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Thursday, April 30, 2015

The NMC Horizon Report > 2015 Higher Education Edition is a collaborative effort between the NMC and the EDUCAUSE Learning Initiative (ELI). This 12th edition describes annual findings from the NMC Horizon Project, an ongoing research project designed to identify and describe emerging technologies likely to have an impact on learning, teaching, and creative inquiry in education. Six key trends, six significant challenges, and six important developments in educational technology are identified across three adoption horizons over the next one to five years, giving campus leaders and practitioners a valuable guide for strategic technology planning. The report aims to provide these leaders with more in-depth insight into how the trends and challenges are accelerating and impeding the adoption of educational technology, along with their implications for policy, leadership and practice.

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Thursday, April 30, 2015

Like the ground in the Ring of Fire that surrounds the Pacific Ocean, the serials world is in almost constant motion, responding simultaneously to pressures both large and small. As in seismology, some of the pressures result in incremental changes, while others, often the result of years of incremental change hidden below the surface, seem suddenly to shake the serials world like an earthquake.

Go to source: http://lj.libraryjournal.com/2015/04/publishing/whole-lotta-shakin-goin-on-periodicals-price-survey-2015/#

Thursday, April 30, 2015

This report describes the team's approach to examining the feasibility of CoEs in the library setting. The team conducted preliminary investigations of more than 100 centres, which they narrowed to 35 for in-depth research. Interviews were conducted with staff at 19 centres and 7 funding organizations. In their conclusion, the team advises developing "networks of expertise" or "expert networks," instead of CoEs, and provides a series of recommendations for building such networks.

Go to source:http://www.clir.org/pubs/reports/pub163/pub163.pdf

Thursday, April 30, 2015

Research Councils UK (RCUK) has published the first independent review of the implementation of the RCUK Policy on Open Access.

Chaired by Professor Sir Bob Burgess, former University of Leicester Vice-Chancellor, the review received an excellent response from the research community, with over 85 submissions of written evidence highlighting how the policy is working in practice, with many positive responses about the principle of open access publishing. The independent review panel, made up of key experts across the disciplines in research, higher education, open access and publishing, also held oral evidence sessions with publishers and learned societies, plus visited institutions to gain a deeper understanding of the impact of the policy in practice.

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Thursday, April 30, 2015

Springer Science+Business Media and Jisc have agreed on a new arrangement which takes into account UK scientists’ need to comply with multiple funders’ open access policies and to have access to the vast library of scientific articles published by Springer, while containing the combined costs of article processing charges and subscriptions.

The proposed agreement will cap the amount paid by UK higher education institutions to subscribe and maintain full access to Springer’s high quality subscription journals and to make their researchers’ articles open access in those journals, the latter being in compliance with the requirements of HEFCE’s Research Excellence Framework, RCUK’s open access policy and other major funders such as the Charity Open Access Fund. It is intended that the...

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Thursday, April 30, 2015

Academic, public and school libraries are experiencing a shift in how they are perceived by their communities and society. No longer just places for books, libraries of all types are viewed as anchors, centers for academic life and research and cherished spaces. This and other library trends of the past year are detailed in the American Library Association’s 2015 State of America’s Libraries report, released during National Library Week, April 12– 18, 2015.

Go to source: http://www.ala.org/news/state-americas-libraries-report-2015

Thursday, April 30, 2015

The edX Library Collaboration has published a report resulting from a project in which librarians etc. at 39 higher education institutions were interviewed about how they were supporting MOOCs. The institutions were mostly in North America, but with some from Australia, China and Europe, and they were almost all using either edX or Coursera (with one using the Futurelearn MOOC platform).

Go to source: https://docs.google.com/file/d/0B4DgtXah7QuyQW5pQml3S0RoejBsOHpQWHpsWkxGU3JKSEFz/edit

Thursday, April 30, 2015

No-one who works in academic research today – from researchers, to librarians, IT specialists, research office staff, funders and service providers – can fail to notice that ours is a sector in constant flux.

From speaking to the research data management (RDM) community we’ve found there’s a strong desire for research data to be given the same importance as outputs in traditional publications, which means incentive structures in research need to change to encourage the sharing of research data in ways in which it can be cited and re-used.

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http://www.jisc.ac.uk/blog/are-you-addressing-research-data-management-31-mar-2015

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Thursday, April 30, 2015

The trajectory of U.S. higher education in the next 20 years is portrayed by some as an arc of potential disaster and by others as a slightly upwardly inclined plane that may have some dips along the way. Generally these scenarios focus on the teaching and learning program of higher education institutions and give very little attention to the research or service functions of those institutions. With the pace of developments in technology, and in particular those that have implications for higher education, is it sensible to predict the future of higher education, let alone academic libraries? In what ways is the recent past a prelude to the future?

Go to source: http://crl.acrl.org/content/76/3/283.full.pdf+html

Thursday, April 30, 2015

Two speakers from the SPARC-ACRL Forum at the 2015 ALA Midwinter Meeting, Kristi Jensen and Quill West, share their insights into open educational resources (OER). They approach this topic from different perspectives and assert that libraries can play a pivotal role in transforming teaching and learning by supporting the adoption of OER.

