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Monday, March 30

11:30am EDT

4:00pm EDT

Opening Plenary: It’s 2020 … Where is my Flying Car and Cultural Heritage Research Data Ecosystem?
The Web is the world’s largest information system and is now 30 years old. It has fundamentally shifted almost every aspect of culture with instant, ubiquitous, free access to … advertising. The web’s dad, Sir Tim Berners-Lee, wanted it to grow up to provide instant, ubiquitous, free access to knowledge, but somewhere along the way it was seduced by the glitter and fast life-style of commercialization. This is just one of many factors meaning that, despite it being 2020, we still do not have flying cars, and more importantly we still do not have a connected ecosystem of research quality data about our cultural heritage.

There have been, and continue to be, many initiatives to address the social, technological, financial and policy-based challenges that throw up roadblocks towards achieving this vision. However, it is hard to tell whether we are making progress, or whether we are eternally waiting for the hyperloop that will never come. If we are to ever be able to answer research questions that require a broad, international corpus of cultural data, then we need an ecosystem that can be characterized with 5 “C”s: Collaborative, Consistent, Connected, Correct and Contextualized. Each of these has implications for the sustainability, innovation, usability, timeliness and ethical considerations that must be addressed in a coherent and holistic manner. As with autonomous vehicles, technology (and perhaps even machine “intelligence”) is a necessary but insufficient component.

In this presentation, I will frame and motivate this grand challenge and propose where we can build connections between the academy, the cultural heritage sector, and industry. The discussion will explore the issues, and highlight some of the successful endeavors and more approachable opportunities where, together, progress can be made.


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Robert Sanderson

Semantic Architect, The Getty Trust

Monday March 30, 2020 4:00pm - 5:00pm EDT
Tuesday, March 31

12:00pm EDT

4:00pm EDT

Closing Plenary: Reflections on Twenty Years of Designing Digital Scholarship
This talk considers two digital scholarship projects helmed by Tara McPherson and her colleagues, the multimedia journal Vectors (first presented at CNI in 2005) and the software platform Scalar. Reflecting on twenty years of digital design, the presentation takes a hard look at the many challenges faced by each project including issues of authorship, collaboration, funding, access, preservation, and scalability. In doing so, McPherson gleans lessons that might be learned from the successes and failures of these endeavors for the future of digital scholarship in the academy. She draws from her recent monograph, Feminist in a Software Lab: Difference and Design (Harvard, 2018) and argues that, while challenging, it is still crucial that scholars, librarians, and designers enter the technological fray in order to expand the possibilities for our digital futures in a time of corporate consolidation.


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Tara McPherson

Professor and Chair, USC School of Cinematic Arts
Tara McPherson is Professor and Chair in USC’s School of Cinematic Arts, Director of the Sidney Harman Academy for Polymathic Study, and Faculty Chair of Visions and Voices. She is author of two award-winning books, Feminist in a Software Lab (Harvard University Press 2018) and Reconstructing... Read More →

Tuesday March 31, 2020 4:00pm - 5:00pm EDT
Thursday, April 2

1:00pm EDT

Ithaka S+R US Library Survey 2019: First Release of Key Findings
The Ithaka S+R Library Survey has tracked strategy and leadership issues from the perspective of academic library deans and directors for nearly a decade. What does the most recent cycle tell us about the investments that library leaders are making toward the future of their organizations? What strategies are they pursuing in support of research, teaching, and learning? And, what are the limitations for implementing practices that align with these strategies? In fall 2019, Ithaka S+R heard from 46% of library leaders nationally on these critical trends while introducing new thematic areas (on recruitment and hiring strategies, contributions to student success, and anticipated changes to collection strategies) to address issues of current strategic importance. Comparisons with previous cycles of the survey, as well as with the Ithaka S+R US Faculty Survey, will illustrate shifts in perceptions of the role and importance of the library, while analysis by institution type will reveal important differences in resource allocations and constraints.


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Christine Wolff-Eisenberg

Manager, Surveys and Research, Ithaka S+R

Thursday April 2, 2020 1:00pm - 2:00pm EDT
Friday, April 3

1:30pm EDT

Review, Appraisal and Triage of Email (RATOM)
This presentation will explore open-source software (OSS) tools and methods for libraries, archives and museums (LAMs) to identify email in born-digital collections, review email sources for sensitive or restricted materials, and perform appraisal and triage tasks to identify and annotate records. We’ll specifically focus on products of the Review, Appraisal and Triage of Mail (RATOM) project’s use of machine learning to separate records from non-records, along with natural language processing methods to identify entities of interest within those records. In addition to describing and demonstrating the tools, participants will also learn about the rationale for their development, how they relate to other available software, and how processing of email can fit into larger digital curation workflows.


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Cal Lee

Professor, University of North Carolina
Christopher (Cal) Lee is Professor at the School of Information and Library Science at UNC, Chapel Hill. He teaches courses and workshops in archives and records management. He is a Fellow of SAA, and he serves as editor of American Archivist.

Friday April 3, 2020 1:30pm - 2:00pm EDT
Monday, April 6

1:00pm EDT

Central Washington University's OER and no-cost Textbook Initiative
In the fall of 2018, Central Washington University (CWU) Libraries was awarded a grant to incentivize faculty to stop using an expensive textbook in a course and use a free or open access resource instead. This grant had a very short timeline, from January 2019 to September 2019. In this same time frame, faculty was re-designing courses for the new General Education curriculum to be implemented in fall 2019. So, it seemed a perfect confluence to create a path through the General Education curriculum where a student would not have to purchase a textbook. The program was very successful and 26 courses in General Education now required no textbook purchase, creating many ways for a student to complete the entire program with no textbook costs. The next step was to publicize the success of the project. Our Faculty Senate runs the General Education program and we asked for time before the Faculty Senate Executive Committee, which includes the provost and the university president. When university leadership became aware of the program’s impact, the CWU Libraries were asked to work on a three-year, campus-wide, open educational resources (OER) initiative. This plan involves a bridge program of textbooks on reserve for the top 50 enrolled courses, building a culture open to OER by opening a dialogue with faculty chairs and partnering with early adopter faculty to be champions.


Rebecca Lubas

Dean of Libraries, Central Washington University

Maura Valentino

Scholarly Communications Librarian/Assistant Professor/Head of Digital Initiatives, Central Washington University

Monday April 6, 2020 1:00pm - 1:30pm EDT

2:00pm EDT

Organizing for OER Action: Recommendations for Statewide OER Initiative Governance Structures
Open educational resource (OER) activists increasingly organize within states to collaboratively advance OER awareness, adoption, and legislative advocacy. Working together in state or regional consortia can advance OER in ways individual institution efforts cannot, particularly in working to obtain state-level funding or legislative support that helps to offset efforts by commercial publishers to control learning material acquisition. Despite similar goals, how these statewide initiatives are organized for action varies widely. This session shares research on the governance structures of statewide OER initiatives, presents organizational options, and recommends strategies for organizing the projects. Session objectives include
  1. State the importance of statewide OER project governance structure in order to get attendees thinking about how they should change or create their structure for inclusion and effectiveness.
  2. Share examples and recommendations for statewide OER governance structures in order to enable attendees to think critically about the impact the organizational structure can have on statewide project outcomes.


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Steven J. Bell

associate university librarian, temple university
I enjoy exploring the intersection of academic librarianship and higher education. I'm passionate about exploring how we design better library experiences for community members - and the ways we can better integrate the academic library into the teaching and learning that happens... Read More →

Monday April 6, 2020 2:00pm - 2:30pm EDT

3:00pm EDT

Perspectives on Digital Scholarship Programs
As part of the planning process for implementing digital scholarship programs, centers, and labs, there are some fundamental issues that should be discussed, analyzed, and addressed. There is no one preferred model for developing a digital scholarship program because institutional factors are so important in designing a program to meet the needs of the local constituency. In this session, we will examine such aspects as program goals, scope, governance, administration, staffing models, funding sources, program elements, physical spaces, and assessment based on examples from CNI’s work in this area.

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Joan Lippincott

Associate Executive Director Emerita, Coalition for Networked Information

Monday April 6, 2020 3:00pm - 4:00pm EDT
Tuesday, April 7

2:30pm EDT

Developing a Collaborative Infrastructure in Support of Research Data Management Skill Building for Researchers and Data Stewards: Enhancing ESIP’s Data Management Training Clearinghouse
In 2016, the Earth Science Information Partners (ESIP), in collaboration with DataONE and the US Geological Survey’s Community for Data Integration, launched the Data Management Training Clearinghouse (DMTC). The DMTC was developed in response to the growing number of data skill building and management training materials being developed by numerous organizations; the increasing challenge in being able to identify and discover existing training materials as an alternative to creating new materials; and ultimately a need for a curated collection of materials which have robust metadata associated with them to enable discovery, selection, and use. In 2018, the Institute of Museum and Library Services awarded a three-year National Leadership Grant to the University of New Mexico and Knowledge Motifs LLC to enhance the Clearinghouse by 1) expanding and diversifying the content of the Clearinghouse, 2) providing improved search capabilities through an enhanced metadata model, 3) developing assessment capabilities for capturing feedback from instructors and learners about materials discoverable through the Clearinghouse, and 4) increasing the visibility and use of the Clearinghouse and its registered training resources by the library community. This briefing will provide an overview of the work done to date on the enhancement of the Clearinghouse which includes a new tiered architecture that provides greater flexibility for expanding the capabilities of the system, more robust search capabilities using an extended metadata model the initial approaches to adding assessment capabilities that have been developed, and a precis of the growing portfolio of training materials, now over 400, that are discoverable in the Clearinghouse.

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Nancy Hoebelheinrich

Principal, Knowledge Motifs LLC
See my LinkedIn profile at: https://www.linkedin.com/in/nancy-hoebelheinrich-0576ba3
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Karl Benedict

Director of Research Data Services and IT Services, University of New Mexico, University Libraries
Since 1986 I have had parallel careers in Information Technology, Data Management and Analysis, and Archaeology. Since 1993 when I arrived at UNM I have worked as a Graduate Student in Anthropology, Research Scientist, Research Faculty, Applied Research Center Director, and currently... Read More →

Tuesday April 7, 2020 2:30pm - 3:00pm EDT
Friday, April 10

1:30pm EDT

Designing an Inclusive Digital Exhibition Experience
Librarians and curators increasingly discuss the issue of inclusive exhibitions in order to ensure that people with all abilities have similar learning experiences at exhibitions. Building on the idea of inclusive exhibition and the principles of universal design, this project briefing will discuss the design of an inclusive digital exhibition at the Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture Media Gallery. The presentation will include a description of the design process, as well as a discussion of the space and technology used to enable inclusion in a digital exhibition in order to enhance the learning experience of all visitors in the Media Gallery space.


