Tuesday, November 27, 2012

Academic Libraries and Research Data Services: Current Practices and Plans for the Future

November 26th, 2012 / Mary Jane Petrowski

ACRL has released a new research report, Academic Libraries and Research Data Services: Current Practices and Plans for the Future to provide a baseline assessment of the current state of and future plans for research data services in academic libraries.

Authored by Carol Tenopir, Chancellor’s Professor at the School of Information Sciences, Director of the Center for Information and Communication Studies, and Director of Research for the College of Communication and Information at the University of Tennessee, Knoxville; Ben Birch, doctoral student and Graduate Research Associate on the NSF-sponsored DataONE project in the School of Information Sciences at the University of Tennessee, Knoxville; and Suzie Allard, associate professor and Associate Director for the School of Information Sciences at the University of Tennessee, the report highlights the need and imperative for research data services in colleges and universities.

Academic libraries may be ideal centers for research data service activities on campuses, providing unique opportunities for academic libraries to become even more active participants in the knowledge creation cycle in their institution.

Source and Link to Report Available At 

[http://www.acrl.ala.org/acrlinsider/archives/6297]

Sunday, November 11, 2012

Environmental Sciences: In-Depth Resources LibGuide with Social Media Links

SciVerse Hub LibGuide

CIL > Counting on COUNTER: The Current State of E-Resource Usage Data in Libraries


Summary of the Recommendations

What Can We Do to Get Better Usage Data?

Here’s what vendors, standards bodies, and libraries can, should, and must do to improve electronic resource usage statistics:

Vendors

  • Invest in usability testing for your administrator interfaces. At the bare minimum, look at your competitors’ reporting interfaces and try to copy basic navigation elements.
  • Do not require librarians to email you for usage statistics. Make the stats available online.
  • Periodically email librarians with the contact information of their current service rep, especially when your platform changes.
  • Get on board with COUNTER. At the bare minimum, offer the JR1, DB1, and (if applicable) BR1 reports.
  • If you sell databases, give reports at the database level. If you sell periodicals, give reports at the title level. Do not think it is sufficient to give data at the platform level.
  • Realize that libraries need fiscal year data and allow libraries to input a custom time range for their usage reports.

Standards Bodies (COUNTER and NISO)

  • Focus on adding and updating COUNTER reports that measure full-text retrievals. For many libraries, this is the only metric that matters.
  • Implement quality control measures to ensure that COUNTER-compliant vendors are giving accurate reports. Vendors should not be allowed to conflate platforms with databases in a DB1 report or to list journals a library does not have in a JR1 report.
  • Consider sponsoring an open source SUSHI client that is clearly documented, easy to implement, and up-to-date with the current COUNTER release.

Libraries and Librarians

  • Do not accept mediocrity from vendors. Let your service reps know that you are dissatisfied with the current reporting systems. Let them know you need SUSHI services.
  • Pay attention to vendor reporting mechanisms and let them know when something is clearly broken.
  • If a vendor calls itself COUNTER-compliant but clearly isn’t, contact Project COUNTER.
  • Be willing to educate yourself on and participate in NISO, Project COUNTER, and open source initiatives.

Thursday, October 25, 2012

JASIST > National Study of Information Seeking Behavior of Academic Researchers in the United States

As new technologies and information delivery systems emerge, the way in which individuals search for information to support research, teaching, and creative activities is changing. To understand different aspects of researchers' information-seeking behavior, this article surveyed 2,063 academic researchers in natural science, engineering, and medical science from five research universities in the United States. A Web-based, in-depth questionnaire was designed to quantify researchers' information searching, information use, and information storage behaviors. Descriptive statistics are reported. Additionally, analysis of results is broken out by institutions to compare differences among universities. Significant findings are reported, with the biggest changes because of increased utilization of electronic methods for searching, sharing, and storing scholarly content, as well as for utilizing library services. Generally speaking, researchers in the five universities had similar information-seeking behavior, with small differences because of varying academic unit structures and myriad library services provided at the individual institutions.

Niu, X., Hemminger, B. M., Lown, C., Adams, S., Brown, C., Level, A., McLure, M., Powers, A., Tennant, M. R. and Cataldo, T. (2010), National study of information seeking behavior of academic researchers in the United States. J. Am. Soc. Inf. Sci., 61: 869–890. doi: 10.1002/asi.21307

Source

[http://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/10.1002/asi.21307/full]

Sunday, October 14, 2012

The (Mini) MOOCs Meet Info Lit ?

Colleagues/

I am greatly interested in learning of any / all initiatives that link  *lecture capture* content to Info Lit initiatives.

Specifically, I am interested in learning about efforts that integrate lecture capture recordings within 

> A basic info lit class web page (ISU has a 1/2 semester required class titled "Library 160" in Blackboard Learn) [http://instr.iastate.libguides.com/Library160]

> LibGuides (or other digital user guides) > The lecture capture recording would explain the use of the LibGuide

> Library presentations / seminars / workshop > As a substitute / supplement / review

I am *not* interested in multimedia per se in these InfoLit resources, but in lecture capture content that *explains* the resource to which it is linked.

As one would expect, there are number of lecture capture options


BTW: ISU uses Panopto [http://www.panopto.com/lecture-capture]




BTW-1: Panopto integrates very well within Blackboard ...

Thanks for you assistance !

/Gerry

Tuesday, October 9, 2012

Art.sy : The 'Pandora' of the Art World


The world of fine art — from the auction house to the home display — has long been considered the realm of the stuffy, old and wealthy. One imagines collectors examining sought-after pieces through opera glasses, wine glasses in hand, noses in the air.

