News Archive

Monday, June 29, 2015

In the last two weeks, over 1,600 individuals and organizations from 52 countries around the world have signed a statement opposing Elsevier’s new article sharing and hosting policy, underscoring that many in the scholarly community do not support the new policy.

The policy imposes unacceptably long embargo periods for making articles available, the vast majority of which range from 12 months to 4 years after publication. It also requires researchers to apply licenses that restrict the full re-use of articles.

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Monday, June 29, 2015

The research reported here is focused on a specific type of change in an organization: an innovation. In an empirical analysis of research libraries, it was found that five factors had a significant impact on the innovation performance of the library. These factors relate to the strategy, organizational structure, and leadership of the research library. The study sample consisted of 50 libraries that were members of the Association of Research Libraries. This paper will discuss the theoretical model, explain the effects of these five variables, highlight certain additional correlations that are meaningful, and discuss implications for research libraries.

Go to source: http://crl.acrl.org/content/76/4/512.full.pdf+html...

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Monday, June 29, 2015

Setting out the responsibilities of educational institutions to ensure that learning analytics is carried out responsibly, appropriately and effectively.

Learning analytics uses data about students and their activities to help institutions understand and improve educational processes, and provide better support to learners.

It should be for the benefit of students, whether assisting them individually or using aggregated and anonymised data to help other students or to improve the educational experience more generally. It is distinct from assessment, and should be used for formative rather than summative purposes.

The effective use of learning analytics will initially involve the deployment of new systems, and changes to institutional policies and processes. New data may be collected on individuals and their learning activities. Analytics will be performed on this data, and interventions may take place as a result. This presents opportunities for...

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Monday, June 29, 2015

Have you read about the “Full-Stack Employee?” In a think piece published in Medium, author Chris Messina—the creator of the hashtag, no less—offers this definition: “the full-stack employee has a powerful combination of skills that make them incredibly valuable. They are adept at navigating the rapidly evolving and shifting technological landscape. They make intuitive decisions amidst information-abundance, where sparse facts mingle loosely with data-drenched opinions.” It’s a tech-heavy take, but bear with me, as Messina broadens the definition: “Full-stack employees have an insatiable appetite for new ideas, best practices, and ways to be more productive and happy. They’re curious about the world, what makes it work, and how to make their mark on it.”

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Monday, June 29, 2015

This article looks through the eyes of Jisc's futurist at how the organization is playing an increasingly catalytic role in connecting the UK's research, education, and skills communities. Ever wondered what being a futurist entails? Now's your chance to find out!

Go to source: http://www.educause.edu/ero/article/year-living-future

 


Thursday, June 18, 2015

Attention IATUL members

Please answer our 2 minute survey and be in to win one of two 100 euro travel grants to attend the 2016 IATUL Annual Conference in Halifax, Canada.

https://www.surveymonkey.com/s/HTMZCZF

Thank you

The Student Consultancy on behalf of IATUL.

Thursday, June 11, 2015

Gabriele Heinen-Kljajić, Lower Saxony’s Minister of Science and Culture opens IATUL / General Assembly & Workshops of the International Council for Scientific and Technical Information (ICSTI) on 4 July 2015.

Just one month to go until the 36th Annual IATUL Conference 2015 kicks off. The German National Library of Science and Technology (TIB) will be hosting this year’s English-language conference of the International Association of University Libraries (IATUL)...

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Tuesday, June 2, 2015

The International Association of University Libraries offers grants of up to € 2,000 to staff from member libraries to travel to other member libraries for periods of at least two weeks to investigate current issues of importance to IATUL libraries. Applications may be made by any staff member at an IATUL member library with the support of the university librarian. Only one application for a grant can be made from one member library in each calendar year.

Criteria

The criteria for selecting the successful applications are:

  • The potential of the investigation described in the application to further the goals identified in the...
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