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Archive February 2008

Census of Institutional Repositories in the U.S.: A Comparison Across Institutions at Different Stages of IR Development

Friday, 1 February 2008 11:49:48 a.m.

Soo Young Rieh et al

This article discusses how five key components of IRs – leaders, funding, content, contributors, and systems – are perceived by IR staff at academic institutions where IRs have been implemented, pilot-tested, and planned. Findings are based on the Census of Institutional Repositories in the United States carried out by the Making Institutional Repositories A Collaborative Learning Environment (MIRACLE) project at the University of Michigan with funding from the Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS) (Markey, Rieh, St. Jean, Kim, & Yakel, 2007). The discussion of IRs in this article focuses on a comparison across four categories of IR involvement: (1) no planning to date (NP); (2) planning only (PO); (3) planning and pilot-testing one or more IR systems (PPT), and; (4) public implementation of an IR system (IMP).

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D-Lib Magazine, November/December 2007

Commons 2.0: Library Spaces Designed for Collaborative Learning

Friday, 1 February 2008 11:40:17 a.m.

Bryan Sinclair

The idea of the information commons as a space for students to gather and work with technology has been with us for over a decade now. Carving out these areas has allowed many university libraries to remain relevant in the academic lives of students. Just as libraries have historically provided reading rooms for users to access and work with print collections, they now provide common spaces for them to access and work with digital collections. The information commons is a natural extension of the library's traditional mission in a wired world.
The information commons itself must adapt and evolve to meet changing expectations and technological capabilities. How well do these environments currently support social learning and promote collaborative work? To what extent do they employ flexible design and take advantage of wireless technology? Do they encourage creativity and discovery and inspire users? Do they offer services and features that students don't already have in campus residence halls and computer labs?

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Student Content Creators: Convergence of Literacies

Friday, 1 February 2008 11:33:32 a.m.

Joan K. Lippincott

Higher education needs a new framework for promoting the value of information and technology skills for undergraduate and graduate students. This new focus should speak in a language that resonates with academic administrators, faculty, and students and that deemphasizes the jargon of information professionals. Many librarians and information technologists believe that acquiring information and technology literacy skills is an important part of a college student's education. However, despite reports and standards from groups such as the National Academies and the Association of College & Research Libraries (ACRL), few institutions have implemented information or technology literacy educational components throughout the curriculum. The author recommends a framework that focuses on higher education's need to prepare students to be content creators within their disciplinary or professional specialties. 

Joan Lippincott will be a keynote speaker at the 2008 IATUL Conference in Auckland.

Go to source: EDUCAUSE Review, Volume 42, Number 6, November/December 2007