International Association of Scientific and Technological University Libraries

IATUL News Alerts

Archive December 2016

Seasons Greetings

Wednesday, 21 December 2016 2:22:53 a.m.

Dear Friends and Colleagues,

We wish you all a very Merry Christmas and a Happy, Healthy New Year.


IATUL Office

Reiner Kallenborn, IATUL President

IATUL Board of Directors - Call for Applications

Friday, 2 December 2016 1:17:49 p.m.

The International Association of University Libraries is calling for interested and qualified candidates to serve on its Board of Directors, the executive body of IATUL responsible for the further development of the association.

According to the IATUL constitution, ordinary and affiliated members may propose representatives for election. Nominations shall name the candidate and shall show evidence of the candidate's consent. The nomination must have a proposer and seconder, who must both be official representatives of a member institution. The decision as to who shall be invited to join the Board will be made by the current Board. New board members will be expected to take up their office on the 1 January of the following year. Members of the Board are elected for a term of three years, and shall be eligible for immediate re-election to one additional term.

Candidates are expected to take an active part in the endeavours of the IATUL Board of Directors, especially by attending Board meetings and taking on responsibilities related to assigned tasks and roles on the Board. 

Nominations may be sent to the IATUL office ( by the end of January 2017 and name the candidate, who must be the official representative of his or her institution.

Please use the nomination form.


On behalf of the IATUL Board of Directors

Dr Reiner Kallenborn



Using Data Visualization to Examine an Academic Library Collection

Friday, 2 December 2016 10:52:30 a.m.

The authors generated data visualizations to compare sections of the library book collection, expenditures in those areas, student enrollment in majors and minors, and number of courses. The visualizations resulting from the entered data provide an excellent starting point for conversations about possible imbalances in the collection and point to areas that are either more developed or less developed than is needed to support the major and minor areas of study at the university. The methodology used should offer a template to follow for others wishing to examine their collection and may prove valuable for adjusting expenditures, suggesting service opportunities or for marketing pieces of the collection that had been hidden before graphical analysis.

SPEC Kit 353: Funding Article Processing Charges

Friday, 2 December 2016 10:51:07 a.m.

This SPEC Kit explores the strategies that ARL member institutions are using to address article processing charges (APCs)—including how the funds are established and how they are handled (e.g., policies, applications, budgets, administration, outreach activities, etc.), sources of funding, and whether and under what circumstances libraries are partnering with other units (or other libraries) to fund this aspect of open access.

This SPEC Kit includes examples of funding web pages, fund administration policies and procedures, promotional material, and job descriptions.

Breaking the Luxury Barrier: on Fostering Exploratory Qualitative Research in Libraries

Friday, 2 December 2016 10:50:02 a.m.

How should qualitative research be incorporated into a library’s research agenda? In the latest issue of Weave: Journal of Library Experience “provocateur anthropologists” Donna Lanclos and Andrew Asher reflect on the state of ethnographic research in libraries, which they characterize as more “ethnographish” than ethnographic. Some of the trappings of ethnographish library research include that the projects are: smaller scale, rely on “pre-packaged” methods, and aim towards solving institution-specific problems. In contrast, drawing on their experiences as full-time anthropologists employed in libraries, Donna and Andrew advocate for more ethnographic research in libraries, which would involve sustained and open exploration not geared towards specific outcomes and incorporate collaboration with and comparison between libraries. Their dichotomy between ethnographish and ethnographic research is an important call to more clearly define and delimit how, to what ends, and by whom qualitative research can be deployed in library settings.

Universities are a top target for cybercriminals

Friday, 2 December 2016 10:48:37 a.m.

What are the latest trends in cybercrime?

"To put the latest cybercrime trends in context, technology is now integral to virtually everything we do. New technology and new features are constantly coming out, from the Internet of Things to biometrics. The more accelerated the pace of change we go through, and the greater the demands from customers and companies to roll out technology quickly, the more opportunities there are for cybercriminals.

In terms of trends, there’s been an increase in denial of service (DDoS) attacks on companies, knocking them over, and also rogue emails – there’s been a 37% increase in phishing emails, with criminals using them as a point of access and compromise into organisations.

House of Lords Library report on Brexit and Higher Education

Friday, 2 December 2016 10:47:35 a.m.

The House of Lords library has published an authoritative report on the impact of BREXIT on HE.

The report looks at the potential impact of BREXIT on both university funding and on science and research funding in general.  It provides a source of authoritative facts and figures which members may find useful when considering these issues within their own institutions.


Transitioning the publication system towards Open Access: Study proposes pragmatic scenario

Friday, 2 December 2016 10:46:35 a.m.

Page ImaFor the first time, a study has developed scenarios for restructuring transitioning Switzerland's scientific publication system towards Open Access (OA).

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The study was initiated by the SNSF in collaboration with the Scientific Information programme (SUC P-2) run by swissuniversities. It recommends a model that proposes a pragmatic and flexible way of making publicly funded research freely available at no charge and with no delay.

Beyond dinosaurs and Pokémon Go: how AR is being used to deliver enhanced education experiences

Friday, 2 December 2016 10:45:19 a.m.

No doubt you’ll have seen countless people walking the streets with their heads down, using their phones to locate their next catch, or congregating together in areas of interest to battle at Pokémon gyms. Perhaps you’re even a top trainer yourself.

For all the hype around Pokémon Go, the AR component in the game itself is actually a relatively simple construct, using GPS to layer graphics onto the real world. It’s a repeat of the plethora of AR dinosaur experiences we saw before it – interesting, but with little substance.