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

ACRL Virtual Meeting Digital Scholarship Centers Interest Group

The ACRL Digital Scholarship Centers Interest Group is sponsoring a free web meeting on a timely topic – integrating research faculty into the planning and management of library-based DH centers. Please see registration information below.

Joan Lippincott, CNI


Do you operate or participate in your institution’s Digital Scholarship Center?

Are you thinking of partnering with others to develop one at your institution?

Just want to learn more about Digital Scholarship Centers?

Then you might be interested in this upcoming virtual meeting of the ACRL Digital Scholarship Centers Interest Group:

We have invited two special guests to join us for a discussion about how to integrate faculty and fellows into the DSC.

Below is a description of the event. It is free but you must register in advance. Here is the link to the registration page:

(Look for the registration link under “Event Status” near the top of the page)


Date: Wednesday October 21

Time: 3:00 pm EST

What are the promises and pitfalls of integrating research faculty into the planning and management of library-based DH centers? This ACRL Digital Scholarship Centers Interest Group meeting provides two fresh perspectives on the issue, one from the Academic director of Temple Library’s new Digital Scholarship Center, and the other from a humanities research post-doc there. Short presentations will discuss the structuring of program offerings, the development of a research program, and the collaboration between faculty members and academic librarians, followed by Q&A. Join Merinda Hensley and Steven Bell, Co-Conveners of the Digital Scholarship Centers Interest Group, as they invite their two guests, Dr. Peter Logan and Liz Rodrigues, to tell us more about bringing faculty and fellows into the digital scholarship center.

Dr. Peter Logan is a specialist in 19th-century British literature and the history and theory of the novel. As Director of the Center for the Humanities at Temple in 2013, he worked with the Digital Library Initiatives Department of Temple Libraries to create a year-long program training graduate students in the fundamentals of digital research methods. As Academic Director of the Temple Libraries Digital Scholarship Center he will shape the Center’s programs and offerings.

Dr. Liz Rodrigues completed her Ph.D. in English at the University of Michigan in 2015 and joins the Temple Digital Scholarship Center as a postdoctoral fellow. Her past digital projects have included the development of a set of interactive online tools for teaching the revision process and building digital collections to highlight student work.

IPRES 2015 Registration is Open

Posting on behalf of our colleagues at UNC-Chapel Hill.
–Joan Lippincott, CNI


We are excited to announce that IPRES 2015, the premiere international conference on Digital Preservation, will be held in Chapel Hill, North Carolina, USA from November 2-6, 2015. IPRES rotates between North America, Asia, and Europe and it will not be North America again until 2018. For more detailed information regarding the 2015 event, please visit

Earlybird Registration rates (until October 1) include:

  • $650 inclusive of the conference, workshops, tutorials, and all receptions and dinner (M-F);
  • $475 for the main conference including dinner and two receptions
  • $250 for full-times students for the entire week
  • $150 for full-day workshops and tutorials
  • $100 for half-day workshops and tutorials

Full Registration Includes 5 days of activities:

  • All sessions
  • Workshops/tutorials (Monday and Friday)
  • Monday and Wednesday receptions
  • Conference dinner on Tuesday
  • Lunch daily
  • Morning and afternoon refreshments
  • Bus service to and from many hotels to the conference
  • Bus service to the Monday reception and Tuesday dinner
  • Free parking at the Friday Center for drivers

See the Registration tab on the IPRES2015 website.

Descriptions of the workshops and tutorials can be found at

Conference topics include but are not limited to explorations in digital preservation focused on:

  • Institutional opportunities and challenges
  • Infrastructure (organizational and technological) opportunities and challenges
  • Innovative practice
  • Education and training

Please see for the full program.

Chapel Hill is home to the University of North Carolina, the flagship campus of the UNC system, the oldest public university in the US, and one of the top schools in the country. While exuding a small town feel, Chapel Hill offers food, fun, and culture the caliber of a big city. Check out this recent New York Times travel piece, 36 Hours in Chapel Hill-Carborro, N.C., for just a taste of what the town has to offer. While here for the conference, you will have the opportunity to dine at world class eateries, grab a drink at some blossoming breweries, and experience a wealth of museums and other cultural offerings. Also, the leaves will just be turning the first week of November!

IMPORTANT: A refund will be offered, minus a $100.00 processing fee, for refund inquiries submitted before October 1, 2015. NO REFUNDS ARE PERMITTED AFTER OCTOBER 1, 2015. For refund inquiries, please contact Cassie Ragan at

Thank you for your interest in the 2015 iPRES Conference, we look forward to seeing you in Chapel Hill in November! For accommodations, please visit

For questions concerning the Conference please contact Cal Lee at or Helen Tibbo at For questions concerning registration or payment please contact Cassie Ragan at

Hope to see you in Chapel Hill! -Helen

Dr. Helen R. Tibbo, Alumni Distinguished Professor

President, 2010-2011 & Fellow, Society of American Archivists

School of Information and Library Science

201 Manning Hall, CB#3360

University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill

Chapel Hill, NC 27599-3360

Tel: 919-962-8063

Fax: 919-962-8071

CLIR Report Reviewing First Decade of CLIR Postdoctorial Fellowships

It’s rare to see in-depth historical and critical review of important programs within our community, and the Council on Library and Information Resources (CLIR) Fellowships have certainly been an extremely important innovation, so I’m delighted to share the announcement of this recent study (reproduced below).

The CLIR fellows have been ongoing guests at our CNI membership meetings (as part of CNI’s commitment to community leadership development), and so many readers of this list will have likely encountered some of the outstanding participants in this program at our meetings in recent years.

