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Archive June 2013

IATUL conference updates

Thursday, 27 June 2013 10:26:26 a.m.

The 2013 IATUL conference proceedings can be accessed at

The website for the 2014 IATUL Conference to be held at Aalto University in Espoo, Finland from 2-5 June can be accessed at

The theme of the conference is “Measures for Success: Library Resources and Effectiveness under Scrutiny” and the call for papers is now open.

Intersections of Scholarly Communication and Information Literacy: Creating Strategic Collaborations for a Changing Academic Environment

Thursday, 27 June 2013 10:22:55 a.m.

A white paper published by the Association of College & Research Libraries (ACRL). The white paper was written by a working group of leaders from many parts of the association and it explores and articulates three intersections between scholarly communication and information literacy. The paper also provides strategies for librarians from different backgrounds to initiate collaborations within their own campus environments between information literacy and scholarly communication.
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MOOCs and Open Education: Implications for Higher Education

Thursday, 27 June 2013 10:21:19 a.m.

This report sets out to help decision makers in higher education institutions gain a better understanding of the phenomenon of Massive Online Open Courses (MOOCs) and trends towards greater openness in higher education and to think about the implications for their institutions. The phenomena of MOOCs are described, placing them in the wider context of open education, online learning and the changes that are currently taking place in higher education at a time of globalisation of education and constrained budgets. The report is written from a UK higher education perspective, but is largely informed by the developments in MOOCs from the USA and Canada. A literature review was undertaken focussing on the extensive reporting of MOOCs through scholarly blogs, press releases as well as openly available reports and research papers. This identified current debates about new course provision, the impact of changes in funding and the implications for greater openness in higher education. The theory of disruptive innovation is used to help form the questions of policy and strategy that higher education institutions need to address.

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A Model for Managing 3D Printing Services in Academic Libraries

Thursday, 27 June 2013 10:19:37 a.m.

The appearance of 3D printers in university libraries opens many opportunities for advancing outreach, teaching, and research programs. The University of Alabama (UA) Libraries recently adopted 3D printing technology and maintains an open access 3D Printing Studio. The Studio consists of a 3D printer, multiple 3D design workstations, and other supporting equipment. Training of new Studio users (students, faculty, and staff) is a two-step process: an initial workshop followed by an individual training session. After the individual meeting(s), users may access equipment in the Studio independently. The 3D Printing Studio service is popular across campus. During early implementation, 50 users have attended training workshops. 3D users have experimented in the Studio with projects for advanced coursework and independent research. It is expected that the number of trained users will double in the near future. An evaluation of our management policies suggests that providing an open access environment and permitting users to experiment independently in the 3D Printing Studio contributes greatly to the success of the service. We also present ideas for future improvements to the 3D Studio service.
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Top-Ten IT Issues, 2013: Welcome to the Connected Age

Thursday, 27 June 2013 10:17:51 a.m.

The EDUCAUSE IT Issues Panel has identified its annual top-ten IT issues for higher education. This year's issues reflect the increasing interconnections among external forces, institutional strategic priorities, and information technology in higher education.
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Sustainable Practices for Populating Repositories Report

Thursday, 27 June 2013 10:16:13 a.m.

There is an active, thriving community of open access repositories worldwide and their visibility is rising as funding agencies and governments implement open access policies. Still, repositories must continue to adopt strategies that demonstrate their value to the wider research community. Therefore COAR has now published the report, “Incentives, Integration, and Mediation: Sustainable Practices for Population Repositories”. It profiles a variety of successful practices for populating repositories from around the world. Aim of thie report is to assist the global repository community in implementing sustainable methods for recruiting content. The profiles were gathered from organizations across the globe, and represent a mixture of approaches involving the introduction of incentives; integration of the repository with other institutional services; and/or mediation of the deposit process. The practices reflect a tradition of innovation and openness in the repository community, and are characterized by creative approaches to staffing, imaginative software developments, and adoption of novel policies.
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The Future of the Library and Information Profession: Themes and scenarios 2025

Thursday, 27 June 2013 10:11:42 a.m.

The purpose of this paper is to promote discussion across the sector between library leaders, information service providers, vendors, practitioners, students, commentators, colleagues in Australia and internationally – anyone and everyone with an interest in the field.
This discussion paper is a work in progress. We have set out a proposition based on our findings, now we would like to hear what you think – do you agree with our three themes, or do you think there are further alternatives we need to explore? Do you think our scenarios have merit or are there other outcomes that you feel are more likely?
·         We will be asking social and political commentators, technology experts, corporate strategists and other top flight thinkers to tell us what they think about our visions of the future.
·         The 2013 ALIA National Advisory Congress will see a series of two-hour workshops held in every capital city around Australia between August and October to talk about the Future of the Profession. The workshops will be based on this paper, published on 1 May, and the feedback generated in the intervening months.
·         There will be a Future of the Profession Summit in Sydney in October 2013, at which we will present the outcomes of the various discussions of the previous six months. The event will provide the opportunity for library leaders to define what our public-facing position should be on the future of the profession and how this should inform ALIA’s strategies, policies and activities in 2014 and beyond.
You can comment now, and at any time through to the end of October 2013. Become a wiki editor,email or join the discussion on ALIA’s Facebook page and through Twitter #aliafutures.

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