Welcome to CNI’s Fall 2020 Membership Meeting!
Read Cliff Lynch’s "Launching the Virtual CNI Fall Member Meeting" for more details.

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Tuesday, November 10


VIDEO: Meet a Paul Evan Peters Fellowship Recipient: Jake Tompkins
UCLA Library & Information Science graduate student Jake Tompkins is a 2020-2021 recipient of the CNI Paul Evan Peters Fellowship for students pursuing graduate degrees in information studies. In this video introduction, Jake discusses some of his background and research interests. More information about Jake and the Paul Evan Peters Fellowship can be found at https://www.cni.org/about-cni/awards/pep-fellowship.


Tuesday November 10, 2020 TBA
Pre-recorded Video

1:00pm EST

NSF-DOE Interagency Collaboration to Enable Public Access to Federally-Funded Scholarly Publications
Over the past six years, the National Science Foundation (NSF) and the Department of Energy (DOE) have engaged in a close collaboration on developing and managing networked information content. In 2014, the US National Science Foundation began implementing requirements of the February 22, 2013, memorandum from the Director of the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy (OSTP) to the heads of federal agencies titled, “Increasing Access to the Results of Federally Funded Scientific Research.” NSF’s Public Access plan describes the actions it took to meet the memo’s requirements, including making copies of scholarly publications resulting from NSF awards available to the public free of charge within 12 months of publication. In implementing its public access solution, NSF partnered with the DOE’s Office of Scientific and Technical Information (OSTI) to leverage its existing publications repository workflows. This partnership resulted in the NSF Public Access Repository (NSF-PAR), which now contains the second largest collection of scholarly publications in the U.S. government. This presentation will provide a history of this successful interagency partnership as well as descriptions of the innovative technical implementation details enabling seamless interoperability between the two agencies’ infrastructure.



Lance Vowell

OSTI Assistant Director for Applications Development and Operations, Department of Energy
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Martin Halbert

National Science Foundation Program Director for Public Access, U.S. National Science Foundation
Dr. Martin Halbert is the NSF Senior Advisor for Public Access. He is responsible for both the NSF Public Access Program and programmatic oversight of the national Big Data Innovation Hubs program.

Tuesday November 10, 2020 1:00pm - 1:30pm EST

2:00pm EST

High Fidelity: Connecting Information for Better Research Reproducibility
Better access to the data, workflows and analyses behind published results improves research reproducibility, increasingly meets funder mandates, and protects against allegations of research misconduct. Key elements of this capacity include the ability to identify, locate, and then access the data used, and produce immutable records of the analytical process. Unique difficulties arise when research involves confidential data, whose access cannot be made available readily. Nevertheless, it is important to be able to publish the rules by which access can be granted. To address these challenges, Weill Cornell Medicine (WCM) has created a unique data catalog that integrates data discoverability, data access governance, electronic lab notebooks (ELN) and a filesystem management tool. ELNs capture research workflows and store small datasets. The Starfish file management system allows all non-ELN files associated with a project to be tagged and tracked within the institutional storage infrastructure, capturing file movement and changes, and handling data archiving at the point of publication or project closure. A unique hash index associated with each project file collection and with each ELN are stored within the data catalog, to allow rapid retrieval of data, even following relocation of the files. By capturing data governance, we ensure that access and data reuse conditions are immediately visible to the searcher. The Data Catalog is also an integrated part of the WCM Data Core, which provides curated access to confidential data in a secure analytical environment. The catalog thus aids the administration of access within the Data Core, and the Data Core provides the functional link to providing secure access to the confidential data indexed in the catalog.

Slides: https://www.cni.org/wp-content/uploads/2020/11/Oxley-f20.pdf

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Terrie Wheeler

Director, Weill Cornell Medicine
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Peter Oxley

Associate Director of Research, Weill Cornell Medical College
I am passionate about research reproducibility - maximizing the value of scientific efforts, defending the reputation of science and scientists, and reducing scientific misconduct. I have lived in academia as a student, postdoc, lecturer, adjunct professor, and (now) a librarian... Read More →

Tuesday November 10, 2020 2:00pm - 2:30pm EST

3:00pm EST

Implementing a Consortium Model for Sustainability and Development of Large-Scale Digital Humanities Research Projects
The Slave Voyages research site is widely used, "an average of 1,400 users a day in the last four months of 2019," but nevertheless faces the same sustainability problem that plagues all web projects built with soft money. How is it possible to keep pace with changing operating systems, evolving best practices for user experiences, and at the same time meet the expectations of our diverse group of users? Project organizers believe the time has come to change the site's organizational structure to facilitate answers to these questions and are using a consortium model to ensure sustainability while allowing for soft funds to be used to further research by all institutional and organizational members. The creation of the consortium has been very well received; however, in addition to operational challenges that were the primary factors for the consortium, there remain some new questions around implementing this model for the humanities. This session will present the factors driving the idea and provide a current status on the progress of building the consortium.


Slides: https://www.cni.org/wp-content/uploads/2020/11/Morse-f20.pdf


David Eltis

Professor Emeritus, Emory University
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Wayne Morse Jr.

Co-Director, Emory Center for Digital Scholarship, Emory University
Wayne lead the design efforts for the physical, organizational structure, and processes of the center. He co-leads a group of librarians, scholars, IT professionals, and students in developing projects across a wide range of fields -- from art to clinical science -- in an effort to... Read More →

Tuesday November 10, 2020 3:00pm - 3:30pm EST

4:00pm EST

Outcomes OCLC-LIBER Open Science Discussion Series
OCLC-LIBER’s joint discussion series on Open Science triggered far-sighted and focused conversations, the summaries of which have been published on HangingTogether.org. To leverage the insights gained from these discussions to their capacity, LIBER and OCLC propose joint knowledge sharing and research activities. During the project brief we will report on the outcomes and the follow-up plans.


Slides: https://www.cni.org/wp-content/uploads/2020/11/OCLC-LIBER-f20.pdf

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Astrid Verheusen

Executive Director, LIBER
Astrid is Executive Director of LIBER.Her career began as a researcher at the Institute for Dutch History and as a product manager at Sdu Publiskers. From 2001 onwards, Astrid worked at the National Library of the Netherlands. She was involved in projects and programs concerning mass... Read More →
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Titia van der Werf

Senior Program Officer, OCLC
Titia coordinates OCLC Research work in Europe. Titia combines community of practice and research expertise in the archives and library profession.

Tuesday November 10, 2020 4:00pm - 4:30pm EST
Thursday, November 12

1:00pm EST

Mining ETDs for Trends in Graduate Research
Our ongoing research project applies computational analysis and text mining techniques to a large corpus of electronic theses and dissertations (ETDs) in order to gain insight into the evolution of graduate research topics. We analyze a dataset made up of over 1.3 million full-text ETDs and their associated metadata, spanning the years 2000 to 2018, accessed via the ProQuest TDM Studio. We employ methods such as co-occurrence graph analysis to visualize trends in the data and draw conclusions by analyzing its evolution. We share the insights gained through text and data mining the ETD corpus, how different topics and disciplines overlap and thus map the interdisciplinarity among them, the evolution of interdisciplinarity in graduate research, and areas of scholarly growth within and across disciplines. This project was supported in part by ProQuest, which provided access to TDM Studio and the ProQuest Dissertations & Theses Global corpus. This project was also made possible in part by the Institute of Museum and Library Services (lg-37-19-0078-19).

Slides: https://www.cni.org/wp-content/uploads/2020/11/Ingram-f20.pdf

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William Ingram

Assistant Dean, University Libraries, Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University
Machine learning, NLP, Summarization, Text and Data Mining, Collections as Data, ETDs

Thursday November 12, 2020 1:00pm - 1:30pm EST

2:00pm EST

Summarizing Web Archives through Storytelling with the Dark and Stormy Archives Project
Tools like Archive-It and Webrecorder exist that allow users to create web archive collections easily. These collections contain thousands of seeds, and every capture of a seed results in a new memento. If a potential user wants to review a collection to understand it, they may need to review thousands of mementos. The Dark and Stormy Archives (DSA) Project provides a solution through summarization by generating an intelligent sample of mementos from an immense collection. With that sample, we visualize those mementos with social media storytelling through surrogates, like cards and browser thumbnails. These stories have many uses. By comparing stories, a researcher can decide which collection meets their information needs. With the DSA Toolkit, educators can sample and demonstrate web archive content to students. Archivists and librarians may generate DSA stories to showcase their collections to patrons. With the SHARI process, we join the DSA Toolkit and StoryGraph project to summarize the biggest news story for a given day. We will highlight the achievements of the Dark and Stormy Archives Project and discuss its future.


Slides: https://www.cni.org/wp-content/uploads/2020/12/Jones_dark-and-stormy-archives_f20.pdf

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Shawn Jones

Los Alamos National Laboratory
I'm a Computer Science PhD Candidate at Old Dominion University who lives in Santa Fe, NM.

Thursday November 12, 2020 2:00pm - 2:30pm EST

3:00pm EST

The Digital Library of the Caribbean’s Use of Technical and Management Practices to Enable Equity
Power inequities mean even well-intended libraries routinely disrupt people’s knowledge of and access to their cultural heritage. These institutions were allies in or at least instruments of the political and legal dominance of one culture over others. Alternative or mitigative models to this colonization have emerged in response: decolonizing, postcolonial, postcustodial, and slow archives. This presentation discusses an alternative model based on the Digital Library of the Caribbean (dLOC), which incorporates tenants of shared governance, mutual aid, generous thinking, community building, polycentrism, collaborative pluralism, and mutual dependency. Importantly, we discuss dLOC’s ways of working: utilizing concepts and methods from agile/scrum technical development and managerial theories based on fairness, fostering self-determination and supporting our communities. dLOC’s alternative model is baked-in and extends through all aspects, including organizational design and technical development. For example, dLOC’s technical team follows agile and scrum for equitably engaging stakeholders to support each according to their needs. While agile and scrum are often utilized for deeply capitalistic ends, these are also methods that avoid top-down controls and instead enable voice of those most in need and most impacted by digital library technologies. These range from developers to stakeholders at partner institutions. Additionally, dLOC’s alternative model reflects concepts from progressive management theory that have developed over time in the literature but are not commonly applied to scholarship on digital libraries. These broad concepts include agency, procedural justice, and organizational support, and translate to meaningful work and community supports for other stakeholders and institutions.


Slides: https://www.cni.org/wp-content/uploads/2020/11/Taylor-Keith-f20.pdf


Brian W. Keith

Associate Dean for Administrative Services & Faculty Affairs George A. Smathers Libraries, University of Florida
Brian is the senior administrator for the areas of Human Resources, Staff Development, Grants Management, Facilities and Security, and Finance and Accounting for the Smathers Libraries. This system includes 405 employees and annual funding in excess of 34 million dollars. Functions... Read More →
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Laurie Taylor

Senior Director for Library Technology & Digital Strategies, University of Florida

Thursday November 12, 2020 3:00pm - 3:30pm EST

4:00pm EST

The COVID Information Commons
The COVID Information Commons (CIC) is an open resource for researchers, students and decision-makers from academia, government, not-for-profits and industry to identify collaboration opportunities, to leverage each other's research findings, and to accelerate the most promising research to mitigate the broad societal impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic. The CIC provides multiple search mechanisms to access customized views of the NSF COVID awards database. Contextual and keyword searches provide researchers and students the opportunity to identify research relevant to their work and potential collaborators. Search mechanisms include a customized simple search by the eight NSF directorates in the NSF awards database, as well as an NSF COVID Awards & PI Database search including NSF award information enriched with information provided by the award Principal Investigator (PI) including URLs to their research results, their ORCID ID, collaboration opportunities and videos of their CIC lightning talks. The COVID Research Explorer Machine Learning tool clusters awards in topographical and polygonal tree maps with keyword labels. Each NSF award represented has a drill-down capability to identify the award number, institution, Principal Investigator (PI) name and email, state, award amount, abstract, and other available information. The CIC was developed in partnership with the Northeast Big Data Innovation Hub at Columbia University, the Columbia University Libraries team and IT team, in collaboration with the Midwest Big Data Innovation Hub, South Big Data Innovation Hub, and West Big Data Innovation Hub. This is an excellent example of collaboration between IT, data science, researchers, and librarians to bring the best of research and collaboration opportunities to the broad research and education communities to positively impact society in the face of the COVID-19 pandemic. The processes we used to design and develop the COVID Information Commons, the outreach we did to the COVID-19 research community to gain additional insight and information to enrich the NSF Award dataset, the mechanisms for information retrieval and data representation, and the resulting open website and collaborative community will be presented along with a demonstration of the COVID Information Commons.


Slides: https://www.cni.org/wp-content/uploads/2020/11/Garza-covid-f20.pdf


Jeremiah Trinidad-Christensen

Head, Research Data Services, Columbia University
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Florence Hudson

Executive Director, Northeast Big Data Innovation Hub, Northeast Big Data Innovation Hub, Columbia University

Thursday November 12, 2020 4:00pm - 5:00pm EST
Friday, November 13

1:00pm EST

Exposing Digital Preservation and Access Workflows Through SIPOC, RACI and Brainwriting
The Ohio State University Libraries’ Digital Preservation & Access work-group was given its initial charge this spring to identify the Libraries’ existing workflows that affect born digital acquisitions and processing, digitization, providing access to digital materials and the preservation thereof. This is being done with intent of not only answering the question, “What are we actually doing?” but “What are the intersections, gaps, redundancies and areas for improvement?” This project briefing will address our approach to this project and our progress thus far. We have been utilizing three techniques to help us visualize and understand these workflows and processes. These techniques come to us from the realm of process improvement, with roots in total quality management (TQM) that continue to be used in Lean and Six Sigma programs. The SIPOC exercise provides for a very high-level view of our workflow or process. The steps in the process are aggregated up to a level of abstraction that still allows us to understand Suppliers, Inputs, Process steps, Outputs and Customers. The intent is to ensure that all processes are represented. Following the SIPOC, each group is being asked to conduct a RACI exercise to determine for each step within a process who is Responsible, Accountable, Consulted or needs to be Informed. The final stage is to engage in brainwriting to further tease out the granularities of the steps identified within the SIPOCs, ultimately visualizing process workflows, their connections and gaps, and providing recommendations for improvements.