Fine art is also one of the last mediums to resist the digital pull. These days, while we buy music, shoes, books and anything else we want online, art has remained a world apart.

The developers of Art.sy aim to change that. CEO Carter Cleveland and COO Sebastian Cwilich bill the website as the Pandora for the art world, an algorithm-based website that draws on a users' art preferences for find new artists they'll love. Cleveland, a young computer programmer with a passion for art, and Cwilich, a former executive at Christie's Auction House, hope to upend the art world, and to open fine art to a new, digital generation.

GUESTS: Carter Cleveland and Sebastian Cwilich
PRODUCED BY: Jillian Weinberger

Source and Link Available At 

[http://www.thetakeaway.org/2012/oct/02/artsy-pandora-art-world/]

Also 

NYTimes > Online, a Genome Project for the World of Art

[http://www.nytimes.com/2012/10/09/arts/design/artsy-is-mapping-the-world-of-art-on-the-web.html]

Tuesday, September 4, 2012

Report > Moving Towards An Open Access Future: The Role of Academic Libraries

In April, leading independent academic and professional publisher SAGE convened a roundtable in association with the British Library into the role of the academic library in an open access (OA) future. Chaired by publishing consultant Simon Inger and attended by an international panel of 14 senior librarians and other industry experts, the conclusions of this discussion have today been published in a report, “Moving towards an open access future: the role of academic libraries”.
 
The report is a summary of the discussion around what support and skills librarians will require in an OA future, and how institutions, publishers, funders and other parties should be supporting their library partners, including variation by discipline and geographic region. Representing librarians from the UK, Europe, USA and the Middle East, attendees indicated that the concept of the individual library is changing. Panellists highlighted an important shift, recognizing that attention will shift from the library to the librarian: the information professional will be the library of the future. Academic libraries and research communication will have to evolve as open access grows in importance, but while traditional roles may change, librarians will still play an important role in managing and advising on information and information-related budgets.
Key discussions include:
  • Addressing the culture of mistrust and misunderstanding regarding OA amongst researchers
  • The varying uptake of OA and the subsequent impacts
The key roles that librarians will play in:
  • Sharing discovery and support services amongst libraries and institutions
  • Managing services such as institutional repositories
  • Providing licensing and related advice to researchers
  • Supporting preservation and managing metadata and recognising the importance of recommender services
  • Explaining open access to researchers.
[more]

Source and Link to Report Available At

[http://www.stm-publishing.com/what-role-will-academic-libraries-play-in-moving-towards-an-open-access-future/ ]

Sunday, June 17, 2012

_Embedded Librarian_ > Eileen Can

_The Embedded Librarian_ > David Shumaker


The Embedded Librarian blog is dedicated to exploring the development of embedded library and information services in organizations of all types. It starts from the perception that the trend of moving librarians out of libraries, both physically and organizationally, is growing, can be of great value to the organization, and can be very rewarding to the librarian — if done well.


About the Author


I am a faculty member at the School of Library and Information Science at the Catholic University of America in Washington, DC. Before joining the School, I spent a lengthy career in Information Services at the MITRE Corporation. While at MITRE, I expanded embedded information services, and since coming to CUA, I’ve made this trend my primary research focus. See the blog for more!


Source and Links Available At 


[http://embeddedlibrarian.com/]

New Book >_The Embedded Librarian: Innovative Strategies for Taking Knowledge Where It's Needed_

By David Shumaker

"Embedded librarianship is rapidly emerging as the defining role of special librarians, and David Shumaker's seminal work is just the roadmap we need to understand this important new opportunity for information professionals."

—Kim Dority, author, Rethinking Information Work

Here is the first comprehensive survey of the growing practice of "embedded librarianship"—a strategic model for placing information professionals into partnerships with the individuals and working groups that depend upon their knowledge and expertise. David Shumaker looks at implementations in all types of organizations, identifies the characteristics of successful embedded librarians, and explains how information professionals in public, academic, school, medical, law, and other specialized library settings are using embedded librarianship principles to enhance their work and careers.

In demonstrating the value of information professionals to a broad range of knowledge-intensive projects, The Embedded Librarian is an important book for managers and executives involved in team building. In addition, its wealth of practical coverage and analysis, case studies, templates, and exercises make the book an invaluable resource for library school students, practicing librarians who wonder if an embedded role is right for them, and current embedded librarians who want to be ready for new opportunities in this exciting area of library work.

"This is a 'must read' for every librarian. Shumaker offers a compelling vision of the future, one in which all librarians embrace embedded librarianship and become partners and collaborators in our various communities."

—Maureen Sullivan, president, American Library Association

July 2012 | 240 pp/softbound | ISBN 978-1-57387-452-6 | Regular Price: $49.50 | Preorder Sale Price: $29.70

Source and Link Available At 

[http://books.infotoday.com/books/Embedded-Librarian.shtml]

Tuesday, June 12, 2012

A/V Now Available > Free Webinar > Authority, Connectivity, and Discovery: The Evolving Role of Reference in the Wiki Age > June 14, 2012, 2:00-3:00 PM EST


DATE AND TIME: Thursday, June 14, 2012, 2:00-3:00 PM EST

The proliferation of free online resources has caused user habits and expectations to change drastically in the last decade, and there is no doubt that they will continue to evolve along with technology trends and advancements.  Publishers, specifically reference publishers, have needed to meet these demands and have striven to exceed them – delivering new and innovative ways to access authoritative facts quickly, easily, and accurately.  Some now deliver the next step in the research experience – providing effortless pathways beyond the facts and figures of free resources or standard reference, making the user’s journey into encyclopedias, scholarly works, and journal articles effortless and seamless.  These publisher initiatives have the potential to revolutionize the role of reference in the library, and the way reference is used by researchers at every level.


