There have been a number of interesting announcements coming out of the Coalition for Networked Information discussion list lately:

Reinventing Science Librarianship

Presentation audio and slides are now online from the recent forum on “Reinventing Science Librarianship: Models for the Future,” co-sponsored by the Association of Research Libraries (ARL) and the Coalition for Networked Information (CNI). Leaders of research libraries and campus IT services gathered in Arlington, Virginia, October 16-17, 2008, to discuss trends in scientific research and the development of new library roles responsive to those trends.The program highlighted a few case studies to illustrate trends and new, emerging models of library support.

Sessions included: 

  • E-Science: Trends, Transformations & Responses
  • Data Curation: Issues and Challenges
  • Supporting Virtual Organizations
  • Lessons & New Roles: the Experience of Health Sciences Libraries
  • Education for New Roles: What does the science library/informatics professional need to know and be able to do?
  • Summary Reactor Panel
  • Poster Session: Tools, Programs and Services, and Organizational Models

The proceedings are online at

The Tower and the Cloud

EDUCAUSE has just released a new book titled “The Tower and the Cloud: Higher Education in the Age of Cloud Computing”, edited by Richard Katz. The book contains a number of notable chapters dealing with the role of the academy and how information technology is reshaping that role, as well as the changing nature of research, teaching and learning. I have authored a chapter for the book that examines questions and opportunities surrounding the mission of the university to disseminate and exercise stewardship over scholarship. The entire book, or individual chapters, can be downloaded without charge from the EDUCAUSE web site at

Archiving Scientific Data

The Alliance for Permanent Access recently completed its annual conference (Budapest, 4 November) : this year the theme was the economics of archiving scientific data.
The Alliance’s international membership includes strategic partners from the research community, libraries, publishers, and digital preservation organisations. Participants called upon the Alliance to act as an umbrella organisation to secure sustainable funding for permanent access in Europe.
A comprehensive conference report (complete with photographs conveying the atmosphere!), together with the powerpoint presentations, abstracts and authors’ biographies is now available online at