Slides: https://www.cni.org/wp-content/uploads/2020/11/Noonan-f20.pdf

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Daniel Noonan

Digital Preservation Librarian, The Ohio State University
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Sue Beck

Senior Systems Consultant, The Ohio State University

Friday November 13, 2020 1:00pm - 1:30pm EST

2:00pm EST

Advancing Computational Reproducibility in the Social Sciences: Creating and Using Digital Reproduction Records as a Pedagogical Tool
Rigorous replication, robustness checks, and extensions of research are possible only to the extent that published findings are first computationally reproducible—i.e., that tables and figures can be reproduced within a reasonable margin of error using available data, code, and materials. In the social sciences, reproductions are routinely conducted by students as part of graduate curriculum. Their work, however, as well as that of non-student researchers, is seldom published in journals or shared outside of their classrooms, presenting lost opportunities for reproducers to receive credit, or for the wider community to learn from their valuable work.
In collaboration with the Data Editor of the American Economic Association, the Berkeley Initiative for Transparency in the Social Sciences (BITSS) is developing the Accelerating Computational Reproducibility in Economics (ACRE)* platform to enable researchers to systematically and transparently assess and improve the computational reproducibility of published social science research. This platform will house these reproductions; assign DOIs and attribute appropriate credit; display distributions of reproducibility by claim, paper, journal, and field; and provide a forum for discussing them. Importantly, an accompanying guide, which serves as a teaching resource for instructors who include reproductions in their courses, also provides guidance on how to have constructive conversations with original authors. We hope to source reproductions from several courses in 2021, refining the platform and guide accordingly, with the goal of making this type of publication normative across social science disciplines.
*While ACRE began with a focus on Economics, its platform and principles can be applied to computational work in other social science disciplines, such as Political Science, Psychology, and Sociology.
ACRE Project information: https://www.bitss.org/ecosystem/acre/ 
ACRE Guide: https://bitss.github.io/ACRE/intro.html
Beta platform: https://www.socialsciencereproduction.org

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Katie Hoeberling

Program Manager (Berkeley Initiative for Transparency in the Social Sciences, BITSS), UC Berkeley
Katie manages the Berkeley Initiative for Transparency in the Social Sciences (BITSS) which advances openness, ethics, and inclusion in science through meta-research, training, and digital infrastructure development. Before joining CEGA, she studied agricultural extension, cooperative... Read More →

Friday November 13, 2020 2:00pm - 2:30pm EST

3:00pm EST

The Catholic News Archive
The Catholic News Archive initiative is actively digitizing and providing access to historic resources from the Catholic press. Under the aegis of the Catholic Research Resources Alliance, the Archive is partnering with newspapers, academic libraries, and diocesan archives to make these fragile, difficult-to-locate resources available. These newspapers, conspicuously underrepresented in digital news collections, represent a long-standing and vibrant press community that has long provided a record of Catholic perspectives from the many communities from which they have emerged. This includes important resources related to immigrant and minority communities, as well as labor and socialist history in the United States, offering alternative, sometimes opposing views that inform research on national and international issues. The briefing will discuss the digital collection development and management strategy in the shared environment of the Archive; funding, legal and partnership model with newspapers; collaborative culture that enables the participation of libraries and archives with limited resources; support for digital scholarship activities; and the value of religious news content to the scholarly community.


Slides: https://www.cni.org/wp-content/uploads/2020/12/Bracke_CatholicNews_f20.pdf


Paul Bracke

Dean, Foley Library, Gonzaga University

Jean McManus

Catholic Studies Librarian, University of Notre Dame

Friday November 13, 2020 3:00pm - 3:30pm EST

4:00pm EST

Enabling and Reusing Multilingual Citizen Contributions in the Archival Record
This National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) Office of Digital Humanities-funded project arises from the growing consensus that the digital humanities needs to do more to promote and support cultural and linguistic diversity. In order to provide an avenue for non-English literate communities to meaningfully engage and contribute to the digital humanities, we completed the interface internationalization and translation of an open source digital scholarship platform–FromThePage. FromThePage (FtP) is a tool for the collaborative transcription, translation, and indexing of primary source materials, particularly those that are handwritten or not readable by optical character recognition (OCR) technologies. Cultural repositories are increasingly using FtP to tap into the collective expertise of an interested public to improve the intellectual accessibility of handwritten sources and nourish their archival records. However, our research shows that few institutions have considered the subsequent preservation and ethical attribution of these citizen contributions in the archival record and scholarship. Part two of this project seeks to enhance FromThePage’s collection management capabilities and exports to facilitate the development of workflows for preserving and adequately attributing collaborative scholarship for its ethical reuse. Our immediate goal for undertaking this work is twofold: 1) to break down barriers to access University of Texas Libraries’ Spanish and Portuguese-language digital collections that have resulted from anglocentric technology stacks, and 2) to collaborate with current Latin American partners in the interpretation of their digitized collections hosted on our servers.


Slides: https://www.cni.org/wp-content/uploads/2020/11/Guzman_Palacios_f20.pdf

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Allyssa Guzman

Digital Scholarship Librarian, University of Texas at Austin

Friday November 13, 2020 4:00pm - 4:30pm EST
Monday, November 16

4:00pm EST

Week 1: Developing and Managing Networked Information Content Summary Session
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Clifford Lynch

Executive Director, Coalition for Networked Information
Clifford Lynch has led the Coalition for Networked Information (CNI) since 1997. He is a fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science and the National Information Standards Organization. In 2017, Lynch was selected as an Association for Computing Machinery (ACM) Fellow. He al... Read More →

Monday November 16, 2020 4:00pm - 5:00pm EST
Tuesday, November 17


VIDEO: A Model for Centralizing Data and Bioinformation Services at the Health Sciences and Human Services Library
We present a model for how we will centralize our data and bioinformation services in the library and how the model is implemented. Without a clear and concise way of talking about and capturing the entirety of the work we as individuals and the library do towards data and bioinformation services, resources, communication, and learning, we run the risk of appearing to ourselves and others as a patchwork of effort related to data and bioinformation: not unified, not coordinated.  We risk creating silos that prevent clear and open communication on campus and cause a duplication of efforts. Centralizing our services will aid in promoting and explaining our work to external stakeholders and help us avoid missing out on funding opportunities reserved for organizations providing bioinformatics and data support.

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Jean-Paul Courneya

Bioinformationist, University of Maryland - Baltimore HS/HSL
RNA seq, Galaxy Administration, learning bioinformatics, skateboarding.
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Amy Yarnell

Data services librarian, Health Sciences & Human Services LIbrary, University of Maryland, Baltimore

Tuesday November 17, 2020 TBA
Pre-recorded Video


VIDEO: Connecting Communities of Practice to Support Big Social Data Stewardship
Big social data (such as social media and blogs) and archived qualitative data (such as interview transcripts and diaries) are similar, but their respective communities of practice are under-connected. Both types of research repurpose existing social data to advance discoveries in social science. Both also present challenges of context, informed consent, privacy and confidentiality, and intellectual property. However, despite these similarities, big social data research has not yet been widely framed as a form of qualitative data reuse, and qualitative data reuse has only begun to be discussed through a big social data lens. Qualitative data reuse is a more established practice, and therefore has more developed data stewardship strategies to support epistemologically-sound, ethical, and legal data sharing. Data stewardship strategies that support responsible reuse of qualitative data include data management planning, metadata schemes, and restricted access. However, issues still exist, including issues around scaling up qualitative research by combining archived data to support longitudinal studies and broader insights. Data stewardship for big social data is less well-developed, and there is little consensus about how to maintain balance between transparency and protecting research subjects. While data stewardship practices could alleviate some challenges, such practices are still in development. This project briefing suggests that librarians and data curators can use the robust data stewardship practices that support qualitative data reuse to inform similar practices to support responsible sharing and archiving for big social data.

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Sara Mannheimer

Associate Professor - Data Librarian, Montana State University
As Associate Professor and Data Librarian at Montana State University, I help shape practices and theories for curation, publication, and preservation of data. My research examines the social, ethical, and technical issues that arise in a data-driven world.

Tuesday November 17, 2020 TBA
Pre-recorded Video


VIDEO: Transforming Scholarly Publishing at The Ohio State University
This short update will discuss current developments with The Ohio State University Libraries’ "Transforming the Scholarly Publishing Economy" strategic initiative. It will highlight Ohio State's Read and Publish agreement with Taylor & Francis – Ohio State’s first read and publish agreement and Taylor & Francis's first such deal in North America. Updates will also include the impact COVID-19 is having on our strategic focus areas for 2020, our ongoing development of partnerships across campus and with our consortia and peers, our Faculty Fellow’s engagement with Ohio State’s faculty, and our thoughts towards future opportunities and challenges.


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Maureen Walsh

Scholarly Sharing Strategist, The Ohio State University Libraries

Tuesday November 17, 2020 TBA
Pre-recorded Video

1:00pm EST

An Evolution of Bibliometrics and Research Impact Services
Bibliometrics and research impact services are a growing need within institutions and most often require collaboration across several units, with the library being a central partner. Libraries bring specialized knowledge, skills and resources used in this work. The University of Waterloo has been actively growing the bibliometrics and research impact work across the institution through formal working groups and most recently through the establishment of a campus-wide community of practice that supports the further infusion of these skill sets. This presentation will highlight the evolution of a successful model for these services and their key partnerships.

Slides: https://www.cni.org/wp-content/uploads/2020/11/Bredahl-f20.pdf

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Laura Bredahl

Bibliometrics and Research Impact Librarian, University of Waterloo Library

Tuesday November 17, 2020 1:00pm - 1:30pm EST

2:00pm EST

How Do We Measure Up? A Capabilities Model and Benchmarking Baseline for Research Computing and Data
Across science, engineering, social sciences, and the humanities, every university depends upon research computing and data (RCD) professionals and infrastructure. The rapid evolution and diversification of RCD infrastructure, services, and support poses significant challenges to academic institutions as they try to effectively assess and plan for the growing needs of researchers. Many institutions would also like to assess their capabilities in comparison to peers. The lack of a shared vocabulary to describe the various aspects of RCD support hinders coordinated efforts to advance support of and for researchers. These challenges are especially acute for smaller and emerging RCD support organizations, which often lack experience supporting RCD and have limited resources to develop an analysis framework for strategic planning. To address these gaps, a collaborative team developed a Research Computing and Data Capabilities Model that allows an organization to self-evaluate across a range of RCD services. The Model provides structured input to guide strategic planning, leveraging a defined and shared community vocabulary and enabling benchmarking relative to peer institutions. The 1.0 version became publicly available in January 2020, and has been downloaded by over 120 institutions of varying types and representing 44 states. Of these, 41 contributed assessments to the 2020 community data set, providing an initial baseline across the community, and many insights into the state of RCD support. We will describe the model, how it was developed, and what we are learning from the first annual community data set.



Claire Mizumoto

University of CA, San Diego
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Patrick Schmitz

Principal Consultant, Semper Cogito Consulting
Patrick Schmitz is Founder and Principal Consultant at Semper Cogito, providing Strategic technology consulting in Academic Research IT. Prior to this, he spent 12 years at UC Berkeley as Associate Director of Research IT for Architecture and Strategy, providing IT strategy and solutions in support of campus research; and Director of Berkeley Research... Read More →

Tuesday November 17, 2020 2:00pm - 2:30pm EST

3:00pm EST

Professional Development and the Development of a Profession: a Research Computing and Data Community
Research Computing and Data (RCD) services require people across a wide range of professional roles and skill sets. The community of people in RCD-relevant roles are evolving into a distinct profession, widely understood to be an integral part of scholarly research. RCD positions differ significantly from traditional enterprise IT positions, and are also distinct from pure research positions; in fact, they require many elements of both. Through the Campus Research Computing Consortium (CaRCC) and prior efforts, the community is exploring paths to professionalization, emphasizing the improvement of status for these roles in the academic research community, as well as helping community members to enhance the quality of service they provide. Furthermore, people in these roles have been clamoring for a more unified “community of communities” to bring existing communities of professionals and service providers together, to clearly communicate challenges and opportunities, and to provide a shared voice advocating for the profession. CaRCC has supported such a community through several activities: The CaRCC People Network provides a gathering place for the community, supporting “tracks” associated with each of the facings, much like an ongoing virtual conference. We will describe these activities, and the progress of this community towards professionalizing RCD roles. Among a number of working groups, CaRCC’s RCD professionalization working group has developed an RCD job family matrix to provide HR organizations with appropriate job family classifications for RCD roles, is working to define career arcs for these roles, and is planning to conduct a national census of RCD professionals.


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Lauren Michael

Research Computing Facilitator, Center for High Throughput Computing
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Scott Yockel

Harvard University
Scott joined Harvard in February 2015 to lead HPC group supporting Science and Engineering and in 2017 he transitioned to University Research Computing Officer. He is also actively involved in Campus Champions leading Region 7, CaRCC leading RCD Professionalization working group... Read More →

Tuesday November 17, 2020 3:00pm - 3:30pm EST

4:00pm EST

Next Generation Machine Learning: The Evolution of the Library as Research Partner, Project Catalyst and Digital Integrator
Traditionally viewed as a service provider to the university, the library as a source of innovative research design and productive research partnership is a concept often overlooked. Even rarer is the perception of the library as a campus-wide leader of digital initiatives on artificial intelligence and research innovation on campus. Through the development and implementation of an accessible machine learning platform that has been successfully leveraged by multiple disciplines across the university, the Digital Scholarship Center (DSC) within University of Cincinnati (UC) Libraries has begun to change that perception. Through the support of the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation and in collaboration with faculty from multiple colleges across the university, the DSC has served as a productive research catalyst in leading transdisciplinary research teams, working collectively to address research questions through joint creation of project design and the use of cutting-edge machine learning techniques. By exposing researchers in colleges across the university to the concepts of machine learning and data visualization, and demonstrating the benefits they offer in analyzing large unstructured data sets and digital archives, as well as increasing the accessibility of their use, the DSC is establishing machine learning as part of the fabric of research endeavors at our institution while also solidifying the library’s position as intellectual partner and research catalyst. These activities have redefined the libraries’ relationship with our university’s academic mission. For example, the library has now been charged to lead our institution’s enterprise-wide “digital integration efforts,” and the university’s senior leadership recently selected the DSC as one of the first anchor research teams in the new Digital Futures innovation center. This presentation will discuss the DSC’s inception, creation and development of our machine learning platform, past and active projects, the evolution of the DSC’s position at the university and ambitions for its future. We will conclude by outlining the vision for our second phase of support from the Mellon Foundation, which will expand our “model of models” machine learning technology by integrating datasets, cloud infrastructure, and machine learning tools in a more universal platform for use across multiple disciplines.


