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Archive January 2015

National Digitisation Review an RLUK briefing paper

Thursday, 29 January 2015 4:40:05 p.m.

The digitisation of physical objects offers key strategic benefits to research libraries. The existence of digital surrogates allows for scholars and students who are not able to visit the host institution to access and investigate resources that would otherwise be unavailable to them. Preservation of rare and fragile material may be enhanced as readers who only need access to the contents no longer handle the original objects. If the digital surrogate satisfies the vast majority of users then the original object may be stored off-campus, so liberating key on-campus ‘real estate’ for other purposes. Finally, the existence of large-scale digital and digitised collections allows for new types of scholarship based on text and data mining.

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The Texas Digital Library: A Model

Thursday, 29 January 2015 4:38:23 p.m.


  • The Texas Digital Library is a consortium of 20 institutions that offers its members virtual storage and data access, along with long-term preservation of digital collections and data management.
  • This article highlights how the TDL addresses the specific needs and goals of four collections at three very different universities — Baylor, Trinity, and Texas A&M.
  • As an exemplary consortial solution, the TDL's members work collaboratively to leverage best practices in curation, metadata, usability, and data integrity for the long haul.

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Green open access policies of scholarly journal publishers: a study of what, when, and where self-archiving is allowed

Thursday, 29 January 2015 4:36:43 p.m.

The degree to which scholarly journal articles published in subscription-based journals could be provided open access (OA) through publisher-permitted uploading to freely accessible web locations, so called green OA, is an underexplored area of research. This study combines article volume data originating from the Scopus bibliographic database with manually coded publisher policies of the 100 largest journal publishers measured by article output volume for the year 2010. Of the 1.1 million articles included in the analysis, 80.4 % could be uploaded either as an accepted manuscript or publisher version to an institutional or subject repository after one year of publication. Publishers were found to be substantially more permissive with allowing accepted manuscripts on personal webpages (78.1 % of articles) or in institutional repositories (79.9 %) compared to subject repositories (32.8 %). With previous studies suggesting realized green OA to be around 12 % of total annual articles the results highlight the substantial unused potential for green OA.

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Lib-Value: Values, Outcomes, and Return on Investment of Academic Libraries

Thursday, 29 January 2015 4:35:14 p.m.

Phase III: ROI of the Syracuse University Library

This study measures the return on investment (ROI) of the Syracuse Uni­versity library. Faculty and students at Syracuse University were surveyed using contingent valuation methodology to measure their willingness to pay in time and money for the services of the academic library. Their travel time and use of the online library was measured to determine the environmental value of the academic library. The economic and environ­mental value of the Syracuse University library show an ROI of $4.49 returned to the university for every $1.00 spent each year.


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LIBLICENSE: Licensing Digital Content

Thursday, 29 January 2015 4:33:58 p.m.

The LIBLICENSE Model License Agreement is part of an ongoing effort to provide timely and responsive information and assistance to librarians involved in licensing and maintaining digital collections. The terms of the initial 2001 Standard License Agreement (revised through 2008) have now formed the basis for a completely updated revision. In November 2014, this totally revised and recast model license has been posted, after intense, year-long discussions and collaborations with numerous stakeholders.

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Learning analytics: The current state of play in UK higher and further education

Thursday, 29 January 2015 4:32:26 p.m.

Driven primarily by the need to improve student success, retention and the learning experience, learning analytics is a rapidly growing area of interest in educational institutions worldwide. In the UK Jisc is working closely with its stakeholders to share experiences in areas such as the provision of tools and dashboards for learning analytics, and ethical and legal guidance in how to deploy them. This builds on the work of Cetis which carried out extensive work in exploring issues around learning analytics and provided its useful Analytics Series of reports and case studies in late 2012 – early 2013.1 Cetis followed this up with a survey of institutional use in May and June of 2013 which received 26 responses.2 The area is moving forward so rapidly that it was felt that an up to date picture of current developments in the UK further and higher education sectors was required in order to inform the sector and Jisc’s future activities.

This report examines the current situation in a range of universities and colleges across the UK. A number of institutions which were known to be carrying out work in learning analytics were approached to see if they would be prepared to be interviewed. The resulting list includes ten universities, two colleges and the University of London Computing Centre, which hosts the virtual learning environment's (VLE) of more than a hundred organisations and is planning to further develop its analytics capabilities. While the list of institutions cannot be considered representative of UK tertiary education it does provide a snapshot of activity in a wide variety of institutions, and includes some of the most high profile developments.

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