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Archive March 2016

Converting Scholarly Journals to Open Access: A Review of Approaches and Experiences

Wednesday, 30 March 2016 3:32:49 p.m.

A report to the Harvard Library Office for Scholarly Communication

This report identifies ways through which subscription-based scholarly journals have converted their publishing models to open access (OA). The major goal was to identify specific scenarios that have been used or proposed for transitioning subscription journals to OA so that these scenarios can provide options for others seeking to “flip” their journals to OA.

From Written to Digital: The New Literacy

Wednesday, 30 March 2016 3:31:56 p.m.

Both the 21st-century economy and the careers needed to fuel it are changing at an unprecedented rate. Students must be prepared for nonlinear careers, pivoting to match the ever-changing work landscape. We thus need to rethink not just how we teach our students but what we teach our students.

The death of the digital native: four provocations from Digifest speaker, Dr Donna Lanclos

Wednesday, 30 March 2016 3:31:15 p.m.

In these four provocations, anthropologist Donna Lanclos argues that the notion of the "digital native" is bogus and disempowering, that pandering to student expectations can backfire, universities should be open by default, and our attitude to educational technology needs a rethink.

The Promise of Virtual Reality in Higher Education

Wednesday, 30 March 2016 3:30:46 p.m.

Virtual reality teeters on the edge of becoming mainstream, with software development outstripping the hardware and memory storage needed. In this article, a librarian and an art historian discuss the many ways that VR may transform learning and student experiences.

Top Skills for Tomorrow’s Librarians | Careers 2016

Wednesday, 30 March 2016 3:27:31 p.m.

Library Journal reached out to academic and public library directors and other thought leaders nationwide to find out what new skills they expect to need in librarians in the next 20 years. 11 essential skills emerged. Not complete departures, rather they build on trends already in evidence.

Data Citation Services in the High-Energy Physics Community

Wednesday, 30 March 2016 3:26:43 p.m.

A paradigm change in scholarly communication is underway. Supporting Open Science, an effort to make scientific research data accessible to all interested parties by openly publishing research and encouraging others to do the same thereby making it easier to communicate scientific knowledge, is a part of the change that has become increasingly important for (digital) libraries. Digital libraries are able to play a significant role in enabling Open Science by facilitating data sharing, discovery and re-use. Data citation is often mentioned as one incentive for data sharing, and therefore enabling data citation is a crucial feature of research data services. In this article we present a case study of data citation services for the High-Energy Physics (HEP) community using digital library technology. Our example shows how the concept of data citation is implemented for the complete research workflow, covering data production, publishing, citation and tracking of data reuse. We also describe challenges faced, and distil lessons learnt for infrastructure providers and scholarly communication stakeholders across disciplines.

Academic journal markets, their limitations, and the consequences for a transition to open access: a thought piece

Wednesday, 30 March 2016 3:25:10 p.m.

This thought piece is released jointly by Jisc, Research Libraries UK (RLUK), SCONUL and the Association of Research Managers and Administrators (ARMA).  It does not necessarily reflect the considered views of those organisations but, instead, it is intended to stimulate discussion about the features of academic journal markets that might promote or inhibit cost-effective progress toward the UK government’s aim of open access (OA).

IATUL Board of Directors - Call for Nominations

Thursday, 10 March 2016 4:20:31 p.m.

The International Association of University Libraries is calling for interested and qualified candidates to serve on its Board of Directors.

IATUL is looking for candidates to represent

·        Australia and New Zealand

·        Europe

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 associated members may propose representatives for election. Nominations shall name the candidate and shall show evidence of the candidate's consent. Nominators must be official representatives of a member institution. The decision as to who shall be invited to join the Board will be made by the Board and presented to the General Assembly for approval at the annual conference. 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 April 2016 and name the candidate, who must be the library director of an IATUL member library.

Please use the nomination form.

On behalf of the IATUL Board of Directors

Reiner Kallenborn

IATUL President


NMC Horizon Report > 2016 Higher Education Edition

Tuesday, 1 March 2016 2:26:20 p.m.

The NMC Horizon Report > 2016 Higher Education Edition is a collaborative effort between the NMC and the EDUCAUSE Learning Initiative (ELI). This 13th edition describes annual findings from the NMC Horizon Project, an ongoing research project designed to identify and describe emerging technologies likely to have an impact on learning, teaching, and creative inquiry in education. Six key trends, six significant challenges, and six important developments in educational technology are placed directly in the context of their likely impact on the core missions of universities and colleges, and detailed in succinct, non-technical, and unbiased presentations. Each has been tied to essential questions of relevance, policy, leadership, and practice. The three key sections of this report constitute a reference and straightforward technology-planning guide for educators, higher education leaders, administrators, policymakers, and technologists. It is our hope that this research will help to inform the choices that institutions are making about technology to improve, support, or extend teaching, learning, and creative inquiry in higher education across the globe. All of the topics were selected by an expert panel that represented a range of backgrounds and perspectives.

Top 10 IT Issues, 2016: Divest, Reinvest, and Differentiate

Tuesday, 1 March 2016 2:25:26 p.m.

In 2016, higher education IT organizations are divesting themselves of technologies that can be sourced elsewhere and of practices that have become inefficient and are reinvesting to develop the necessary capabilities and resources to use information technology to achieve competitive institutional differentiation in student success, affordability, and teaching and research excellence.

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