Slides: https://www.cni.org/wp-content/uploads/2020/11/Xuemao_digital-_integration_f20.pdf


Kristen Burgess

University of Cincinnati
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Dean of Libraries and Vice Provost for Digital Scholarship, University of Cincinnati

James Lee

University of Cincinnati

Tuesday November 17, 2020 4:00pm - 5:00pm EST
Wednesday, November 18

1:00pm EST

Infusing Technology with Pedagogy: An Academic Library’s Partnership with IT and Academic Affairs
Beginning in 2012, the Loyola Notre Dame Library transformed into an innovative center of learning that adapts to users’ changing needs for information, technology and space. This metamorphosis is the result of two foundational initiatives: 1) the implementation of a three-year technology plan written in conjunction with Loyola University Maryland’s Office of Technology Services, 2) the repositioning of the Technology Services Unit as a public-facing unit so that it can work together with the Research & Instruction Unit and the Copyright Information Center, thereby infusing pedagogy with technology. This re-framing of library services has allowed the library to move beyond core user groups and create new partnerships on campus to engage diverse audiences. Specifically, this project briefing will highlight how the library has been able to partner with faculty to implement a team based digital scholarship program, coordinate with academic affairs to integrate educational technologies via the digital commons and makerspace into the curriculum, and support student success by serving as client for capstone projects and collaborating with student clubs.


Slides: https://www.cni.org/wp-content/uploads/2020/11/Treskon_f20.pdf

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Katy O'Neill

Associate Director, Loyola Notre Dame Library
Katy O’Neill is the Associate Director of Research and Technology Servcies at the Loyola Notre Dame Library in Baltimore, Maryland. Katy has co-authored a three year technology plan with a colleague from Loyola University Maryland’s Office of Technology Services and redefined... Read More →
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Matthew Treskon

Technology Librarian, Loyola Notre Dame Library
Provides strategic vision and leadership of library technology operations and initiatives to support faculty and students.

Wednesday November 18, 2020 1:00pm - 1:30pm EST

2:00pm EST

Building Data Literacy – The Northeast Student Data Corps
The Northeast Student Data Corps (NSDC) is a community-developed initiative of the Northeast Big Data Innovation Hub that will teach data science fundamentals to students across the northeastern United States, with a special focus on underserved institutions and students. The NSDC community will include leaders from academia, industry, libraries and non-profits to enable the pedagogical approach and materials, and students who will form a community of support, working together to learn and teach data science online with their peers from universities, 2- and 4-year colleges, minority-serving institutions, and to communities through libraries. The interactions between data scientists, students, academic leaders, researchers, librarians and communities will be mutually beneficial, supporting transfer of data science concepts and methods to local communities, while providing insights and practical experience to participating data scientists and data science students. This partnership between communities and data scientists can help produce a better workforce-ready cohort of data scientists, by providing Northeast Student Data Corps participants practical experience with data science in “real-world” settings. This program will improve data literacy and teach data science to people across our communities, while creating public-private partnerships for teaching and real-world application of translational data science.


Slides: https://www.cni.org/wp-content/uploads/2020/12/Hudson-_NSDC_f20.pdf


Yusuf Danisman

Assistant Prof., Queensborough Community College
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Florence Hudson

Executive Director, Northeast Big Data Innovation Hub, Northeast Big Data Innovation Hub, Columbia University

Jennifer Oxenford

Director of Research & Community Engagement, KINBER

Wednesday November 18, 2020 2:00pm - 2:30pm EST

3:00pm EST

The Digital Scholarship and Data Science Fellowship (DS2F): Early Indicators from a Pilot Program at the University of Arizona Libraries
Across disciplines, rapidly growing interest in digital and data-intensive scholarship creates a largely unmet need for critical training in technical skills. To address this need, the University of Arizona libraries allocated funding to test a proof of concept, one-year pilot with four graduate fellows. Our program, the Digital Scholarship and Data Science Fellowship (DS2F), is intended to build capacity for campus-wide training in data and computational scholarship. It address three known challenges in contemporary higher education: (1) insufficient training for data-intensive, computational research within subject disciplines; (2) uneven attention to digital pedagogy and strategies for teaching technical concepts within graduate training programs; and (3) a need for ongoing development of modular curricula that can be integrated into the classroom and extracurricular workshops or used independently by scholars and researchers at the point of need. Our pilot launched in January 2020 with a series of workshops whereby library subject matter experts trained graduate students on technical and pedagogical skills. In turn, the students embarked on a process of self-directed learning with projects related to digital scholarship and data science, culminating in a series of open workshops that extend their knowledge to the campus community. Librarians’ instructional sessions (1) build connections between the cohort and mentors, (2) teach the basics of instructional design of short-term, modular workshops, (3) convey best practices in digital pedagogy, and (4) discuss open educational resources and open licensing. Early indicators from our pilot suggest that the model is successful and extensible to the greater academic library community. Authors: Jeffrey C. Oliver, Jennifer T. Nichols, Megan F. Senseney


Megan Senseney

Head of Research Engagement and Digital Borderlands Co-PI, University of Arizona

Jeffrey Oliver

Data Science Specialist, University of Arizona

Wednesday November 18, 2020 3:00pm - 3:30pm EST

4:00pm EST

Using Newspapers as Data for Collaborative Pedagogy: A Multidisciplinary Interrogation of the Borderlands in University Classrooms
An interdisciplinary group of librarians and faculty at the University of Arizona are exploring how historical newspapers packaged as a single “collection as data” can act as a point of convergence for collaborative pedagogy in the university classroom. Newspapers are a source of inquiry for a variety of disciplines, and they serve as useful primary sources for students. As data, newspapers become a vital source for revealing trends within and across communities over time. Our multilingual dataset includes selections from the University of Arizona Libraries’ Historic Mexican and Mexican American Press digital collection, as well as related collections of Arizona newspapers from the National Digital Newspaper Program. This summer, our Data Science Specialist packaged a single, unified dataset and created a low-barrier learning environment for use during the Fall 2020 semester. After gathering collections data from APIs and normalizing the data with local scripts, we used a combination of ReData (our institutional research data repository), GitHub, Jupyter Notebooks, and Binder to ensure browser-based access for students across five different courses.  Librarians and disciplinary faculty collaborated extensively through an initial set of in-reach workshops and a later set of workshops and online lessons developed for students.  Throughout the current semester, students are engaging with the dataset in a range of ways from brief modules integrated into a course on research with primary sources to semester-long projects.  Students are exploring topics in environmental history, public history, literary analysis, composition and rhetoric, and media.  In January 2021, the effort will culminate in an online student showcase drawn from across the five courses and a reflection on the uses of text data mining in the humanities, which will in turn be followed by the release of a project white paper focused on how to operationalize and scale collections as data in support of data literacy and digital pedagogy this spring.



Megan Senseney

Head of Research Engagement and Digital Borderlands Co-PI, University of Arizona

Mary Feeney

Librarian, University of Arizona

Jeffrey Oliver

Data Science Specialist, University of Arizona

Anita Huizar-Hernández

Associate Professor of Border Studies, University of Arizona

Wednesday November 18, 2020 4:00pm - 5:00pm EST
Thursday, November 19

1:00pm EST

The Library Technology Career Jumpstart Program: A Transformational Approach to Technical Skill-Building for LIS Students
Recruiting candidates for technical positions in libraries is often challenging, especially in regards to underrepresented groups. This project briefing will highlight a new effort by North Carolina State University (NCSU) libraries that aims to combat this: The Library Technology Career Jumpstart Program. The Jumpstart program is a free, immersive, week-long, virtual experience that was held for the first time on Aug. 3-7th, 2020. The goals of the program include raising awareness about career opportunities in technical librarianship, creating a welcoming and inclusive space where a diverse cohort can learn from each other, and providing concrete steps forward towards a career pathway in library technology by imparting strategies for learning technical skills. Members of the planning committee will share the process of preparing for, implementing, and assessing this multifaceted program. The team hopes that this work will contribute to broader conversations concerning the LIS pipeline and the ways in which technical skill building is currently approached within LIS curricula.


Slides: https://www.cni.org/wp-content/uploads/2020/11/Culler_Library_technology_f20.pdf


Kevin Beswick

Associate Head, Digital Library Initiatives, North Carolina State University
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Tori Culler

NC State University Libraries Fellow, North Carolina State University

Thursday November 19, 2020 1:00pm - 1:30pm EST

2:00pm EST

Modernizing Scholarly Professional Development with A11Y and AI
With traditional professional development upended by the pandemic, information professionals and their teams seek new ways to analyze, develop, and share their expertise. Since 2018, Skilltype - a human resources technology startup and LYRASIS - a non-profit software provider and membership organization, worked independently to create novel solutions to modernize scholarly professional development. In July 2020, the two organizations partnered to deliver a joint solution to academic libraries to analyze staff career paths, develop in-house expertise, and respond to evolving demands for new expertise from their stakeholders. Join two leaders from this collaborative initiative to hear case studies from current libraries and a roadmap for future developments.


Slides: https://www.cni.org/wp-content/uploads/2020/11/Tripp_modernizing_f20.pdf

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Tony Zanders

Founder & CEO, Skilltype
Tony Zanders is an award-winning software entrepreneur and library technology executive. He serves as the Founder and CEO of Skilltype - a software company developing talent management tools for libraries. He is also the inaugural entrepreneur in residence at the Boston University... Read More →
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Erin Tripp

Director, Research and Innovation, LYRASIS
Erin provides leadership for the new LYRASIS Research and Innovation Division. The Division serves as a home for the Leaders Circle, Leaders Forums, and the Catalyst Fund, as well as, consulting services, our very successful grant writing team, and our industry research team. Previously... Read More →

Thursday November 19, 2020 2:00pm - 2:30pm EST

3:00pm EST

Library Liaison to the Office of Research: Understanding and Building the Research Enterprise’s Preparedness for the Changing Scholarly Research Landscape
The “office of research” (under any name) at large campuses is a complex and heterogeneous organization. Most deal in funder trends, regulatory pressures, and disciplinary trends. It is natural to have a reactive perspective, because there is so much to react to. Thus, changes in digital scholarship are often invisible to many of these professionals until they become part of the regulatory landscape. To better support the research enterprise campuswide, North Carolina Agricultural and Technical State University's (NC A&T) library took a liaison approach 10 years ago to building relationships to support the research enterprise. Over time, the original liaison went to Virginia Commonwealth University (VCU) to focus on data services, and the systems librarian took over her liaison work at NC A&T. This presentation will share the origin of this project, how it continued at NC A&T, and how research liaison insights affected VCU. In the process, we will share a primer of some of the diverse professional perspectives in the office of research. This understanding will help librarians and technologists understand the range of potential collaborations with professionals in the office of research.

Slides: https://www.cni.org/wp-content/uploads/2020/11/Bollinger_Library_liaison_f20.pdf

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Nina Exner

Data librarian, Virginia Commonwealth University
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Stephen Bollinger

Assoc. Prof./Head of Library Systems, F.D. Bluford Library – North Carolina Agricultural and Technical State University

Thursday November 19, 2020 3:00pm - 3:30pm EST

4:00pm EST

Exploring Roles for Librarians on Interdisciplinary Research Teams: A Collaboration Between the University of Miami’s Office of Research and Libraries
In this presentation, representatives from the University of Miami will describe how librarians at the university are participating on interdisciplinary research teams working on societal problems, such as climate change and racial injustice. Thanks to a collaboration with the University of Miami’s Office of Research that administers the University’s Laboratory for Integrative Knowledge (U-LINK) initiative, librarians have been embedded on approximately fifteen interdisciplinary research teams since January of 2018. As fully-integrated team members, librarians are playing significant roles by providing information discovery and access, serving as connectors to experts and resources, and improving team collaboration and communication—especially by serving as informal “cultural translators” between disciplines. Perspectives shared in this presentation will include those of a library administrator, assessment librarian, and two subject librarians serving on U-LINK teams. Presenters will describe how the collaborative program has developed, the individual experiences of librarians on specific research projects, and how librarian involvement has been assessed. They will also provide a glimpse into lessons learned and implications for future librarian professional development and relevant space and service design.