Rebecca Bayeck

Researcher, Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture

Friday April 10, 2020 1:30pm - 2:00pm EDT
Tuesday, April 14

1:00pm EDT

Guided by Values: Creating an Open Values Statement
Indiana University – Purdue University Indianapolis (IUPUI) University Library has long been committed to advancing Open, including efforts related to research, digital collections and data, publications, scholarly products, and technological resources in support of that commitment. Recognizing that the Library does not have the resources to make an impact in all areas of this work, we established an advisory group to assess current and future investments in open initiatives. The first step in this work was to create an Open Values Statement, and thus a guidepost, for assessing the ways in which we invest in the advancement of open scholarship and infrastructure. This project briefing will describe the inclusive process used to develop the Open Values Statement, share the values themselves, and describe the next steps for the advisory group.

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Tina Baich

Senior Associate Dean, IUPUI University Library
Tina Baich is a Librarian at IUPUI University Library where she is Senior Associate Dean for Scholarly Communication & Content Strategies. Her portfolio includes the Center for Digital Scholarship, Resource Acquisition & Description, Resource Sharing & Delivery Services, and the Ruth... Read More →

Tuesday April 14, 2020 1:00pm - 1:30pm EDT

2:30pm EDT

Collaboration and Community: Creating the Atla Digital Library for Collecting and Connecting in Religion and Theology
In 2017 Atla partnered with Notch8 to create a Samvera-based digital library. Members of Atla contribute metadata for their existing digital collections in furtherance of the goal of creating an open access portal to search and discover diverse resources in all aspects of religion and theology to support research, education and information needs of the Atla Digital Library’s users worldwide. Through Atla’s collaboration with Notch8, a variety of metadata importers were created to facilitate ingest of metadata from libraries who may have collections in everything from Internet Archive to Omeka to ContentDM. Further, the partnership saw the implementation of an IIIF viewer to not only support a CLIR funded project of the Christ Church Preservation Trust but also potentially enhance interaction with other capable collections. During this presentation, attendees will learn more about this unique digital library configuration supported by a library member association and consortium and how the partnership with Notch8 supports open infrastructure through the contribution of code and other resources back to a software community.

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Christine Fruin

Scholarly Communication & Digital Initiatives Manager, Atla
Christine Fruin is the Atla Scholarly Communication and Digital Initiatives Manager. As an attorney and a librarian, she has worked for nearly 15 years promoting access to and use of diverse collections and scholarship through utilization of fair use, open access, and responsible... Read More →
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Kevin Kochanski

Client Liaison, Notch8
Notch8, a Ruby on Rails consultancy based in San Diego, has been an active developer in the Samvera community since 2016.  We've been privileged to partner with PALNI and PALCI on Hyku for Consortia, helping to bring their vision for a consortial repository to fruition while contributing... Read More →

Tuesday April 14, 2020 2:30pm - 3:00pm EDT
Wednesday, April 15

2:00pm EDT

Thursday, April 16

1:00pm EDT

On the Persistence of Persistent Identifiers of the Scholarly Web
The notion of persistence of persistent identifiers (PIDs) has been studied in the past and it has been shown that digital object identifiers (DOIs) in particular do not necessarily point to the same content over time. Reasons for these observations can vary from human error to network outages. We are approaching the question of reliability of identifying web content via PIDs from a slightly different angle. We investigate scholarly publishers and their responses to simple DOI requests using different HTTP clients and HTTP methods. Supported by web standards and best practices developed in the community, we would expect a publisher’s response to be the same, regardless of what client or method is used. How else can we trust in the persistence of such identifiers? In this talk, I will present the preliminary results of our experimental investigation into scholarly publishers’ behavior on the web. Our findings indicate that HTTP clients resembling human and machine-behavior indeed experience a different scholarly web and that the network location from which requests against DOIs are sent makes a significant difference. These results hint at the lack of adherence to best practice on the web by the (scholarly) community and therefore have real-world implications for web (crawling) engineers that rely on standards and best practice.

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Martin Klein

Scientist, Los Alamos National Laboratory

Thursday April 16, 2020 1:00pm - 1:30pm EDT

2:00pm EDT

Monday, April 20

2:00pm EDT

Tuesday, April 21

1:30pm EDT

Ontology for Scholarship: Revising the VIVO Ontology
The VIVO Project provides an open source approach to collecting, studying, and showcasing the scholarly work of an institution, and sharing data about the work using a common ontology. Over more than a decade, the project and software have matured with use in more than 27 countries. The VIVO Ontology has experienced demands to represent new forms of scholarship while adopting best practices in ontological design and development. Domains of representation have emerged, and much good work can now be incorporated in a revised, and modularized ontology. A first domain has been isolated and a work product is available, the Language Ontology, based on ISO-639-3, which can be used to represent the language capabilities of people and the languages of their works. In this presentation, we will describe the pressures on the ontology to modernize, the domains of representation that can now be separated, new forms of scholarship to be represented, best practices on ontological development being adopted by the project, and the current state of the work to revise the ontology.

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Violeta Ilik

Dean of Libraries, Adelphi University
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Mike Conlon

VIVO Project Director, University of Florida
Previously Co-Director, Clinical and Translational Science Institute, University of Florida. Grant-funded research, biomedicine, translational science. Biostatistics, Informatics, Large scale change, catalyzing research Some interests: Open Scholarship, RDF, Semantic Web, VIVO... Read More →

Tuesday April 21, 2020 1:30pm - 2:00pm EDT

2:30pm EDT

Event 201. Why weren’t we paying attention?
Six months ago, 15 global business, government, and public health leaders spent three and a half hours on a tabletop exercise called Event 201. Organized, in part, by the Johns Hopkins Center for Health Security, it simulated an outbreak of a novel coronavirus that led to a severe pandemic. The event was livecast and ended with seven recommendations. The proceedings were captured on video and, together with the recommendations, are still available on the Event 201 website. Questions (undoubtedly rhetorical): How many libraries have this content included in their catalog system and stored safely in their collection? How many are able to connect this content with archival materials from the 1918 Spanish ‘flu pandemic? Of course, the answer is probably zero (or very close to zero).

In this presentation, Toby Green, former Head of Publishing at Organisation for Economic Co-Operation and Development and now Co-Founder of Coherent Digital, will explain why it has been so hard to capture this type of informally published, ‘wild’ content from websites owned by non-governmental organizations, think tanks and research groups and connect it with formally published content and special collections. He will describe a new service, Policy Commons (due to launch this summer), that will address this problem using an all-new, open, process that is compatible with traditional library systems.



Toby Green


Tuesday April 21, 2020 2:30pm - 3:30pm EDT

4:00pm EDT

Can You Imagine a Better Academic E-book Experience? Piloting SimplyE in Academic Libraries
SimplyE, an end-user library reading app for ebook and audiobooks developed by the New York Public Library, continues to gain momentum across public and academic libraries. New efforts are underway to better understand the needs of academic ebook readers and advance open-source software to meet the needs of institutions and students. SimplyE and the technologies it uses have evolved and proliferated. User expectations have evolved. With more media types, digital rights management (DRM), and content hosting capabilities it is now closer than ever to becoming an ebook solution for academic libraries. Learn about recent accomplishments, current efforts, and future plans to improve SimplyE and expand its use in academic and public libraries.

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Robert Cartolano

Associate VP for Technology and Preservation, Columbia University Libraries

Michele Kimpton

Director of Business Development and Senior Strategist, Digital Public Library of America
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James English

Palace Project Director of Business Development, LYRASIS
Happy to talk about LYRASIS, all things Ebooks, Ebook Technology, and The Palace Project. I am particularly interested in speaking with University Presses to make their content accessible to more libraries and Academic Librarians about The Palace Project and how it can advance access... Read More →

Tuesday April 21, 2020 4:00pm - 4:30pm EDT
Wednesday, April 22

1:00pm EDT

It’s Not What Libraries Hold; It’s Who Libraries Serve
Many of OhioLINK’s 117 higher education libraries are expanding past their primary focus on print collections to encompass many more digitally enabled operations, focused increasingly on advanced initiatives to foster student success and support the research enterprise. The systems needed to enable this work require a transformation just as complete, at both the institutional and consortial levels. But most discussion about library systems is still centered on collections as traditionally defined. To spur current and potential service providers, OhioLINK has developed a vision through a process facilitated by Ithaka S+R, which was recently published. In this vision we look to a future systems environment that 1) centers on the user, not the collection; 2) manages the facilitated collection, not just institutional holdings; 3) is integrated with the rest of the institution, not siloed in the library; 4) provides modern business intelligence. This session will include a brief recap of the vision, as well as provide a forum for discussion about how this connects with the needs of other libraries and what more we can do to help the market move in desired directions.

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

Wednesday April 22, 2020 1:00pm - 2:00pm EDT

2:30pm EDT

DevOps is Bigger than IT: Driving Digital Transformation in Libraries
The DevOps movement represents a paradigm shift in software development, but there are misconceptions about what it really means. It’s much more nuanced than simply adding a DevOps engineer to your team or asking systems administrators and developers to play well together. At its core, DevOps is about culture change. In this talk, we will define the CALMS framework of DevOps and the people, technical, and organizational factors that challenge its adoption. We will share specific examples of how DevOps is changing the way we work on digital library projects at Ohio State University Libraries and how its universal principles can drive large-scale digital transformation in libraries.


Mary Beth Snapp

Head of Applications Development & Operations, Ohio State University
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Jennifer Vinopal

Associate Dean for Distinctive Collections and Digital Programs, Ohio State University
Associate Dean for Distinctive Collections and Digital Programs

Wednesday April 22, 2020 2:30pm - 3:00pm EDT

3:30pm EDT

Empowering Data-Driven Research through an Open, Accessible Data Infrastructure
Bibliometric researchers and academic libraries are facing a research data crisis. Libraries that can afford to purchase big bibliometric datasets often can’t afford to provide the necessary infrastructure to make the data usable, including services to host, clean, and update data, provide data security, or create a feasible data-mining interface. The Collaborative Archive & Data Research Environment (CADRE), funded across nine university libraries from Big Ten Academic Alliance institutions, is building an affordable, cloud-based infrastructure that will accomplish all of these functions and give researchers better access to the data. By maintaining a shared infrastructure for standardized, high-quality data and promoting digital object identifiers, CADRE will advance reproducibility in research and improve data provenance. Additionally, we will empower researchers to work with big data by offering a graphical user interface query-builder for easy querying, a coding environment for creating data analysis and visualization tools, a marketplace for sharing and reproducing tools and research, and a personal repository for saving results.