Why are traditionally-published reference resources still necessary? What are publishers doing to make them accessible, usable, and discoverable in the library and on the free Web?  How are these changes impacting reference’s presence in the library?  How are user habits affecting how reference is published, developed, and utilized? [snip].


Presenters:

  • Robert Faber – Editorial Director for Reference (UK), Oxford University Press
  • Dave Tyckoson – Reference librarian and Associate Dean, California State University, Fresno
  • Dinah Birch- Professor of English Literature, University of Liverpool

Moderator:

  • Etta Thornton-Verma - Reference Editor, Library Journal

[snip]


NOTE: Registration Required  / #ljwikiage


Source and Links To Registration Available At 


[http://bit.ly/J7QeXJ]


A/V Available Via 


[http://bit.ly/MMGzno]

Monday, June 11, 2012

C&RL News > Characteristics of Programs of Information Literacy That Illustrate Best Practices: A Guideline

College & Research Libraries News / Vol. 73 No. 6 / pp. 355-359 
 June 2012

ACRL Information Literacy Best Practices Committee

Note: Approved by the ACRL Board of Directors, June 2003, revised January 2012

The Characteristics of Programs of Information Literacy that Illustrate Best Practices: A Guideline attempts to articulate elements of exemplary information literacy  programs for undergraduate students at four-and two-year institutions.

The characteristics identify and describe features not able in information literacy  programs of excellence. The characteristics  are not, however, descriptive of any one program, but rather represent a metaset of elements identified through examination of many programs and philosophies of undergraduate information literacy.

In addition, though guided by the definitions found in the Final Report of the ALA Presidential Committee on Information Literacy (1989), A Progress Report on Information Literacy: An Update on the  American Library Association Presidential Committee on Information Literacy: Final  Report (1998), and the Information Literacy Competency Standards for Higher  Education (2000), the characteristics themselves do not attempt to define information literacy per se. Instead, the focus is on defining the elements of best practices in  information literacy programming.

Although an attempt was made to categorize and organize the characteristics for ease of use and logical presentation, the order does not reflect any judgment of priority.

[more]


Source and Fulltext Available At 

[http://crln.acrl.org/content/73/6/355.full.pdf+html]

Thursday, June 7, 2012

New Book > _Information Literacy Beyond Library 2.0_

CHICAGO — In the three years since the publication of the best-selling “Information Literacy Meets Library 2.0,” the information environment has changed dramatically, becoming increasingly dominated by the social and the mobile.


The new book “Information Literacy Beyond Library 2.0” picks up the conversation, asking the big questions facing those who teach information literacy: where have we come from, where are we now, and where are we going.

Presenting answers from a range of contributors, editors Peter Godwin and Jo Parker divide their book into three distinct sections. Part 1 explores the most recent trends in technology, consumption and literacy, while Part 2 is a resource bank of international case studies that demonstrate the key trends and their effect on information literacy, offering numerous innovative ideas that can be put into practice. Part 3 assesses the impact of these changes on librarians and what skills and knowledge they must acquire to evolve alongside their users.  Among the key topics explored are:
  • The evolution of “online” into the social Web as mainstream;
  • How social media tools are used in information literacy;
  • The impact of mobile devices on information literacy delivery; 
  • Shifting literacies, such as metaliteracy, transliteracy and media literacy, and their effect on information literacy.
Anyone charged with developing and delivering information literacy programs, as well as library professionals concerned with library instruction and digital technologies, will find the information in this book stimulating and useful.

Godwin is academic liaison librarian at the University of Bedfordshire, UK and Parker is the head of information literacy at the Open University Library, UK.

Source and Links Available At 

Tuesday, June 5, 2012

ACRL White Paper > Connect, Collaborate, and Communicate: A Report from the Value of Academic Libraries Summits


ACRL has released a new white paper, “Connect, Collaborate, and Communicate: A Report from the Value of Academic Libraries Summits,” which reports on two invitational summits supported by a National Leadership Collaborative Planning Grant from the Institute of Museum and Library Services. [snip].


As part of ACRL’s Value of Academic Libraries Initiative, a multiyear project designed to assist academic librarians in demonstrating library value, ACRL joined with three partners – the Association for Institutional Research, Association of Public and Land-grant Universities and the Council of Independent Colleges – to sponsor two national summits held November 29 – December 1, 2011. [snip].

The report – co-authored by Karen Brown, associate professor at Dominican University, and ACRL Senior Strategist for Special Initiatives Kara Malenfant – summarizes broad themes about the dynamic nature of higher education assessment that emerged from the summits. From these themes, the report presents five recommendations for the library profession:

  • Increase librarians’ understanding of library value and impact in relation to various dimensions of student learning and success.
  • Articulate and promote the importance of assessment competencies necessary for documenting and communicating library impact on student learning and success.
  • Create professional development opportunities for librarians to learn how to initiate and design assessment that demonstrates the library’s contributions to advancing institutional mission and strategic goals.
  • Expand partnerships for assessment activities with higher education constituent groups and related stakeholders.
  • Integrate the use of existing ACRL resources with library value initiatives.
[snip]


Related

Podcast

http://www.ala.org/ala/mgrps/divs/acrl/publications/podcsts/valwp.mp3

ALA 2012 Forum on ACRL's Value of Academic Libraries Initiative / June 24, 2012 - 10:30 AM to 12:00PM


