Representatives from CNI member organizations gather twice annually to explore new technologies, content, and applications; to further collaboration; to analyze technology policy issues, and to catalyze the development and deployment of new projects. Each member organization may send two representatives. Visit https://www.cni.org/mm/fall-2017 for more information.

Monday, December 11 • 2:30pm - 3:15pm
The 2.5% Commitment Initiative

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The "2.5% Commitment" initiative grew out of a paper by the same name written by David Lewis. It argues that additional contributions from academic libraries are required for infrastructure to support the open scholarly commons and encourages academic libraries to contribute 2.5% of their total budget to support open infrastructure and content. Establishing a norm of this sort is required to overcome the collective action problem libraries currently face. The first step in establishing this norm is to define what counts as "open infrastructure and content" and to create a tool that would allow academic libraries to measure their contribution in a uniform way. Unsurprisingly, this is not simple. This presentation will review the proposal in the Lewis paper and will describe initial efforts to define "open infrastructure and content." It will also review the preliminary application of this common methodology across 20-30 academic libraries. This will show both how this group of libraries supports open infrastructure and content and to what extent a 2.5% commitment is a realistic or an aspirational goal.


Lori Goetsch

Dean of Libraries, Kansas State University

David Lewis

Dean of the Library, Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis
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Michael D. Roy

Dean of the Library, Middlebury College
I'm interested in talking with people at this conference about the intersections of librarianship, academic technology, open access publishing, digital scholarship, and how all of these inform 21st century visions of digital learning, and emerging forms of literacy.

Monday December 11, 2017 2:30pm - 3:15pm

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