U-LINK at the University of Miami: https://ulink.miami.edu 
May 2020 Science of Team Science Presentation: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=W-0hmgLXd_4&feature=youtu.be 
September 2020 OCLC webinar: https://www.oclc.org/research/events/2020/091020-librarians-interdisciplinary-research-teams-case-study.html 
September 2020 Blog post: https://i2insights.org/2020/09/22/librarians-and-interdisciplinarity/

Slides: https://www.cni.org/wp-content/uploads/2020/11/Miller_Exploring_f20.pdf

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James Sobczak

STEM Librarian, University of Miami

Kelly Miller

Associate Dean for Learning and Research Services, University of Miami Libraries
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Kineret Ben Knaan

Research & Assessment Librarian; Subject Liaison for Judaic Studies, University of Miami
Kineret Ben-Knaan is the Research and Assessment Librarian at the University of Miami. In this role, Kineret provides support for the achievement of the University of Miami Libraries' strategic goals through the development of an assessment program and data-driven assessment activities... Read More →
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Angela Clark-Hughes

Director of Rosenstiel School of Marine and Atmospheric Sciences Library, University of Miami

Thursday November 19, 2020 4:00pm - 5:00pm EST
Friday, November 20

1:00pm EST

Compassionate Computing: Leveraging Socio-Technical Practices for Technical and Cultural Change
In January 2020, the Libraries at the University of Florida created a new division, Library Technology and Digital Strategies, which brought together the Library Technology Services and Digital Partnerships & Strategies Departments. The new group was created to deeply connect technologies and socio-technical practices that embrace maintenance, minimal computing, ethics of care, mutual aid, collaborative practices, generous thinking, shine theory, and other practices to enable compassionate computing as the common thread in all of our work. The work of the new division is both highly technical and deeply rooted in collaboration and equality, following procedural and informational justice, and powering the triangle of satisfaction for all involved. In this presentation, we discuss how we are utilizing socio-technical philosophies and methodologies to enable compassionate computing, and our process for bringing the community members together within the new division as well as for enacting cultural change across the Libraries as a whole. Further, because we began this transition shortly before our libraries closed due to the pandemic, we provide concrete examples of the benefits to our approach in supporting our community, for practicing kindness in crisis as part of compassionate computing.



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Laurie Taylor

Senior Director for Library Technology & Digital Strategies, University of Florida
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Todd Digby

Chair of Library Technology Services, University of Florida
Todd Digby is the Chair of Library Technology Services at the University of Florida. In this position, Todd leads a service oriented department that researches, develops, optimizes and supports advanced library information systems and technology for the University of Florida Libraries... Read More →

Friday November 20, 2020 1:00pm - 1:30pm EST

2:00pm EST

CreateUK: Opportunities for Digital Pedagogy, Projects, and Collaborative Infrastructure
In 2017, University of Kentucky (UK) libraries formed the Digital Scholarship Center Task Force (DSCTF) to identify current services that address digital scholarship teaching and learning needs, explore opportunities to strengthen existing services, and recommend new initiatives.  The task force findings confirmed a significant gap in equitable access to web-hosting options.  Thus, UK Libraries recognized a strategic opportunity in piloting CreateUK, a web-hosting service.  In our first year of this pilot (2019-2020), CreateUK has become more than a web-hosting service for campus.  It has become an entree to building new and meaningful relationships with colleges, departments, and campus services for whom common purpose with the libraries is not always easily visible or determined.  To nurture these relationships and to support this work we developed a suite of workshops, online tutorials, and consultations.  Offering a web-hosting platform with built-in open source applications ready to use that is sufficiently flexible enough to accommodate diverse usage, positions UK Libraries as not only a service provider but also a collaborator in digital pedagogical practices and projects with faculty, staff, and students.


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Jennifer Hootman

Coordinator of Digital Scholarship, University of Kentucky

Friday November 20, 2020 2:00pm - 2:30pm EST

3:00pm EST

Towards a US Research Data Framework
The research data ecosystem is very complex! There are lots of players, various funding models and sustainability plans. How long should data be kept? How should data quality be assessed? How do we measure the value of research data? As a start to address these and other pressing issues, the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) has recently released a Preliminary Research Data Framework (RDaF), developed with input from national and international leaders in the broad research data stakeholder community. The overarching goal of the RDaF is to provide organizations with a structured approach, based on functions across the research data lifecycle, to develop a customizable research data management strategy for the diverse roles in an organization. Targeted benefits of the RDaF to stakeholders and users are multifaceted, and include maximizing the value of data assets, minimizing risks and costs, enabling discovery and innovation, and increasing the productivity and quality of research. This presentation and the discussion that will follow with be part of the ongoing stakeholder consultation and we welcome all input.

Slides: https://www.cni.org/wp-content/uploads/2020/11/Hanisch_research_data_f20.pdf

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Robert Hanisch

Director, Office of Data and Informatics, National Institute of Standards and Technology

Friday November 20, 2020 3:00pm - 3:30pm EST

4:00pm EST

Examining Campus Research Services
Building Cross-campus Relationships in Research Support Services
Robust, sustainable provision of research support services such as research data management, research information management, and research analytics requires careful attention to social interoperability - the creation and maintenance of working relationships between individuals and organizational units around the campus - to promote effective collaboration across internal silos. Research support is an enterprise-scale activity, involving units like the library, the research office, campus IT, and many others. This briefing will provide an overview of findings from the recent OCLC Research report “Social Interoperability in Research Support: Cross-Campus Partnerships and the University Research Enterprise”. The report explores the social and structural norms that shape cross-campus collaboration; offers a conceptual model of key university stakeholders in research support; provides an overview of the goals, interests, expertise, and crucially, the importance of cross-campus relationships for these stakeholders; and concludes with recommendations for establishing and maintaining successful cross-campus relationships. The report is based on a synthesis of information gathered from interviews conducted with practitioners from a wide range of campus stakeholders in research support. Attendees will take away a deeper understanding of the campus stakeholders involved in major categories of research support services, and learn techniques for establishing and sustaining partnerships with these stakeholders.


Slides: https://www.cni.org/wp-content/uploads/2020/11/Lavoie_building_cross-campus_f20.pdf

The Provision and Organization of Research Data Services in US Higher Education
Research data services – support offerings which enable and improve data research – are currently provided in an ad hoc manner by a variety of campus units, including libraries, academic departments and institutes, labs, and IT or research computing units. Moreover, the provision of research data services varies significantly from campus to campus. For data-driven research to thrive, stakeholders – including academic libraries, IT departments, research offices, university administrators, and academic department leadership – must have a comprehensive understanding of the current landscape of research data services. In a cutting-edge research report (to be released concurrently with this meeting), Ithaka S+R provides the first holistic, quantitative assessment of the provision of research data services in US higher education across organizational units and institutional types. Using a novel web-based inventory methodology, we illuminate patterns and variations in the provision and organization of research data services, including the central (and often complimentary) roles of the library and IT department, the importance of faculty contributions to statistics consulting services, the concentration of research data services within medical schools, and the dearth of services focused on social sciences, business, and the humanities. This session will raise important questions about how research data services are best organized, funded, and staffed, equipping attendees to better evaluate current data services and envision future possibilities.


lides: https://static.sched.com/hosted_files/cnifall2020virtualmembershipmeet/e4/Research%20Data%20Services%20Slides_Final.pptx

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Brian Lavoie

Research Scientist, OCLC
Brian joined OCLC Research in 1996. Since that time, he has worked on projects in many areas, including digital preservation, cooperative print management, and data-mining. He was a co-founder of the working group that developed the PREMIS Data Dictionary for preservation metadata... Read More →
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Rebecca Bryant

Senior Program Officer, OCLC
Rebecca Bryant, PhD, serves as Senior Program Officer at OCLC Research where she leads research and outreach activities related to an array of topics impacting academic libraries, including research information management (RIM), research data management (RDM), and institutional scholarly... Read More →
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Rebecca Springer

Analyst, Ithaka S+R
I research and write about research data, scholarly practice, and strategy in the library/publishing ecosystem.
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Jane Radecki

Analyst, Ithaka S+R
I work on research and consulting projects for Ithaka S+R for libraries, publishers, other research platform providers, and universities to help analyze their marketplace and strategic directions.

Friday November 20, 2020 4:00pm - 5:00pm EST
Monday, November 23


VIDEO: Containerizing Digital Exhibits for Scalability and Sustainment
University of Texas (UT) libraries’ digital exhibits are collections of digitized or born-digital content that have been selected and organized around a clear, single focus for the purposes of highlighting and providing context for a larger UT libraries collection, serving in conjunction with physical exhibitions or campus events, showcasing original research by UT libraries staff about collections, and for pedagogical applications, including teaching collections and teaching guides. UT Libraries recently launched a new digital exhibits portal developed with Spotlight, Mirador/IIIF, and MySQL. Our deployment builds on prior work with these technologies via a containerized development workflow utilizing Docker to automate build, test, and deployment, which allows it to scale easily and provides a simplified path for future upgrades. Our site allows curators to publish exhibits at will, with no intervention required from IT and integrates seamlessly with our existing repository ecosystem.


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Allyssa Guzman

Digital Scholarship Librarian, University of Texas at Austin
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Larry Yang

Senior Application Architect, University of Texas at Austin

Monday November 23, 2020 TBA
Pre-recorded Video


VIDEO: From Toll Roads to Highways: How the OA Switchboard is Building the Infrastructure for an OA-driven Scholarly Communications Landscape
The OA Switchboard initiative (www.oaswitchboard.org) is a not-for-profit collaboration between funders, institutions and publishers to provide essential infrastructure to facilitate the fulfilment of open access strategies across business models, policies and agreements. Throughout 2020, a project (overseen by OASPA, funded through a sponsorship model) is being run to prepare for the OA Switchboard to go live as an operational solution. When the OA Switchboard moves to an operational stage, following a successful 2020 project, a sustainable governance structure and funding model will be in place. This session will provide an OA Switchboard status update as well as an introduction to early adopting partners and their specific use cases.

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Maurice York

Director of Library Initiatives, Big Ten Academic Alliance
As the Director of Library Initiatives for the Big Ten Academic Alliance, Maurice is responsible for coordinating collective action at scale amongst the research libraries of the BTAA toward their commitment to realizing an interdependent, networked future. The central initiative... Read More →
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Sara Rouhi

Director, Strategic Partnerships, Public Library of Science (PLoS)
Sara Rouhi is the Director of Strategic Partnerships at PLOS focusing on developing new business models for sustainable, inclusive open access publishing. In 2020 she launched PLOS first collective action business model for highly selective publishing, PLOS Community Action Publishing... Read More →
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Yvonne Campfens

Executive director OA Swtichboard, Stichting OA Switchboard
Collaborative, industry-wide initiatives. More specifically: the OA Switchboard.Yvonne Campfens has over 25 years in publishing and related service sectors, with a Masters in applied econometrics from University of Amsterdam (1993). Early in her career she held a publishing position... Read More →

Liz Bal

Director open research services, Jisc

Monday November 23, 2020 TBA
Pre-recorded Video


VIDEO: Geodisy: A New, Visual Way to Discover Canadian Research Data
With the increasing demand for geographic components in research, there is an opportunity for research data repositories to provide alternatives to text-based discovery. Meet Geodisy: a new, open-source, spatial discovery platform for Canadian open research data. Initially funded by CANARIE and now in partnership with Portage, Geodisy provides a map-based search that is available alongside Canada’s Federated Research Data Repository (FRDR). Data is discoverable based on its location, and users have the ability to preview datasets as overlays on a digital map and access standardized metadata. Data is currently sourced from Scholars Portal Dataverse, which houses open research data from over forty Canadian institutions. The project’s next goal is to expand the interoperability of the tool to include additional data sources, including Canadian governmental open research data. For any research that relates to geospatial location, this work provides a new and useful form of data discovery. In this presentation, we will share software architecture, metadata processes, and a demonstration of the platform.


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Eugene Barsky

Head, Research Commons, University of British Columbia

Monday November 23, 2020 TBA
Pre-recorded Video


VIDEO: IIIF Standards Beyond Images: Working with A/V, Discovery, and More
Open technology infrastructure is more essential than ever before, and with the debut of the 3.0 iterations of the core API specifications, 2020 has been a major year in the development of the open IIIF (International Image Interoperability Framework) standards used by national libraries, research universities, and museums. Among other major improvements, audio and moving image materials now work with major IIIF viewers like the Universal Viewer and Mirador, while other major projects and platforms are integrating IIIF A/V material capabilities into their workflows and interfaces. Cross-institutional discovery has also been a major focus within the IIIF community. This short update will include the latest on IIIF A/V developments and major implementations, as well as the work on discovery of IIIF resources across institutional boundaries and the development of technical components to facilitate broader discovery work.

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Josh Hadro

Managing Director, International Image Interoperability Framework (IIIF) Consortium

Monday November 23, 2020 TBA
Pre-recorded Video


VIDEO: INCIPIT: an Archival Resource Key (ARK) Allocation Service in Switzerland
This presentation will provide an overview of the INCIPIT (Infrastructure Nationale d’un Complément d’Identifiants Pérennes, Interopérables et Traçables) project, financed by the P5 fund of swissuniversities and managed at the Haute école de gestion de Genève (HEG-GE) with the help of the Swiss Institute of Bioinformatics (SIB). Since January 2020, the HEG-GE has been developing a complementary infrastructure for the low-cost attribution of persistent identifiers (PIDs) with high granularity based on the Archival Resource Key (ARK) identifier. Thanks to the collaboration with the California Digital Library acquired notably through the ARKs-in-the Open initiative (soon to be renamed ARK Alliance), the prototype has been developed on the basis of the EZID service. The aim of an ARK allocation service in Switzerland is to cover the needs of the scientific community that requests tailored and flexible services in the broadest sense of the term, first and foremost research data belonging to the long tail and especially by responding to the interests of the cultural heritage field (libraries, archives, museums).


René Schneider

Haute Ecole de Gestion
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Julien A. Raemy

Research and Teaching Assistant in Information Science, HES-SO University of Applied Sciences and Arts, Haute école de gestion de Genève
Julien A. Raemy is a Research and Teaching Assistant in Information Science at the HES-SO University of Applied Sciences and Arts, Haute école de gestion de Genève.He obtained a BSc in Library and Information Science (2017) and a MSc in Information Science (2020) from the Haute... Read More →

Monday November 23, 2020 TBA
Pre-recorded Video


VIDEO: Incorporating Library Values in Campus Digital Experiences: Enabling Secure Access to Library Resources via OpenAthens
Academic libraries and their campus information technology partners share the common goal of providing secure and streamlined access to campus resources, but may have different aims, priorities and obligations around the integration and implementation of technology. Strong relationships between these units can allow practical conversation and collaboration to happen, and libraries can create opportunities to bring library values and align library technology priorities into the campus technology deployment roadmap. In this presentation, we will start with our systematic strategies to position the library technology department as a leader of digital transformation and how we have become involved in a variety of campus technology initiatives. These strategies established a foundation and avenues for us to be able to holistically align library technology priorities with the campus technology plan. The recent project we will highlight is the implementation of OpenAthens as a federated authentication solution. Fitting into campus planning for Single Sign-On and Multi-Factor Authentication as part of a five-year campus digital experience plan, it also addressed a short term need to improve remote access due to the pandemic. The nature and timing of this project added a variety of challenge we will address such as navigating different federated solutions among different content/services providers, performing layers of configurations among library systems in a volatile time, and providing tailored ongoing education for our library staff and user community.

