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Archive June 2015

Over 1,600 sign onto COAR/SPARC Statement

Monday, 29 June 2015 11:19:57 a.m.

In the last two weeks, over 1,600 individuals and organizations from 52 countries around the world have signed a statement opposing Elsevier’s new article sharing and hosting policy, underscoring that many in the scholarly community do not support the new policy.

The policy imposes unacceptably long embargo periods for making articles available, the vast majority of which range from 12 months to 4 years after publication. It also requires researchers to apply licenses that restrict the full re-use of articles.


Research funders from around the world are adopting policies that ensure fast access, use and impact of research outputs. Most of these funders' require open access to articles within 12 months of publication or less. Elsevier's policy is in direct opposition to the trend towards encouraging greater access to and impact of research results.


Since the statement was published on May 20, 2015, public support has continued to grow, demonstrating the deep, global support for open access to research outputs.


COAR and SPARC renew our call for Elsevier to revise their policy in order to better align it with the interests of the research community and broader society.


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The Determinants of Organizational Innovation: An Interpretation and Implications for Research Libraries

Monday, 29 June 2015 11:18:18 a.m.

The research reported here is focused on a specific type of change in an organization: an innovation. In an empirical analysis of research libraries, it was found that five factors had a significant impact on the innovation performance of the library. These factors relate to the strategy, organizational structure, and leadership of the research library. The study sample consisted of 50 libraries that were members of the Association of Research Libraries. This paper will discuss the theoretical model, explain the effects of these five variables, highlight certain additional correlations that are meaningful, and discuss implications for research libraries.

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Code of practice for learning analytics

Monday, 29 June 2015 11:16:01 a.m.

Setting out the responsibilities of educational institutions to ensure that learning analytics is carried out responsibly, appropriately and effectively.

Learning analytics uses data about students and their activities to help institutions understand and improve educational processes, and provide better support to learners.

It should be for the benefit of students, whether assisting them individually or using aggregated and anonymised data to help other students or to improve the educational experience more generally. It is distinct from assessment, and should be used for formative rather than summative purposes.

The effective use of learning analytics will initially involve the deployment of new systems, and changes to institutional policies and processes. New data may be collected on individuals and their learning activities. Analytics will be performed on this data, and interventions may take place as a result. This presents opportunities for positive engagements and impacts on learning, as well as misunderstandings, misuse of data and adverse impacts on students.

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Stacking the Deck

Monday, 29 June 2015 11:12:40 a.m.

Have you read about the “Full-Stack Employee?” In a think piece published in Medium, author Chris Messina—the creator of the hashtag, no less—offers this definition: “the full-stack employee has a powerful combination of skills that make them incredibly valuable. They are adept at navigating the rapidly evolving and shifting technological landscape. They make intuitive decisions amidst information-abundance, where sparse facts mingle loosely with data-drenched opinions.” It’s a tech-heavy take, but bear with me, as Messina broadens the definition: “Full-stack employees have an insatiable appetite for new ideas, best practices, and ways to be more productive and happy. They’re curious about the world, what makes it work, and how to make their mark on it.”

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A Year of Living in the Future

Monday, 29 June 2015 11:08:17 a.m.

This article looks through the eyes of Jisc's futurist at how the organization is playing an increasingly catalytic role in connecting the UK's research, education, and skills communities. Ever wondered what being a futurist entails? Now's your chance to find out!

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IATUL Member Survey

Thursday, 18 June 2015 9:01:38 a.m.

Attention IATUL members

Please answer our 2 minute survey and be in to win one of two 100 euro travel grants to attend the 2016 IATUL Annual Conference in Halifax, Canada.

Thank you

The Student Consultancy on behalf of IATUL.

Register by 19 June 2015 to take part in the 36th Annual IATUL Conference 2015

Thursday, 11 June 2015 5:44:58 p.m.

Gabriele Heinen-Kljajić, Lower Saxony’s Minister of Science and Culture opens IATUL / General Assembly & Workshops of the International Council for Scientific and Technical Information (ICSTI) on 4 July 2015.

Just one month to go until the 36th Annual IATUL Conference 2015 kicks off. The German National Library of Science and Technology (TIB) will be hosting this year’s English-language conference of the International Association of University Libraries (IATUL) at Hannover Congress Centrum (HCC) from 5 to 9 July 2015. Those interested in attending the five-day conference “Strategic Partnerships for Access and Discovery” on strategies, management and practice in libraries have until 19 June 2015 to register for the event.


IATUL will kick off with a word of welcome by Gabriele Heinen-Kljajić, Lower Saxony’s

Minister of Science and Culture. The prestigious conference on current and future developments in libraries will focus on strategic partnerships, Open Science, future challenges facing libraries, research data management and digital preservation. In addition to the extensive programme comprising presentations, discussions and workshops, IATUL also offers an accompanying company exhibition. More than 200 experts from the field of librarianship are expected to attend the conference.

In the run-up to IATUL, the General Assembly & Workshops of ICSTI, the International Council for Scientific and Technical Information, will take place at HCC on 4 July 2015. Interested IATUL participants are warmly invited to attend the event.


More information about the event and the two workshops on “Open Science and Open Data” and “Innovation” can be found at


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IATUL 2015 International Study Programme

Tuesday, 2 June 2015 2:29:27 p.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 2015, using the attached nomination form.

On behalf of the IATUL Board of Directors
Reiner Kallenborn
IATUL President