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Jamie Wittenberg

Head of Scholarly Communication & Research Data Management Librarian, Indiana University
I am head of the scholarly communication department at the IU Libraries. My work focuses on enabling open access to scholarship, facilitating reuse, transparent research practices, and innovation. My team runs a repository service, library publishing service, and research data service... Read More →

Wednesday April 22, 2020 3:30pm - 4:00pm EDT
Thursday, April 23

1:30pm EDT

IIIF at the Getty: Vision & Tactics
This briefing intends to shed light on the Getty Digital’s (GDi) efforts to fully adopt the International Image Interoperability Framework (IIIF) across the Getty. This presentation will provide a concise introduction to IIIF and an overview of its adoption at the Getty from several perspectives: technical approach, resource management, community engagement and institutional strategy conveyed by senior management. GDi’s decision to join the IIIF Consortium as part of its commitment to open standards will also be discussed.


Stefano Cossu

Software Architect, J. P. Getty Trust

Thursday April 23, 2020 1:30pm - 2:00pm EDT

2:30pm EDT

ARKs in the Open: 3.2 billion Persistent Identifiers
This panel represents a cross-section of institutions using ARK persistent identifiers. The session will include a year-one update on the ARKs-in-the-Open initiative (CDL/LYRASIS) and its novel approach to sustainability. Find out from the community how over 550 registered institutions have created 3.2 billion ARKs, and how this full-featured, non-paywalled identifier is steadily growing in popularity.

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Karen Hanson

Lead Research Developer, Portico, ITHAKA
Karen is currently the Senior Research Developer at Portico. In this role she works to identify current and emerging technology issues relevant to Portico's operations and mission, as well as discover, evaluate, develop, and implement tools to enhance preservation services. Karen... Read More →

Bess Missell

Metadata Librarian, Smithsonian Libraries and Archives

Tom Creighton

FamilySearch International

Thursday April 23, 2020 2:30pm - 3:30pm EDT
Friday, April 24

1:00pm EDT

Immersive Scholar: Development, Documentation, Display, and Dissemination of Experiential Research and Scholarship
North Carolina (NC) State University Libraries was awarded a $414,000 grant from The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation to develop models and tools for the creation and sharing of experiential scholarship in large-scale immersive and visualization environments. The grant consisted of three specific elements: a series of five sub-grants for partner institutions developing new shareable infrastructure or projects in immersive and visualization environments; a residency program at NC State to create new visual content to be tested, shared, and adapted at participating institutions; a culminating symposium to share and assess results, and examine these works in the larger frame of new forms of scholarly communication. This presentation will discuss the outcomes and lessons learned from the Immersive Scholar project, highlighting the tools, technologies, and content developed, situating the project in ongoing discussions about open infrastructure, public and community-engaged scholarship, principles-based research production, and the library as the platform and publisher of new forms of scholarship.

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Micah Vandegrift

Visiting Program Officer for Accelerating the Social Impact of Research, Association Research Libraries

Shelby Hallman

Research Librarian for Engineering & Entrepreneurship, North Carolina State University

Friday April 24, 2020 1:00pm - 1:30pm EDT

2:00pm EDT

Monday, April 27

2:30pm EDT

Technology Planning for Operational Continuity
With the expanding global pandemic, most educational institutes are adapting to alternative methods of information delivery. The alternate work arrangements increase the demand for technology, in terms of equipment and platforms. The University of Miami (UM) instructed all non-essential employees (about 90% of the workforce at UM Libraries) to begin telecommuting, with only a few days’ notice. This presentation will highlight the rapid planning process to identify the equipment needs, preparation and deployment of the equipment to library staff, and planning on student technology support. In addition to the physical infrastructure, the library technology team evaluated need gaps and identified software solutions to ensure a smooth transition of the work environment. We will discuss the successes, challenges, and lessons learned during the emergency response situation.

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Dhanushka Samarakoon

Head of Library Technology, University of Miami

Monday April 27, 2020 2:30pm - 3:00pm EDT
Tuesday, April 28

1:30pm EDT

Sensitive and Protected Data in Distributed Digital Preservation Networks – IMLS Planning Grant Briefing
Although distributed digital preservation (DDP) services have been offered in the United States for over a decade, no such service currently exists for sensitive and protected data. As a result, the sensitive data in the custody of libraries, health science centers, and archives are at an escalated risk of loss. The Texas Digital Library and the University of California, San Diego Library, are partnering to explore the establishment of a nationally distributed digital preservation service for sensitive data. The Preserving Sensitive Data in Distributed Digital Storage Networks project, funded by the Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS), will develop a nationwide model for a DDP service that would close gaps in current preservation offerings for sensitive and protected data. This briefing will discuss the findings of the grant work to date, including use cases, the legal agreements governing such a service, technical requirements for data transfer, and cost modeling scenarios.

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Courtney Mumma

Deputy Director, Texas Digital LIbrary
Courtney Mumma is an archivist, librarian, and the Deputy Director of the Texas Digital Library consortium, where one of her roles is managing Digital Preservation Services using distributed digital preservation systems including Chronopolis and DuraCloud@TDL. She has worked in web... Read More →
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Kristi Park

Executive Director, Texas Digital Library
Texas Digital Library, Texas
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Sibyl Schaefer

Digital Preservation Librarian, UCSD
Sibyl Schaefer is the Chronopolis Program Manager and Digital Preservation Analyst for the University of California, San Diego. She has spent much of her career working with archival systems for arrangement, description, and preservation. She has been recognized as an Emerging Leader... Read More →

Tuesday April 28, 2020 1:30pm - 2:00pm EDT

4:00pm EDT

Freedom of the Shelves: Untangling the Confusion on Federated Identity, Access Controls, and Privacy
Powerful forces are driving a more secure and managed approach to access controls on content for the research and education community. Born-digital content, abuses in mass downloading, the need for greater customization of user experience, and the global scale of the community are moving the market forward into the greater capabilities provided by a federated identity approach. At the same time, chronic deficiencies in the current federated identity infrastructure are creating confusion on exactly how to achieve traditional scholarly goals such as freedom of the shelves in the federated landscape. A number of the gaps are being addressed, although progress is slow. The first of the challenges is to improve the “discovery” process, i.e. helping unauthenticated users to find their identity provider (IdP) organization in order to authenticate. The Seamless Access effort is working on this issue. Then the right set of attributes needs to be released from the IdP to the service provider (SP). There are several parts to this puzzle piece, including providing users with content to make informed decisions, tools that allow the fine-grain release of individual, community norms around data minimization and purposes of use, and managing the experience to reduce user friction. Consent-Informed Attribute Release (CAR) is providing this puzzle piece. Finally, the service provider must behave properly with the information they receive, in issues from codes of conduct to adequate security controls. Legislation and European Union codes of conduct are moving this along. This session will provide updates on each of these efforts. It will also include demos on how the developing tools work in concert to provide a user-effective environment to access content selectively and maintain a variety of degrees of personal freedom in the electronic shelves.


Kenneth Klingenstein

Evangelist, Trust and Identity, Internet2

Tuesday April 28, 2020 4:00pm - 5:00pm EDT
Wednesday, April 29

2:00pm EDT

Reflections on a Merger: Assessing the Program-Level Impact of LYRASIS + DuraSpace
The merger of LYRASIS and DuraSpace in 2019 follows a recent trend toward consolidation amongst membership organizations in the scholarly communication space. The merger promised greater reach, impact, and resources for the programs and services offered by the two organizations, along with greater opportunities for international collaboration. Both organizations have particular strengths, so the merger also presented an opportunity to learn from one another and create a whole that is greater than the sum of its parts. This panel will feature representatives from the DSpace, Fedora, VIVO, ArchivesSpace, and Samvera communities who will discuss their assessment of the merger from the perspective of their programs after the first six months: Has the promise of a greater whole been realized? Are we better off together than apart? Have we learned anything from other programs that can help us be more successful?


Julia Trimmer

Manager, Faculty Data Systems and Analysis, Duke University
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Rosalyn Metz

Associate University Librarian, Library Technology and Digital Strategies, Emory University
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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

Tim Shearer

Associate University Librarian for Digital Strategies and IT, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
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Kristi Park

Executive Director, Texas Digital Library
Texas Digital Library, Texas

Wednesday April 29, 2020 2:00pm - 3:00pm EDT

3:30pm EDT

Fostering a UX Culture across Campus
User experience (UX) is a multidisciplinary venture that encompasses research, design, content, architecture, engineering, and systems. At the University of Arizona, an informal community of practice emerged in 2017 called “UX@UA” to support cross-departmental learning and sharing of resources. This community now includes over 400 students, faculty, and staff who are studying, teaching, and doing UX. Members of the UX@UA leadership team are from the Libraries, Department of English, Eller College of Management, and Digital Learning. In addition to monthly meetup events for sharing knowledge and networking, the group is supporting campus initiatives such as lightweight user testing through a “Tiny Cafe,” a shared participant pool, a drop-in UX consulting hour, a toolkit of reusable templates, and a UX/UI testing zone in the library. In this talk, you will learn how we are building capacity, breaking down silos, and fostering user-centered thinking and practices campus-wide.

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Rebecca Blakiston

User Experience Strategist, University of Arizona

Wednesday April 29, 2020 3:30pm - 4:00pm EDT
Thursday, April 30

1:30pm EDT

Email Archives: Challenges and Opportunities
In August 2018, the Council on Library and Information Resources (CLIR) published a report from the Task Force on Technical Approaches to Email Archives, assessing efforts to date and suggesting a research and development agenda to guide email preservation work. In response, The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation sponsored four follow-on grants. This session will describe work taking place under three of those grants and will assess ways to extend the current research agenda. The ePADD project will be discussed, including a re-designed user interface and the development of a multi-institutional email discovery platform. It will also cover a review of work centered at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, including discussion of a draft framework of technical requirements for archiving emails in PDF format, which is being developed by a community of experts including representatives from the PDF Association and industry partners. The presentation will include a survey of the current state of email archives practice and describe opportunities for community-driven research and implementation proposals, to be funded under a $700,000 regrant program, “Email Archives: Building Capacity and Community.”

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Christopher Prom

Associate Dean for Digital Strategies, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
Chris Prom is Associate Dean for Digital Strategies at the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign.

