint interest related to digital content, technology, and higher education. At this meeting we took a very broad look at what we called the the “journey towards openness”, encompassing open access, open data and open scholarship, some of the interrelationships among these developments, and some particular challenges in international cooperation to advance these shifts. The report also contains brief summaries of a number of important events that have taken place since the 2014 conference, providing an ongoing context for the discussions.

There is a short blog post summarizing the report at

The actual report, which contains a rich set of links and video materials as well as text, can be read at:

and there’s also a PDF version that can be found at:

Clifford Lynch Director, CNI

Register now for October 20th LSC Webinar: Spaces that have a Role in Preparing Students for Productive and Meaningful Lives

You’ll find many examples of interest in the next Learning Spaces Collaboratory webinar. This one explores why physical spaces are still important in learning, among other questions. There is a fee for registration – see below.
–Joan Lippincott, CNI

 Learning Spaces Collaboratory News & Alerts: Fall 2015

Join us for the LSC Webinar Making the Case: Spaces that have a Role in Preparing Students for Productive and Meaningful Lives on October 20th at 3:30pm EDT. 

Note that a recording of the webinar is available for all registered participants if you cannot join us in real-time.

Skidmore College: Spaces for experiencing the power of art in the process of learning 

We will be exploring some audacious questions about why place-based learning matters and sharing stories from campuses giving students campus-based experiences through which they become, practice becoming. Some audacious questions we will be exploring:

·         In a time when information can be accessed, examined, shared, and translated into practice virtually, beyond boundaries of time, place, why do physical spaces matter to the undergraduate learning experience?

·         What is it that we want our undergraduate learners to become that is enabled by “in-the-present, in the space” interactions in which students are actively engaged in a social and supportive community?

·         What are the attributes, the affordances of spaces that “work” in the service of robust learning?

 James Madison University
James Madison University: One of the many makerspaces now being established around the JMU campus

The October LSC webinar will present stories from four campuses that explore these questions and offer advice for planning teams—be they architects or academics.

Georgia Institute of Technology
Georgia Institute of Technology: A practice room for problem-driven learning pedagogies 

Join us in thinking about how a black box theater, a fine arts museum, campus-wide networks of makerspaces, a green roof classroom, problem-solving studios can contribute to a campus ecosystem of learning spaces for your community of learners.

 Texas A&M University 

Texas A&M University: An unexpected space for learning on the TAMU campus


Jeanne L. Narum

The Independent Colleges Office, Director

Learning Spaces Collaboratory, Principal

D: (202) 256-8872

C: (202) 528-0305

Presentations from Library of Congress Storage Architectures Symposium 2015

On September 9-10, 2015 I was fortunate to be able to attend the Library of Congress 2015 Symposium on Storage Architectures for Digital Collections. This invitational meeting, which LC sponsors every fall, is unique in its focus on the intersection of technology and economic trends in storage systems (of all types) with the special needs of very large scale digital archives and collections. The presentations from this meeting are now available at

and represent a wonderful resource for those interested in such issues.

Clifford Lynch
Director, CNI

Knowledge Exchange Report on European National Approaches to Researcher IDs

In June, 2015 the Knowledge Exchange, a partnership of JISC in the UK, the DFG in Germany, SURF in the Netherlands, Denmark’s DEFF and CSC, the IT Center for Science in Finland, which focuses on digital infrastructure for research and scholarship, held a workshop to continue its exploration of national strategies for implementing researcher identifiers such as ORCID and ISNI. There’s a report of this workshop now available at:

Clifford Lynch
Director, CNI

Reminder & Hotel Update: CNI Fall Meeting

Several key deadlines for CNI’s fall membership meeting are fast approaching:

* Project briefing proposals are due by Oct. 19

* Make hotel reservations by Nov. 11 for conference rate; rooms ARE currently available. For best results, make reservations by using this link: (there have been some reported problems with the link included in the mailing to representatives).

* Registration closes Nov. 11.

CNI’s Fall Membership Meeting will be held Dec. 14-15, 2015, at the Capital Hilton Hotel in Washington, DC.

Consult the meeting website ( for more details.

Ithaka Workshop: Managing and Organizing Talent in The Academic LIbrary

Deanna Marcum and Roger Schoenfeld of Ithaka are hosting a workshop co-located with the December CNI meeting on Managing and Organizing Talent in the Academic Library; this will take place on the morning of Monday December 14.

More details and registration information are below.

Clifford Lynch
Director, CNI


Managing and Organizing Talent in the Academic Library: A Workshop at CNI

There is no more important role of research library leaders than to recruit and develop the talent in your libraries and to organize the work of your colleagues so that they can work successfully in a changing environment. Deanna Marcum and Roger Schonfeld have been working on these issues in a number of projects this year, including talent management and organizational structure. We would like to take this opportunity to step back and reflect together with a group of senior library leaders about some of the key implications for their libraries.

Deanna and Roger will present findings and facilitate discussion on two principal topics:
· How can your library more effectively recruit and develop staff who possess the expertise and skills needed to move in the direction you have set out for it? Given the constraints that typically exist, how can you strengthen your processes for recruiting, selection, development, and other aspects of talent management?
· What alternatives can you consider for how to structure your organization at this particular point in its history? No structure is perfect, but how can you better align your organization with your strategic objectives to improve coordination and decision-making on the most important issues you face?
This session will be held on Monday December 14 from 9:00-12:00 in conjunction with the winter CNI meeting in Washington DC.

For more information or to register, please visit

Roger C. Schonfeld
Director, Library and Scholarly Communication Program
Ithaka S+R
Twitter: @rschon
Tel: 212-500-2338

Research Data Issue of Journal of Librarianship & Scholarly Communication

The Journal of Librarianship and Scholarly Communication has just published a special issue (volume 3 issue 2) covering research data management, edited by Gail Clement and Lisa Schiff. There are numerous articles in this issue that will be of interest to the CNI community, I believe, and the table of contents can be found here:

The journal is open access.

Clifford Lynch
Director, CNI

Last updated:  Friday, February 1st, 2013