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Archive October 2016

Open Access Publishing Policies in Science Europe Member Organisations: Key Results from Science Europe and Global Research Council Surveys

Monday, 31 October 2016 11:46:10 a.m.

In 2016, Open Access (OA) to scholarly publications received renewed political attention as part of a wider agenda for ‘Open Science’ highlighted by the Dutch Presidency of the Council of the EU. Against this background, this survey report highlights some of the efforts made by public research organisations in Europe over the past few years to develop and implement OA policies. It also lists some remaining challenges that need to be met in order to facilitate and accelerate the transition towards full OA for all scholarly publications by 2020, as called for in the conclusions on ‘The Transition Towards an Open Science System’ adopted by the Council of the EU on 27 May 2016.


A Place to Belong, A Place That Belongs | 2016 Designing Libraries Conference Report

Monday, 31 October 2016 11:45:41 a.m.

It was the last day and the final panel of the Designing Libraries for the 21st Century conference. Leonora Crema, the scholarly communications librarian at the University of British Columbia, told the audience that “to carry innovation sometimes you have to create something seismic.” In the same discussion, regarding organizational change, both Mary Ann Mavrinac, vice provost and dean of River Campus Libraries at the University of Rochester, and Catherine Murray-Rust, dean of libraries at Georgia Tech, reminded audiences that, yes, sometimes change is big, but it can also be incremental, and big wins can come from small but thoughtful, planned shifts in organizational culture and service models.

Shadow Those Students, for Their Own Good

Monday, 31 October 2016 11:44:01 a.m.

While there might not be obvious similarities between a Silicon Valley start-up and a public college in Rhode Island, taking a page from the tech-industry playbook may be the key to the future of higher education.

It doesn’t take long during a conversation among app developers before someone mentions the term UX — user experience. The term refers to the interaction between a person and a tool or system. Understanding the user experience guides the decisions that developers make as they design apps: Do users intuitively know how to use a particular app, or does it leave them confused and disoriented? If they have a bad experience, people simply won’t use it, regardless of its capabilities. Successful companies make user experience a top priority.

Research Data Services in Europeís Academic Research Libraries

Monday, 31 October 2016 11:30:24 a.m.

Almost all of Europe’s academic research libraries are working collaboratively, within and outside of their institutions, to help ensure that the scientific data of today is curated properly, so it can be accessed, shared and reused by future generations. That is one conclusion from a recent survey on Research Data Services (RDS), carried out by a group of internationally renowned researchers in collaboration with LIBER’s Scholarly Communication & Research Infrastructures Committee and DataONE.

The survey — which reflects answers from a representative sample of research libraries in 22 countries across Europe — also revealed that:

  •  Libraries are currently offering more consultative-type RDS services (eg. how to find information on Data Management Plans, metadata standards, or data citation practices) than technological services (eg. own storage solutions)
  •  Less than half of libraries say their institutions currently have policies relating to RDS
  • Two-thirds of library directors express strongly that libraries need to offer RDS to remain relevant.

The full results of the survey can be downloaded here.

Scholarly Communication Toolkit: Scholarly Communication Overview

Monday, 31 October 2016 11:25:48 a.m.

The ACRL Scholarly Communication Toolkit was initially launched in 2005 by the ACRL Research and Scholarly Environment Committee (formerly the Scholarly Communication Committee) to support advocacy efforts designed to transform the scholarly communication landscape.

The toolkit is an educational resource primarily directed to librarians to assist them with:

1.       integrating a scholarly communication perspective into library operations and programs and

2.       preparing presentations on scholarly communication issues for administrators, faculty, staff, students, or other librarians.

The Toolkit includes short overview essays on key scholarly communication issues and highly selective lists of other sources of information on these topics, and copies of presentations, handouts, and similar material including materials from the ACRL Workshop “Scholarly Communication: From Understanding to Engagement.”

Empathy as the Leaderís Path to Change: Leading from the Library

Monday, 31 October 2016 11:24:03 a.m.

You’re the leader. You have a vision. It will require real organizational change. Now what? Empathic leaders may do better at gaining followers than encouraging resistors.

In their excitement for a new idea or fundamental shift in direction, leaders expect others will naturally want to follow and offer their support. Yet even when leaders share a passionate vision and a concrete roadmap leading the way, often it is either too little to build support or concern at the prospect of change outweighs optimism for a better library future. Every library leader will at some point confront resistance to change. In leadership sessions and conference hallway conversations, I will hear from leaders, new ones in particular, perplexed by their inability to engage staff or team members in a productive change process. They wonder if it is something they are doing wrong or simply a case of staff digging in their heels to maintain the status quo—or quite possibly both.