Sally DeBauche

Digital Archivist, Stanford University

Thursday April 30, 2020 1:30pm - 2:00pm EDT

2:30pm EDT

Academic Library Response to Covid-19: Designing and Managing Real-Time Data Collection and Dissemination
On March 11, we designed, tested, and deployed the “Academic Library Response to COVID19” survey with real-time reporting. This session will share both the ongoing findings from the survey (which gathered information on campus courses, residential status, and a range of issues for academic libraries). More than 800 academic libraries in the United States have reported in on the survey and more than 250 have submitted updates. Real-time reports and dashboards, visualizations, and analyses (24 hour, 48 hour, and 10 day) have proved very useful to the field in this time of rapid change and decision making. In addition, the presenters will share what it meant to field a survey when speed was of the essence.

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Lisa Janicke Hinchliffe

Professor, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
Lisa Janicke Hinchliffe is now Professor/Coordinator for Research and Teaching Professional Development in the University Library at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. She previously served as the University Library's Coordinator for Information Literacy Services and... Read More →
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Christine Wolff-Eisenberg

Manager, Surveys and Research, Ithaka S+R

Thursday April 30, 2020 2:30pm - 3:30pm EDT
Friday, May 1

1:00pm EDT

Catalyzing Student Success: How to Center Digital Literacy, Access to Technology, and Interdisciplinary Communities of Practice in Innovative Library Spaces
As noted in CNI’s Program Plan, research libraries are transforming to address the changing nature of teaching and learning, the need for technical skills by undergraduate and graduate students, and the pressure to accommodate a multitude of changing needs of users with updates to facilities, staffing, and partnerships. This presentation will address how the University of Arizona Libraries has partnered in a unique collaboration across campus units to create the Student Success District, and within that, the CATalyst Studios. CATalyst Studios is a dynamic space fostering creativity across domains, in the areas of data science, digital scholarship, fabrication, and entrepreneurship. Featuring a data visualization wall, a virtual reality/augmented reality studio, a green screen room, and a maker studio, this innovative space within the main library and at the heart of the Student Success District supports students and faculty through all stages of their academic career. This talk will discuss critical frameworks for decision-making and prioritization, drawing from lessons shared across institutions, as well as a five-year local pilot, and visions for long-term models of sustainability.

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Jennifer Nichols

Director, CATalyst Studios, Associate Librarian, University of Arizona
MakerspacesDiverse and inclusive spaces and eventsFeminist leadership in librariesDigital Scholarship

Friday May 1, 2020 1:00pm - 1:30pm EDT

2:30pm EDT

Developing the Public Statement of Library Copyright Specialists: Fair Use and Emergency Remote Teaching and Research
Our group of library copyright specialists released a Public Statement of Library Copyright Specialists: Fair Use & Emergency Remote Teaching & Research (March 13, 2020). At the outset of the COVID-19 global pandemic, it became clear that the educational community was facing an unprecedented challenge in transitioning from face-to-face to remote instruction, often with little or no notice or opportunity to adapt teaching materials. Because of the novelty of this crisis, virtually no guidance was available to navigate the situation, leaving many to ignore copyright altogether or react in overly cautious ways. We published the statement just as many campuses were announcing closures and transitions. The statement was widely circulated and favorably cited by colleagues as they developed their own responses, and formed the basis of a number of other resources that our group developed. During this process, three points became clear: First, amongst practitioners of educational copyright, there was strong consensus that fair use (17 USC §107) with its flexibility, sensitivity to facts, new technologies and circumstances, and doctrinal consideration of public purposes, was well-suited for accommodating the copyright concerns generated by the pandemic. Second, some areas of copyright law, in particular the DMCA anti-circumvention provisions (17 USC § 1201), are not well-adapted to changing circumstances. Third, our rapid response staked policy territory, enabled the work to be built on by us and by others, and establishes a model for future action. During this session we will discuss the consensus-building towards and writing of the statement, the development of related resources, and the fair use analysis that underpins the ability of educators to engage in emergency remote teaching.


Laura Quilter

Copyright and Scholarly Communications Librarian, University of Massachusetts Amherst
Laura Quilter is the copyright and information policy attorney/librarian at the University of Massachusetts Amherst.  She works with the UMass Amherst community on copyright and related matters, equipping faculty, students, and staff with the understanding they need to navigate... Read More →
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Brandy Karl

Copyright Officer, Pennsylvania State University
Brandy is a copyright attorney and advises the Libraries on copyright matters, helps craft University policy and strategy to provide the fullest access to collections, & supports the University's mission with outreach, education, and consultations.

Friday May 1, 2020 2:30pm - 3:30pm EDT
Monday, May 4

1:30pm EDT

Building and Using Collections as Data: Using Machine Learning to Identify Jim Crow Laws
“On the Books: Jim Crow and Algorithms of Resistance” is one of six projects in the first cohort of Collections as Data: Part to Whole, a project funded by The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation to foster the implementation and use of collections as data. On the Books is building on the products of the Institute of Museum and Library Services-funded project Ensuring Democracy through Digital Access to create a plain-text corpus of over 100 years of North Carolina session laws. In addition to creating this corpus, the project team is using text analysis methods to identify Jim Crow laws. This presentation will provide an overview of the project and present deliverables (to be released summer 2020). We will also discuss the variety of roles needed to create collections as data and how the University Libraries is building capacity for this type of work. This project touches on all three program themes, as we are developing corpora for use by researchers and instructors, transforming our organization through cross-departmental collaborations, and building tools and workflows using open source methods and reproducible techniques.

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Amanda Henley

Head of Digital Research Services, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
I am interested in academic library services, technology, and spaces that support scholars using digital methods in teaching and research.

Kimber Thomas

University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill

Lorin Bruckner

University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill

Monday May 4, 2020 1:30pm - 2:00pm EDT

2:30pm EDT

Building Data Science Support Capacity through Graduate Fellowship Programs
Data science is an interdisciplinary endeavor, merging techniques from computer science and statistics with domain-level concepts to increase discovery through data analytics and visualization. Supporting researchers in their data science needs is a key strategic challenge identified by CNI, especially as training needs in data science often exceed the supply. Capitalizing on domain knowledge and data science expertise in the graduate student population, we created a fellowship program, the Data Science Ambassadors, to connect campus researchers with in-demand data science resources. Graduate students’ ability to “speak the same language” as researchers in their respective domains reduces the communication barrier many researchers face when learning data science applications. The program provides structure, training, and a modest stipend in return for students’ time and expertise. The interdisciplinary nature of data science is reflected in a diverse cohort of students, which includes scholars in the humanities, social sciences, life sciences, and physical sciences. This program has afforded several points of contact and opportunities for campus data science support while fostering the growing network of data science practitioners. In this talk, we discuss the challenges and opportunities of such a program, exemplified by our program at the University of Arizona.


Jeffrey C. Oliver

Data Science Specialist, University of Arizona

Monday May 4, 2020 2:30pm - 3:00pm EDT
Tuesday, May 5

1:30pm EDT

Advancements in Digital Preservation: Spectral 3-D Reconstruction of Impressionist Oil Paintings
Art conservators are adopting optical technologies for microscopic examination to improve conservation and preservation efforts for artworks (e.g., historical oil paintings and murals). One such imaging technology is optical coherence tomography (OCT), a non-invasive imaging technique that acquires in-depth resolved signals with micrometer resolution. This is highly advantageous for studying the surface features and subsurface structures of delicate cultural heritage objects. This grant-funded project uses a hybrid scanning platform combined with an effective algorithm to achieve macroscopic OCT (macro-OCT) imaging and spectral 3D reconstruction of Impressionist style oil paintings. These digital copies of heritage artworks open up new possibilities for online education, and can also serve as a backup against worst-case scenarios, such as war, terrorism, natural disaster, heist, and other catastrophes that put artworks in a vulnerable position.


Yi Yang

Pennsylvania State University

Tuesday May 5, 2020 1:30pm - 2:30pm EDT

3:00pm EDT

Connecting the Dots: Using ORCID to Consolidate Research Information for Reporting and Assessment
Research institutions are increasingly looking for ways to connect the dots between their researchers, funding, activities, and research contributions in efforts to improve reporting and assessment processes for all parties involved. Proposed solutions must balance the accuracy and dependability of persistent identifiers with individual researchers’ need for control over their scholarly record, all while making it as easy as possible to move information between systems and workflows. As an open, non-profit, community-driven platform that supports all of these stipulations, ORCID’s popularity is on the rise. ORCID replaces static document-based CVs and repetitious form-filling with a universal, interoperable, online CV. This panel will focus on cross-campus collaborations geared towards shifting to ORCID as a central data source to help streamline local workflows for reporting and assessment, as well as to meet external grant application and reporting requirements. Case studies from three ORCID US Community institutions will explore the opportunities and challenges for using ORCID to support both internal activity reporting and a public-facing portal (University of Minnesota), student activity reporting and compliance with institutional mandates (University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center), and preparing faculty to meet grant application and reporting requirements, specifically with the new National Institutes of Health (NIH) and the National Science Foundation (NSF) requirements for grant applicants to use the SciENcv platform to create biosketches (North Carolina State University).

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Jan Fransen

Service Lead for Research Information Management Systems, University of Minnesota
Talk to me about researcher information systems (like Experts@Minnesota!), discovery systems (especially Primo/Primo Central), and the role libraries might play in students' success.
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Jane Scott

Digital Services Technology Planning Manager, UT Southwestern Medical Center
I am the Digital Services and Technology Planning Manager at the UT Southwestern Health Sciences Digital Library and Learning Center. I have been hard at work implementing our ORCID integration strategy including registration for all learners. I am a great person to talk to if you... Read More →
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Jason Ronallo

Department Head, Digital Library Initiatives, NC State University Libraries
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Hilary Davis

Head of Collections & Research Strategy, NC State University Libraries
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Sheila Rabun

Program Leader for Persistent Identifier Communities, Lyrasis

Tuesday May 5, 2020 3:00pm - 3:30pm EDT
Wednesday, May 6

1:00pm EDT

Initial Steps towards Building a Global Registry of Digitized Works
Funded by the UK Arts and Humanities Research Council under their UK-US digital scholarship collaboration scheme, the Global Digitization Dataset Network has been investigating the feasibility, benefits, and challenges of developing a service aggregating all digitized texts globally. The project members (HathiTrust, the National Libraries of Scotland and Wales, the British Library, Glasgow University, and Research Libraries UK) have been seeking to investigate the development of a service, that if successful, would meet the three main use cases of i) allowing readers to find a digitized book irrespective of the library that digitized it; ii) providing scholars with the ability to cross-search worldwide collections to identify potential textual datasets for analysis and research; and iii) providing libraries and other organizations with data to help assist with collections management, augmenting discovery, and prioritizing selection for digitization. Having successfully aggregated over 17.5m records from the initial partners, we wish to report on our initial progress and discuss with the audience potential paths for continued pursuit of this challenge.