Source and Fulltext And Report Available At

[http://www.acrl.ala.org/value/]

Related

Libraries Have a Key Role in Academic Accountability

[http://chronicle.com/blogs/wiredcampus/libraries-have-a-key-role-in-academic-accountability]

IATUL Keynote 2 > Technology & Innovations in Libraries and Their Impact on Learning, Research and User

[~ 49 Minutes]

Second Keynote > IATUL > 33rd Conference > June 5, 2012 > 9 AM 
Nanyang Technological Univeristy, Singapore


Joe Murphy >  Librarian, Trend Spotter / Trend Setter
and 

Monday, June 4, 2012

C&RL News > 2012 Top Ten Trends in Academic Libraries A Review of the Trends and Issues Affecting Academic Libraries in Higher Education


College & Research Libraries News / Vol. 73 No. 6 / pp. 311-320 
June 2012

ACRL Research Planning and Review Committee

The ACRL Research Planning and Review Committee is responsible for creating and updating a continuous and dynamic environmental scan for the association that encompasses trends in academic librarianship, higher education, and the broader environment, e.g., economic, demographic, political; providing an annual environmental scan “snapshot.” The committee also is responsible for identifying the ACRL “top ten trends” for release every two years.

In order to identify the trends, the committee members review the literature, attend conferences, and contact experts who are familiar with current trends in higher education. One of the largest groups of experts is the ACRL membership; therefore, the committee organized a discussion forum at the 2012 ALA Midwinter Meeting to provide an opportunity for ACRL members to meet and discuss the trends and issues affecting academic libraries and higher education.

Three leaders in academic librarianship were the catalysts for this discussion: Martin Halbert, dean of libraries at University of North Texas; Joan Lippincott, associate director of Coalition for Networked Information (CNI), and Mark Puente, director of diversity and leadership programs, Association of Research Libraries (ARL). This discussion forum augmented the trends identified by the committee.

These top trends are listed alphabetically. Each trend includes a brief discussion and references to the literature. The committee also compiled additional resources that may be of interest.

Communicating Value

Academic libraries must prove the value they provide to the academic enterprise. In a recent editorial, Rick Anderson stated that “unless we give our funding bodies better and more compelling reasons to support libraries, they will be forced by economic reality to stop doing so.” [snip]. The 2010 ACRL Value of Academic Libraries report is part of a greater initiative to provide tools for libraries to demonstrate how they directly contribute to student and faculty recruitment, retention, and success. The newly revised “Standards for Libraries in Higher Education” include an outcomes-based approach that articulates “expectations for library contributions to institutional effectiveness.” Two 2012 ACRL national summits will address strategies for librarians to communicate the library’s value in advancing institutional missions and goals. The Lib-Value project, funded by the Institute of Museum and Library Services, is developing assessment tools that will allow libraries to show their contributions to teaching and learning; research; and social, professional, and public engagement.

[snip]

Data Curation

Data curation challenges are increasing as standards for all types of data continue to evolve; more repositories, many of them cloud-based, will emerge; librarians and other information workers will collaborate with their research communities to facilitate this process.

In May 2010, the National Science Foundation (NSF) announced a change in the implementation of its existing policy on sharing research data. [snip].

[snip]

Data curation presents opportunities for “finding new ways to communicate the value of the skills librarians already possess and in developing roles that were previously not associated with librarians.” [snip].

Digital Preservation

As digital collections mature, concerns grow about the general lack of long-term planning for their preservation. No strategic leadership for establishing architecture, policy, or standards for creating, accessing, and preserving digital content is likely to emerge in the near term.

[snip]

Collection, preservation, and management of born-digital materials are a growing concern. While 79% of special collections and archives surveyed by OCLC Research report having collected born-digital materials, lack of funding, planning, and expertise were cited as the largest impediments to their management and preservation. [snip].

Higher Education

Higher education institutions are entering a period of flux, and potentially even turmoil. Trends to watch for are the rise of online instruction and degree programs, globalization, and an increased skepticism of the “return on investment” in a college degree.

Shifts in the higher education surround will have an impact on libraries in terms of expectations for development of collections, delivery of collections and services for both old and new audiences, ... .

The report “Disrupting College,” asserts that the current model for higher education is broken; therefore, susceptible to “disruptive innovation.”  [snip]. Online learning environments are identified as “disruptors,” and the rise of “competency certification” supports alternatives to traditional education options.

Taylor Walsh provides an in-depth study and analysis of several online learning experiments, suggesting that online education may provide a sustainable path forward for institutions of higher education.21 In December 2011, MIT announced an online certification program, MITx (which will be launched in early fall 2012), leveraged from MIT’s ten-year experiment with OpenCourseWare.

[See my _Alt-Ed_ Blog [http://alternative-educate.blogspot.com/] for linls ]

[snip]

Information Technology

Technology continues to drive much of the futuristic thinking within academic libraries. The key trends driving educational technology identified in the 2012 Horizon Report are equally applicable to academic libraries: people’s desire for information and access to social media and networks anytime/anywhere; acceptance and adoption of cloud-based technologies; more value placed on collaboration; challenges to the role of higher education in a world where information is ubiquitous and alternate forms of credentialing are available; new education paradigms that include online and hybrid learning; and a new emphasis on challenge-based and active learning.  and creating appropriate metrics for evaluating new scholarly forms of authoring, publishing, and researching. The Horizon Report indicates that mobile apps and tablet computing are near-term drivers ... ; game-based learning and learning analytics are mid-term (two-to-three year) drivers; and gesture-based computing and the Internet of Things (ubiquitous computing) are long-term (four-to-five year) drivers. Other technology forecasts also highlight virtual faculty, staff outsourcing, and next generation interfaces and content.

