Friday, September 30, 2016

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

 

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Friday, September 30, 2016

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

 

http://www.sr.ithaka.org/blog/making-space-in-the-library-for-new-pedagogies/

Friday, September 30, 2016

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.

http://crl.acrl.org/content/77/5/631.abstract

Friday, September 30, 2016

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...

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Friday, September 16, 2016

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.

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Wednesday, August 31, 2016

The Association of Research Libraries (ARL) has opened up access to all SPEC Kits on the ARL Digital Publications platform for all users. This change demonstrates the value that the Association and its members place on free and open access to information.

Since the early 1970s the Association of Research Libraries has used the SPEC survey program to bring research libraries up-to-date information on library policies and procedures that helps leaders continuously improve their management systems. Each year, the program works with librarians in the US and Canada to develop surveys of the ARL membership on topics of strategic interest.

The SPEC program has been a cost-recovery operation that relies on revenue from subscriptions and sales of individual titles to cover the...

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