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Margaret Heller

Digital Services Librarian, Loyola University Chicago
Chair of the ELUNA Primo Working Group
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Hong Ma

Head of Library Systems, Interim Associate Dean for User Services, Loyola University, Chicago
Hong Ma is the Head of Library Systems at Loyola University Chicago. She played essential roles in LITA (Library Information Technology Association) and served on the Core Board as Director-at-Large 2017 - 2020. She served on the ELUNA Steering Committee 2020 - 2023, and  serves... Read More →

Monday November 23, 2020 TBA
Pre-recorded Video


VIDEO: Mapping Digital Scholarly Communication Infrastructure - Final Report
The Mapping Digital Scholarly Communication Infrastructure project is an Andrew W. Mellon Foundation funded project that sought to establish the scope of the infrastructure that supports digital scholarly communications, and the financial and organizational strength of the organizations that provide it. The project also sought to establish the level of support for this infrastructure provided by academic libraries. We will discuss a census of infrastructure providers and case studies of providers that together provide insight into the question of financial and organizational strength, as well as a bibliographic scan of the literature that more completely describes the provider universe. We established library support by surveying academic libraries and by conducting a series of focus groups with academic library leaders. While the data we collected is largely based on US-based efforts, we believe that our findings may be usefully considered in conjunction with similar studies conducted or being conducted in Canada, Latin America, and Europe. All of the data was collected prior to the onset of the COVID pandemic and thus provides a baseline for the changes that can be expected as scholarly communication adapts to the current crisis. While the results of the census and survey were less comprehensive than hoped for, the strengths and weaknesses of the infrastructure we uncovered, especially for open and nonprofit organizations, provide us with a clear sense of what next steps might be to improve this important part of the scholarly communication sector.


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Mike Roy

Dean of the Library, Middlebury College
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Katherine Skinner

Executive Director, Educopia Institute
Dr. Katherine Skinner is the Executive Director of the Educopia Institute, a not-for-profit educational organization that empowers collaborative communities to create, share, and preserve knowledge. She has helped to found the MetaArchive Cooperative, a community-owned and commun... Read More →

David Lewis

Dean Emeritus, IUPUI University Library

Monday November 23, 2020 TBA
Pre-recorded Video


VIDEO: NISO Metadata Recommendations for the E-Book Supply Chain and Audio & Video Information Space
NISO has recently organized two working groups to address improvements in metadata creation, communication, and integration for scholarly resources: for e-books and audio and video materials. In neither case is there a single authority for metadata and the varied stakeholders (libraries, publishers, supporting vendors, preservation entities, etc.) encompass a wide range of requirements for their applications, to the eventual detriment of metadata consumers and end users. NISO invites stakeholders into a neutral forum to engage with each other and build consensus around solutions to mutual problems. The first working group, studying the e-book space, has analyzed the activity of multiple stakeholders in the e-book supply chain, which creates and manages metadata in a highly fragmented process. Its recommendations address pain points by illuminating the "crevices" that each stakeholder group generates, to aid partners to carry out their own functions and share metadata with each other effectively, correctly, and comprehensively. The second working group is seeking to improve collaboration and interoperability between organizations and systems in the area of video and audio media, which in recent years have been quickly integrated into learning spaces. Discovery and integration demand rich metadata for these materials, but current metadata recommendations do not encompass properties needed for effective compatibility between systems. This project is analyzing existing metadata standards and models against a wide variety of use cases to develop guidelines to improve sharing of bibliographic, administrative, technical and semantic metadata supporting diverse stakeholder objectives.


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Nettie Lagace

Associate Executive Director, NISO - National Information Standards Organization
Nettie Lagace is the Associate Executive Director at NISO, where she is responsible for facilitating the work of NISO's topic committees and development groups for standards and best practices, and working with the community to encourage broad adoption of this consensus work. Prior... Read More →

Monday November 23, 2020 TBA
Pre-recorded Video


VIDEO: ReCiter: an Open Source Author Disambiguation System for Academic Medical Institutions
Staff at medical institutions are regularly called upon to produce and maintain lists of scholarly publications authored by individuals ranging from NIH-funded principal investigators to people affiliated with other institutions such as alumni and residents. This work tends to be done on an ad hoc basis and is time consuming, especially when profiled individuals have common names. Often, feedback from the authors themselves is not adequately captured in some central location and repurposed for future requests. ReCiter is a highly accurate, rule-based system for inferring which publications in PubMed a given person has authored. ReCiter includes a Java application, a DynamoDB-hosted database, and a set of RESTful microservices which collectively allow institutions to maintain accurate and up-to-date author publication lists for thousands of people. This software is optimized for disambiguating authorship in PubMed and, optionally, Scopus. ReCiter rapidly and accurately identifies articles, including those at previous affiliations, by a given person. It does this by leveraging institutionally maintained identity data (e.g., departments, relationships, email addresses, year of degree, etc.) With the more complete and efficient searches that result from combining these types of data, individuals at institutions can save time and be more productive. Running ReCiter daily, one can ensure that the desired users are the first to learn when a new publication has appeared in PubMed. ReCiter is freely available and open source under the Apache 2.0 license. https://github.com/wcmc-its/ReCiter For our presentation, we will demonstrate: - How to run ReCiter - ReCiter's set of APIs for retrieving data - How ReCiter integrates with a third-party interface for capture feedback, feedback which is fed back into ReCiter to further improve accuracy - Using data collected by ReCiter to produce reports including Altmetric activity

Code - https://github.com/wcmc-its/ReCiter/ 
Demo - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MwaIXHc4PzI&feature=youtu.be

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Paul Albert

Identity Services Architect, Weill Cornell Medical College

Sarbajit Dutta

Senior Web Application Developer, Cornell University

Monday November 23, 2020 TBA
Pre-recorded Video


VIDEO: SciENcv Biosketch & ORCID
The National Institute of Health (NIH) and National Science Foundation (NSF) have implemented SciENcv as their biosketch solution. SciENcv has been integrated with ORCID, enabling researchers to use their ORCID iD and data in their ORCID record to populate their biosketches. This system integration reduces the administrative burden on researchers, thus improving the quality and timeliness of data describing the researcher’s research-related activities. Going forward, the NIH and ORCID are working toward a two-way transfer of information between My NCBI and ORCID.

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Shawna Sadler

Engagement Manager, Outreach and Partnerships, ORCID
Shawna heads up Outreach & Partnerships at ORCID, building strategic relationships worldwide and exploring new opportunities for adoption and growth.

Bart Trawick

Director, Customer Services Division, National Center for Biotechnology Information

Monday November 23, 2020 TBA
Pre-recorded Video


VIDEO: Thinking outside the [monolith] box: A microservices approach to online GLAM collections
The University of Notre Dame has taken a modular approach to building a new digital collections platform-integrating existing applications to serve the people that manage and use them across the library, archives, and art museum. We began with two assumptions: one size would not fit all for our campus archives, library, and museum; and community needs above all. In this presentation, team members will talk about the past two years of experimentation and development around how to connect our community to our cultural heritage collections through multiple integrations. At a high-level, we’ll discuss our technical architecture that uses legacy applications like ArchivesSpace, an aging Fedora repository, and a decades-old museum database together with the IIIF framework and open-source GatsbyJS. In addition to describing the technical architecture, we’ll also discuss some of the metadata considerations that have brought the collections together in a centralized, federated platform.

Project microsite: https://innovation.library.nd.edu/marble/

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Abigail Shelton

University of Notre Dame, Snite Museum of Art
Abby Shelton is the Outreach Specialist on the MARBLE (Museum, Archives, Rare Books, Libraries, Exploration) project, supported by The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, at the University of Notre Dame. She plays a user experience, product owner, and project management role on the project... Read More →
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Robert Fox

Manager, Web and Software Engineering, University of Notre Dame

Monday November 23, 2020 TBA
Pre-recorded Video

4:00pm EST

Week 2: Transforming Organizations, Professions, and Individuals Summary Session
Summary Session of project briefings on Week 2 theme, Transforming Organizations, Professions, and Individuals.

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Clifford Lynch

Executive Director, Coalition for Networked Information
Clifford Lynch has led the Coalition for Networked Information (CNI) since 1997. He is a fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science and the National Information Standards Organization. In 2017, Lynch was selected as an Association for Computing Machinery (ACM) Fellow. He al... Read More →

Monday November 23, 2020 4:00pm - 5:00pm EST
Tuesday, December 1

1:00pm EST

Demonstrating PresQT Services for FAIR Software and Data Preservation
The IMLS-funded project PresQT (https://presqt.crc.nd.edu/) focuses on tools and RESTful services (https://presqt-prod.crc.nd.edu/ui/) to improve preservation and re-use of research data and software. PresQT’s goal is to understand and address pain points to making data and software FAIR (findable, accessible, interoperable, and reusable) in a repository agnostic way. In this briefing we will demonstrate the PresQT service features. We’ll show the benefit in the way the service provides 1) fixity informed file transfer between sharing and preservation platforms, 2) automated keyword enhancement, and 3) FAIR testing for digital objects at PresQT endpoints. This wealth of services from fixity, to metadata enhancement, to FAIR assessment rides atop a useful file transfer utility that operates between commonly used platforms making the PresQT suite a useful addition to both the digital preservationists’ and researchers’ toolkits. With PresQT, users and repository managers can move files among any of FigShare, Github, GitLab, Open Science Framework (OSF.io), Zenodo and Fedora based institutional repository endpoints (e.g. Curate.ND.edu). PresQT provides fixity information and checking before and after transfer. PresQT also offers users the option to run a suite of FAIR tests. Using this feature, users can assess how FAIR a digital object is, as well as compare FAIRness of equivalent digital objects on the various PresQT platforms to determine which platforms are best matched to various FAIR preservation and sharing use case needs. PresQT also includes an integrated keyword enhancement service driven by Scigraph ontology elements. With this service users can auto-enhance and extend the keywords assigned to digital objects in an ontology informed way. It is also possible to use the PresQT service to generate an EaaSI emulation proposal. The PresQT project convenes regular community meetings to get stakeholder and expert input to which all are invited. The project also has a Quality Assurance effort underway that is open to participation to anyone from the community and has easy onboarding for QA participants at https://presqt.readthedocs.io/en/latest/qa.html.


Slides: https://www.cni.org/wp-content/uploads/2020/12/Meyers_PresQT_f20.pdf

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Natalie Meyers

E-Research Librarian, University of Notre Dame
E-Research Librarian & Interim Director, Navari Family Center for Digital Scholarship at the University of Notre Dame. Embeds as an informationist on grant funded projects. Advises and collaborates with units across campus and externally to provide team-based support for reproducible... Read More →
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Rick Johnson

Head, Strategic Innovation, Hesburgh Libraries, University of Notre Dame

Tuesday December 1, 2020 1:00pm - 1:30pm EST

2:00pm EST

Investigating the Spatial Arrangements of Makerspaces and its Impact on Diverse Student Populations
The preliminary findings for the first phase of the research program, “Equity in the Making: Investigating Spatial Arrangements of Makerspaces and Their Impact on Diverse User Populations” will be explored in this project briefing. Librarians and information professionals continue to navigate a persistent challenge in their makerspaces: an underrepresentation of undergraduates from marginalized communities. The aim of this 5-year research program is to examine the relationship between the spatial arrangement of academic makerspaces and the diverse user communities it seeks to attract. The scope of this briefing focuses on the initial findings from a set of interviews that asked participants to describe the defining features (sight, sound, and scent) of a conventional academic makerspace. This research has been funded by the National Science Foundation (NSF) CAREER program.



Maggie Melo

Assistant Professor, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
I am the Director of the Equity in Making Lab and an assistant professor in the School of Information and Library Science at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. My research specialization resides at the intersection of innovation, critical maker culture, and the development... Read More →

Tuesday December 1, 2020 2:00pm - 2:30pm EST

3:00pm EST

Reconstructing the Temple of Bel, New Roles and Functions for Digital Archives
Destroyed in 2015 during the Syrian civil war, the Temple of Bel has been called the most important temple in the entire Middle East (along with Lebanon’s Baalbek) and served as one of the best-preserved examples of ancient art and architecture, attracting more than 150,000 tourists annually. Through the use of more than 3,000 publicly available digital photographs taken over the course of a decade, the library has successfully recreated the structure using Pointcloud, an online viewing platform. This case is a microcosm for the changing uses of archives and the importance of the library role in closing the gaps between research, visualization, analysis, and preservation.


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Roger Smith

AUL Scholarly Resources and Services, University of California, San Diego

Scott McAvoy

UC San Diego

Tuesday December 1, 2020 3:00pm - 3:30pm EST

4:00pm EST

Libraries’ Spending Power and Collective Action: Examining How Library/Publisher Partnerships Can Ensure the Financial Sustainability and “Business” Success on Both Sides of the Table
Libraries are increasingly experimenting with and participating in collective action based business models to speed the transition to “open” while navigating a perfect storm of crises -- public health, higher ed, social justice, and (of course) budgets.

This unique moment intersects a period of library “activism” where major consortia and institutions globally have pushed back against large commercial publishers’ business practices in favor of renegotiating, unbundling, and even canceling “big deals” or transforming them into agreements with strong open-access components (so-called “transformative agreements”). That said, some of these agreements have scholarly communications stakeholders scratching their heads at the mechanics of the models and the business principles underpinning them. Given this unprecedented paradigm shift focused on collective action, is the lack of “business chops” getting in the way?

This discussion-driven panel of journal and book publishers and a library consortium will unpack these concerns. What are the unintended consequences of a misalignment of skills and mission? Who are the winners and losers? And how can we as a community of stakeholders invested in equity support each other through shared knowledge/experience working collaboratively? We look forward to engaging the CNI community in a discussion of these issues.

