February 10, 2016

Academic Libraries

Five Institutional Strategies for Textbook Affordability | From the Bell Tower

Steven Bell

Whether you’re just getting started or want to take your program to the next level, thinking strategically about campus adoption of Open Educational Resources (OER) can make a difference.

Librarians, the Gathering: Designing and Publicizing a Personal Librarian Program | Peer to Peer Review

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Beginning in December 2013, librarians at Alfred University, NY, began discussing the possibility of creating a Personal Librarian Program, inspired by the work of librarians at places like Drexel University and Yale University’s Medical Library. We have always encouraged students to seek out a librarian for research assistance; now we wanted to add a human touch, providing a name and face for students encountering the intimidating task of using a college library for the first time. The librarian trading card programs of other libraries–such as Penn State and the University of Rochester–gave us the idea of creating unique cards and personas for each librarian. We decided to take the trading card idea, give it a fantasy roleplaying spin, and use these new “Magic: the Gathering”-esque cards to help connect students to their librarians and publicize the program. With this, “Librarians, the Gathering” was born.

Increasing Participation in Your Institutional Repository

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So you’ve established an institutional repository, where users can put papers, theses, and experimental data on file, making it easily accessible to the larger world. While getting an institutional repository up and running is no small feat, it’s only the first step. To make the most of this tool, you have to fill it, and that means getting ongoing participation from faculty and students.

Libraries Support Data-Sharing Across the Research Lifecycle

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As more and more researchers are committed to sharing their data, libraries are seizing the opportunity to demonstrate their value across the research lifecycle and support open culture. Mandates from funding agencies have made data management and sharing a high priority for researchers; new strategies for reuse and visualization are shining a spotlight on the importance of discoverability. Libraries have an important role to play in research data management and sharing; they are taking the opportunity to remind their partners across campus that managing research data, like most efforts in scholarly communication, is a team sport.

When You Can’t Lead Like Dan Price | Leading from the Library

Steven Bell

Library jobs tend to be low paying. Leading in the non-profit education sector gives leaders little leeway or discretionary power to raise salaries. Learn what leaders should know about motivating staff.

CHORUS Inks Agreement with NSF, USGS, NIST

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CHORUS (the Clearinghouse for the Open Research of the United States) has partnered with a number of federal agencies over the past six months to help them comply with the Office of Science and Technology Policy (OSTP) and Office of Management and Budget (OMB) directives requiring open access to federally funded research. The United States Department of Energy (DOE), the Smithsonian Institution, the National Science Foundation (NSF), the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS), and U.S. Commerce Department’s National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) have all reached agreements with CHORUS.

New Opportunities in Learning Experience Curation | From the Bell Tower

Steven Bell

Academic librarians are campus experts when it comes to curation, from books to data. Is there a new opportunity on the rise in the field of learning experience curation?

Bots, Block Chain, and Beacons: Hot Topics at LITA Tech Trends Panel | ALA Midwinter 2016

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Moderator Lisa Bunker, Social Media Librarian for Pima County Public Library (AZ) ; Jason Griffey, founder and principal of consulting and creation firm Evenly Distributed; Jim Hahn, orientation services and environments librarian and associate professor at the University of Illinois Undergraduate Library; Jamie Hollier, co-owner and co-CEO of technology consultancy Anneal; Alex Lent, director of the Millis Public Library (MA); Thomas Padilla, digital scholarship librarian at Michigan State University Libraries; and Ken Varnum, senior program manager for discovery, delivery, and learning analytics at the University of Michigan Library, during the Library Information Technology Association’s (LITA) Top Tech Trends panel at the American Library Association’s 2016 Midwinter conference in Boston.

Academic Movers 2015: In Depth with Sharona Ginsberg

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In our latest 2015 In-Depth Interview with Library Journal Movers & Shakers from academic libraries, sponsored by SAGE, we spoke with Sharona Ginsberg, MakerBridge Coordinator and learning technologies librarian, at the State University of New York at Oswego. Ginsberg launched the MakerBridge Project—a community with Maker information, tools, and best practices for librarians and educators—when she was still in graduate school at the University of Michigan School of Information, and has made it a point to advocate for inclusiveness in the Maker movement.

Attending To the Whole Student: Higher Ed’s 2016 Trend | From the Bell Tower

Steven Bell

American higher education still struggles with low participation and graduation rates. Colleges and universities are experimenting with new student success efforts that look at the whole student. Academic librarians can support these holistic approaches.