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Stuart Lewis

Associate Director of Digital, National Library of Scotland

Mike Furlough

Executive Director, HathiTrust

Wednesday May 6, 2020 1:00pm - 1:30pm EDT

2:00pm EDT

Implementing Effective Data Practices
In December 2019 the National Science Foundation sponsored an invitational conference convened by the library community (the Association of Research Libraries and the California Digital Library), the Association of American Universities (AAU), and the Association of Public and Land-grant Universities (APLU) on effective data practices. 40 experts representing libraries, research offices, scientific communities, tool builders, and funding agencies spent 1.5 days in a workshop environment designing guidelines for institutions to adopt persistent identifiers (PIDs) for datasets and machine-actionable data management plans (DMPs). In this talk, conference organizers will discuss the progress of these implementation guidelines, which after a period of stakeholder consultation, will be published in 2020 as part of the AAU and APLU guide to accelerating public access to research data.

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Natalie Meyers

E-Research Librarian, University of Notre Dame
Ms Meyers is an E-Research librarian in Digital Initiatives and Scholarship where she helps pioneer and provide research data consulting services, including more in-depth data management services in support of grant-funded research.Devotes up to 80% of her time as an embedded e-research... Read More →
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Maria Gould

Product Manager / ROR Lead, California Digital Library / ROR
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Maria Praetzellis

Maria is Product Manager for CDL’s research data management initiatives including DMPTool, the FAIR Island Project, and the NSF-funded machine-actionable DMP grant project.
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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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Jennifer Muilenburg

Research Data Services Librarian, University of Washington

Wednesday May 6, 2020 2:00pm - 3:00pm EDT

3:30pm EDT

Statistical Consulting in the Library
Statistical consulting offered as part of an academic research library’s suite of services is not unusual, but the approach taken at the University of Oregon (UO) may be unique. This briefing will describe a two-year pilot project (in progress) that grew out of a collaboration between the Graduate School and the UO Libraries to fill a pressing need on campus. The briefing will include:
  • the steps leading up to implementing the service as a collaborative effort;
  • the terms and conditions under which the service is being offered;
the type(s) of staff hired to staff the service;
the services being offered, including new workshops and programming; and
  • data on how the service is being used and plans for the future.

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Jonathan Cain

Head of Data Services, University of Oregon
Interested in digital scholarship and data, social equity, technology and diaspora communities. Information policy and access. I am interested in opportunities relating to nonprofit organizations and impact on disenfranchised populations, entrepreneurship for public benefit.

Wednesday May 6, 2020 3:30pm - 4:00pm EDT
Thursday, May 7

1:30pm EDT

Print to Petabyte: Creating Knowledge from Collection Information
As we are forced to address the physicality issues of print collections, understanding and interpreting collection data is a critical concern. To advance our presence in the digital realm we need to understand more about collections (what can be digitized) and depending on condition, how effective decisions are made for prioritizing digitization. A national research initiative funded by The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, “Assessing the Physical Condition of the National Collection,” is undertaking the task of providing data to objectively assess the condition of books held in the United States by performing an in-depth scientific analysis on a representative sample. Many institutions are currently making withdrawal and retention decisions based on subjective and incomplete information. The research is collecting physical, chemical, and optical data on about 500 “identical” volumes from six institutions for books from 1840-1940. The ultimate goal is to fill gaps in knowledge about materials at risk, and allow institutions to accurately predict good quality and poor quality copies of books. Effectively collating the trends and creating knowledge from this data have raised issues of information access, reuse, and constant re-interpretation as well as the information platforms and infrastructures best suited for this challenge.

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Fenella France

Library of Congress

Thursday May 7, 2020 1:30pm - 2:00pm EDT
Monday, May 11

1:30pm EDT

Crowd-Sourced Unlatching of Curricular Books: A Joint Pilot by the California State University, Knowledge Unlatched, and the Internet Archive
BPCs (Book Processing Charges) to publish specific books Open Access (OA) usually are reserved for front-listed items and funded by one or a few sponsoring organizations. More often than not, such funds underwrite scholarly monographs that do not directly substitute for required course textbooks. BPCs do not typically cover the republication or relicensing (“unlatching,” “unlocking,” or “flipping”) of back-listed and out-of-print titles, even though such titles represent a massive amount of scholarly knowledge restricted by copyright, confined to print format, and yet still used in course curricula. This presentation will unveil an innovative, collaborative pilot between the California State University (CSU), Knowledge Unlatched, and the Internet Archive. As a global leader in Affordable Learning $olutions to save students money on textbooks, CSU proposed this pilot, provided a list of 18,000 ISBNs from required readings across its 23 campuses, and supplied matching kick-starter funds. Knowledge Unlatched combed through the CSU ISBN list to identify backlisted titles and negotiate pre-agreed price points at which publishers would unlatch these books. Finally, the Internet Archive ensured the availability of a digitized copy of the book on its Open Library platform, made it available for check-out via Controlled Digital Lending, and also coordinated book-specific, crowd-funding campaigns through a centralized list and on decentralized book record pages. Even publishers stand to benefit from this novel approach to OA publishing with its built-in capacity to gauge demand and monetize books that are not currently sources of revenue.


Mark Bilby

Scholarly Communications Librarian, California State University, Fullerton

Monday May 11, 2020 1:30pm - 2:00pm EDT

4:00pm EDT

Packaging Specification for Simultaneous Deposit of Articles and Data into Multiple Repositories
Through a grant from the National Science Foundation, Johns Hopkins University is developing a packaging specification and set of recommendations that will support simultaneous submission of articles (and perhaps eventually data) into multiple federal funding agency repositories and institutional repositories. The adoption of this packaging specification will reduce the burden for researchers, institutions, and federal funding agencies. The recommendations and specifications represent an important component of open infrastructure that will foster benefits such as inter-institutional and agency efficiencies for grants management and analytics for assessing research productivity and collaboration. Johns Hopkins University hosted a workshop in December 2019 that convened participants from Arizona State University, California Digital Library, Duke, Harvard, Michigan, the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, and Notre Dame along with representatives from the National Institutes of Health, the National Science Foundation and the Office of Scientific and Technical Information. The outcomes of this work bolster the prospects for developing integrations between third-party applications such as the Public Access Submission System (PASS) and federal funding agency repositories and the adoption of persistent IDs such as DOIs or ORCiDs. The presentation will focus on the outcomes of the workshop and the draft specification and set of recommendations.

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Sayeed Choudhury

Head of OSPO, Johns Hopkins University
Sayeed Choudhury is the Associate Dean for Research Data Management and Head of the Open Source Programs Office (OSPO) of Johns Hopkins University (JHU). I’m also a member of the Executive Committee of the Institute for Data Intensive Engineering and Science (IDIES) at JHU. I’ve... Read More →

Hanh Vu

IT Project Manager, Johns Hopkins University

Monday May 11, 2020 4:00pm - 4:30pm EDT
Tuesday, May 12

2:30pm EDT

Starting (Almost) from Scratch: Supporting the “Pivot to Online” in a Small Liberal Arts College Environment
The interruption of the Spring 2020 semester and the need to “pivot to online” in the face of the coronavirus crisis posed extraordinary challenges to all institutions of higher education in the U.S., but these challenges were magnified in small liberal arts colleges where the distinctive nature of the educational environment has long revolved around face-to-face interactions and deep engagement between students, staff, and faculty. Illinois Wesleyan University presents a program in process in which librarians, IT professionals, and faculty have come together to support online learning that continues to reflect our core commitments to teaching, learning, undergraduate research, and community engagement, and highlights the opportunities inherent in the crisis to promote greater faculty engagement in online learning, use of technology-enhanced learning spaces, and support for one another as part of a strategy to support continued innovation post-crisis.

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Scott Walter

University Librarian and Copyright Officer, Illinois Wesleyan University
Scott Walter is the University Librarian, Copyright Officer, and Co-Interim Chief Technology Officer at Illinois Wesleyan University. For this session, he is focused on issues including the academic library as a platform for promoting media content creation in hybrid and online instruction... Read More →

Tuesday May 12, 2020 2:30pm - 3:00pm EDT

3:30pm EDT

Open Infrastructure and the COVID-19 Crisis: Principles and Evaluation Criteria
In the fall of 2019, Emory Libraries began a process to determine how we would evaluate requests for financial support of open initiatives. We are actively involved in various open source software initiatives, and can clearly articulate their value. Also, the Libraries have an Open Access Collection Development Policy to guide our decisions on investing in open access content. However, we did not have similar criteria or guidelines for supporting open initiatives or a way to determine the cost-benefit of memberships. A small group set out to identify principles for investing in open infrastructure, eventually creating criteria as a series of questions to evaluate requests for financial or other support for open initiatives and new memberships.
Only a few short months later COVID-19 hit and the library was asked to temporarily reduce spending. The administrative team recognized that an evaluation of our support for open initiatives and similar commitments might help minimize the impact on the rest of the Libraries’ budget. The presenters will discuss the work they began prior to COVID-19 and how the principles and criteria established facilitated meaningful discussions and principled decision-making.

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Lisa Macklin

Director, Research, Engagement, and Scholarly Communications, Emory University
Lisa A. Macklin is both a librarian and a lawyer and serves as the director of Research, Engagement, and Scholarly Communications for Emory University Libraries. In this role, Lisa leads the Research, Engagement, and Scholarly Communications division which includes Collection Management... Read More →
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Rosalyn Metz

Associate University Librarian, Library Technology and Digital Strategies, Emory University

Tuesday May 12, 2020 3:30pm - 4:00pm EDT
Wednesday, May 13

1:30pm EDT

A Unified, Intentional, and Evolving Approach to Research Support
At the CNI post-conference “Critical Roles for Libraries in Today’s Research Enterprise,” held in December 2019, many challenges were identified. The top four were 1) reorganization to support new roles, 2) single customer facing service, 3) communication and marketing new roles, and 4) partnering with the research office. Over the past four years, the Health Sciences and Human Services Library at the University of Maryland, Baltimore (UMB) has systematically and strategically grown a multi-faceted research support initiative positioning the library in new and evolving roles in the data and research-intensive environment found at a health sciences university. From ideation through the sharing of research and data, this unified focus addresses the four challenges listed above, positioning the library team as valued and sought after partners in the research enterprise at UMB including during the recent COVID-19 pandemic.