Go to source: http://crln.acrl.org/content/76/4/215.full.pdf+html

Monday, April 13, 2015

The deadline has been extended for the call for papers for the IATUL workshop on “Information literacy and beyond for E-Research Support”

Abstracts should now be submitted by 27 April 2015.

 The workshop takes place 23.-24. November 2015 at the Czech Technical University in Prague.

Conference themes are

·         Competencies and skills for e-research support

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Wednesday, April 1, 2015

Key takeaways

  • This case study of Indiana University's e-text initiative reports on the participation levels and motivations of instructors in engaging with digital textbooks
  • Instructors can benefit from e-text features, including real-time reading and engagement analytics, note-sharing with students and the ability to integrate links, annotations and multimedia materials into study materials
  • The findings from  this study suggest that instructors play an important role in e-text adoption by modelling active e-text use and creating meaningful interaction around the content
  • Simply put, when the instructors engage with e-texts, so do their students

Go to source: http://www.educause.edu/ero/article/instructor-engagement-e-texts

Wednesday, April 1, 2015

The beginning of the year brings many 'top' lists for what to look for in 2015. So far there's not much predicting what looks big for the academic library world. Here's a shot at it. It's a mix of a few items that continue to concern our profession, ebooks, for example and a few that continue to emerge.


Go to source: http://lj.libraryjournal.com/2015/02/opinion/steven-bell/top-10-academic-library-issues-for-2015-from-the-bell-tower/

Wednesday, April 1, 2015

The Jisc Digital Festival provided an opportunity to hear from celebrated digital advocates and consider the issues at the heart of digital education and research.

Watch coverage of both days of this year's Digital Festival: http://www.jisc.ac.uk/digifest  

Wednesday, April 1, 2015
Today, almost every document we create and the output from almost every research-related project, is a digital object. Not everything has to be kept forever, but materials with scholarly or historical value should be retained for future generations. Preserving digital objects is more challenging that preserving items on paper. Hardware becomes obsolete, new software replaces old, storage media degrades. In recent years, there has been significant progress made to develop tools and standards to preserve digital media, particularly in the context of institutional repositories. The most widely accepted standard thus far is the Trustworthy Repositories Audit and Certification: Criteria and Checklist (TRAC), which evolved into ISO 16363-2012. Deakin University Library undertook a self-assessment against the ISO 16363 criteria. This experience culminated in the current report, which provides an appraisal of ISO16363, the assessment process and advice for others considering embarking on a similar venture.

Go to source: http://www.dlib.org/dlib/march15/houghton/...

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Wednesday, April 1, 2015

As part of its 75th anniversary celebration, ACRL announced the release of "New Roles for the Road Ahead: Essays Commissioned for ACRL's 75th Anniversary" authored by well-known bloggers and thought leaders Steven J. Bell, Associate University Librarian and Temple University, Lorcan Dempsey, Vice President of OCLC Research and Chief Strategist and Barbara Fister, Academic Librarian at Gustavus Adolphus College.

In a series of twenty essays in three sections, "Framing the Road Ahead", 'Shifts in Positioning" and "Responding to Opportunity: Creating a New Library Landscape", Bell, Dempsy and Fister share their thoughts on the world in which academic libraries will thrive, ways libraries are responding to change and new roles for libraries and librarians. The essays include reflections on ways academic libraries can succeed in a changing higher  education environment, take advantage of opportunities and think about the best ways to deliver ongoing and innovative services to students and faculty.

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Wednesday, April 1, 2015
Research Libraries UK (RLUK) estimates that the UK's universities now pay around £192m per year for access to academic journals and databases: that is nearly a tenth of the total QR (quality related funding) budget for research funding.
 
Journal publishing models are changing rapidly, especially here in the UK where government, research councils’ and research funders’ policies increasingly require publication of research outputs in open access. In the last two years, following publication of the Finch Report, there has been marked growth in the numbers of articles published in the open access sections of hybrid journals, ensuring that they are free both to read and to use.


Go to source: http://www.jisc.ac.uk/blog/unravelling-the-true-cost-of-publishing-in-open-access-15-dec-2014

Wednesday, April 1, 2015

The Global Libraries programme of the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation recently released a report on library leadership programmes around the world. Cultivating Global Library Leadership report is the first of its kind – highlighting important trends in international library leadership programs and providing recommendations for improving the state of the field. It is a resource for those focused on building library leadership to ensure that libraries continue to be critical community assets. The report explores 30 leadership programs around the world and offers practical ideas for strengthening leadership development opportunities. Among other things, the report finds that leadership programs have reached over 6,000 librarians worldwide and have offered transformative experiences that have equipped librarians to lead their libraries. At the same time, the research highlights that access to programs is limited, particularly in less economically developed regions. Significant variation exists in program structure and content, and programs and participants are not well connected, which limits opportunities to learn from one another. Anyone interested in library...

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