February 13, 2016

Academic Libraries

U Conn Faculty, Administration Connect over Library Cuts

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As the University of Connecticut (UConn) library system braces for a $1.2 million budget cut in 2016, a reduction that will mean the loss of 7.5 FTEs among other disruptions in service, a group of concerned faculty members say they are heartened by the administration’s apparent openness toward exploring new ways of plugging a revenue gap that shows little sign of abating.

SafetyLit: A Free Database It Might Be Useful to Know About | Not Dead Yet­­

Cheryl-LaGuardia

Someone from the SafetyLit Foundation recently sent me information about the SafetyLit Database via LinkedIn. I hadn’t heard of this resource before, but I took a look (though not an exhaustive one) and saw some interesting material in it.

University of Kansas Librarians Embedded in New Journalism Program

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The newest online Master’s degree program at the University of Kansas (KU) opened its doors under the auspices of the school’s Journalism department. But when it officially launches in June, 2016, the new program, which focuses on teaching veteran and aspiring journalists alike how best to present and share digital content, will also owe a lot to the school’s librarians. KU’s information specialists have helped to consult on the structure of the program and the content it will cover, and will be embedded in the program’s digital classrooms from day one.

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.

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.

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.

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?