[snip]

Mobile Environments

Mobile devices are changing the way information is delivered and accessed. An increasing number of libraries provide services and content delivery to mobile devices. According to the 2011 EDUCAUSE Center for Applied Research (ECAR) study of undergraduate students, 55% of undergraduate students own smartphones, while 62% have iPods, and approximately 21% have a netbook, iPad, or other tablet. More than two-thirds of these students use the devices for academic purposes. Fifty-nine percent use smartphones to get information on the Internet, and 24% use them to access library resources. [snip]

Industry leader EBSCOhost has apps for the iPhone, iPod touch, and Android as well as a mobile interface. Many other vendors, including JSTOR, Elsevier, and Thomson Reuters, have mobile interfaces or apps. SirsiDynix and Innovative Interfaces integrated library systems offer mobile access to library OPACs, while OCLC provides mobile access to Worldcat. [snip]

[See my "Library Mobile" articles posted in my _Spectrum > Mobile Learning, Libraries, And Technologies_ [http://mobile-libraries.blogspot.com/] for links]

The 2012 Horizon Report reviews ways higher education institutions are using apps and tablets to enhance learning inside and outside the classroom. Some schools have replaced print textbooks with tablets preloaded with course materials while others use them for lecture capture, tutorials, orientations, and interactive publications.

Patron Driven e-Book Acquisition

Patron-Driven Acquisition (PDA) of e-books is poised to become the norm. For this to occur, licensing options and models for library lending of e-books must become more sustainable. A report on the future of academic libraries identifies PDA as an inevitable trend for libraries under pressure to prove that their expenditures are in line with their value. It notes that academic libraries will jettison “large collections of physical books in open stacks with low circulation,” in favor of licensing agreements with e-book vendors that will enable libraries to purchase only those books that are in high demand. [snip].

[snip]

Scholarly Communication

New scholarly communication and publishing models are developing at an ever-faster pace, requiring libraries to be actively involved or be left behind. New publishing models are being explored for journals, scholarly monographs, textbooks, and digital materials, as stakeholders try to establish sustainable models. [snip].

Some academic libraries have taken an active role in changing the scholarly communication environment by creating or expanding publishing services. A 2011 survey of member institutions of ARL, the Oberlin Group and the University Libraries Group found that approximately half of the respondents had or were developing library publishing services. [snip].

Simba Information, a research company specializing in publishing, estimates that by 2013, digital textbooks will comprise 11% of the textbook market.45 While textbook publishers see rentals as one way to keep prices down and eliminate the resale market, innovations spearheaded by academic institutions may help change the model in a more fundamental way and provide greater savings to students. [snip]

[See my _DT > Digital Textbooks_  [http://digital-textbooks.blogspot.com/] for numerous examples]

The Digital Public Library of America (DPLA), a national project that provides access to digital collections from U.S. libraries, museums, and archives, recently received a $5 million grant to build a work plan that will include a functional technical prototype and targeted content digitization efforts. [snip]

Staffing

Academic libraries must develop the staff needed to meet new challenges through creative approaches to hiring new personnel and deploying/retraining existing staff. Staff development and personnel are the top work place issues for academic librarians, according to a 2011 ACRL survey.51 The ACRL Discussion Forum held at the 2012 ALA Midwinter Meeting confirmed that staffing issues are a major concern for academic librarians,  ... [snip].

User Behaviors and Expectations

Convenience affects all aspects of information seeking—the selection, accessibility, and use of sources. Libraries usually are not the first source for finding information. When queried, respondents describe the library as “hard to use,” “the last resort,” and “inconvenient.” Convenience is a significant factor in both academic and everyday-life information-seeking situations.

With the widespread use of the Internet and search engines such as Google, individuals have little or no problem finding sources. Since libraries are now competing for user attention, the current challenge is to provide immediate, seamless access to sources and information in order to remain in the game. [snip]

Not only is immediate access to electronic sources a critical component of meeting the information needs of students and faculty, but access to human sources also is important. When students and faculty were interviewed in 2005, 2008, and 2010 to identify how they get their information for both academic and personal situations, parents, friends, family, colleagues, and professors are often the first sources queried.56 Why? Convenience. These sources immediately can be reached by texting, voice calling, IMing, or e-mailing, with an often instantaneous response. Librarians, too, are making themselves available to students and faculty through a number of channels, including social media, chat, IM, and text reference, as well as making themselves physically available or embedded ... .

[snip]

Although there were mentions of other trends, these ten issues were the most mentioned and discussed trends in the current literature, at conferences, and by experts. Since this document is the framework for the 2013 ACRL Environmental Scan, the committee welcomes comments and feedback. The committee plans to conduct an ACRL OnPoint Discussion to provide a forum for a more in-depth discussion of this report.


Source and Fulltext Available At 

[http://crln.acrl.org/content/73/6/311.full]

IATUL Keynote I > Libraries, Technocentricity and Learning : Changes in Learning, Research and Information Needs and Behavior of Users

[~ 47 Minutes]

First Keynote > IATUL > 33rd Conference > June 4, 2012 > 9:30 AM 
Nanyang Technological Univeristy, Singapore

Thanks to Hazman Aziz, Social Technologists, Hazman Labs, Inc.

