Friday, January 27, 2017

Our research examined the degree to which behaviours and learning as­sociated with creativity and innovation were supported in five academic library spaces and three other spaces at a mid-sized university. Based on survey data from 226 students, we apply a number of statistical techniques to measure student perceptions of the types of learning and behaviour associated with the selected spaces. We found that the on-campus makerspace located outside the library encouraged the most innovative behaviours and exploration of new ideas. Within the library, collaboration rooms were the best spaces for encouraging creativity. There is an oppor­tunity for the academic library to be reconceptualised as a place to foster creativity and innovation in students. We believe that academic libraries should continue to offer a variety of spaces for students, including quiet spaces for reflection, noisy spaces for collaboration and networking, and makerspaces for experimentation.

 http://crl.acrl.org/content/78/1/35.full.pdf+html

 

Friday, January 27, 2017

Principles promote access to Federal government-supported scientific data and research findings for international scientific cooperation.

Openly accessible scientific data can be a powerful catalyst in international scientific collaboration. To inform and improve consistency among Federal departments and agencies on open scientific data sharing in support of international scientific cooperation, the Interagency Working Group on Open Data Sharing Policy released a report describingPrinciples for Promoting Access to Federal Government-Supported Scientific Data and Research Findings Through International Scientific Cooperation. The working group, which reports to the Subcommittee on International Issues established under the National Science and Technology Council’s Committee on Science, includes representatives from Federal science agencies involved in international...

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Friday, January 27, 2017

The Research Data Alliance builds the social and technical bridges that enable open sharing of data, and its guiding principles include harmonisation and consensus for data standards, policies, technologies, infrastructure, and communities. The RDA vision notes that currently, the global research data landscape is highly fragmented, as practice and policy develop separately according to research disciplines or domains.

Archivists, records professionals and librarians have long been tasked with acquiring, appraising, arranging, managing, preserving and making accessible research material, both digital and analogue. As the global community works towards the harmonisation of research data management, these professionals have skills and expertise which can contribute greatly to the development of best practices.

https://www.rd-alliance.org/rda-disciplines/rda-and-librarianship-archival-...

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Friday, January 27, 2017

To encourage global participation the IATUL Travel Grant programme provides financial assistance to library and/or information professionals from developing countries to attend the Annual IATUL Conference. Five IATUL Travel Grants will be awarded to first-time attendees of this conference. Applications are encouraged from librarians at any institution that is an IATUL member or would qualify for IATUL membership. When applying for a Travel Grant, please remember that English is the official language of the organization and its annual conference.

Travel grants are not intended to cover the full cost of attending the conference. The maximum amount of the grant for one person for this conference is 1.000,- Euros. This must be used to cover conference registration and the remainder for other travel related expenses. Please note that the conference organizer is not able to offer assistance with visa applications. Individuals who have been awarded an IATUL Travel Grant in the past will not be eligible to apply again.

How to apply for a Travel Grant

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Friday, January 27, 2017

The IATUL 2017 Program Committee invites proposals for papers and posters, which should reflect the conference theme:

Embedding Libraries – Service and Development in Context

With its variety of services, managerial responsibilities, incorporating treasures from the past into the digital world, connecting continuity with innovation, and preparing our patrons for the challenges in a networked information society, the modern university library is a cosmos in itself. It remains, however, part of the university, and is always linked to the service requirements of its members and goals set by the university management. Therefore, the library’s mandate and all our endeavours are primarily embedded in the university’s strategic processes, along with library services resulting from our mission. The consequences are manifold, go far beyond local concerns, and will be reflected in the theme of this year’s conference: “Embedding Libraries – Service and Development in Context” and its subtopics:

  • Organisational models for transformation
  • Skills for the new challenges
  • Re-design of physical spaces
  • Digital library...
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Wednesday, December 14, 2016
Strategic Library Management in Emerging Countries

The IATUL Directors’ Summit on “Strategic Library Management in Emerging Countries” is organized in cooperation with Paññāsāstra University of Cambodia (PUC) and Cambodia Librarians and Documentalists Association.

The two-days workshop aims at analyzing requirements for the development of academic libraries in Cambodia and neighboring countries. It shall be a forum for exchange of experience at executive level in library management.

University libraries are at the heart of information provision for higher level education and research, and therefore have the mandatory assignment to provide the best of infrastructures for their academic clients. The discussions will focus on how libraries can meet this role according to their structure and resources available.

There will be sufficient time for informal discussions on perspectives of library networking, facilitating the generation of synergies for your own library’s development.

The language of communication will be English.

We look forward to welcoming you!

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