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Emily Farrell

Library Partnerships & Sales Lead, The MIT Press
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Roger Schonfeld

Director, Libraries, Scholarly Communication, and Museums, Ithaka S+R
Roger is program director at Ithaka S+R. There, he leads strategic consulting, surveys, and other research projects, designed for academic libraries, publishers, and scholarly societies. He is also a board member for the Center for Research Libraries. Previously, Roger was a research... Read More →
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Sharla Lair

Senior Strategist, OA & ScholComm Initiatives, Lyrasis
Sharla Lair serves as a strategist for the Content & Scholarly Communication Initiatives team at Lyrasis, a non-profit, membership organization. Since 2015, Sharla’s role at Lyrasis has been to advance innovative content licensing and open scholarship. She is particularly interested... Read More →
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Sara Rouhi

Director, Strategic Partnerships, Public Library of Science (PLoS)
Sara Rouhi is the Director of Strategic Partnerships at PLOS focusing on developing new business models for sustainable, inclusive open access publishing. In 2020 she launched PLOS first collective action business model for highly selective publishing, PLOS Community Action Publishing... Read More →

Kamran Naim

Head of open science, CERN

Tuesday December 1, 2020 4:00pm - 5:00pm EST
Wednesday, December 2

1:00pm EST

Expanding the Experiential Library: Using Livestreaming to Adapt Hands-on Learning Spaces During a Global Pandemic
The seismic shift of services to online delivery formats resulting from the pandemic has revealed a gap in the libraries' ability to casually reach students through serendipitous means such as pop-up events in the lobbies, programming in public spaces, or consultant hours in hands-on learning spaces like the Digital Media Lab, Makerspace, and VR Studio. This talk details how we are extending our experiential learning to better reach online and hybrid classes through Twitch. Using this interactive live broadcasting service we create a virtual space with multiple levels of interactions: screen sharing, camera capture, and accompanying chatroom. Unlike video conferencing tools like Zoom, Twitch and similar sites allow for quick drop-ins and casual interactions: students can be themselves in this less mediated space. We will discuss logistics, technology, content creation, and early outcomes of our foray into this online service.


Slides: https://www.cni.org/wp-content/uploads/2020/12/Cahoon_Expanding_Experiential_f20.pdf

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Colin Nickels

Experiential Learning Services Librarian, NC State University
Colin Nickels is the Experiential Learning Services Librarian at NC State University Libraries where he oversees the Libraries’ Makerspace and VR/AR programs. He received his Masters in Information Science from UNC Chapel Hill.
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Claire Cahoon

Libraries Fellow, North Carolina State University Libraries
Claire Cahoon (she/her) is a NCSU Libraries Fellow in Data & Visualization Services, focusing on instruction and digital project support, and Learning Spaces & Services, where she leads the project to live-stream experiential learning events on Twitch.

Wednesday December 2, 2020 1:00pm - 1:30pm EST

2:00pm EST

Perspectives on Metadb: Analytics in the Library
This session offers perspectives from institutions using the Metadb data analytics platform. Metadb builds on analytic databases to provide modern features such as real-time data streaming, data integration, and data versioning. The system is designed as an end-to-end, open source data infrastructure for scalable analytics.  One year after Metadb was first launched, it is being deployed by an increasing number of universities and has a rapidly growing user community.

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Nassib Nassar

Director, Metadb Analytics Platform, Index Data ApS

Wednesday December 2, 2020 2:00pm - 2:30pm EST

3:00pm EST

Fedora Migration Paths and Tools: Pilot Project Update
The IMLS-funded Fedora Migration Paths and Tools: A Pilot Project is an 18-month project to develop, pilot, and document tools and paths to migrate from the Fedora 3 repository software, which is widely used but no longer supported, to Fedora 6. The first phase of the project, which began in September, focuses on piloting migrations and upgrades for two institutions currently using Fedora 3: the University of Virginia, which uses a custom interface, and Whitman College, which uses Islandora. The grant team will work with the pilots to document each step of the migration process in order to produce a toolkit for the community to follow. This presentation will provide an overview of the project, including high-level goals and timelines, along with an update from the pilot partners on progress to date and initial lessons learned.



Amy Blau

Scholarly Communications Librarian, Whitman College
Research data management, digital humanities, Yiddish
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Robin Ruggaber

Dir of Strategic Tech Partnerships & Initiatives, University of Virginia Library
Talk to me about IT leadership/management, accessibility/inclusivity, community driven open source, open access, sustainability, governance models, interest/working group models, and collaboration. I have worked in higher education, industry, and briefly for NOAA. My passion is all... Read More →
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David Wilcox

Program Leader, LYRASIS

Wednesday December 2, 2020 3:00pm - 3:30pm EST

4:00pm EST

Privacy Stew and Stewardship
The last year has had a number of events with major implications on privacy.  General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) finally got real with fines and with clarification rulings intended to reduce corporate abuses. The European Union (EU) Court of Justice threw out PrivacyShield, affecting the ability of Europeans to exchange data with locations in the US. The California Consumer Privacy Act (CCPA) lurched into existence and is inspiring other state initiatives.  And the pan-Canadian Trust Fabric has set a new bar on how to enable privacy in an identity ecosystem. Within the R&E sector, issues from contract tracing to proposed new attribute bundles for content access are driving interesting discussions.  This session will provide a brief overview of some of these events and lead into a discussion of how institutions can sort out what’s impactful.

Slides: https://www.cni.org/wp-content/uploads/2020/12/Klingenstein_privacy_stew_f20.pdf


Kenneth Klingenstein

Evangelist, Trust and Identity, Internet2

Wednesday December 2, 2020 4:00pm - 5:00pm EST
Thursday, December 3

1:00pm EST

Building Hyku for Cross-Consortia Partnerships
The Private Academic Library Network of Indiana (PALNI) is partnering with the Pennsylvania Academic Library Consortium, Inc. (PALCI) (representing 94 academic libraries in Indiana, Pennsylvania, New Jersey, West Virginia, and New York), to pilot a collaboratively run open source, multi-tenant, consortial institutional repository (IR). The goal is to deliver ultra low-cost hosting, discovery, and access to digital material for member libraries both with the tool and by partnering across consortia and with commercial partners working on a community-owned product. Delivering materials digitally and reducing costs are even more critical due to economic pressures and staff reductions in this current crisis period. Project collaborators aim to create a consortial IR service individual libraries may use, customize, and brand as their own, while building the capacity and functionality required to share underlying infrastructure, hosting, and administration/staffing costs across institutions. The project is in the second year of an IMLS-funded grant building on the work done by Hyku founders.


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Jill Morris

Executive Director, PALCI
Jill Morris is the Executive Director of PALCI, the Partnership for Academic Library Collaboration & Innovation, a regional nonprofit library consortium made up of 74 academic and research libraries in Pennsylvania, New York, New Jersey, and West Virginia. For the past 12 years, Jill... Read More →
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Kirsten Leonard

Executive Director, PALNI
Kirsten Leonard is the Executive Director of the Private Academic Library Network of Indiana (PALNI) in Indianapolis, Indiana.  She oversees fourteen full and part-time staff and coordinators who are working to support innovation and collaboration. Kirsten holds an MLIS from Wayne... Read More →

Thursday December 3, 2020 1:00pm - 1:30pm EST

2:00pm EST

WILL NOT BE RECORDED: Digital Lending During a Pandemic: A Dual Approach to Secure Document Delivery on a Deadline
Responding to the global pandemic, the Brown University library recognized early on that we would need a solution to the problem of secure document delivery to meet the demands of supporting teaching, learning, and research on campus. We searched around for a number of options in the commercial and open source marketplace before discovering one solution sitting just under our noses. While it met the needs for individual research requests, we determined that it was not the optimum solution to deliver a fully realized digital reserves solution, with automated, time-limited, queue-based access to restricted materials. Plus, the clock was ticking. We were inspired by the work of the Princeton Library's IIIF solution, but decided for accessibility reasons to focus on a PDF solution instead. The challenge was developing and implementing a new solution in just over two weeks. This session will cover the paths pursued and destinations reached, with demonstrations of both of the solutions we've implemented, along with plans for next steps.

Slides: https://www.cni.org/wp-content/uploads/2020/12/Helm-_Digital_Lending_f20.pdf

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Joseph Rhoads

Digital Repository Manager, Brown University Library
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Anthony Helm

Director of Library Digital Technologies, Brown University

Thursday December 3, 2020 2:00pm - 2:30pm EST

3:00pm EST

Managing Occupancy through Tech Solutions during COVID-19 at Clemson University
This project briefing will detail three occupancy-management technologies, and their accompanying policies and procedures, that were deployed by Clemson Libraries to address the challenges of operating a physical library during the COVID-19 pandemic. Clemson’s main library, Cooper Library, is currently open and is tracking occupancy through a combination of novel and existing solutions: 1) a home-grown access management system that uses institutional IDs, 2) a real-time entry/exit automatic counter, 3) seat and appointment booking through Springshare. The three-pronged approach allows for immediate control and oversight, while providing safe and equitable access to the Clemson University community. Each project required unique policy and procedure planning. Of particular note is the collaboration with university central IT to create and customize the access management system, which was also deployed in campus dining halls, bookstore, fitness centers, and showcased on the university’s mobile app. The project enhanced institutional interdisciplinary partnerships and solidified a long-term collaborative network. Additionally, Clemson’s customization of Springshare’s seat booking system provides a unique vantage point into the decision-making process and the adoption of multiple systems for discrete needs, though it required extensive research and customization. We will share data from other schools about their seat booking and occupancy management configurations and solutions to compare with our own decisions. The project briefing will also cover the implications that the decisions we make now have for future operations of our organization.


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Christopher Vinson

Interim Associate Dean, Technical Services and Collection Management; Head of Library Technology, Clemson University

Kelsey Sheaffer

Creative Technologies Librarian, Clemson University Libraries

Thursday December 3, 2020 3:00pm - 3:30pm EST

4:00pm EST

Emulation In Action: Applying EaaSI for Research and Study
Providing an update on the EaaSI emulation-as-a-service program, first introduced at CNI’s 2019 Spring meeting, members of the program team and partners will demonstrate use cases in which the system is applied for research and study of digital collections. The EaaSI program recently began its second phase, generously funded by the Sloan and Mellon foundations, continuing efforts to enable broader access and use of preserved software and emulation. This project briefing will include demonstrations of Yale University library’s emulation viewer for digital publications in the circulating collection, new functionality for secure remote access to digital special collections material, and the integration of EaaSI’s automated emulation recommendation service, the Universal Virtual Interactor (UVI), in the University of Notre Dame’s PresQT tool suite. These examples will illustrate how this developing technology makes possible new and exciting avenues for accessing digital collections.


Slides: https://www.cni.org/wp-content/uploads/2020/12/Anderson–EaaSI-f20.pdf


Seth Anderson

Software Preservation Program Manager, Yale University
Seth Anderson is the Software Preservation Program Manager at the Yale University Library. He manages the library's efforts in preservation and emulation of software and born-digital materials. He has previously worked in digital preservation at the Museum of Modern Art and AVPre... Read More →

Jessica Meyerson

Director of Strategy & Research, Educopia Institute
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Ethan Gates

Software Preservation Analyst, Yale University Library
Primarily working on emulation configuration, troubleshooting and training for the Software Preservation Network’s EaaSI project.

Thursday December 3, 2020 4:00pm - 5:00pm EST
Friday, December 4

1:00pm EST

The FAIR Signposting Profile
The FAIR Principles [1] aim at enhancing the ability of machines to find and use scholarly objects on the web. Landing pages support humans with such tasks by providing descriptive metadata, listing identifiers, and linking to actual content. But landing pages are not optimised for use by machine agents that navigate the scholarly web, among others because they come in many shapes and forms. Signposting, an ad-hoc and intentionally lightweight interoperability effort launched in 2014, provides this type of information in a uniform machine-friendly way. It builds on widely implemented web protocols specified in IETF RFCs, yielding interoperability that is not restricted to the scholarly landscape but encompasses the web at large. The recently published FAIR Signposting Profile [2] is a concrete implementation guideline for Signposting. It details how, with little investment, repositories and publishing platforms can help machine agents accomplish their task by providing them with a map that guides their travels across hosted resources and beyond. Implementation of the FAIR Signposting Profile improves all aspects of FAIRness of scholarly objects on the web. This presentation will revisit the basic technologies leveraged by Signposting: typed web links, IANA registered link relation types, and Link Sets. It will introduce the FAIR Signposting Profile that was devised to support broader adoption of Signposting. A demo will show an implementation of the Profile for a common repository platform, turning it into an environment in which machine agents can feel welcome.

[1] https://doi.org/10.1038/sdata.2016.18 
[2] https://signposting.org/FAIR/

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Martin Klein

Scientist, Los Alamos National Laboratory
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Herbert Van de Sompel

Honorary Researcher, DANS

Friday December 4, 2020 1:00pm - 1:30pm EST

2:00pm EST

A Tree’s Strength Is Its Trunk: IIIF as Central Operational Infrastructure
The International Image Interoperability Framework (IIIF) standards and community have allowed many organizations to gain an advantage to provide cutting edge access to image and audiovisual resources in ways optimized for sharing across institutions. IIIF implementations can also improve the integration of digital objects across different user-facing applications within a single institution. Backed by the roots of a repository or digital asset management system, IIIF provides a “trunk” from which multiple front-ends can branch outwards to meet different user needs. Institutions thus can support a wide variety of access scenarios more easily, ensuring that the frontend systems stay in sync with the upstream data and providing a common seam for resources behind authentication. Accordingly, this provides an architecture that is both robust and flexible, and has been vital to rapid service development to support remote research and access during the pandemic.