Tuesday, May 22, 2012

A/V Now Available > ARL Webcast > What Does the Georgia State Decision Mean for Libraries? > May 24 2012 > 2:00 - 3:00 pm (ET)

May 22, 2012

Washington DC—The Association of Research Libraries (ARL) is holding a webcast on Thursday, May 24, from 2:00–3:00 p.m. ET, on the substance and implications of the recent decision in the lawsuit over Georgia State University's (GSU) e-reserves program. Brandon Butler, ARL Director of Public Policy Initiatives, and Jonathan Band (policybandwidth) will recap the basic facts of the case and the key holdings in the decision, discuss the possible next steps in the litigation, and suggest some of the possible consequences for libraries making their own decisions about how best to implement a fair use policy in the context of course reserves.

Registration Available At 

[http://www.visualwebcaster.com/event.asp?id=87299]

Related 

ARL Issue Brief > GSU Fair Use Decision Recap and Implications (May 15 2012)

[http://www.arl.org/bm~doc/gsu_issuebrief_15may12.pdf]

ARL Policy Note > What Does the GSU Decision Mean for the #librarianscode?

[http://policynotes.arl.org/post/24061943604/what-does-the-gsu-decision-mean-for-the]

Code of Best Practices in Fair Use for Academic and Research Libraries

[http://www.arl.org/pp/ppcopyright/codefairuse/index.shtml]

A/V Available (05-25-12)

[http://www.visualwebcaster.com/event.asp?id=87299] (60 Minutes)

Source 

[http://www.arl.org/news/pr/gsuwebcast-22may12.shtm]

Related

A/V Now Available For A Related Webinar  >  Hot Issues in Fair Use and Copyright > May 22 2012 > 1:00 PM ET  (05-24-12) [~ 70 Minutes]

[http://bit.ly/KvUQFr]

Wednesday, May 16, 2012

Embedded Librarian Program 2012

The Embedded Librarian program will provide the following services:
  • The librarian is added to the online course and has access to its content/syllabus/discussion.
  • The librarian takes an initiative to provide research assistance, as the course progresses and the research projects begin. This may happen formally or through various discussion threads, informally.
  • The librarian will provide a document to the instructors to be loaded into Blackboard identifying her services, etc so the students understand that a librarian is available on-line with them.
What support the Embedded Librarian expects from the instructors
  • The instructors must add the librarian to the blackboard course, with access to the discussion board.
  • The Embedded Librarian services are flexible. The instructors must provide guidelines related to the depth of the Embedded Librarian’s participation in the course.
  • The instructors must provide information to the librarian, related to their reference needs, as the course progresses.
  • The instructors refers questions/problems to the librarian, as appropriate. These questions will, when they require library research assistance, be forwarded to the librarian.
What future Embedded Librarian programs may include:

The standard information literacy workshops, provided by the library staff, would be provided to the students through this online format, either sequentially (as the course progresses) or as a unit, at a specifically designated time.

Trial Date: Summer 2012 Session

Meetings / emails with the instructors:

Initial Contact to the Instructors: April 16, 2012

Embedded librarian research: April 16 to May 15 (journals, discussion with library director and instruction librarian, list serve review)

Plan Developed: May 15-18, 2012

Presentation (via e-mail) to instructor participants, Library Director, Instruction Librarian, English department head. Library Director will cc Deans o A&S and B&P, and Provost

Program Review: July 30, 2012

Participants:
  • Michele Gregg, Librarian
  • Todd Crisp-Simon, English instructor
  • Joan Kalley, English instructor
  • John Price, Business instructor
Michele Gregg
Reference and Instruction Librarian
Tri-County Technical College
P.O. Box 587
Pendleton, SC 29670

mgregg2@TCTC.EDU   

864-646-1755; 864-646-1543 (fax)

[http://library.tctc.edu]

A/V Now Available > Hot Issues in Fair Use and Copyright > May 22 2012 > 1:00 PM ET

Community Conversation Webinar Series Presents

Brandon Butler, Director of Public Policy Initiatives, ARL

Topic of Discussion:   Hot Issues in Fair Use and Copyright!

When: May 22, 2012; 1:00 PM Eastern

Who: Join Brandon Butler, Director of Public Policy Initiatives, Association of Research Libraries (ARL), as he shares his thoughts on the latest issues in Fair Use and Copyright followed by a Q & A session with the community members.  The conversation will take place in the online Webex platform.


How: The conversation will take place in the online Webex platform.


Source and Link To Registration Available At  

[http://bit.ly/J8kPTG]


A/V Now Available At (05-24-12) [~ 70 Minutes] 

[http://bit.ly/KvUQFr]

Wednesday, May 9, 2012

A/V Available > The Information: James Gleick > Berkman Luncheon Series > 2012 May 8

Harvard Law School, Wasserstein Hall

70+ Minutes

James Gleick is a native New Yorker and a graduate of Harvard and the author of a half-dozen books on science, technology, and culture. His latest bestseller, translated into 20 languages, is The Information: A History, a Theory, a Flood, which the NY Times called "ambitious, illuminating, and sexily theoretical." Whatever they meant by that. They also said "Don't make the mistake of reading it quickly."

Source and Links to A/V Available At 

[http://cyber.law.harvard.edu/events/luncheon/2012/05/jgleick]

NYTimes Review 

[http://nyti.ms/gkiRVL]


Tuesday, May 1, 2012

Journal Cost-Effectiveness Search Engine


Use this search engine to find internationally-published journals and rank them by price per article or citation.

