Articles

re3data.org – establishing a registry of research data repositories

By Frank Scholze, Karlsruhe Institute of Technology (KIT) | Mar 18, 2013

Research data are valuable and ubiquitous. The permanent access to research data is a challenge for all stakeholders in the scientific community. The long-term preservation of and principle of open access to research data offer broad opportunities for the scientific community. Vitally important, however, is to guarantee that research data sets can be found and cited.

The library's role in implementing MOOCs

Judith Coffey Russell, University of Florida | Mar 8, 2013

The challenge to the status quo often comes to us (or at us), not from us. The university establishes new programs, expands online and distance-education courses, or forms strategic alliances. A recent example at the University of Florida is its decision to join Coursera, one of the major providers of massive open online courses (MOOCs).

MOOC participants do not need to be a registered student at the university offering the course, and they do not pay tuition or other fees. The requirement for open-source digital textbooks and other supporting materials creates new opportunities for academic libraries to work with faculty. Although these resources and services may be free to the students who are taking MOOCs, they are not without cost to our universities or our libraries.

Open access: Current developments, future perspectives

Alicia Wise, Elsevier | Feb 26, 2013

When I talk about OA, it is often to consider the implications for researchers: choosing where to publish, affording article publishing charges, or considering new policies and mandates. Speaking at the ALA Midwinter Meeting provided a great opportunity to think about these changes from a librarian’s perspective.

Where research goes, so go research libraries and scholarly communication

Catherine Murray-Rust, Georgia Institute of Technology | Feb 26, 2013

What are we — those of us whose professional purpose is to provide support for research — doing to anticipate and influence the future of research? How do we overcome the “end of history” illusion and face unwanted possibilities as well as desirable ones? We should be facilitating and encouraging conversations about the future with the people who will live and work in that future.

Research data driving new services

David Marques, Elsevier | Feb 25, 2013

Publishing research data in a manner designed to to increase the flow of shared, open research data is a labor-intensive job, requiring special data science, process management, annotation and informatics skills.

Catherine Murray-Rust asks what are we, those of us whose professional purpose is to provide support for research, doing to anticipate and influence the future of research? She discusses various scenarios and advocates that libraries play a key role in facilitating and encouraging conversations about the future.

Academic libraries face particular ongoing challenges in calculating and presenting their value to their parent institutions, primarily because of the dramatic effect on their traditional role of advancements in technology. Adequately gauging the value of a library in today’s world requires a more subtle and considered approach to the work of libraries and librarians than hitherto, especially in the current recessionary economic environment.

Keeping book lovers, researchers and technophiles in the library loop
 

Feeding an ORCID: Libraries encourage researchers to register for the new identifier

Colleen DeLory, Editor Library Connect Newsletter | Jan 30, 2013

Library Connect shares the experience of two librarians in promoting and implementing ORCID at their institutions. With ORCID, short for the Open Researcher and Contributor ID repository, researchers can register online for a unique identifier (ID). This facilitates full and correct attribution of their research activities and outputs.

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Have you considered how many spins occur in the dreidel game?

Our colleagues at ScienceDirect selected a handful of holiday articles to share with our readers.