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MJ Tooey

Associate Vice President, Executive Director, Health Sciences/Human Services Library, University of Maryland, Baltimore
Research support. Data and data management. Strategic thinking/visioning. Future of academic libraries post pandemic.

Wednesday May 13, 2020 1:30pm - 2:00pm EDT

2:30pm EDT

Sizing Up Archives and Special Collections: Evaluating and Sustaining Our Operations at Scale
This session will feature three case studies representing large-scale, multi-institutional projects that are exploring processes to assess, transform, and sustain special collections and archives lifecycle operations at scale ranging from approaches to collection development, to promoting and assessing teaching and use of collections, to facilitating network-level discovery of collections. We will share the suite of tools created by the OCLC Research Library Partnership’s Collection Building and Operational Impacts Working Group, designed to support shared, informed collection building decisions for special collections that factor in the full resources required for ongoing stewardship of a potential acquisition. We will also examine the ongoing work on the Association of Research Library’s Research Library Impact Framework, which aims to provide research libraries with conceptual models, methodologies, data, and tools to tell their story locally in the context of the 21st-century research and learning ecosystem. The presentation will highlight efforts to measure and communicate the impact of special collections repositories on learning and teaching in academic institutions. Finally, the session will highlight a planning initiative to persistently, comprehensively, and sustainably aggregate finding aids and enable discovery of archival collections at the national level.

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Adrian Turner

Senior Product Manager, California Digital Library

Gordon Daines

Director and Editor of the Journal of Western Archives; Curator, L. Tom Perry Special Collections, Brigham Young University; Journal of Western Archives
J. Gordon Daines III is the curator of Research and Instruction Services and the Yellowstone collection in the L. Tom Perry Special Collections at Brigham Young University. He also serves as the director and editor of the Journal of Western Archives.
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Chela Scott Weber

Sr. Program Officer, RLP, OCLC
Chela Scott Weber is a Sr Program Officer for the OCLC Research Library Partnership. She previously helped to create and lead the Archival Collections Management department at NYU Libraries, where she also served as the Associate Head of the Tamiment Library & Wagner Labor Archive... Read More →

Wednesday May 13, 2020 2:30pm - 3:30pm EDT

4:00pm EDT

AMP Project Update: Leveraging Machine Learning and Human Expertise for AV Collections Access
Academic libraries and archives are dealing with increasing numbers of digital audio and video (AV) files, acquired through digitization of analog collections and acquisition of born-digital AV resources. While the emergence of low-cost storage options and maturity of streaming platforms have made it easier to store and deliver AV, these collections often lack metadata needed to make them discoverable and usable by researchers and other users. The Indiana University Libraries have been working with partners at the University of Texas at Austin, New York Public Library, and digital consultant AVP to develop an open-source software platform, known as AMP (Audiovisual Metadata Platform), that leverages automated machine learning-based tools together with human expertise to build workflows to create and augment metadata for AV resources that enable discovery, rights determination, and use. We will present an update on the progress of the AMP project and its successes and challenges to date, including issues of workflows and integration of open-source and cloud-based machine learning tools. This presentation follows on a presentation given at CNI in spring 2018 on the planning project that led to this current phase of work, which is generously funded by a grant from The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation.

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Jon Dunn

Assistant Dean for Library Technologies, Indiana University Bloomington
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Shawn Averkamp

Senior Consultant, AVP

Wednesday May 13, 2020 4:00pm - 4:30pm EDT
Thursday, May 14

1:00pm EDT

Virtual Reality in Libraries: Research Partnership Opportunities
The rapid evolution of virtual reality (VR), augmented reality (AR), and 360 video technologies continue to present new and exciting possibilities for libraries. Academic libraries offer spaces, applications, and equipment for faculty and students in association with these technologies. Libraries can go beyond merely providing these resources to being co-creators of new knowledge with these technologies. This presentation explores Montana State University Library’s initial efforts to provide VR resources and subsequent formation of research partnerships with faculty in computer science, film, photography, and biochemistry. Initial research includes using VR to explore the role of bias in interpreting information across disciplines. Early lessons from these partnerships suggest opportunities for libraries to go beyond providing access to VR, AR, and 360 video resources to being active partners in using these technologies to do interdisciplinary research to understand better our user communities.

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Doralyn Rossmann

Dean of the Library, Montana State University

Thursday May 14, 2020 1:00pm - 1:30pm EDT

3:00pm EDT

Infusing Data with Compute: Developing and Advancing an Institution-Wide Strategy Around Research Data Science
Various, disparate academic and research organizations at the University of California (UC) Berkeley campus have seen an infusion of new knowledge and participants, discussion forums, communities of practice, and other opportunities to learn from each other as the campus begins strategizing toward a systematic data and computing strategy to meet UC Berkeley’s academic needs. Many of the units on campus have new leadership, and change is being spurred by the shared purpose of reinventing IT. Computing and data are infusing ever more of Berkeley’s research and teaching. The UC Berkeley campus has now made the leap to articulating an institution-wide strategy around data science. From secure data to on-demand data compute environments, the campus units (with different reporting lines) have been working collaboratively to provision concierge and consulting services for the different parts of the academic landscape along with trying to deploy these services at an enterprise level, the first of its kind at any university in the country. What is developing from this collaborative effort is a shared outlook and overall strategy that incorporates and makes complementary the different data service missions of each organization. This panel will discuss how the strategy germinated, evolved, and how the different organizations with varied data services mission and different reporting structures were able to collaborate and come together to work on developing a holistic data and compute strategy that could then be instituted at an enterprise scale.


Shawna Dark

Chief Academic Technology Officer and Executive Director of Research, University of California, Berkeley

Anthony Suen

University of California, Berkeley

Kenneth Lutz

University of California, Berkeley
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Salwa Ismail

Associate University Librarian for Digital Initia, UC Berkeley
Salwa Ismail is the Associate University Librarian for Digital Initiatives and Information Technology and the Associate CIO for UC Berkeley Library. Prior to UC Berkeley Library, Ms. Ismail was the Head of Library Technologies at Georgetown University Library and prior to that the... Read More →

Thursday May 14, 2020 3:00pm - 4:00pm EDT
Friday, May 15

1:00pm EDT

Project Surfliner: Building the Tracks before the Train
In November 2018, the University of California (UC) San Diego and UC Santa Barbara kicked off Project Surfliner, a project to collaboratively define, create, and maintain digital library products using Samvera core components available in the open source community. Project Surfliner is more than shared code or even shared objectives. It is building and leveraging the strengths, experiences, and resources of each campus partner to focus on common concepts and products. If you’re looking to hire remotely, improve teams that telecommute, or work with another institution on a project, join us to learn how we developed a remote-first culture with teams that were split between campuses and includes a novel way to run retrospectives. We will share our early successes and failures as well as what we hope to accomplish in the future. This talk will cover the DevOps focus on replicable infrastructure and portability
, reusable codebases and the importance of inclusive feature decisions
, and radical transparency and the importance of stakeholder awareness.

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Chrissy Rissmeyer

Director, Digital Library Development, UC Santa Barbara
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Tim Marconi

Director, Technology and Digital Experience, UC San Diego Library

Friday May 15, 2020 1:00pm - 2:00pm EDT
Monday, May 18

1:30pm EDT

Emergency Planning in a Time of Crisis
This project briefing proposes to detail how, near the beginning of the COVID-19 crisis in February 2020, Clemson Libraries undertook a comprehensive planning process to prepare for a situation that appeared increasingly likely: an extended emergency closure of campus facilities and operations. The planning process focused on two key objectives: delivering as many of our services as possible to our users from a distance; and preparing our employees, with varying levels of technology literacy and internet access, to work remotely from home. First, we developed an exhaustive list of the services available through the Libraries and determined which of those services could be moved into an online environment in some capacity or expanded to meet the demand of remote students and faculty, such as our scan and deliver service. Second, the Libraries drafted an Emergency Action Plan for technology to accomplish three primary goals: ensure that emergency preparedness documents and contacts were updated and available to all library employees; ensure that employees had the technology necessary to perform basic work functions at home, including a computer, network connection, and access to core software applications; and ensure that employees were trained to successfully work from home, easily communicate with co-workers, and share documents. The Emergency Action Plan included a survey of all library employees to determine how many of them had a computer, secure network, webcam, and/or headset available at home, as well as a pilot “Work from Home” course designed in Canvas to prepare employees in the use of a suite of technology tools for remote work. Thanks to this preliminary planning, Clemson Libraries experienced a relatively smooth transition to the remote working environment and was better positioned to meet the research, teaching, and learning needs of our community in a time of crisis.

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Christopher Cox

Dean of Libraries, Clemson University
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Christopher Vinson

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

Monday May 18, 2020 1:30pm - 2:00pm EDT

2:30pm EDT

But Where Can I Find It?: A Look at the Collaborative Evolution of Access to IIT’s TechNews
Since 1928 TechNews of the Illinois Institute of Technology (IIT) has documented the comings and goings of the history of IIT’s ever-changing campus and its students. Managing this constantly expanding cache of documents has been difficult, particularly with the advancements of technology. When this project first launched, these materials were only available to be viewed via scanning requests. Currently, the team is in the process of making these items fully searchable via OCR, providing a cache of linked data that will be immeasurably useful to staff and patrons alike. This project briefing will discuss the decisions made along the way to mature this project into the final platform as well as in-depth description of the collaboration necessary, and how these collaborations have evolved over the years resulting in the current work-in-progress, a final home for the archive of this important institutional resource.


Kristen Weischedel

Illinois Institute of Technology

Monday May 18, 2020 2:30pm - 3:00pm EDT

4:00pm EDT

Rapidly Expanding Access: HathiTrust’s COVID-19 Response
As the COVID-19 crisis took hold in March 2020, HathiTrust rapidly developed services to provide access to collections that would be inaccessible once libraries closed as a result of the public health emergency. Emergency Temporary Access Services provided students, faculty, and staff affiliated with HathiTrust member libraries with limited reading access to portions of the HathiTrust collection normally closed to users due to copyright restrictions. Launched on March 31, within one month the services were available at 160 different academic institutions. This presentation will cover the service’s policy rationale and review its technical development, outline what we have learned from its use, and briefly speculate on what the next several months will bring.