Link To Search Engine 

[http://www.journalprices.com/]

Link to Methodology


Thanks to my web colleague, Antonella De Robbio >  Universit√† degli Studi di Padova / Biblioteca del Seminario Matematico  / Via Belzoni, 7 - 35131 Padova (Italy) !!!

Sunday, April 29, 2012

A Very Short History of Data Science



I’m in the process of researching the origin and evolution of data science as a discipline and a profession. Here are the milestones that I have picked up so far, tracking the evolution of the term “data science,” attempts to define it, and some related developments.

[Working Timeline w/Links]

Friday, April 27, 2012

A/V Now Available > Increasing Faculty Usage of Streaming Video Webcast

We estimate that more than 50 percent of academic libraries now offer streaming video services. Departments ranging from anthropology to zoology are now incorporating video content into their classes.

This presentation will show use cases of how streaming video can be used, including:

  • Examples of how video can improve research
  • Examples of how video has been combined to improve learning for specific courses
  • Examples of how to annotate and publish video
Librarians and faculty will learn how to get the most out of their video resources, how video can be promoted in the library, which departments can benefit the most, as well as a technical understanding of what cutting-edge technology now makes possible. Existing users of streaming video will leave with new ideas and those who’ve yet to offer streaming resources will be better able to make a decision on whether it’s worth it.

Panelists

Stephen Rhind-TuttStephen Rhind-Tutt, President and founder, Alexander Street Press
Pete CiuffettiPete Ciuffetti, Vice president of product development, Alexander Street Press
Kim StantonKim Stanton, Head of the media library, University of North Texas















Moderator

Cheryl LaGuardiaCheryl LaGuardia, Head of instructional services, Harvard College Library

Source and Link Available At

[http://alexanderstreet.com/news/2012-04-19/595]

Note: Access is available to registered users ; Free registration available.

Thursday, April 26, 2012

ProQuest on LibGuides


Browse All Guides > Business > Genealogy > General Research > Government Information > History > Literature > News & Newspapers > Social Sciences > The Arts > Browse By Subject > Browse By Librarian 


Subjects: Congressional Guides / Current Bibliographies / Database Guides / Getting Started  / In the News / Legal Research Guides / Quick Start Guides / Statistical Guides / Webinars


Link

[http://proquest.libguides.com/index.php]

Sunday, April 8, 2012

Think Like A Startup: A White Paper to Inspire Library Entrepreneurialism

Brian Mathews >  Associate Dean  > Learning and Outreach > 
The University Libraries of Virginia Tech

This document is intended to inspire transformative thinking using insight into startup culture and innovation methodologies. It’s a collection of talking points intended to stir the entrepreneurial spirit in library leaders at every level.

Facing the Future > We don’t just need change > we need breakthrough, paradigm-shifting, transformative, disruptive ideas.

Summary

  • Startups are organizations dedicated to creating something new under conditions of extreme uncertainty.
  • Now is not the time to find new ways of doing the same old thing.
  • Launching a good idea is always better than not launching an awesome one.
  • Don’t just expand services: solve problems.
  • The library is a platform, not a place, website, or person.
  • Libraries need less assessment and more R&D.
  • Focus on relationship building instead of service excellence and satisfaction.
  • Don’t just copy & paste from other libraries: invent!
  • Grow your ideas: Build, Measure, Learn.
  • Iterate & Prototype.
  • Plant many seeds; nurture the ones that grow.
  • Seize the whitespace.
  • Good ideas are usable, feasible, and valuable.
  • Give new ideas a place to incubate.
  • Give new ideas enough time to blossom.
  • Give new ideas a way to get funded.
  • Give new ideas the talent they require.
  • Give new ideas room to fail… and then evolve.
  • Give up on a new idea if it just don’t work.
  • Innovation happens out in the open—not behind closed doors.
  • Innovation is a team sport. Practice it regularly.
  • Innovation is messy.
  • Innovation is disruptive.
  • Real innovators get their hands dirty.
  • Being strategic is about stretching not sustaining.
  • Stake a claim in other parts of the scholarly enterprise.
  • Build a strategic culture, not a strategic plan.
  • Entrepreneurialism is a cultural imperative, not something that should only happen in small pockets of your organization.
  • Strive to change the profession.
  • Aim for epiphanies
Fulltext Available Via

[http://vtechworks.lib.vt.edu/handle/10919/18649]


For Background And Links

[http://chronicle.com/blognetwork/theubiquitouslibrarian/2012/04/04/think-like-a-startup-a-white-paper/]

Access Stats

[http://chronicle.com/blognetwork/theubiquitouslibrarian/2012/04/17/thanks-to-all-the-startup-readers/]

Saturday, April 7, 2012

The Atlantic > The Problem With Wikidata

Mark Graham is a Research Fellow at the Oxford Internet Institute. His work focuses on the geographies of information and the Internet


Apr 6 2012, 3:25 PM ET

Fundamental changes are afoot at Wikipedia. Changes that have worrying connotations for the diversity of knowledge in the world's sixth most popular website.

Wikipedia, with a new initiative called Wikidata, is radically reconfiguring itself to take advantage of the "Semantic Web." Wikidata will create a collaborative database that is both machine readable and human editable and which will underpin a lot of knowledge that is presented in all 284 language versions of Wikipedia.

In other words, the encyclopaedia plans to become part of the movement from a mostly human-readable Web to a Web in which computers and software can better make sense of information.
This system becomes especially useful for facts that are embedded in a variety of pages. If Mitt Romney were to become President of the United States, there would be hundreds or thousands of pages in all of the language versions of Wikipedia that would need to be altered to reflect that fact. Wikidata would allow all of those references to be immediately updated after only one change in the central Wikidata repository.

