Both the 21st-century economy and the careers needed to fuel it are changing at an unprecedented rate. Students must be prepared for nonlinear careers, pivoting to match the ever-changing work landscape. We thus need to rethink not just how we teach our students but what we teach our students.
In these four provocations, anthropologist Donna Lanclos argues that the notion of the "digital native" is bogus and disempowering, that pandering to student expectations can backfire, universities should be open by default, and our attitude to educational technology needs a rethink.
Virtual reality teeters on the edge of becoming mainstream, with software development outstripping the hardware and memory storage needed. In this article, a librarian and an art historian discuss the many ways that VR may transform learning and student experiences.
Library Journal reached out to academic and public library directors and other thought leaders nationwide to find out what new skills they expect to need in librarians in the next 20 years. 11 essential skills emerged. Not complete departures, rather they build on trends already in evidence.
A paradigm change in scholarly communication is underway. Supporting Open Science, an effort to make scientific research data accessible to all interested parties by openly publishing research and encouraging others to do the same thereby making it easier to communicate scientific knowledge, is a part of the change that has become increasingly important for (digital) libraries. Digital libraries are able to play a significant role in enabling Open Science by facilitating data sharing, discovery and re-use. Data citation is often mentioned as one incentive for data sharing, and therefore enabling data citation is a crucial feature of research data services. In this article we present a case study of data citation services for the High-Energy Physics (HEP) community using digital library technology. Our example shows how the concept of data citation is implemented for the complete research workflow, covering data production, publishing, citation and tracking of data reuse. We also describe challenges faced, and distil lessons learnt for infrastructure providers and scholarly communication stakeholders across disciplines.
This thought piece is released jointly by Jisc, Research Libraries UK (RLUK), SCONUL and the Association of Research Managers and Administrators (ARMA). It does not necessarily reflect the considered views of those organisations but, instead, it is intended to stimulate discussion about the features of academic journal markets that might promote or inhibit cost-effective progress toward the UK government’s aim of open access (OA).