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Archive July 2014

11 Case Studies Released on Research Data Management in Libraries

Wednesday, 30 July 2014 12:21:37 p.m.

In July 2012 LIBER's E-Science working group released 'Ten recommendations for libraries to get started with research data management'. Since then, several libraries across Europe have started to build up or have expanded their capacities for research data management, typically combining e-infrasrtucture and support services.

To further encourage libraries in continuing this process, LIBER's Steering Committee on Scholarly Communication and Research Infrastructures has collected case studies, hosted by or with strong involvement of libraries in research data management.

These studies describe policies and strategies that pave the way for the creation, institutional integration and the running of support services and underlying infrastructures. In addition, challenges and lessons learned are described and ways- forward outlined.

The 11 case studies can be accessed at http://libereurope/committee/scholarly-research/research-data-management-case-studies/

Students' expectations and experiences of the digital environment

Wednesday, 30 July 2014 12:05:33 p.m.

This study commissioned by the Jisc co-design programme under the student innovation strand, looked at what we know about students' expectations and experiences of ICT at university.

Developments in mobile technology, web and social media trends and the widespread use of technology in schools are all changing the expectations of arriving students. At the same time the graduate employment market is generating new demands on the curriculum and changing the skills required of recent graduates. Universities often feel caught between the need to provide robust systems for all and the need to accommodate the diversity of devices, services and subject-specific innovations.

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Degrees of Openness: Access Restrictions in Institutional Repositories

Wednesday, 30 July 2014 11:46:52 a.m.

Institutional repositories, green road and backbone of the open access movement, contain a growing number of items that are metadata without full text, metadata with full text only for authorized users and items that are under embargo or that are restricted to on-campus access. This paper provides a short overview of relevant literature and presents empirical results from a survey of 25 institutional repositories that contain more than 2 million items. The intention is to evaluate their degree of openess with specific attention to different categories of documents (journal articles, books and book chapters, conference communications, electronic theses and dissertations, reports, working papers) and thus to contribute to a better understanding or their features and dynamics. We address the underlying question of whether this lack of openess is temporary due to the transition from traditional scientific communication to open access infrastructures and services, or here to stay, as a basic feature of the new and complex cohabitation of institutional repositories and commercial publishing.

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Learned Society attitudes towards Open Access

Wednesday, 30 July 2014 10:58:00 a.m.

Learned societies are “a critical part of the research environment”, and many rely largely on subscription income from their journals publishing programme to support the other services they offer to their members in the promotion of their academic discipline. As a result, they are facing enormous challenges as the journals publishing landscape becomes more complex and established revenues are threatened.

Following the publication of the UK Finch Group’s report on expanding access to research publications, there is genuine concern that learned societies could potentially stand to lose out significantly if Open Access is widely adopted. They are understandably worried about the future sustainability of their organizations and the knock-on effect on the subject research communities they support and serve.

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Fostering Research and Publication in Academic Libraries

Wednesday, 30 July 2014 10:54:48 a.m.

This study concerns administrative support provided to encourage the research and publishing activities of academic librarians working in Association of Research Libraries member libraries. Deans and directors of these libraries were asked to respond to an online survey concerning the support measures that their libraries provide, as well as their thoughts on support measures that academic libraries should provide. When compared to earlier studies, the survey results indicate that most support measures have grown over time. Results also suggest increases in the requirements for publication in academic libraries, as well as in the number of libraries at which librarians have faculty status.

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Trends in Digital Scholarship Centers

Wednesday, 30 July 2014 10:40:23 a.m.

Key Takeaways

  • Experiences gained from existing digital scholarship centers can hel uninitiated institutions better launch their own efforts and thereby increase support for the research, teaching and learning needs of their campus communities
  • A key attribute that distinguishes digital scholarship centers from more traditional research institutes is that they are service organizations, staffed by individuals with specialized skills who support work in the digital environment

  • Case studies from Brown University and McMaster University illustrate two approaches to digital scholarship centers as envisioned by different higher education communities, the first approaching maturity and the second still new

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Authors Guild v. HathiTrust: Implications for Libraries

Wednesday, 30 July 2014 10:18:30 a.m.

“What Does the HathiTrust Decision Mean for Libraries?” As Band notes, “The decision has implications for libraries that go far beyond the specific facts of the case. This paper offers some preliminary thoughts on what these implications may be.” The paper reviews several issues including mass digitization and storage, access to works, suggestions concerning other forms of access, and associational standing. Band concludes:

"The HathiTrust decision provides libraries with much greater certainty concerning their mass digitization projects. The decision indicated that the act of digitization and the storage of digital files is a fair use if the libraries provide full-text search functionality and full-text access to disabled individuals. with respect to full-text access to the non-disabled the court ruled that a use could be transformative if the function or purpose of the use is different from that of the original work."
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IATUL 2014 International Study Programme Call for Applications

Friday, 11 July 2014 4:37:35 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

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
Applications should be sent to the IATUL office ( by the end of September 2014, using the attached nomination form.

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

2014 IATUL Autumn Seminar - Call for Papers

Friday, 11 July 2014 4:33:04 p.m.

Call for Papers 

La Bibliothèque de Sciences de l’Université Toulouse 3 – Paul Sabatier
IATUL – The International Association of University Libraries
invite library directors and senior managers to participate in the

2014 IATUL Autumn Seminar

Innovative Services Provided to the Library User - New Teaching, Learning and Research Practices as a Resource of Inspiration for Libraries

To be held at Université Toulouse 3 - Paul Sabatier Library, 8 October 2014 
Each paper will be limited to twenty minutes followed by the opportunity for a 10 minute discussion.
The purpose of the workshop is
  •  to discuss the capacity of innovative services to strengthen the standing of a modern university library as an integral part of the academic community
  •  to elaborate on the potential of new methods of teaching, learning and research as a resource for the development of new library services and the adaption of current library services to the changing needs and requirements of library users
In accordance with the main objective of IATUL to provide an international forum where library directors and senior managers can meet to exchange views on matters of current significance, and by highlighting initiatives on Fab-Labs and MOOCs as a starting point for discussions, the forthcoming workshop is intended to provide an opportunity for library decision makers to share their experience in the development and delivery of information services in an academic environment.
You are very welcome to submit an English language abstract of your suggested paper to by 15 July 2014.


IATUL Board of Directors - Call for Nominations

Friday, 4 July 2014 12:13:39 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
·        Eastern and Northern Europe
on the 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 should be sent to the IATUL office ( by the end of August 2014, naming the candidate, who must be the library director of an IATUL member library.
Please use the attached nomination form.
On behalf of the IATUL Board of Directors
Reiner Kallenborn
IATUL President