This is a highly significant and hugely important change to the ways that Wikipedia works. Until now, the Wikipedia community has never attempted any sort of consistency across all languages. [snip].

Research carried out independently by Brent Hecht, myself, and others has found that each language edition of Wikipedia represents encyclopaedic knowledge in highly diverse ways. Not only does each language edition include different sets of topics, but when several editions do cover the same topic, they often put their own, unique spin on the topic. In particular, the ability of each language edition to exist independently has allowed each language community to contextualize knowledge for its audience.

It is important that different communities are able to create and reproduce different truths and worldviews. And while certain truths are universal (Tokyo is described as a capital city in every language version that includes an article about Japan), others are more messy and unclear (e.g. should the population of Israel include occupied and contested territories?).

The reason that Wikidata marks such a significant moment in Wikipedia's history is the fact that it eliminates some of the scope for culturally contingent representations of places, processes, people, and events.

[more]

Source 


[http://bit.ly/IgQxIj]

Tuesday, March 27, 2012

The Future of Academic Libraries: An Interview with Steven J Bell

Paul Zenke >  3/26/2012 I recently had the pleasure of speaking with Steven J. Bell, the Associate University Librarian for Research and Instruction at Temple University, and current Vice President and President Elect of the Association of College and Research Libraries (ACRL). Steven received his Doctorate in Education from the University of Pennsylvania’s Graduate School of Education. Steven’s most recent book, coauthored with John Shank, Academic Librarianship by Design: A Blended Librarian’s Guide to the Tools and Techniques lays out a new vision for designing the future of academic libraries enabling librarians to become indispensable partners in the college teaching endeavor by integrating themselves into the instructional process.
What can we do as academic librarians to better prepare ourselves for what is certainly an uncertain future? We just have to think more entrepreneurially and look for these opportunities.”

Unbundling of Higher Education

Steven thinks new learning initiatives like MITx and Udacity’s massive open online courses are an opportunity for academic libraries to serve non-traditional, potentially unaffiliated students, who he refers to as higher education’s new majority learners. In a recent article from his From the Bell Tower Library Journal column he suggested two possible scenarios for academic libraries within this emerging unbundled higher education landscape.

[snip]

Some in the press have suggested these initiatives will topple the ivory tower, knock down campus walls, crumble higher education’s monopoly, and start an Arab Spring of free online learning.
Steven has a more nuanced prediction:
Am I painting a scenario in which traditional higher education and their academic libraries have no future? If it reads that way that’s certainly not the intent. I believe many traditional colleges and universities will continue to thrive and provide the type of experience that many students still want, although the number of families who can afford the tuition is likely to decline. Just anticipate fewer traditional institutions, and fewer academic libraries supporting them. 
Rising costs are a major factor forcing change in academic libraries. Steven is working to address these issues directly through a new textbook project at Temple University.

Alt-Textbook Project

College students are spending on average $1,100 a year on books and supplies. Temple’s new Alt-Textbook Project is trying to change that. The initiative provides faculty members with a $1,000 grant to create new original digital learning materials with the goal of creating free, timely, high-quality resources for students. Steven recently spoke to Temple’s student radio WHIP about the project. Steven discusses the Alt-Textbook project as part of a larger Alt-Higher Education movement.

Blended Librarians

Steven, with his colleague John D. Shank, developed the concept of the Blended Librarian, a new form of academic librarianship that integrates instructional design and technology skills into the traditional librarian skill set

[snip]

User Experience

Steven’s recent work has focused on improving the user experience at the Temple University Libraries through researching the needs of students, and by gathering ideas from Library staff. Using the Study of Great Retail Shopping Experiences in North America Steven surveyed students on their expectations to “gain insight into what would comprise a “WOW” experience for student members of the academic library’s user community, ... .

[snip]

Academic Library Roles

In a previous post I discussed ARL’s 2030 Scenarios Project and ACRL’s “Futures Thinking for Academic Librarians: Higher Education in 2025″ report. Drawing on those projects, and my conversation with Steven Bell, I created this chart to summarize my current thoughts on the historical, emerging, and future roles of academic libraries across several topics.


Source and Fulltext Available At

[http://bit.ly/GSgwMd]

Monday, March 26, 2012

IR > Study of the Information Search Behaviour of the Millennial Generation

Arthur Taylor / Computer Information Systems, College of Business Administration, Rider University, Lawrenceville, New Jersey, USA

Abstract
Introduction. Members of the millennial generation (born after 1982) have come of age in a society infused with technology and information. It is unclear how they determine the validity of information gathered, or whether or not validity is even a concern. Previous information search models based on mediated searches with different age groups may not adequately describe the search behaviours of this generation.
Method. The longitudinal study discussed here examined the information behaviour of undergraduate college students who were members of the millennial generation. Data were collected from the students using surveys throughout an information search process as part of an assigned research project.
Analysis. Quantitative analysis was carried out on the data, which related to 80 individual subjects and evaluation of 758 documents.
Results. Statistically significant findings suggest that millennial generation Web searchers proceed erratically through an information search process, make only a limited attempt to evaluate the quality or validity of information gathered, and may perform some level of 'backfilling' or adding sources to a research project before final submission of the work.
Conclusions. These findings indicate that the search behaviour of millennial generation searchers may be problematic. Existing search models are appropriate; it is the execution of the model by the searcher within the context of the search environment that is at issue.
Thanks to my Scottish colleague Roddy MacLeod !

Source and Link to Fulltext Available At

[http://informationr.net/ir/17-1/paper508.html]