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Planning a Digital Scholarship Center: A CNI-ARL Workshop—Register Now

Patrick Ma Digital Scholarship Lab, Brown University Library

General registration is now open for “Planning a Digital Scholarship Center: A CNI-ARL Workshop,” to be held May 17–18, 2016, in Arlington, Virginia. Only a few spots remain available—register now.

An increasing number of institutions are planning programs and spaces they call digital scholarship centers, scholars’ labs, research commons, or similar names. Often these centers are located in and administered by academic libraries, in contrast to faculty-run institutes. While some centers focus on digital humanities, many work with a broader range of disciplines, supporting e-science and digital research in the social sciences. During the planning and early implementation process for a center, there are many decisions to be made about the mission, programs, partnerships, staffing, technologies, as well as the physical space of the center.

This workshop will assist institutions in the process of planning digital scholarship centers, not by offering one solution but by presenting a variety of models that will help institutions make informed choices that address institutional needs and priorities. The event will include a combination of presentations by invited speakers, group discussions, and hands-on exercises.


This workshop will assist those institutions in the planning stages or early implementation stages of a digital scholarship center. Institutions are encouraged to register teams, but individual registrants are also welcome. The target audience includes deans/directors and associate directors of libraries, scholarly communications librarians, digital humanities professionals or faculty, GIS staff, information technology staff, and faculty engaged in digital scholarship.


The workshop will cover the following topics:

  • Process of planning a digital scholarship center
  • Funding a center
  • Staffing issues, including types of staff, training, integration with other staff
  • Technologies and physical space
  • Models and types of centers
  • Partnerships for research
  • Partnerships for teaching and learning
  • Dissemination and curation of products of digital scholarship
  • Lessons learned

A preliminary agenda is available on the workshop website.

Preparation for the Workshop

Individuals and/or institutional teams will be asked to read background articles and to complete an assignment prior to attending the workshop. More information is available on the workshop website.


Registration is limited to 100 people. A waiting list will be maintained after the limit has been reached. Register at https://arl.formstack.com/forms/digital_scholarship_centers_workshop


The registration fee of $375 per individual will include an evening reception (May 17), continental breakfast and lunch (May 18), and several breaks with light refreshments throughout the event.

Venue & Accommodations

The workshop will take place at the DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel Washington DC–Crystal City, 300 Army Navy Drive, Arlington, Virginia.

Participants can reserve rooms at the event group rate of $229 per night (single/double) through the workshop reservation page on the hotel website or by calling the hotel at 703-416-4100 and identifying yourself as a workshop participant.

Planning Committee

Members of the workshop planning committee are:

  • Rebecca Graham, Chief Information Officer and Chief Librarian, University of Guelph
  • Harriette Hemmasi, Joukowsky Family University Librarian, Brown University
  • Joan Lippincott, Associate Executive Director, Coalition for Networked Information
  • Rikk Mulligan, Program Officer for Scholarly Publishing, Association of Research Libraries, and Public Fellow, American Council of Learned Societies

Additional Information

For more information, visit the workshop website or contact Angela Pappalardo, program coordinator, events and finance, ARL, angela@arl.org or 202-296-2296.

About the Coalition for Networked Information

The Coalition for Networked Information (CNI) is dedicated to supporting the transformative promise of digital information technology for the advancement of scholarly communication and the enrichment of intellectual productivity. Some 230 institutions representing higher education, publishing, information technology, scholarly and professional organizations, foundations, and libraries and library organizations make up CNI’s members; CNI is entirely funded through membership dues. Semi-annual membership meetings bring together representatives of CNI’s constituencies to discuss ongoing and new projects, and to plan for future initiatives. Learn more about CNI at https://www.cni.org/.

About the Association of Research Libraries

The Association of Research Libraries (ARL) is a nonprofit organization of 124 research libraries in the US and Canada. ARL’s mission is to influence the changing environment of scholarly communication and the public policies that affect research libraries and the diverse communities they serve. ARL pursues this mission by advancing the goals of its member research libraries, providing leadership in public and information policy to the scholarly and higher education communities, fostering the exchange of ideas and expertise, facilitating the emergence of new roles for research libraries, and shaping a future environment that leverages its interests with those of allied organizations. ARL is on the web at http://www.arl.org/.

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