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Archive April 2015

NMC Horizon Report > 2015 Higher Education Edition

Thursday, 30 April 2015 3:08:12 p.m.

The NMC Horizon Report > 2015 Higher Education Edition is a collaborative effort between the NMC and the EDUCAUSE Learning Initiative (ELI). This 12th 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 identified across three adoption horizons over the next one to five years, giving campus leaders and practitioners a valuable guide for strategic technology planning. The report aims to provide these leaders with more in-depth insight into how the trends and challenges are accelerating and impeding the adoption of educational technology, along with their implications for policy, leadership and practice.

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Whole Lotta Shakin’ Goin’ On | Periodicals Price Survey 2015

Thursday, 30 April 2015 3:07:13 p.m.

Like the ground in the Ring of Fire that surrounds the Pacific Ocean, the serials world is in almost constant motion, responding simultaneously to pressures both large and small. As in seismology, some of the pressures result in incremental changes, while others, often the result of years of incremental change hidden below the surface, seem suddenly to shake the serials world like an earthquake.

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The Centre of Excellence Model for Information Services

Thursday, 30 April 2015 3:05:34 p.m.

This report describes the team's approach to examining the feasibility of CoEs in the library setting. The team conducted preliminary investigations of more than 100 centres, which they narrowed to 35 for in-depth research. Interviews were conducted with staff at 19 centres and 7 funding organizations. In their conclusion, the team advises developing "networks of expertise" or "expert networks," instead of CoEs, and provides a series of recommendations for building such networks.

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RCUK publishes first independent review of its open access policy

Thursday, 30 April 2015 3:04:09 p.m.

Research Councils UK (RCUK) has published the first independent review of the implementation of the RCUK Policy on Open Access.

Chaired by Professor Sir Bob Burgess, former University of Leicester Vice-Chancellor, the review received an excellent response from the research community, with over 85 submissions of written evidence highlighting how the policy is working in practice, with many positive responses about the principle of open access publishing. The independent review panel, made up of key experts across the disciplines in research, higher education, open access and publishing, also held oral evidence sessions with publishers and learned societies, plus visited institutions to gain a deeper understanding of the impact of the policy in practice.

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Springer and Jisc reach agreement on a model to reduce the total cost of ownership of open access and journal subscriptions

Thursday, 30 April 2015 3:02:33 p.m.

Springer Science+Business Media and Jisc have agreed on a new arrangement which takes into account UK scientists’ need to comply with multiple funders’ open access policies and to have access to the vast library of scientific articles published by Springer, while containing the combined costs of article processing charges and subscriptions.

The proposed agreement will cap the amount paid by UK higher education institutions to subscribe and maintain full access to Springer’s high quality subscription journals and to make their researchers’ articles open access in those journals, the latter being in compliance with the requirements of HEFCE’s Research Excellence Framework, RCUK’s open access policy and other major funders such as the Charity Open Access Fund. It is intended that the agreement will significantly reduce the cost and administration barriers to hybrid open access publishing for UK academic institutions, while supporting the transition to open access in a transparent and sustainable way.

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State of America's Libraries Report 2015

Thursday, 30 April 2015 3:00:31 p.m.

Academic, public and school libraries are experiencing a shift in how they are perceived by their communities and society. No longer just places for books, libraries of all types are viewed as anchors, centers for academic life and research and cherished spaces. This and other library trends of the past year are detailed in the American Library Association’s 2015 State of America’s Libraries report, released during National Library Week, April 12– 18, 2015.

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Models for Course Support and Library Engagement Report.

Thursday, 30 April 2015 2:56:41 p.m.

The edX Library Collaboration has published a report resulting from a project in which librarians etc. at 39 higher education institutions were interviewed about how they were supporting MOOCs. The institutions were mostly in North America, but with some from Australia, China and Europe, and they were almost all using either edX or Coursera (with one using the Futurelearn MOOC platform).

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Are you addressing research data management?

Thursday, 30 April 2015 2:51:41 p.m.

No-one who works in academic research today – from researchers, to librarians, IT specialists, research office staff, funders and service providers – can fail to notice that ours is a sector in constant flux.

From speaking to the research data management (RDM) community we’ve found there’s a strong desire for research data to be given the same importance as outputs in traditional publications, which means incentive structures in research need to change to encourage the sharing of research data in ways in which it can be cited and re-used.

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Libraries and the Digital University

Thursday, 30 April 2015 2:48:55 p.m.

The trajectory of U.S. higher education in the next 20 years is portrayed by some as an arc of potential disaster and by others as a slightly upwardly inclined plane that may have some dips along the way. Generally these scenarios focus on the teaching and learning program of higher education institutions and give very little attention to the research or service functions of those institutions. With the pace of developments in technology, and in particular those that have implications for higher education, is it sensible to predict the future of higher education, let alone academic libraries? In what ways is the recent past a prelude to the future?

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Open educational resources and the higher education environment: A leadership opportunity for libraries

Thursday, 30 April 2015 2:46:48 p.m.

Two speakers from the SPARC-ACRL Forum at the 2015 ALA Midwinter Meeting, Kristi Jensen and Quill West, share their insights into open educational resources (OER). They approach this topic from different perspectives and assert that libraries can play a pivotal role in transforming teaching and learning by supporting the adoption of OER.

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