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Sandra McIntyre

Director of Services and Operations, HathiTrust
I am the director of services and operations for HathiTrust, with offices at the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor. Prior to my work with HathiTrust, I was the director of the Mountain West Digital Library for nine years, and, before that, the program manager of the Health Education... Read More →

Mike Furlough

Executive Director, HathiTrust

Monday May 18, 2020 4:00pm - 5:00pm EDT
Tuesday, May 19

2:00pm EDT

Beyond the Repository: Integrations to Support OA Policies
Research and practice have shown that for institutional open access policies and mandates to be successful, infrastructure and support need to include integrations that: 1) extend beyond the repository, and, 2) minimize researcher burden. In January 2020 the Pennsylvania State University Open Access Policy went into effect. In support of this policy the team created both a workflow solution and technical solution that sought to minimize researcher burdens, fit within existing researcher workflows, and leverage existing, established technologies and services, including those beyond the institutional repository. Attendees to this presentation will learn details about the workflow solution, including mechanisms for waivers, compliance, and outreach, as well as information about our integrated technical solution that leverages existing digital applications and faculty processes.

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Ana Enriquez

Scholarly Communications Outreach Librarian, Penn State University Libraries
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Brandy Karl

Copyright Officer, Pennsylvania State University
Brandy is a copyright attorney and advises the Libraries on copyright matters, helps craft University policy and strategy to provide the fullest access to collections, & supports the University's mission with outreach, education, and consultations.
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Dan Coughlin

Head, Libraries Strategic Technologies, Penn State University
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Cynthia Hudson Vitale

Head Research Informatics and Publishing, Pennsylvania State University Libraries

Tuesday May 19, 2020 2:00pm - 3:00pm EDT

3:30pm EDT

Gateway Focus Week: Kickstarting Digital Projects with an Intensive Sustainability Workshop
Digital projects, such as science gateways, research portals, data repositories, and educational websites, deliver research communities a great deal of value through shared data sets, access to computing power, collaborative environments, and other advanced tools. In 2016, the Science Gateways Community Institute (SGCI) was created in recognition of the growing need for a “community center” that would bring together digital projects and provide an assortment of services to support this community. One service that the Institute provides is a five-day, intensive workshop focused on project sustainability. The Gateway Focus Week has been carefully designed to teach project teams through hands-on activities that help them articulate the value of their work to their key stakeholders. By working closely across teams, workshop participants have the opportunity to network, understand other teams’ decision-making, and build camaraderie between projects. Additionally, in surveys, participants report that defining an audience, outlining their market landscape, and understanding user-centered design are the highlight activities of the week. This presentation will describe the evolution of the Focus Week program, the audiences served by the workshop, and the benefits reported by participants.

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Nancy Maron

BlueSky to BluePrint, LLC
Nancy works with publishers, librarians and other innovative project leaders to define, test and refine assumptions about their new and existing products and services. She honed her skills in over 20 years of experience working at the nexus of publishing, higher education and technology... Read More →

Tuesday May 19, 2020 3:30pm - 4:00pm EDT
Wednesday, May 20

1:30pm EDT

Democratizing Access to Research: Using RAMP Data to Compare Trends in IR Usage between the Global North and South
A cornerstone of the institutional repository (IR) value proposition is that IRs democratize access to research outputs that would otherwise be locked behind publisher paywalls, thereby supporting innovation and growth among a diversity of communities and developing economies. However, the realization of this goal requires that IR content be at least as discoverable and accessible as similar offerings promoted by competing interests such as academic social media and third-party service providers (including predatory open access publishers). Using data from the Repository Analytics & Metrics Portal (RAMP), a web service that aggregates data about IR search engine performance, this briefing will discuss trends in IR access and use across device types and explore the relationship between IR search engine performance, device use, and whether users are conducting searches from the Global North or South. The RAMP data used for this briefing are publicly available and include data from 35 repositories during the first five months of 2019. The briefing will include a link to the data and analysis code, as well as a demonstration of an interactive Tableau dashboard. Attendees will be invited to register their IR with RAMP. In addition to the presenters listed, other contributing authors are Kenning Arlitsch (Dean of the Library, Montana State University), and Nikolaus Parulian (University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign).


Jonathan Wheeler

Data Curation Librarian, UNM Libraries

Minh Pham

Doctoral Student/LEADS Fellow, University of Missouri, Columbia

Wednesday May 20, 2020 1:30pm - 2:00pm EDT

2:30pm EDT

Preservation of New Forms of Scholarship
Over the last year, a group of digital preservation institutions, libraries, and university presses have been working together on a Mellon funded project led by New York University Libraries. The project aims to investigate the preservability of a variety of enhanced digital scholarly books to identify which of their features can be preserved at scale using tools currently available, and which are likely to be lost over time. Enhanced monographs can include features such as embedded visualizations, multimedia, data, complex interactive features, maps, annotations, and in some cases they may depend on third-party platforms or APIs, such as YouTube or Google Maps. One goal of the project is to combine the research findings from two established preservation institutions with the knowledge and research of experts in preservation, publishing, and copyright to produce a set of guidelines. The guidelines will provide advice to publishers for creating enhanced monographs that are more likely to be preservable, or at least ensure that the implications of adding certain features are clear so that alternative paths can be taken when possible. So far a selection of EPUB and web-based publications have been investigated and some initial findings have emerged. The session will bring together representatives from university presses and preservation institutions. The publishers will showcase some of the innovative e-books that have been produced, and the preservation institutions will respond with their findings about the preservability of those works. The preservation institutions will highlight publisher practices that enhanced the preservability of the works, as well as offer initial suggestions for further improvements. Finally, the panel will reflect on potential broader implications for scholarly output that may not flow through traditional publishing organizations, such as digital humanities projects and research data.

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Jeremy Morse

Director of Publishing Technology, University of Michigan Library

David Millman

Assistant Dean for Digital Library Technology Services, New York University
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Jonathan Greenberg

Digital Scholarly Publishing Specialist, NYU Libraries
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Karen Hanson

Lead Research Developer, Portico, ITHAKA
Karen is currently the Senior Research Developer at Portico. In this role she works to identify current and emerging technology issues relevant to Portico's operations and mission, as well as discover, evaluate, develop, and implement tools to enhance preservation services. Karen... Read More →
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Thib Guicherd-Callin

Program Manager, LOCKSS
Thib Guicherd-Callin is the Program Manager of the LOCKSS Program at Stanford University Libraries. From humble beginnings as an intern in 2005, his roles have included software engineer and technical manager before he became the head of the Program in 2019. A French native and California... Read More →

Wednesday May 20, 2020 2:30pm - 3:30pm EDT

4:00pm EDT

Flows of Water, Flows of Work: Strategizing Workflows for Data Discovery in the Digitized Southern California Water Documents
We are a small, newly formed digital strategies division that works at the intersection of digital initiatives, digital scholarship, and discovery. Our work aims to build sustainable, standardized, and well-documented practices for digitization, access, and discovery that will serve as the foundation for diverse, inclusive, and ethical digital library practices. Building on the work of our colleagues in Special Collections and Libraries’ 2017 CLIR Digitizing Hidden Collections Grant to digitize and make discoverable California Water documents, our team aims to bolster their work with those materials through the support of a 2020 Collections as Data grant. This presentation will provide an overview of the burgeoning evolution of our digital library program through the lens of our current “Surfacing hidden water data: Water, people, displacement in Southern California” grant project.

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Jeanine Finn

Data and Digital Scholarship Librarian, The Claremont Colleges

Yeisi Ileczko

Digital Technologies Coordinator, The Claremont Colleges Library

Jessica Davila

Director of Digital Strategies and Scholarship, University of Oklahoma

Mark Buchholz

The Claremont Colleges

Wednesday May 20, 2020 4:00pm - 4:30pm EDT
Thursday, May 21

1:00pm EDT

Innovative Models in Data Publishing: An Update from CDL, Dryad, & Zenodo
California Digital Library (CDL) and Dryad partnered in 2018 to advance data publishing by working together to release a new platform and set of business models for sustainability around community data publishing. Recognizing the need to support broader research outputs and consider how like-minded organizations can partner to better achieve shared goals, Zenodo & Dryad partnered in July 2019. Since then, Dryad launched a new data publishing platform as well as new membership models, growing the data publishing community. Join this session to hear about: 1) Dryad’s new platform capabilities and planned work as well as the growing Dryad institutional membership and 2) Dryad and Zenodo’s integration plans to better support researchers in publishing their code and data together. This session will be an opportunity for the CNI community to give feedback on Dryad and Zenodo’s future directions.

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Alex Ioannidis

Zenodo Service Lead, CERN
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Daniella Lowenberg

Sr. Data Publishing Product Manager, University of California
Principal Investigator and lead of the Make Data Count initiative and Sr. Product Manager for Dryad... Read More →

Thursday May 21, 2020 1:00pm - 1:30pm EDT

2:30pm EDT

Discovery Systems in 2020: Issues and Trends
Library discovery and content delivery systems continue to evolve. While there has been a consolidation of systems in the web-scale discovery vendor market, a number of academic libraries have explored various mechanisms to enhance discovery. Many of these systems center around the bento-style discovery approach in which search results are partitioned into separate screen result zones (bento boxes) with retrieved content grouped by format or service type. The bento approach, presently adopted by some 42 libraries, is designed to address identified problems with web-scale systems and better meet user needs by optimizing known-item searching, streamlining full-text access, and providing local services, content, and subject specialist referrals. This panel will discuss current trends and issues in discovery systems, including a description of value-added full-text linking features, user behaviors and needs identified by transaction log analysis, the implementation of artificial intelligence and machine learning technologies in discovery, and plans by the Big Ten Academic Alliance for a collective collection system. The recent OhioLINK/Ithaka white paper on user-centered library systems and the concept of “full library discovery” will also be discussed.

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Michael Norman

Head, Content Access Management, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
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William Mischo

Head of Grainger Engineering Library Information Center; Berthold Family Head Emeritus in Information Access and Discover, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
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Tom Cramer

Chief Technology Strategist, University Libraries, Stanford University
Blacklight, IIIF, Samvera, Fedora, VIVO, Research Intelligence, DuraSpace, linked data, Web Archiving, geospatial services, open source, community.
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Lorcan Dempsey

Vice President, Membership and Research, Chief Strategist, OCLC
This is a brief bio.

Thursday May 21, 2020 2:30pm - 3:30pm EDT

4:00pm EDT

Implications of Student Services on Library Digital and Physical Spaces
The Sheridan Libraries at Johns Hopkins have implemented a new program related to student wellness that uses a large-scale display and associated touch screen within a learning commons. The program focuses on the use of digital games with demonstrated evidence to reduce anxiety, stress, isolation, etc. and research about whether other games could have similar benefits. Most recently, there is now even a physical presence of the Counseling Center within the Library’s learning commons. The research and implementation of this work is now one of the pilot programs within the Association of Research Libraries’ assessment program focused on innovative uses of spaces. As this program has moved forward, the relationship between the Library and Student Affairs has expanded, particularly as it relates to the construction of a new student center and the renovation of an existing library space. This relationship has highlighted new opportunities, and possibly new tension points, for both physical and digital space design within the library. Our experience to date has highlighted interesting and important examples about how to balance space needs for the library’s core mission with broader university priorities.