Slides: https://www.cni.org/wp-content/uploads/2020/12/Matienzo-Cowles-IIIF-f20.pdf

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Esmé Cowles

Asst. Director for Library IT, Princeton University Library
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M.A. Matienzo

Assistant Director for Digital Strategy and Access, Libraries, Stanford University

Friday December 4, 2020 2:00pm - 2:30pm EST

3:00pm EST

No-nonsense, Practical Guide to Implementing Effective Data Practices
Data curation, discovery, reuse, and citation are accelerating scholarship across diverse fields and disciplines, but fall far short of the potential. Stakeholders across campuses are asked to “do better” at managing research data outputs. Often this comes with jargon-filled mandates that are difficult to translate into concrete action. In the summer of 2019, NSF published a clear, concrete call to action for researchers in a Dear Colleague Letter. In an effort to amplify that call and offer clarity to campus stakeholders, ARL, AAU, APLU, and CDL partnered to convene 40 experts in order to create clear, actionable, easy-to-understand guidance. The resulting report, "Implementing Effective Data Practices: Stakeholder Recommendations for Collaborative Research Support," was recently released. This report provides specific recommendations for adopting and implementing persistent identifiers and supporting machine readable data management plans across an institution and within an organization or technology platform. It also provides key considerations for funders in adopting and requiring these critical infrastructure components. While the adoption and implementation of these best practices may be straightforward for some, communication about the importance of this infrastructure and the ease with which it may be implemented is needed. To support institutional and organizational efforts in the adoption of this infrastructure, the project team has developed a communication toolkit that includes various slide decks and talking points. This presentation will introduce these key areas and provide attendees with an introduction to toolkit and how they can leverage it to promote adoption of persistent identifiers for various stakeholders.



Kacy Redd

Associate Vice President, Association of Public & Land-grant Universities
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Judy Ruttenberg

Senior Director of Scholarship and Policy, Association of Research Libraries
Judy Ruttenberg leads ARL’s priority areas of Advocacy & Public Policy and Scholars & Scholarship, with a strong emphasis on open science and open scholarship (including new publishing models), and research data sharing. This work is done in partnership with federal agencies, scholarly communities, and peer associations in the United States, Canada, and internationally. Judy is also involved in ARL’s work advancing universal design and accessi... Read More →
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John Chodacki

UC3 Director, California Digital Library- CDL
John Chodacki is Director of the University of California Curation Center (UC3) at California Digital Library (CDL)
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Cynthia Hudson Vitale

Head Research Informatics and Publishing, Pennsylvania State University Libraries

Friday December 4, 2020 3:00pm - 3:30pm EST
Monday, December 7


VIDEO: Moving Forward in the Time of COVID: Managing a Large Library Website Migration while Moving Remote.
The University of Florida George A. Smathers Libraries planned a full website migration during the Spring of 2020. This move involved moving the library website and content from an old content management system, with dated design and limited responsiveness to WordPress. This process involved the Library Technology Services, Web Unit, and also included over 60 web editors from around the libraries. Just as the WordPress training had started and the initial migration activities were initiated the library staff were all moved to working remotely due to COVID. This project briefing will focus on the efforts to keep this large project moving, while needing to be highly flexible and adapt to the changing pandemic situation. From adapting training needs, to using new project communication tool sets, the project was able to keep progress moving towards completion.


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Todd Digby

Chair of Library Technology Services, University of Florida
Todd Digby is the Chair of Library Technology Services at the University of Florida. In this position, Todd leads a service oriented department that researches, develops, optimizes and supports advanced library information systems and technology for the University of Florida Libraries... Read More →

Monday December 7, 2020 TBA
Pre-recorded Video


VIDEO: Sourcery: Remote Access to Archives During the Pandemic
Sourcery, in its conception, is a sharing economy app designed to help researchers access not-yet-digitized documents held within archives and special collections. Developed by Greenhouse Studios at the University of Connecticut with significant support from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, Sourcery works by connecting researchers in need of scans of remotely located documents to registered users located near the archive where the document is located. When a researcher submits a request, a user retrieves the document, scans the requested pages, and then sends the scans back to the requester through the app. During the COVID-19 crisis, however, many archives remain closed to the public and travel and social interaction is restricted. The need for remote access is greater than ever, but so are the challenges involved in providing it. In an attempt to meet some of these challenges, the Sourcery team has begun working directly with archival institutions to develop an institutional version of Sourcery that allows researchers to place scan requests directly with the archive. In addition to providing researchers with a convenient, single-login interface for placing remote requests across multiple institutions, input from archivists will help ensure that the institutional version of Sourcery streamlines document scanning and provision workflows and allows for the efficient processing and aggregation of small-dollar transactions on the institution’s behalf.



Wes Hamrick

Postdoctoral Fellow, UConn: Greenhouse Studios

Monday December 7, 2020 TBA
Pre-recorded Video


VIDEO: Using AWS Speech-to-text to Provide Better Access to Online Educational Materials
In support of the University of Texas Austin's mission to provide captions and transcription for all remote course videos, the University of Texas at Austin Libraries Information Technology group partnered with the University Captioning and Transcription Service to develop a cloud-based automated transcription tool utilizing Amazon Web Services’ speech-to-text API. The tool represents an expansion of traditional manual efforts to create transcripts and closed captions. The service manager will discuss details around tool itself, the process of creating it, and the vision for future enhancements.


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Daniel Jacobs

Captioning Service Manager, University of Texas at Austin
AV content accessibility and especially the use of machine-generated and human editing hybrid solutions.

Monday December 7, 2020 TBA
Pre-recorded Video

4:00pm EST

Week 3: Building Technology, Standards, and Infrastructure Summary Session
Summary Session for Week 3 theme project briefings: Building Technology, Standards, and Infrastructure.

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Clifford Lynch

Executive Director, Coalition for Networked Information
Clifford Lynch has led the Coalition for Networked Information (CNI) since 1997. He is a fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science and the National Information Standards Organization. In 2017, Lynch was selected as an Association for Computing Machinery (ACM) Fellow. He al... Read More →

Monday December 7, 2020 4:00pm - 5:00pm EST
Tuesday, December 8

1:00pm EST

Adapting Library GIS Services in the Age of COVID-19: Challenges, Changes, and Planning for the Future
When the COVID-19 pandemic disrupted regular campus operations at the University of Texas at Austin (UT) in March 2020, the UT Libraries had to quickly adapt to providing geographic information system (GIS) services to meet the needs of students, faculty, and staff who were suddenly working from off campus. Core GIS services like research support consultations, guest lectures, and workshops which had traditionally been provided via live, in-person interactions required particularly significant transformations. While there was initial concern that changes to established procedures might negatively impact GIS services, in many cases the opposite actually proved true – when forced to explore new ways of doing things, the UT Libraries ended up discovering previously hidden efficiencies and opportunities. Among these discoveries were newfound avenues of virtual collaboration via Zoom meetings, new sources of data about our services which could be used for assessment purposes, and attendance numbers for virtual events that surpassed expectations. While there have been unexpected benefits of adjusting to a virtual model of providing GIS services there are still challenges to overcome and questions about the future format of GIS services that need to be resolved. This project brief will provide an overview of the ways in which the UT Libraries adapted GIS services to meet the needs of the university community, the positive outcomes that have resulted from these changes, the difficulties that are still being dealt with, and the work that is underway to further improve services and prepare for a post-pandemic future.

Slides: https://www.cni.org/wp-content/uploads/2020/12/Shensky__Adapting_Library_GIS_f20.pdf

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Michael Shensky

Head of Research Data Services, University of Texas at Austin

Tuesday December 8, 2020 1:00pm - 1:30pm EST

2:00pm EST

Sustaining International Partnerships and Building Open Access Collections during COVID-19: Two case studies from the UCLA Library
The COVID-19 pandemic has shifted so much about our lives, work practices, and personal commitments. For those of us at the UCLA Library working to preserve cultural heritage globally and construct digital libraries that openly share knowledge, we are lucky, knowing that our work remains vital in these times. In fact, the need for digital access to primary source collections is more important than ever as researchers, teachers, students, and community members are at home, unable to travel and access libraries, archives, museums and their collections. Moreover, COVID adds to the already precarious environmental, political, and historic conditions of archival collections; intervention feels more urgent. While the UCLA Library has been working to create Open Access collections through post-custodial partnerships for the past decade, we have been forced to reimagine parts of this work in the time of coronavirus. This Project Briefing will offer an update on two UCLA Library Projects—the Modern Endangered Archives Program and the Sinai Library Digitization Project. Both efforts connect the UCLA Library with repositories, libraries, and unique collections around the world and rely on UCLA expertise and infrastructure to preserve at-risk materials. During the pandemic, our team has continued to support projects by navigating a range of challenges—from safeguarding the health of aged monks at Mt. Sinai to brainstorming shipping routes that will allow project teams to secure necessary materials such as cameras, scanners, and acid-free file folders. Our presentation will share strategies for sustaining relationships, leveraging resources from a large campus, addressing logistical and technical challenges, and adapting to the ever changing landscape of the new work environment.


Slides: https://www.cni.org/wp-content/uploads/2020/12/Deblinger_OA-during-COVID-f20.pdf

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Todd Grappone

Associate University Librarian, Digital Initiatives and Information Technology, University of California, Los Angeles
Todd Grappone is the AUL for Research and Development. In that role he oversees all IT and Digital Initiatives.
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Rachel Deblinger

Director, Modern Endangered Archive Program, UCLA

Tuesday December 8, 2020 2:00pm - 2:30pm EST

3:00pm EST

A Library’s Role in Times of COVID: Lessons Learned from the JHU Global COVID-19 Map
This presentation will introduce the evolution of the Johns Hopkins University global COVID-19 dashboard. From an unassuming side project started by a graduate student and their faculty advisor, to a vital global resource reaching millions of viewers per day, the JHU global COVID-19 dashboard reflects a trend towards public projects in higher education. The demands for supporting such a large-scale project with international impact transformed how the university, and in particular the library, has come to approach and manage such projects in collaboration with both internal and external partners. This presentation will detail the work of the JHU Sheridan Libraries, particularly in the early months of the pandemic, in managing the global COVID-19 dashboard’s underlying infrastructure and developing a framework for future public projects. The presentation will share lessons learned for libraries planning to engage in similar projects and provoke conversation about the role of libraries in public research.


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Mara Blake

Manager of Data Services, Johns Hopkins University
Mara is the Manager of Data Services, a team based in the Sheridan Libraries of Johns Hopkins University. Data Services supports users finding and accessing data; using data and utilizing Geographic Information Systems (GIS); managing and sharing research data; and oversees the JHU... Read More →
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Reina Murray

Geospatial Data Curator and Applications Administrator, Johns Hopkins University

Tuesday December 8, 2020 3:00pm - 3:30pm EST

4:00pm EST

Preserving the Library's Legacy When a College Closes: Marygrove College Library & Controlled Digital Lending
When Marygrove College closed in 2019, a central question for the Board of Trustees was “What will happen to the library?” Serving its local community in Detroit since 1905, Marygrove College had launched the nation’s first Masters degree in social justice and had curated a collection to support the program, along with all of the other degrees offered by the college. After considering various options, the administration decided to donate the entire library to the Internet Archive so that the full collection could remain intact and be digitized, preserved, and made available to students all over the world through controlled digital lending. In this panel discussion you’ll hear from Dr. Elizabeth Burns, president of Marygrove College, Brewster Kahle, founder and digital librarian of the Internet Archive, and Michelle Wu, the visionary leader whose scholarship led to controlled digital lending, as they discuss how the 70,000-volume library has been preserved and made available online at https://archive.org/details/marygrovecollege.

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Brewster Kahle

Founder and Digital Librarian, Internet Archive
A passionate advocate for public Internet access and a successful entrepreneur, Brewster Kahle has spent his career intent on a singular focus: providing Universal Access to All Knowledge. He is the founder and Digital Librarian of the Internet Archive, one of the largest libraries... Read More →
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Chris Freeland

Director of Open Libraries, Internet Archive
Chris Freeland is the Director of Open Libraries at the Internet Archive, working with partners in the library world to select, source, digitize and lend the most useful books for scholars, students, library patrons and people with disabilities around the world. Before joining the... Read More →

Tuesday December 8, 2020 4:00pm - 5:00pm EST
Wednesday, December 9

1:00pm EST

Computer Lab Access amid COVID-19 Restrictions: The Sprint to Maintain Support for Any Distance Users at UT Austin Libraries
Safety precautions put in place to address the pandemic on campuses have resulted in the removal or reduction of access to lab computing resources, connectivity, and licensed software (in University of Texas libraries' case, titles such as Matlab, Adobe Creative Cloud, NVivo). Concurrently, coursework has moved almost exclusively online, many times without equivalent computing support for the curriculum in place. This discussion will explore the attempts to address this need at a Tier 1 institution and the solution selected, Apache Guacamole. The final product allowed us to provide access to both Macs and PCs, as well as meet our university’s requirements for single sign-on and multifactor authentication. We will discuss our selection process, solutions that were trialed but ultimately not selected, use metrics, user adoption/input, and how we see the service evolving over time. Specific attention will focus on evaluation of these solutions based on cost effectiveness, security, maintainability and low barriers of entry given the short runway the pandemic allowed to roll out an enterprise service.



Fred Gilmore

Sr Systems Admin, UT Austin Libraries

Wednesday December 9, 2020 1:00pm - 1:30pm EST

2:00pm EST

Dismantling Racism in Collaborative Collections
Digital Public Library of America (DPLA) was founded in 2013 with a mission to ensure equitable access to the nation’s cultural heritage. In 2019, DPLA developed a new strategy that emphasized our commitment to empowering institutions and communities that have been historically marginalized, underserved, and underrepresented and promoting diverse and inclusive collections and stories. As part of this work, in September 2020, DPLA  launched the Black Women’s Suffrage Digital Collection, a collaborative project that provides access to 200,000+ archival materials that help tell the story of the critical role Black women played, and continue to play, in the voting rights and civil rights movements. In order to address the inclusion of harmful language in collection metadata, the DPLA Metadata Working Group created a Harmful Language Statement to explain the work librarians and archivists must do to balance the preservation of the history of people who have experienced trauma and harm with sensitivity in how it is presented to users. In addition, in the summer of 2020, the DPLA Network Council drafted and approved a statement on Inclusion, Diversity, Equity, Access, and Social Justice (IDEAS) to commit DPLA contributing institutions to address “deficits in the ways our profession has documented Black, Indigenous, and People of Color, the LGBTQ community, and others whose voices have been drowned out by those with more power or organizational standing.”  In this session, DPLA community manager Shaneé Yvette Murrain and former DPLA network council chair Ann Hanlon, Head, Digital Collections and Initiatives and Digital Humanities Lab at the University of Wisconsin Milwaukee will discuss opportunities, challenges, and learnings encountered during the creation of the IDEAS Statement and the Black Women’s Suffrage Digital Collection, as well as outlining next steps for DPLA and member institutions in creating more diverse and equitable collections, and anticipated challenges as this work continues.

