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Archive January 2012

Extending the Scope of Trove: Addition of E-resources Subscribed to By Australian Libraries

Friday, 27 January 2012 4:04:15 p.m.

Trove is the national discovery service for Australia managed by the National Library of Australia. It was released in December 2009. It contains metadata for millions of freely accessible items, from more than 1,000 contributing institutions. The focus is on Australia and Australians. In 2011 it was developed further to include selected sets of e-resources subscribed to by Australian libraries. Trove v4.0 was released in May 2011 after 120 million subscription e-resources were successfully included. This took the Trove content total to almost 240 million items. This article describes why and how the work was undertaken, what was achieved, the issues and future plans for development.
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http://www.dlib.org/dlib/november11/holley/11holley.html

Developing studentsí digital literacy to give them the best chance of success

Friday, 27 January 2012 4:04:15 p.m.

Many learners enter further and higher education lacking the skills needed to apply digital technologies to education. As 90% of new jobs will require excellent digital skills, improving digital literacy is an essential component of developing employable graduates.
 
Courses that embed core digital skills, as well as subject specific use of technology, enable students to gain the skills and confidence they need to use digital technology not only to support their learning but also in the workplace.

Go to source:
http://www.jisc.ac.uk/supportingyourinstitution/studentjourney/digilit.aspx

Mapping Research Excellence: exploring the links between research excellence and research funding policy

Friday, 27 January 2012 4:04:15 p.m.

This report explores patterns of national research excellence in a selection of the world’s top performing countries, the UK, the USA, China, Japan, Australia and Germany, using a new measure of excellence developed by Elsevier.
National research funding systems and policies are areas of huge complexity and so the aim of this report has been to elucidate some of these processes and consider how these might affect research excellence.

This report is not a comprehensive guide to all research policies. Rather, it has been our intention to identify links, provoke thought and prompt the direction of future policy interventions. Whilst observations are made about national funding, higher education policy and its interaction with research excellence is considered in more detail.

Go to source:
http://www.1994group.ac.uk/documents/110915_MappingResearchExcellence_1.pdf

Capturing Business Intelligence Required for Targeted Marketing, Demonstrating Value, and Driving Process Improvement

Friday, 27 January 2012 4:04:15 p.m.

The University of Wollongong (UOW) has undertaken an innovative and collaborative research project to demonstrate the value that can be provided by academic libraries. The tool developed, the “Library Cube”, is a data warehouse linking student borrowing and use of electronic resources to students’ academic grades and demographic information. The project is different to other institutions’ efforts to link usage to student outcomes, in that the Library Cube is not a one-off research project, but is now an ongoing part of UOW’s systems and performance reporting and represents a fundamental shift in evaluating the student experience through the integration of discrete systems and datasets.
 
The Library Cube demonstrates a new direction for evidence-based research. Analysis enabled through the Cube has revealed a very strong relationship between library usage and students’ academic performance. This information will improve UOW Library’s ability to demonstrate value to clients and stakeholders. The Library Cube has also delivered some anticipated and unexpected findings on the relationship between social variables (such as gender, age, and citizenship) and library usage behaviors; and in doing so has also identified potential target audiences for Library promotions and engagement strategies.

Go to source:
http://ro.uow.edu.au/asdpapers/242/

Multi-Publisher, Multi-Purpose Platforms: Current Trends and Suggestions for the Future

Friday, 27 January 2012 4:04:15 p.m.

The landscape surrounding publishers and libraries continues to change, with increasing amounts of content being converted from print to electronic format. All those involved are still looking for the most practical, useful and efficient ways to adapt to this changed, digitized environment. There are no easy fixes and there is certainly no consensus.

Go to source:
http://www.accucoms.com/about/ACCUCOMS%20White%20Paper%20Multi-Purpose%20Platforms

SWORD: Facilitating Deposit Scenarios

Friday, 27 January 2012 4:04:15 p.m.

The SWORD (Simple Web-service Offering Repository Deposit) protocol was designed to facilitate the interoperable deposit of resources into systems such as repositories. The use of an interoperable standard eases the burden of developing clients to deposit such resources. This paper examines nine different deposit use cases, and provides case studies and examples of each use case to demonstrate the wide range of repository deposit scenarios. The use cases range from the deposit of scholarly communication outputs from a publisher to a repository and the automatic deposit of data from laboratory equipment, to inter-repository transfer and collaborative authoring workflows.
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http://www.dlib.org/dlib/january12/lewis/01lewis.html
 

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