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Sayeed Choudhury

Head of OSPO, Johns Hopkins University
Sayeed Choudhury is the Associate Dean for Research Data Management and Head of the Open Source Programs Office (OSPO) of Johns Hopkins University (JHU). I’m also a member of the Executive Committee of the Institute for Data Intensive Engineering and Science (IDIES) at JHU. I’ve... Read More →

Edwina Picon

Graduate Student, Johns Hopkins University

Thursday May 21, 2020 4:00pm - 4:30pm EDT
Tuesday, May 26

1:30pm EDT

Advancing the Learning Organization: Reframing IT Projects as a Catalyst for Change
Rebranding “IT Projects” as “library projects” signals to the organization that, as with the strategic planning process, the success of these initiatives is an organization-wide responsibility. Using “Designing IT Projects to Advance the Learning Organization” in EDUCAUSE Review as a jumping-off point, this panel of contributors to the original article will discuss a number of strategic practices used to underscore the organization’s collective responsibility for project outcomes and reinforce the kinds of organizational values and practices characterized by the learning organization. The strategies that the panel will discuss should provide a framework and models for designing projects to advance the learning organization and help create an environment where systems thinking and collaborative learning are the norm and where, as a community, new ways of working to achieve shared values are developed and integrated.

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Carolyn Caizzi

Department Head, Library, Repository & Digital Curation, Northwestern University
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Rosalyn Metz

Associate University Librarian, Library Technology and Digital Strategies, Emory University
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Jennifer Vinopal

Associate Dean for Distinctive Collections and Digital Programs, Ohio State University
Associate Dean for Distinctive Collections and Digital Programs

Hannah Sommers

George Washington University
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Salwa Ismail

Associate University Librarian for Digital Initia, UC Berkeley
Salwa Ismail is the Associate University Librarian for Digital Initiatives and Information Technology and the Associate CIO for UC Berkeley Library. Prior to UC Berkeley Library, Ms. Ismail was the Head of Library Technologies at Georgetown University Library and prior to that the... Read More →

Tuesday May 26, 2020 1:30pm - 2:30pm EDT

3:00pm EDT

Three Years in the Cloud. Our Experience with Moving Our Mission Critical Digital Services to AWS
In 2017 the Florida State University Libraries moved their mission-critical services to Amazon Web Services (AWS). This included the website, EZproxy and all backups. This was done to improve the continuity of services and disaster recovery while reducing costs associated with hosting these services locally. In year three we used our experience to redesign these services into our 2.0 architecture, further improving our disaster recovery response and lowering costs. In this presentation, we will discuss what we did to be successful in moving these services to the cloud and the mistakes we made that you can avoid. We will also discuss our plans to transition our digital repository and research data repositories to the cloud.


Jean Phillips

Florida State University

Favenzio Calvo

Florida State University

Louis Brooks

Director of Digital Infrastructure, FSU Libraries
I was born, I have lived all my life and now I am here.

Tuesday May 26, 2020 3:00pm - 3:30pm EDT

4:00pm EDT

Web-Based Digital Maps and the Challenge of Sustainability
Interactive and thematic maps take us well beyond the time when map making was restricted to the rarefied realm of cartographers. Thanks to easily available mapping software, scripting, and other tools, it is increasingly easy to create, tell stories, and present research through dynamic and interactive web-based digital mapping projects to answer questions and share information. Scholars are doing this across all disciplines, from the geosciences to the humanities and yet, many of the tools and platforms that make this work possible are part of for-profit businesses such as Google or Esri, or are open source and at risk. In 2019, a Mellon-funded workshop explored sustainability challenges specific to web-based digital maps and is now seeking solutions including considering which mapping elements might be best supported by an academy-built/led/managed infrastructure.

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Nancy Maron

BlueSky to BluePrint, LLC
Nancy works with publishers, librarians and other innovative project leaders to define, test and refine assumptions about their new and existing products and services. She honed her skills in over 20 years of experience working at the nexus of publishing, higher education and technology... Read More →

Jeremiah Trinidad-Christensen

Head, Research Data Services, Columbia University

Tuesday May 26, 2020 4:00pm - 4:30pm EDT
Wednesday, May 27

1:00pm EDT

Sharing Digital Content through International Museum, Library, and Archives Networks Today: An IMLS Inquiry into Cross-Border Initiatives
The Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS) is the primary source of federal funding for our nation’s museums, libraries, and archives. The agency plays a pivotal role in supporting the delivery of museum, library, and information services through both domestic and international networks. In addition to providing funding through its grant programs for a wide variety of learning, community engagement, collections care, and other innovative projects, IMLS conducts and publishes research reports, studies trends, and convenes dialogues with community stakeholders. IMLS is currently exploring how museums and libraries have navigated copyright and other related issues associated with cross-border projects and developed resources and tools to support other institutions in addressing similar issues. In the fall of 2019, IMLS convened experts to explore tools and resources for projects that involve the cross-border digital exchange of museum, library, and archives content (collections) and data. The discussion revealed that while international collaboration is a new norm, gaps in copyright exceptions and limitations can generate unnecessary difficulties, confusion, and frustration. In this briefing, we will discuss what we learned, how the absence or misalignment of global exceptions to copyright (like US fair use or library exceptions) may affect today’s scholarship and delivery of services, and recommendations from the meeting.

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Nancy Weiss

General Counsel, Institute of Museum and Library Services
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Melissa Levine

Director, Copyright Office, University of Michigan

Wednesday May 27, 2020 1:00pm - 1:30pm EDT

3:00pm EDT

Navigating Communal Rights for Digital Preservation and Open Access
The Modern Endangered Archives Program (MEAP) is a new granting program at the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA) Library. We fund projects designed to document, digitize and make accessible endangered archival materials from the 20th and 21st centuries, including print, photographic, film, audio, ephemeral, and born-digital objects. This program responds to the urgent need for preservation and dissemination of collections from the global south, at risk from environmental conditions, political uncertainty, inherently unsustainable media, inappropriate storage, or communal and social change. Once digitized, materials will be made freely and openly accessible at the UCLA Library website and preserved in perpetuity by the UCLA Library. We believe that providing open access to cultural and historical materials from around the world serves to expand discourse and challenge politicized and nationalized historical narratives that minimize or silence multiple voices and perspectives.

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Sharon Farb

Associate University Librarian, UCLA
Sharon E. Farb is the Associate University Librarian and the chief policy strategist for the UCLA Library. She leads the units that enhance and unlock the Library's rare and unique materials and guides the Library's government relations and public policy efforts.
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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

Wednesday May 27, 2020 3:00pm - 3:30pm EDT
Thursday, May 28

3:00pm EDT

IT Guidance at the Yale University Library
In the summer of 2019, the Yale University Library (YUL) launched the IT Guidance Process (ITGP). Like most members of the Association of Research Libraries, the YUL has an increasing demand for IT resources and services while at the same time budget levels are fairly stagnant, reallocation of positions is difficult due to competing priorities, and attracting IT talent is difficult in the current market. Given these constraints, the objective of the ITGP is two-fold. First is to maximize the value that library IT can deliver to the organization by aligning the strategic priorities of the YUL with the IT resources available. Second is specifying the decision rights and accountability for carrying out those decisions. Key components of the ITGP are the IT Steering Committee comprised of the senior leadership of the YUL, identified ‘service domains’ which are groups of related activities and their IT related infrastructure, and advisory groups which are responsible for the service domains. This presentation will address the environment that led to the formation of the ITSC, the different ‘service domains’ that were identified, and how these different pieces fit together.

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Dale Hendrickson

Director of Library Information Technology, Yale University

Thursday May 28, 2020 3:00pm - 4:00pm EDT

4:30pm EDT

Introducing Privacy Literacy in Digital Learning
As online learning has become the new normal for students, educators, and librarians, it is important to consider the implications of such a shift. One area that has not been discussed extensively is privacy awareness measures and privacy literacy. More people are spending time with their devices and computers to access online content than ever before. Online platforms such as Zoom and Google Hangouts may be helpful ways to stay engaged with others during this time. However, there are still surveillance and data tracking using any of these resources. It becomes critical for educators and librarians to be familiar with privacy awareness and advocacy tools. This session will cover how a librarian is introducing privacy literacy to graduate students as part of an information literacy program during the pandemic. In addition, the presenter will share important and relevant resources and tools to safeguard library users’ security and privacy rights.

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Raymond Pun

Librarian, Alder Graduate School of Education

Thursday May 28, 2020 4:30pm - 5:00pm EDT
Friday, May 29

1:00pm EDT

The On-again, Off-again Career of Learning Analytics
Ah, learning analytics. When it appeared on the higher education stage, around 2010/2011, it seemed like a simple and powerful idea: use the “breadcrumb” data learners generate to track student progress and to trigger interventions as needed, in real or near-real-time. So why, nearly 10 years later, do we find journal articles that tell us while the potential of learning analytics remains high, there is not yet sufficient realization of its potential? If it has such potential, why hasn’t learning analytics “taken off”? In short: what are the current challenges institutions are facing? To find out, Unizin, the Association of Public and Land-grant Universities, and EDUCAUSE conducted a survey of a variety of communities to see if we could identify those challenges. In this session, we’ll look at the results and have some discussion about their implications.

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Malcolm Brown

Director of Learning Initiatives, EDUCAUSE
Prior to assuming the position of director of the EDUCAUSE Learning Initiative (ELI), Malcolm Brown was the Director of Academic Computing at Dartmouth College. His group supported faculty and students in the use of applications of information technology in research and in the curriculum... Read More →

Friday May 29, 2020 1:00pm - 2:00pm EDT

3:30pm EDT

Plenary: Close of Virtual Meeting
CNI Executive Director Clifford Lynch will close CNI's Spring 2020 Virtual Meeting by reflecting on the event itself and on these unprecedented times. Join us for the final session of what has been an extraordinary meeting and find out what’s at the forefront of Cliff’s thinking about the future given the coronavirus crisis as our community navigates uncharted territory. Following Cliff’s remarks, we look forward to hearing attendees' questions, and we invite them to share their thoughts about the virtual meeting, current events, and the challenges and opportunities facing our community.

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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 →

Friday May 29, 2020 3:30pm - 4:30pm EDT

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