CNI Fall Membership Meeting 2014, Washington, DC—Notes and Musings
Clifford Lynch says that digital scholarship centers seem to be on the minds of many CNI members. They will likely hold a pre CNI spring membership meeting session for those libraries who are investigating the development of these centers.
Clifford Lynch says his next big question is how to get a handle on how we are providing access to and archiving cultural heritage. He claims this is a very big issue and area of concern.
Lynch recommended that everyone should read OCLC’s “Evolving Scholarly Record” report.
Ex Libris (Christine Stohn) said they will have automated holdings updates in 2015.
Marshall Breeding: Libraries and vendors need to collaborate to shift everything to comprehensive secure page delivery. There needs to be a defined audit methodology for assessing the privacy and security of library technical infrastructure.
Eric Hellman (Gluejar): Remove tracking systems from library websites. NYPL was able to do that after a visit from Eric Hellman to their library. With current tracking systems, it can be determined the books our students and faculty are reading, their friends, geodata, websites visited, purchased data –from advertiser networks who are picking up books that students have searched and/or checked out from our library catalogs. One easy fix: change your library catalogs to https. Install “ghostery” to see what information is being tracked.
Northwestern University (Geoffrey Swindells): He is their new User Experience Department Head. The department is made up of the following units: Assessment, Outreach and Learning Services, Undergraduate Services and User spaces, Web and Mobile Services.
Ohio State University (Beth Warner): She is their AD for Information Technology. Their IT division has been restructured. It contains: Infrastructure (7 staff), Applications Development and Support (8 staff), Digital Initiatives (1 staff). They moved servers and storage from central IT back to the library. They wrote “Guiding Principles” and “Digital Preservation Policy Framework” documents.
Wake Forest University (Chelcie Rowell): She is their Digital Initiatives Librarian. They have created three tiers of service for faculty digital project proposals: Provision-Customization-Creation.
Berkeley, Bancroft Library (Mary Elings): She is their Head of Digital Collections. They did a Hackathon –humanities focus, included students, explore APIs to expose digital archives, develop new infrastructure for digital archives site, selected on collection for the Hackathon, included mentors and coding support, prizes were awarded, offered work spaces in the library, students did final presentations.
University of Iowa (Tom Keegan): He is their Head of Digital Research and Publishing. He developed “IDEAL”. Iowa Digital Engagement and Learning. One project used WWII letters – worked with students – their project was to transcribe the content.