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Archive May 2016

Academic Publishing: Toward a New Model

Monday, 23 May 2016 11:40:37 a.m.

The web, we all thought, was going to transform academic publishing. At the very least, it would make research far more accessible, lowering the cost and expanding the reach of publications. At most, it would fundamentally alter the nature of research itself, making it far more collaborative. In either case, though, academic publishing as we knew it was doomed.


Linking Publications and Data: Challenges, Trends, and Opportunities

Monday, 23 May 2016 11:39:22 a.m.

Many interrelationships exist between research articles, data, software, and other resources used to produce scientific findings. A number of challenges, however, impede efforts to implement, standardize, and institutionalize cross-links between scholarly resources. This report outlines findings from a workshop titled "Data & Publication Linking" held January 5, 2016 in Washington, D.C., funded by the U.S. National Science Foundation's (NSF) Open Access & Open Data initiative, and the NSF's EarthCube initiative. The workshop convened a discussion on the challenges and opportunities for cross-linking data and publication repositories. It brought together nineteen researchers and stakeholders from a range of sectors including data repositories, scholarly publishers, academic libraries, and scholarly research service providers. In this report, we present a diversity of perspectives and initiatives that can inform community-based solutions to scholarly resource cross-linking challenges.

Credentials Reform: How Technology and the Changing Needs of the Workforce Will Create the Higher Education System of the Future

Monday, 23 May 2016 11:38:11 a.m.

The shift in postsecondary credentialing and the needs of the 21st-century workforce will revolutionize higher education. Colleges and universities have vast potential to be positive agents of this change.

While the modern technology revolution has reshaped nearly every sector of society, higher education has managed to retain its fundamental structure from centuries ago. The U.S. postsecondary landscape is still largely dominated by brick-and-mortar colleges and universities where progress is marked by time spent in a classroom and is denoted by highly simplified transcripts controlled by the institutions awarding them.

That's all starting to change. A powerful shift in postsecondary credentialing has taken place over the last few decades, with an explosion in the number of pathways to an education beyond high school. As a result, today's job-seekers can possess not just four-year college degrees but everything from associate's degrees and apprenticeships to occupational licenses and education certificates, all the way to digital badges and employer-based certifications.

The future of data-driven decision-making

Monday, 23 May 2016 11:35:58 a.m.

Today, successful digital enterprises in every industry require a digital strategy that recognises the value of data, and digital institutions now need to embrace big data too. Doing so will enable the institution to take advantage of emerging techniques and approaches such as Gartner's Insight Engines to generate actionable insights, improving equality and efficiency.

Data strategies need to take account of how data is collected, processed, stored, and acted upon, as well as its governance, provenance, and quality concerns, and the data literacy of both staff and students. 

It is no longer enough for any organisation to rely solely upon data specialists working in silos. An understanding of the value of data to all institutional endeavours must be pervasive, just as wider digital literacies and IT skills have been argued for across the education landscape.

New Workers, New Skills

Monday, 23 May 2016 11:32:58 a.m.

What are the most important skills—the work skills and the life skills—that students should acquire from their educational experience, and what is the best way to teach those skills?

As the world of work undergoes transformation, new worker categories are emerging—people who, by choice or by necessity, are thinking about making a living in new ways and who are putting work into a very different context. At the Institute for the Future (IFTF), our team of ethnographers has been exploring these new worker categories while conducting in-depth interviews and observations in various locations around the United States. These workers span different levels of skills and different levels of engagement with work, from those who simply rent their assets (e.g., homes, cars) to generate income streams to those who work in new ways full-time. Such workers include micro-workers, dream builders, amplified entrepreneurs, and makers and hackers.


IATUL 2016 International Study Programme

Friday, 13 May 2016 10:59:07 a.m.

The International Association of University Libraries offers grants of up to € 2,000 to staff from member libraries to travel to other member libraries for periods of at least two weeks to investigate current issues of importance to IATUL libraries. Applications may be made by any staff member at an IATUL member library with the support of the university librarian. Only one application for a grant can be made from one member library in each calendar year.


The criteria for selecting the successful applications are:

  • The potential of the investigation described in the application to further the goals identified in the IATUL Strategic Plan with preference given to applications that appear likely to promote innovations

  • The demonstrated ability of the applicant to complete the nominated investigation 
  • The support from the university librarian at the applicant’s library including, where necessary, funding to cover any additional costs of the study programme
  • The invitation letter from the university librarian at the applicant’s hosting library


Applications for the IATUL International Study Programme are made on the application form in accordance with the following conditions:

  • The application must set out the purpose of the visit, the benefits of the study programme and include a schedule, budget and enclosed letter of support from the university librarian
  • Applications must include a communication strategy that outlines how the findings of the study programme will be disseminated, including reporting after the tour via a report, blog, presentation or publication to the IATUL membership
  • The IATUL Board determines the amount of the grant with an upper limit of €2,000 on the recommendation of the selection panel
  • Within three months of the conclusion of the study programme, the grant holder must submit to the IATUL Office a brief report on the conduct and outcomes of the grant. The grant holder is encouraged to publish the findings in the professional literature and in their institutional repository, and may be invited to make a presentation to an IATUL conference or other event
  • The study at the hosting library must be concluded one year after the project is officially approved by the IATUL Board of Directors

Applications should be sent to the IATUL office ( by the end of September 2016, using the nomination form.

On behalf of the IATUL Board of Directors

Reiner Kallenborn
IATUL President