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Archive December 2015

IATUL Conference 2016 - Call for submissions

Friday, 4 December 2015 11:49:00 a.m.

37th Annual IATUL Conference,
Dalhousie University, Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada
5 – 9 June 2016

The IATUL 2016 Programme Committee invites proposals for papers and posters which should reflect the conference theme: Library Leadership in a Sea of Change

Libraries are developing services for new emerging trends such as data management and curation, scholarly communication/publishing, copyright, open access, text and data mining (TDM) and digital initiatives. Libraries are also reshaping spaces to better respond to the ever changing and growing needs of end user communities. We see more and more collaboration between different units in order to create new and better learning environments where different professionals are joining forces to use their skills and knowledge to support their different communities.

This year’s theme: Library Leadership in a Sea of Change reflects not only our host Institutions’ locale by the ocean, but also provides the opportunity for you to share your cutting edge experiences and knowledge during this time of continuing change in the world of libraries. The programme will be organized around the following five sub-themes:

  • Collaboration
  • Preparing the workforce, skills development
  • Changing role of libraries in scholarly communication and assessment
  • Physical library; Learning spaces
  • Data management/Science

Call for papers and posters deadline: 15 January 2016

Proposals must be submitted online and must contain:

  • Title of the paper
  • Author(s) of the paper
  • Paper abstract (2,000 characters incl. spaces maximum)
  • Speaker’s name, professional affiliation, postal address, and email address
  • Biographical note on the speaker (500 characters incl. spaces maximum)
  • Proposed papers must be original and not have been published elsewhere
  • Proposed papers must be written in English

Online proposal submission
* Please note potential speakers must register as an Author before submitting a proposal.

Selection criteria:
The IATUL Programme Committee will evaluate submissions for quality, relevance to the conference, theme, clarity, originality and timeliness.

Important dates:

  • Deadline for proposals/abstracts: 15 January 2016
  • Notifying of speakers acceptance: 15 February 2016
  • Final abstract, biographical note and passport size photograph for conference programme: 14 March 2016
  • Full text of paper and IATUL Copyright form: 18 April 2016
  • Submission of Power Point Presentations: 20 May 2016

Meeting Researchers Where They Start: Streamlining Access to Scholarly Resources

Tuesday, 1 December 2015 5:16:51 p.m.

Instead of the rich and seamless digital library for scholarship that they need, researchers today encounter archipelagos of content bridged by infrastructure that is insufficient and often outdated. These interconnections could afford opportunities to improve discovery and access. But in point of fact, the researcher’s discovery-to-access workflow is much more difficult than it should be.

A different paper might reasonably celebrate the great strides that have been made over the past two decades by libraries and content providers to expand and facilitate access to scholarly resources online. But researchers’ expectations are being set not by improvements relative to the past but rather by reference to consumer internet services that enable our use of multiple devices anywhere and effective switching between them. Given my own work conducting research, I am called to the unhappy task in this paper of emphasizing six points of failure.

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Open Data as Open Educational Resources: Case studies of emerging practice

Tuesday, 1 December 2015 5:02:21 p.m.

This collection presents the stories of our contributors' experiences and insights, in order to demonstrate the enormous potential of openly-licensed and accessible datasets (Open Data) to be used as Open Educational Resources (OER). Open data is an umbrella term describing openly-licensed, interoperable and reusable datasets which have been created and made available to the public by national or local governments, academic researchers or other organisations. These datasets can be accessed, used and shared without restrictions other than attribution of the intellectual property of their creators. While there are various definitions of OER, these are generally understood as openly-licensed digital resources that can be used in teaching and learning.

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Foundations for OER Strategy Development

Tuesday, 1 December 2015 4:57:03 p.m.

Towards a collaborative, coordinated strategy for OER implementation

Read the
Foundations for OER Strategy Development. This document provides a concise analysis of where the global OER movement currently stands: what the common threads are, where the greatest opportunities and challenges lie, and how we can more effectively work together as a community. Ideas for this document come from across the OER community, following a 6-month drafting and feedback process.

This document reflects the state of the OER movement through the eyes of its practitioners: what we need as a movement, what we agree on, areas where we differ, and opportunities for advancing OER globally. The Cape Town and Paris Declarations set the vision for the OER movement, including the value statements that form the basis for our work. We see the Foundations for OER Strategy Development as forming the basis for future actions and commitments.

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Campus libraries rethink focus as materials go digital

Tuesday, 1 December 2015 4:53:13 p.m.

A video interview with Sari Feldman, American Library Association

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Using Participatory and Service Design to Identify Emerging Needs and Perceptions of Library Services among Science and Engineering Researchers Based at a Satellite Campus

Tuesday, 1 December 2015 4:49:55 p.m.

This study used participatory and service design methods to identify emerging research needs and existing perceptions of library services among science and engineering faculty, post-graduate, and graduate student researchers based at a satellite campus at the University of Colorado Boulder. These methods, and the results of the study, allowed us to uncover barriers in the research processes of a user population without a dedicated physical library. This article describes our participatory and service design approach, the results of the exercises and interviews we conducted with researchers, and our current or planned implementations of services to address researcher needs based on what we learned from the study.

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