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Thursday, August 27, 2015

The workshop will bring together information professionals and researchers from Central and Eastern Europe to discuss current issues and developments in the field of e-research services in libraries, centered on information literacy support.


The programme of the first day includes keynote addresses and two sessions with presentations on e-research support services and investigations into librarian skills in e-research support. On the second day, there will be a session about information literacy services for researchers and a group discussions on a range of topics associated with new trends and developments in e-research support.

Presenters come from several countries around the world and will share their findings and future plans.

On the third day, all interested delegates have the opportunity to take part in a guided tour of Prague and enjoy the highlights of both the old and modern city.

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Wednesday, August 26, 2015

The presentations from the 36th Annual IATUL Conference "Strategic Partnerships for Access and Discovery" hosted by TIB in Hannover, Germany from 5-9 July 2015 are currently available on the Conference website. The full proceedings will be available soon.

Wednesday, August 26, 2015

From student recruitment to alumni relations, social media has a place at every step of the student journey, says Eric Stoller. Institutions and educators ignore it at their peril.

Communication is at the core of the human experience. How we learn, teach and engage is predicated on our ability to communicate with one another, and technology-based services have added layers of complexity, efficiency, innovation, and disruption to how we do this. How we communicate is ever-evolving, especially with the rise of digital services as a primary method of engagement, and social media is one of the most exciting communication channels higher education institutions can use today.

But, while social media provides myriad conduits for interaction, learning, and communication, it requires nuance, experimentation, and intrepidity. The payback is that this kind of digital...

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Wednesday, August 26, 2015

The NMC Horizon Report > 2015 Library Edition identifies “Increasing Value of the User Experience” and “Prioritization of Mobile Content and Delivery” as short-term impact trends driving changes in academic and research libraries over the next one to two years. The “Evolving Nature of the Scholarly Record” and “Increasing Focus on Research Data Management” are mid-term impact trends expected to accelerate technology use in the next three to five years; and “Increasing Accessibility of Research Content” and “Rethinking Library Spaces” are long-term impact trends, anticipated to impact libraries for the next five years or more.

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Wednesday, August 26, 2015

Over the past eight years, the University of Technology Sydney (UTS) has undergone a remarkable transition, from a tired campus that housed an unsung technical institute to a major presence in Australia’s largest city where learning and research draw the attention of students, the higher education community, industry, and the public.

In “Making a Place for Curricular Transformation at the University of Technology Sydney,” authors Nancy Fried Foster and Christine Mulhern unpack the process through which UTS transformed its physical campus and its pedagogical approach in tandem, undertaking a billion dollar construction project that was shaped by significant curricular change. 

The accomplishment of this organization-wide, comprehensive transformation was made possible by leaders with a coherent vision who created the conditions that enabled...

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Wednesday, August 26, 2015

This document sets out the details of a requirement that certain research outputs should be made open-access to be eligible for submission to the next Research Excellence Framework (REF). This requirement will apply to journal articles and conference proceedings accepted for publication after 1 April 2016.

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The policy states that, to be eligible for submission to the post-2014 REF, authors’ outputs must have been deposited in an institutional or subject repository. Deposited material should be discoverable, and free to read and download, for anyone with an internet connection. The requirement applies only to journal articles and conference proceedings with an International Standard Serial Number. It will not apply to monographs, book chapters, other long-form publications, working papers, creative or practice-based research outputs, or data. The policy applies to research outputs accepted for...

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Wednesday, August 26, 2015

The technology changes of the past three decades continue to be bounded by challenges that impede our efforts to effectively exploit the full value of IT investments.

That technology journey— our technology journey—has taken all of us many places over the past three decades. The journey has been fueled, in part, by great expectations for the use of new technologies in education—expectations that were articulated well before the first PCs and Macs even arrived on college and university campuses. For example, in a 1913 newspaper interview, the prolific inventor Thomas Edison proclaimed: "Books will soon be obsolete in the public schools. Scholars will be instructed through the eye. It is possible to teach every branch of human knowledge with the motion picture. Our school system will be completely changed in ten years."

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Wednesday, August 26, 2015

The review was chaired by James Wilsdon, professor of science and democracy at the University of Sussex, supported by an independent and multidisciplinary group of experts in scientometrics, research funding, research policy, publishing, university management and research administration. Through 15 months of consultation and evidence-gathering, the review looked in detail at the potential uses and limitations of research metrics and indicators, exploring the use of metrics within institutions and across disciplines.

The main findings of the review include the following: 

  • There is considerable scepticism among researchers, universities, representative bodies and learned societies about the broader use of metrics in research assessment and management.
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Wednesday, August 26, 2015

As a follow on to our work with the Evolving Scholarly Record, this report by Brian Lavoie and Constance Malpas presents a view of future stewardship models of the evolving scholarly record and their practical implications. The scholarly record is increasingly digital and networked, while at the same time expanding in both the volume and diversity of the material it contains. The long-term future of the scholarly record cannot be effectively secured with traditional stewardship models developed for print materials. This report describes the key features of future stewardship models adapted to the characteristics of a digital, networked scholarly record, and discusses some practical implications of implementing these models.

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Wednesday, August 26, 2015

The report explores the revitalization of library publishing and its possible future, and examines elements that influence the success and sustainability of library publishing initiatives.

The authors trace the history of library publishing and factors that have transformed the publishing landscape, and describe several significant library-press collaborations forged over the past two decades. Authors include results of a survey they conducted to better understand how current library publishing initiatives are supported financially. They conclude with a series of observations about the range of publishing initiatives in American academic libraries.

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