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Archive January 2017

Top 10 IT Issues, 2017: Foundations for Student Success

Friday, 27 January 2017 3:31:35 p.m.

The 2017 EDUCAUSE Top 10 IT Issues are all about student success. Information technology in higher education continues to have many priorities and serve numerous constituents. IT service catalogs comprise hundreds of services to meet the many needs of faculty, students, and staff in various fields: the humanities; social, biological, and physical sciences; law; music; theater; art; business; and healthcare and allied professions. You name it, higher education offers it, and the IT organization supports it. Every academic and administrative area makes its own, separate demands on the IT organization, at any time and from any place. Despite the many and disparate requirements of each user and each technology, a predominant focus has risen to the top for higher education information technology in 2017, and that focus is student success. Colleges and universities are concentrating on student success to address concerns about the costs, value, and outcomes of higher education. Student success initiatives are making use of every available resource and opportunity and are involving every relevant stakeholder. Institutional technology is all three: resource, opportunity, and stakeholder.

Funding Universal Open Access via Academic Efficiency Gains from Government Funder Sponsored Open Access Journals

Friday, 27 January 2017 3:30:11 p.m.

A great deal has been written about the benefits of open access and it should be intuitively obvious to all librarians (and really anyone) that universal free open access will be the optimum for the benefit of information availability for humankind. This the EU is moving to open access for all papers they fund by 2020. How this will occur is still being determined. The problem with open access has always been how to fund the publishing of academic journals appropriately. This article proposes a new method of funding universal open access to all academic fields using efficiency gains available to all academics. Better still all of these efficiency gains are currently accessible to science funders and is in line with their missions.


Library collections in the life of the user: two directions

Friday, 27 January 2017 3:29:21 p.m.

The paper considers how the changing nature of research in digital environments is reshaping the nature of library collections and services in academic and research libraries. It describes two central directions, each a response to the centrality of the user in a network environment. First, the library has an increasing role in managing the research and other outputs of the university (the inside-out collection). Second, the library is facilitating access to a broader range of local, external and collaborative resources organized around user needs (the facilitated collection).


The Future of the Print Record

Friday, 27 January 2017 3:27:23 p.m.

Librarians have witnessed a dramatic change in students’ and researchers’ use of print materials housed in their collections. The convenience and immediacy of electronic texts has significantly altered both reading and research practices. Added to this are the space pressures higher education institutions are experiencing. More interactive classrooms, collaborative work spaces, places where interdisciplinary work can advance, digital humanities labs—all are in demand, but options for creating new spaces are severely limited due to financial constraints.

Ascending Bloom’s Pyramid: Fostering Student Creativity and Innovation in Academic Library Spaces

Friday, 27 January 2017 3:26:23 p.m.

Our research examined the degree to which behaviours and learning as­sociated with creativity and innovation were supported in five academic library spaces and three other spaces at a mid-sized university. Based on survey data from 226 students, we apply a number of statistical techniques to measure student perceptions of the types of learning and behaviour associated with the selected spaces. We found that the on-campus makerspace located outside the library encouraged the most innovative behaviours and exploration of new ideas. Within the library, collaboration rooms were the best spaces for encouraging creativity. There is an oppor­tunity for the academic library to be reconceptualised as a place to foster creativity and innovation in students. We believe that academic libraries should continue to offer a variety of spaces for students, including quiet spaces for reflection, noisy spaces for collaboration and networking, and makerspaces for experimentation.


Strengthening Global Sharing of Scientific Data and Research Findings

Friday, 27 January 2017 3:25:03 p.m.

Principles promote access to Federal government-supported scientific data and research findings for international scientific cooperation.

Openly accessible scientific data can be a powerful catalyst in international scientific collaboration. To inform and improve consistency among Federal departments and agencies on open scientific data sharing in support of international scientific cooperation, the Interagency Working Group on Open Data Sharing Policy released a report describing Principles for Promoting Access to Federal Government-Supported Scientific Data and Research Findings Through International Scientific Cooperation.  The working group, which reports to the Subcommittee on International Issues established under the National Science and Technology Council’s Committee on Science, includes representatives from Federal science agencies involved in international scientific collaboration. The principles demonstrate the United States’ commitment to increasing access to unclassified scientific data generated by Federal agencies or resulting from federally funded research (“government-supported scientific data”) to further international cooperation in science and technology to address global challenges.

RDA and Librarianship, Archival Science and Information Science

Friday, 27 January 2017 3:24:24 p.m.

The Research Data Alliance builds the social and technical bridges that enable open sharing of data, and its guiding principles include harmonisation and consensus for data standards, policies, technologies, infrastructure, and communities. The RDA vision notes that currently, the global research data landscape is highly fragmented, as practice and policy develop separately according to research disciplines or domains.

Archivists, records professionals and librarians have long been tasked with acquiring, appraising, arranging, managing, preserving and making accessible research material, both digital and analogue. As the global community works towards the harmonisation of research data management, these professionals have skills and expertise which can contribute greatly to the development of best practices.

Apply for a Travel Grant!

Wednesday, 4 January 2017 12:07:07 a.m.

To encourage global participation the IATUL Travel Grant programme provides financial assistance to library and/or information professionals from developing countries to attend the Annual IATUL Conference. Five IATUL Travel Grants will be awarded to first-time attendees of this conference. Applications are encouraged from librarians at any institution that is an IATUL member or would qualify for IATUL membership. When applying for a Travel Grant, please remember that English is the official language of the organization and its annual conference.

Travel grants are not intended to cover the full cost of attending the conference. The maximum amount of the grant for one person for this conference is 1.000,- Euros. This must be used to cover conference registration and the remainder for other travel related expenses. Please note that the conference organizer is not able to offer assistance with visa applications. Individuals who have been awarded an IATUL Travel Grant in the past will not be eligible to apply again.

How to apply for a Travel Grant

Please download the Travel Grant Application Form and submit the completed form via email to the IATUL Office:

Closing Date

All application forms must be submitted by 5 March 2017. Applicants will be informed of the outcome of their application by 19th March 2017.

38th Annual IATUL Conference - Call for Papers and Posters

Tuesday, 3 January 2017 8:40:57 p.m.

The IATUL 2017 Program Committee invites proposals for papers and posters, which should reflect the conference theme:

Embedding Libraries – Service and Development in Context

With its variety of services, managerial responsibilities, incorporating treasures from the past into the digital world, connecting continuity with innovation, and preparing our patrons for the challenges in a networked information society, the modern university library is a cosmos in itself. It remains, however, part of the university, and is always linked to the service requirements of its members and goals set by the university management. Therefore, the library’s mandate and all our endeavours are primarily embedded in the university’s strategic processes, along with library services resulting from our mission. The consequences are manifold, go far beyond local concerns, and will be reflected in the theme of this year’s conference: “Embedding Libraries – Service and Development in Context” and its subtopics:

  • Organisational models for transformation
  • Skills for the new challenges
  • Re-design of physical spaces
  • Digital library development
  • Research Support Services
  • New approaches to information literacy
  • Strategic partnership at the local and the global level
  • Open Data, Open Access
  • Analytics, research evaluation and bibliometrics
  • Strategic alignment and advocacy

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