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Archive September 2016

Blending Human Intelligence and Analytics for Student Success

Friday, 30 September 2016 11:01:43 a.m.

Grinnell College is combining learning analytics with human-intelligence networks to increase student retention and completion. Various social and psychological factors play a role in student success, and these can be linked to learning data to paint a fuller picture of each student's likelihood of success. The college is working to understand the "science" of interventions and to provide faculty and staff with information on the effectiveness of those interventions.

Leading the Way in Learning Analytics: Four Considerations

Friday, 30 September 2016 11:00:47 a.m.

Earlier this week my Ithaka S+R colleagues and I published “Student Data in the Digital Era: An Overview of Current Practices,” in which we review how institutions of higher education are currently using student data, and some of the practical and ethical challenges they face in doing so. As we conducted research for this report, part of ourResponsible Use of Student Data in Higher Education project with Stanford University, we heard recurring concerns about the growing role of for-profit vendors in learning analytics. These third-party vendors, the argument goes, operate without the ethical obligations to students that institutions have, and design their products at a remove from the spaces where learning

Making Space in the Library for New Pedagogies

Friday, 30 September 2016 10:59:49 a.m.

Academic librarians, seeing changes in teaching and learning at their institutions, seek to understand these changes and ensure that their spaces, services, and resources respond accordingly. They ask what is different about the work habits and library needs of students in “flipped” and other kinds of active learning classes. By gathering information on new teaching and learning patterns and practices, they will be better equipped to highlight relevant services, develop new ones that address emerging needs, and provide spaces within the library configured to support their students’ work

The Value of Academic Libraries: Library Services as a Predictor of Student Retention

Friday, 30 September 2016 10:57:14 a.m.

This study examined the predictive relationship between library use by individual students and their retention status in university settings. The methodology builds on a small number of previous studies to examine library use at the individual level to determine if use of specific library services is predictive of retention for freshmen and sophomores. Binary logistic regression yielded results that indicate a strong positive predictive relationship between library use of any kind with both freshmen and sophomore retention. These results suggest that academic libraries add value to institutional retention efforts.

RDA & CODATA Legal Interoperability of Research Data: Principles and Implementation Guidelines

Friday, 30 September 2016 10:55:27 a.m.

RDA & CODATA join forces to guide research stakeholders in the land of intellectual property providing them with a set of practical guidelines for researchers dealing with the legal aspects entailed in the sharing of data.


The possibility to discover, access, and use heterogeneous data seamlessly from different sources and across domains and geographical boundaries is of crucial importance to accelerate progress in all research areas. Standardization efforts are necessary to enable an agile sharing of data based on common formats; technological solutions must be envisaged and developed to provide the needed e-infrastructures to allow interoperability and integration of data. Aside from technical aspects, there are also many other perspectives that must be considered, such as legal issues.

The following Principles on the Legal Interoperability of Research Data focus on all types of data that are used primarily in publicly funded research in government and academia:

·         One: Facilitate the lawful access to and reuse of research data.

·         Two: Determine the rights to and responsibilities for the data.

·         Three: Balance the legal interests.

·         Four: State the rights transparently and clearly.

·         Five: Promote the harmonization of rights in research data.

·         Six: Provide proper attribution and credit for research data.

The Principles and Guidelines for Legal Interoperability of Research Data document, detailing each of the six principles, has now been published. 

It will be considered for adoption at the RDA Plenary and disseminated globally to the different stakeholders in the research process this fall.


IATUL Seminar 2016

Friday, 16 September 2016 4:26:19 p.m.

Linking Up: Cooperation Strategies in Academic Libraries, 24th–26th October 2016, University Library of Bozen-Bolzano (South Tyrol, Italy)

University libraries cooperate not only with other libraries but with a variety of other partners including institutions from inside and outside their own university as well as experts and organisations from the public sector and from the private sector. The seminar focuses both on fundamental aspects and on the prerequisites and pitfalls of cooperation projects. Best practice accounts will illustrate synergies and perspectives of cooperation projects and encourage scientific libraries to build networks. On the third day, all interested delegates have the opportunity to take part in a guided trip to the University Library of Brixen as well as a guided city tour in Brixen.

The workshop is open to IATUL members as well as non-members who wish to share their challenges and experiences within the proposed topic. It will be held in English and provides the setting for an exchange of experiences at the managerial level in academic libraries.

Please go to for further information and registration.