Black Women’s Suffrage Digital Collection: BlackWomensSuffrage.org
IDEAS Statement: https://pro.dp.la/hubs/dpla-membership-ideas-statement 
Harmful Language Statement: https://blackwomenssuffrage.dp.la/harmful-language-statement

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Ann Hanlon

Head, Digital Collections and Initiatives, University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee
Ann Hanlon is Head of Digital Collections and Initiatives at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee. She also co-founded and leads the Digital Humanities Lab at UWM. Ann has an MA in History from the University of Maryland and her MSLIS from the University of Illinois. She has worked... Read More →

Wednesday December 9, 2020 2:00pm - 2:30pm EST

3:00pm EST

Ithaka S+R US Library Survey 2020: Library Leadership During the COVID-19 Crisis
This past spring, Ithaka S+R released the results of our U.S. Library Survey 2019 - fielded just months before the COVID-19 outbreak - with the CNI community. Since then, the pandemic has greatly changed how the higher education sector supports research, teaching, and learning at a distance, under extraordinarily complicated and difficult circumstances. How has the pandemic changed the strategies and priorities of academic library leaders? What approaches have leaders taken to balance institutional priorities, financial constraints, and staff physical and psychological safety? In the face of these challenges, we fielded a special edition of our ongoing library director series to capture the strategies library leaders have adopted during the crisis. We heard from 43% of library leaders nationally on their approaches to budgeting and planning, staffing, collections, and digital and physical services and space. Comparisons with previous survey cycles will illustrate shifts in leadership practices and perspectives as libraries worked through the challenges of the pandemic. Join Jennifer K. Frederick and Christine Wolff-Eisenberg as we discuss key findings for the first time in conjunction with the Fall 2020 CNI meeting.


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Christine Wolff-Eisenberg

Manager, Surveys and Research, Ithaka S+R

Wednesday December 9, 2020 3:00pm - 3:30pm EST

4:00pm EST

Academic Libraries Join the Fight Against Climate Change
In 2017, Hurricane Harvey dumped over 50 inches of rain on Houston, causing approximately 100 deaths and $125 billion in damage. Research indicates that Harvey’s impact was worsened by climate change. More recently wildfires, floods, and droughts - as well as concerted action by climate activists - have demonstrated the urgency of fighting climate change. The library community is beginning to take action; for example, the American Library Association (ALA) recently adopted sustainability as a core value and launched the “Resilient Communities: Libraries Respond to Climate Change” grant program. Rice University’s Fondren Library is one of five academic libraries to have won this grant. Fondren’s core grant-funded activities include organizing a panel discussion featuring four Houston women at the forefront of climate justice work, screening a documentary on queer responses to climate change, becoming a climate resilience hub, and developing a workshop for middle school students focused on understanding air quality data in their neighborhood, a frontline community. The grant is part of a broader series of sustainability initiatives at Fondren, including the development of a sustainability plan, the formation of a staff “Green Team,” and the appointment of a student “eco-rep.” This interactive presentation will examine how and why academic libraries should prioritize sustainability initiatives, using Fondren’s experiences as a model for community and student engagement around climate change. Participants will then engage in discussion about how the library community can come together to fight climate change.


Slides: https://www.cni.org/wp-content/uploads/2020/12/Spiro-Fitzpatrick_ClimateChange_f20.pdf

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Lisa Spiro

AUL, Digital Scholarship & Organizational Development, Rice University

Wednesday December 9, 2020 4:00pm - 5:00pm EST
Thursday, December 10

1:00pm EST

Implementing a Resilient Culture of Collaboration When Facing Global Challenges
Our collective behavior over the past 7 months has contributed to saving thousands of lives during the COVID-19 pandemic.  Our ability to have the fortitude and vision to build upon the paradigm shifts of how we work, interact with each other and our communities, and wise and intentional use of technology in the next few years has the potential to save millions of lives with even greater threats such as climate change and other global challenges. During the COVID-19 pandemic, the University of Cincinnati libraries (UCL) looked at ways to define, pivot and thrive within the significant challenges of COVID-19.  By first focusing on how we could work collaboratively with UCL faculty and staff, UCL was able to develop a comprehensive plan that ensured that we continued to provide excellent service that our faculty, students, staff, and community members came to rely upon during the pandemic while placing the health and safety of our library and broader university community as the top priority.  Simultaneously, UCL developed strategies by which we could respond to real-time challenges and concerns while operating in an environment fraught with both uncertainty and opportunity.  This strategy was focused towards the future and building a solid foundation of agile and collaborative decision-making not possible before March 2020.  While all libraries have been facing the same threat with the same lack of models to draw upon, UCL approached this response practically, collaboratively, and with wide open eyes to how we could identify and build upon the opportunities so necessary in order to face greater challenges we will certainly face in our lifetimes.  We will discuss how libraries can apply our shared COVID response experiences to survive, thrive, and move forward to face the certain threats of imminent enrollment decline, significant budget cuts, and more challenging issues such as climate change.

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Brad Warren

Associate Dean of Library Services, University of Cincinnati
I am responsible for the services, academic engagement and organizational development activities at the University of Cincinnati Libraries. Previous to my role at UC, I was the Director of Access Services at Yale University, Public Relations and Grants Librarian at UNC Charlotte... Read More →

Lori Harris

Associate Director Academic, University of Cincinnati

Thursday December 10, 2020 1:00pm - 1:30pm EST

2:00pm EST

Instructional Resilience: Leveraging an OER Initiative to Support Instruction in the Era of COVID-19
As highlighted in the CNI Program Plan for 2019-2020, the acquisition and creation of instructional materials is of primary concern for academic libraries. OER are held up as a major solution, and this is the direction the University of Waterloo Library undertook with the development of the Library’s Online Learning Object Repository (OLOR), an open-access repository of Library asynchronous learning objects. COVID-19 shifted the locus of university instruction from the physical campus to virtual spaces: a situation where we were able to showcase instructional resilience by prioritizing the launching of the OLOR. In this project briefing, we will explore the challenges and successes we have had in moving forward with the OLOR at the center of our learning and teaching strategy, from inception pre-pandemic and soliciting buy-in from stakeholders and colleagues, through the launch of the repository to the continuing efforts to develop learning materials of use and interest to faculty, staff, and students across the University of Waterloo community.


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Mike Chee

Liaison Librarian, University of Waterloo
Mike Chee (he/him) is the Liaison Librarian for History & Political Science at the University of Waterloo. He holds a B.A.H. and an M.Ed. from Queen’s University, and an M.A. in History and an M.L.I.S. from the University of Western Ontario. He has worked in various Librarian roles... Read More →
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Kari D. Weaver

Learning, Teaching, and Instructional Design Librarian, University of Waterloo
Dr. Kari D. Weaver (she/her) holds her Master’s in Library and Information Science from the University of Rhode Island and her Doctorate in Education in Curriculum & Instruction from the University of South Carolina. Since 2017 she has worked as the Learning, Teaching, and Instructional... Read More →

Thursday December 10, 2020 2:00pm - 2:30pm EST
Monday, December 14

12:00pm EST

Executive Roundtable (closed session: prior registration only)
CNI member representatives were invited to express interest in participating in the Executive Roundtable; participation confirmation and joining instructions have been sent via email.

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Clifford Lynch

Executive Director, Coalition for Networked Information
Clifford Lynch has led the Coalition for Networked Information (CNI) since 1997. He is a fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science and the National Information Standards Organization. In 2017, Lynch was selected as an Association for Computing Machinery (ACM) Fellow. He al... Read More →

Monday December 14, 2020 12:00pm - 2:30pm EST

3:00pm EST

Plenary: CNI Executive Director Clifford Lynch
CNI Executive Director Clifford Lynch will present the traditional December plenary, looking at developments over the past year, and discussing the prospects and emerging issues in the trans and (hopefully) post-pandemic environment and highlighting CNI’s strategies and priorities in 2021 and beyond. The session will include time for questions and conversation.

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Clifford Lynch

Executive Director, Coalition for Networked Information
Clifford Lynch has led the Coalition for Networked Information (CNI) since 1997. He is a fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science and the National Information Standards Organization. In 2017, Lynch was selected as an Association for Computing Machinery (ACM) Fellow. He al... Read More →

Monday December 14, 2020 3:00pm - 5:00pm EST
Tuesday, December 15

12:00pm EST

Plenary: CLIR Fellows Panel
CNI has long maintained a close relationship with the key CLIR Postdoctoral Fellowship Program as part of our commitment to supporting emerging leaders in our community. At CNI meetings, attendees had opportunities to meet members from each cohort of fellows and learn about their fascinating work; at this session, we will adapt that opportunity for the current virtual meeting environment. We'll hear from four CLIR fellows, about their work, and also about their concerns and challenges in the current environment. The session will include time for some conversation. CNI Executive Director Clifford Lynch will moderate the panel.

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Azure Stewart

CLIR fellow, New York University
Azure Stewart is currently a Council on Library and Information Resources (CLIR) Postdoctoral Fellow at New York University Libraries. As a fellow, she is working closely with the faculty of the New York University Bern Dibner Library as well as of the Tandon School of Engineering... Read More →
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Brian Robinson

Assistant Professor, North Carolina Central U.
Brian A. Robinson is from Charlotte, North Carolina, a graduate of North Carolina Central University, and obtained his Ph.D. in American history from the University of South Carolina. His research interests are Slavery Studies, African American History, Southern Education, the history... Read More →
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Christian Casey

Postdoctoral Fellow, CLIR
I am an Egyptologist by training and currently the CLIR Postdoc in the ISAW Library, where I work on projects related to digital humanities and broadening access to scholarly resources.I teach two free online courses, and I'm always happy to answer questions about Egyptian languages... Read More →
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Nicté Fuller Medina

CLIR fellow, UCLA
Nicté Fuller Medina is the inaugural CLIR Fellow in Data Curation in Latin American and Caribbean studies at the UCLA Library. She holds a PhD in linguistics (University of Ottawa) and specializes in language contact, Creole studies, multilingual speech and the creation of community-centered... Read More →
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Clifford Lynch

Executive Director, Coalition for Networked Information
Clifford Lynch has led the Coalition for Networked Information (CNI) since 1997. He is a fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science and the National Information Standards Organization. In 2017, Lynch was selected as an Association for Computing Machinery (ACM) Fellow. He al... Read More →

Tuesday December 15, 2020 12:00pm - 1:00pm EST

1:30pm EST

Plenary: The Academic Research Enterprise: Structure, Leadership, Challenges, and Adaptation
COVID-19 has yielded unprecedented challenges to higher education, and observers have understandably focused on the profound disruption to traditional on-campus residential housing and face-to-face instruction. Academic research has also faced substantial disruption, with laboratories being shuttered and fieldwork largely suspended. Nevertheless, the academic research enterprise continues to grow, is taking a number of fascinating strategic directions, and has never been more important to research universities. In this session, Ithaka S+R researchers will share findings from two major studies of the research enterprise. 

One of our original priorities for 2020 was to examine the structure and leadership of the research enterprise, driven by interviews with 45 senior research officers (the vice presidents and vice provosts who oversee offices of research) from AAU, APLU, and other major research universities. Our findings examine key strategic priorities and challenges, such as generating revenue, maximizing impact, providing research support services, and managing compliance. Our report of findings will be published in December. 

The pandemic has yielded widespread disruption to the research enterprise, and we recently completed a landscape review to make some sense of what we know about the disruptions where uncertainty remains. The review examines the impact on scientific research activities (including scholarly communication) and human impacts (including evidence of disparities by gender), as well as financial impacts, which are driven in part by the complex budget structure of research universities and which serve to explain some of the pressures that libraries and other research infrastructure are currently facing. 

Our studies reveal emerging issues and challenges for libraries, research data services, and other stakeholders that support research. Ithaka S+R expects to pursue additional studies about the research enterprise, and so in this session we will hope to receive robust input from the CNI community about additional directions for our work.

Slides: https://www.cni.org/wp-content/uploads/2020/12/Rieger-_IthakaSR_Plenary_f20.pdf

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Jane Radecki

Analyst, Ithaka S+R
I work on research and consulting projects for Ithaka S+R for libraries, publishers, other research platform providers, and universities to help analyze their marketplace and strategic directions.
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Oya Y. Rieger

Senior Strategist, Ithaka S+R
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Roger Schonfeld

Director, Libraries, Scholarly Communication, and Museums, Ithaka S+R
Roger is program director at Ithaka S+R. There, he leads strategic consulting, surveys, and other research projects, designed for academic libraries, publishers, and scholarly societies. He is also a board member for the Center for Research Libraries. Previously, Roger was a research... Read More →

Tuesday December 15, 2020 1:30pm - 2:30pm EST

3:00pm EST

Plenary: Paul Evan Peters Memorial Lecture: 21st Century Data: The First 30 Years
The first 20 years of the 21st century have taken us from Y2K to Cambridge Analytica to a global pandemic that has accelerated the use of information technology as critical infrastructure.  The next ten years will continue this trajectory and deepen the integration of our physical, biological and cyber worlds.  How have we risen to the challenges of the Information Age in the 21st century? How can we rise to the challenges and opportunities of the next 10 years? In this presentation – part chronicle and part memoir – Fran Berman reviews the first 30 years of our data-driven century.

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Francine Berman

Hamilton Professor of Computer Science, Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute

Tuesday December 15, 2020 3:00pm - 4:30pm EST
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