EmTech Processing Room
A major focus of the meeting was planning for our future. Over half of the ASERL deans and directors have changed over the last five years. New deans bring new ideas and expectations. We first focused on what we valued about ASERL:
Some priorities for ASERL going forward include:
The fall meeting of the Coalition of Networked Information was held in Washington, DC, Dec. 10-11. Our record snowfall on the 9th nearly cancelled the trip for me, but I was able to get out of GSO late on the 10th, missing the first day of meetings. The full agenda is linked here. As usual there was an overwhelming amount of rich concurrent sessions — some highlights for me were:
Future of Libraries and Academic Research
This session was based on a 2015 study founded by the Mellon foundation and discussed the shift to digital services and collaborative spaces. Elements were very relevant to our new strategic plan as the focus was ‘reimagining the library.” Principal elements of this reimagination are:
This is a moment — a professional-wide redefinition is underway that is essential to our continuing relevance.
The other session I will highlight is:
Academy Led Publishing
This session mostly focused on Mellon funded library publishing platforms.
Vega — academic publishing system for mostly web texts; supports authors, editors, and reviewers — in alpha testing at Wayne State
Editoria — a Mellon and CA Digital Library project that focuses on monographs
Fulcrum — a UMich Press and Mellon project that is not an authoring or production platform but focuses preservation. It is built on top of the repository and integrates with authoring and editorial tools.
Sustainability for these platforms still a challenge as is platform proliferation. Building links between systems is key. Business models for these services are also a challenge — lots of “failures” — service providers who know the marketplace needed.
After CNI I flew from DC to Boston for several development events hosted by ZSR Board of Visitors members. I returned to GSO the afternoon of Friday the 14th after a very full week!