As a member of the ACRL Professional Development Committee, I've been on the committee helping to put together the ACRL/CNI/EDUCAUSE Virtual Conference. It's been a really interesting and valuable experience being a part of the process–seeing how the call for proposals is issued, getting to look at all the really great proposals that came in, hearing the thoughtful discussion and suggestions of a lot of great colleagues and having the honor of being part of a group that includes Joan Lippincott, Evelyn Blount and Margot Sutton (who has to be one of the hardest-working people I've ever met virtually). And today is the day it kicks off!
Keynote with Clifford Lynch and Charles Henry

Cyberinfrastructure-Question on American Council of Learned Societies (ACLS)–umbrella organization of mostly humanities and social sciences academic institutions–and their cyberinfrastructure task force which both of them took part in I believe (report forthcoming). ACLS decided to convene the task force after two influential science and quantitative social science reports (Revolutionizing Science and Engineering Through Cyberinfrastructure, an NSF report in 2003 on cyberinfrastructure in support of science and engineering-Dan Atkins, chair (also see http://www.nsf.gov/od/oci/reports/toc.jsp); and last year, a report on cyberinfrastructure for quantitative data (also NSF). The ACLS report is meant to take a look at the special circumstances of humanities and social sciences in cyberinfrastructure (much less work done in digital world for these fields despite pioneering projects, much less funding (not the same huge grants given by funding agencies like NSF), abd special need for backfile digitization especially for humanities) as well as the common themes across all fields (need for appropriate support personnel, changing landscape of research and  inadequecies of current system (tenure, departmental organization, scholarly communication, etc) to address change introduced by technology, historical lack of funding for supporting data sets after project's over, and need for strong leadership). Also not only technical support and training issues but also challenges (and opportunities) for interdisciplinary scholarship.

Libraries' role? Scholarship much more involved in digital data which need support and institutional homes (access, availability, preservation, development for ongoing scholarship)

Note to self: look at NSF Office for Cyberinfrastructure

Example: Shoah digital archive (http://www.library.yale.edu/mssa/vha/)?
Digitization–Large scale projects like Google Book Search–Stopped by copyright or orphan works? Good or bad as a whole? Good for cultural preservation and not just for books-photos, television, etc. Google most aggressive and perhaps pushed ahead and now are having to deal with resistance but good thing that has come out of it has been discussion, awareness, European libraries intitiatives (like Sputnik, an info race).

Institutional repositories–In answer to audience question, Lynch Cliff says important (though not all things will be journal articles or books) and must place in context of larger digital repositories/network. Henry agrees and says another useful point is that it shows more of process of scholarship ("intellectual life of institutions" says Lynch "an uneneding supply of symposia, lectures, etc" that can be saved and broadcast. pointed out loss of historical record of performing arts because of technical and copyright problems)

Digital preservation–initiatives, multiple strategies? Yes, multiple strategies (don't put all your eggs in one basket and we also don't know enough to whittle down to just one). Lots of initiatives and hard to keep track of if you're not embedded because research/operation/field trials all mixed. National Digital Information Infrastructure and Preservation project coordinated by Library of Congress (distributed initiative) and European intiatives (like the Digital Curation Centre in Edinburgh). Need to integrate concept of preservation in any digital project.

I missed the end of this because of a nissue I had to resolve so perhaps more later. 

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