Articles

TrainingDesk Flash

Susannah Megow, Elsevier's TrainingDesk | Dec 30, 2011

A: The Scopus Affiliation Search allows you to easily monitor your institute’s research output and changing research trends.

Grant Funding Workshops Help Faculty, Staff and Graduate Students

Leslie Delserone, University of Minnesota Libraries, Julie Kelly, University of Minnesota Libraries, Jody Kempf, University of Minnesota Libraries | Dec 30, 2011

At the University of Minnesota, librarians conduct workshops on the effective use of online resources to identify possible funding sources. This is a joint effort of the university's libraries and the Office for the Vice President for Research (OVPR).

During the recent ACRL 14th National Conference in Seattle, we presented a poster to share the highlights of our grant funding workshops. In sharing those highlights again, we hope to inspire other librarians to consider similar projects.

The backstory

Opening a New Library in Tough Times

David Tyckoson, California State University | Dec 30, 2011

On February 20, 2009, the new Henry Madden Library at our university opened to the public. At 360,000 square feet and US $105 million, this was the largest academic project ever at Fresno State, resulting in the largest library at any of the California State University system campuses.

The Norwegian Paradox

Per Koch, Research Council of Norway | Dec 30, 2011

Held in Helsinki in November 2008, the 6th Annual Library Connect Nordic Librarian Forum covered topics including research assessment and policy. During that event, Per Koch delivered a presentation which he’s kindly agreed to reshape as this article for Library Connect.
 

Swimming Against the Current

Daniel Calto, Elsevier | Dec 30, 2011

The world of academic research has undergone seismic shifts in the last 10 years, and has left under significant pressures all parties interested in the furtherance of outstanding scientific and humanities research.

Challenges facing academic research

The Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) recently decided to use Scopus Custom Data to drive its innovation strategy. Recently I had an opportunity to talk to Hiroyuki Tomizawa, the principal administrator in the Economic Analysis and Statistics Division of the Directorate for Science, Technology and Industry at the OECD, about the OECD’s new strategy. Following are some of his thoughts.
 

Iris Kisjes: Tell me a little about the OECD’s background.

Visualizing Research Performance

Neal Katz, Elsevier | Dec 30, 2011

Today’s academic institutions are continuously looking for ways to improve their standing as world-class research bodies. Gaining a leadership position in research helps institutions recruit and maintain high-quality research staff. This, in turn, helps institutions compete for grant money.

What service allows you to select from thousands of STM journal titles and tick the ones you’re interested in, so you can receive from one source freely available tables of contents from your favorite journals? The answer is ticTOCs — Journal Tables of Contents Service, which provides TOCs from about half the currently published STM journals.

By providing access to the most recent TOCs of over 11,000 scholarly journals from more than 400 publishers, including Elsevier, ticTOCs helps users stay current with the most recent issues of journals covering a wide range of subjects.

Recently, several major changes at my library have pushed us to be much more intentional about assessing our services, workflows, budgeting practices and resource selection. Through strategic planning and development of policy and practice, we have begun to lay the foundation for a culture of assessment in our library — a culture in which decisions are based on facts, research and analysis and where services are designed to maximize the benefit for our patrons (Phipps, 2001).

Here’s an Update on Elsevier’s ROI Study Looking at Academic Libraries

Carol Tenopir, University of Tennessee, Knoxville | Dec 30, 2011

In 2007, Elsevier launched a study looking at the return on an academic institution’s investment in its library. As you may recall, Phase 1 of this ROI study was described by Judy Luther in the January 2008 issue of the Library Connect Newsletter and in an extensive white paper. Both are available at www.elsevier.com/libraryconnect.

Phase 1 summary