Clifford Lynch
Director, CNI

Washington, DC, September 10, 2015- A new report from the Council on Library and Information Resources (CLIR) celebrates the first decade of the CLIR Postdoctoral Fellowship Program by bringing together 20 past and present CLIR fellows to share their thoughts on their experiences and, more broadly, the direction of academia. The report presents a series of collaboratively written essays in a volume titled The Process of Discovery: The CLIR Postdoctoral Fellowship Program and the Future of the Academy.

“The process of discovery-obtaining new knowledge, developing insight, uncovering what was previously unknown or invisible: the wild surmise of seeing clearly what had been incoherent, fragmented, or disjunctive-is a salient theme of each essay,” writes CLIR President Charles Henry in the report’s foreword. “Each essay is a look into the working conditions associated with creating a new profession of expertise and responsibilities in response to emerging forms of scholarly communication and pedagogy.”

The collection represents the coalescence of ideas and viewpoints from multiple authors participating in collaborative writing groups over several months. The results of this effort include the essays “Collaboration in the Evolving Academy: Experiences from the CLIR Postdoctoral Fellowship Program”; “Changing and Expanding Libraries: Exhibitions, Institutional Repositories, and the Future of Academia”; “Libraries and the Research Data Management Landscape”; and “Toward a Trackless Future: Moving beyond ‘Alt-Ac’ and ‘Post-Ac’.” Collectively, these four pieces explore key themes that arose from a comprehensive survey of program participants and alumni conducted in 2014. Findings from the survey project, led by former fellows John Maclachlan, Jason Brodeur, and Jennifer Parrott, are included in the collection. Also included are an account of the program’s history, contributed by Elizabeth Waraksa, and an exploration of the goals that inform the program’s pedagogy, coauthored by longtime leaders of the fellowship’s educational activities Elliott Shore and Lauren Coats.

The collaborative writing process was conceived and led by Maclachlan, of McMaster University, and managed by Waraksa, an independent consultant, with the support of CLIR Director of Research and Assessment Christa Williford. The three also serve as the volume’s editors.

Appendices to the volume list CLIR Postdoctoral Fellowship host institutions, 2004-2014, and name individual professionals who have contributed to the program over its history.

The report is available as a PDF download free of charge at

ARL Fall Forum to Explore Research Partnerships in Digital Scholarship for the Humanities and Social Sciences-Register by September 11

Register by this Friday, September 11, for the ARL Fall Forum 2015, “Research Partnerships in Digital Scholarship for the Humanities and Social Sciences,” to be held in Washington, DC, on Thursday, October 8.

This daylong event launches the Julia C. Blixrud Memorial Lecture along with the Julia C. Blixrud Scholarship, which will support the attendance of one master of library and information science (MLIS) student or recent graduate at the ARL Fall Forum each year. The inaugural Blixrud Memorial Lecture will be presented by Tara McPherson, associate professor of critical studies in the University of Southern California’s School of Cinematic Arts.

Additional program sessions will explore emerging publishing models in the humanities and social sciences as well as funding strategies for research partnerships across institutions and across borders.

The ARL Fall Forum will be held at the Dupont Circle Hotel in Washington, DC. The cutoff date for reserving hotel rooms at the ARL rate of $279 (single/double) is Friday, September 11, 2015. You may make your hotel reservation by calling the Dupont Circle Hotel at (202) 483-6000 and asking for the “Association of Research Libraries room block.” You may also make your reservation via the Dupont Circle Hotel website—click “Room Block Code” and add the code of ASSO041015_001.

Register online for the ARL Fall Forum by Friday, September 11, 2015. The registration fee is $275 for anyone affiliated with an ARL member institution, CNI member institution, or SPARC member institution; registration is $300 for all others. This fee includes a continental breakfast, coffee/tea breaks, and lunch.

More Information
For more details, including a preliminary program schedule, visit the ARL Fall Forum 2015 website. Please direct questions about the forum to Sue Baughman, ARL deputy executive director,

About ARL
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

Call for Proposals, CNI Fall ’15 Meeting

Proposals are now being accepted for project briefings to be presented at CNI’s Fall 2015 CNI Membership Meeting on December 14-15 in Washington, DC, at the Capital Hilton.

Project briefings are 45-minute or one-hour sessions that focus on a discussion of a hot topic, or on a specific institutional/organizational project related to digital information. A limited number of project briefings are accepted.

Proposals may be submitted via online form:

Proposal submissions are due no later than Monday, October 19.

The Twitter hashtag for this meeting is #cni15f.

We look forward to seeing you in DC!

Personal Digital Archiving 2016: Ann Arbor, Michigan, May 12-14, 2016

The dates have now been set for the 2016 Personal Digital Archiving Conference; it will take place in Ann Arbor, Michigan on May 12-14, 2016.

I will post additional information on the conference as it becomes available, but I know that some subscribers of this list will want to hold the dates.

CNI is delighted to once again serve as a co-sponsor for this important conference.

Clifford Lynch

DIrector, CNI

Materials from March 18, 2015 McGill Symposium on Future of Research Libraries

On March 18, 2015 I had the opportunity to participate in a faculty symposium on the future of research libraries hosted by McGill University, where I joined   Larry Alford from the University of Toronto Libraries, MIT Libraries’ Chris Bourg, and Harriette Hemmasi of Brown University Libraries in a series of presentations and a discussion. I think that the presentations came together nicely to offer a view of key issues in the development of strategies to guide the evolution of the library.

There are recordings of all the preservations, plus slides and in some cases texts at

My topic was collections and collecting in the 21st century, and I’ve got a fairly heavily edited text of my talk on the site as well.

Clifford Lynch

Director, CNI

Last updated:  Friday, February 1st, 2013