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West Virginia University Libraries Join the Greater Western Library Alliance

posted Mar 23, 2015, 6:45 AM by Lars Hagelin   [ updated Mar 23, 2015, 8:00 AM ]



The West Virginia University Libraries have been granted membership into the Greater Western Library Alliance (GWLA). Membership was approved at the GWLA Spring Membership Meeting on March 10.

“We are thrilled to welcome West Virginia University Libraries as the newest member of the Greater Western Library Alliance,” said GWLA Board Executive Committee member Richard Clement. “The WVU Libraries and Press bring outstanding people, resources, and innovative thinking that will help position the consortia for the 21st century.”

GWLA is a dynamic, effective, project-oriented consortium of research libraries located in the central and western United States, nationally recognized as a leader in the transformation of scholarly communication, and a facilitator in the application of new information technologies. With the addition of WVU, there are 35 member institutions.

"Being a member of the Alliance will immediately benefit WVU faculty and students by giving them access to a wider array of special collections and resources," Provost Joyce McConnell said. "It also will open the door to many more projects and partnerships with other member institutions."

For WVU students and faculty, GWLA membership will bring faster access to research collections complementing the WVU Libraries’ own collections. Although WVU is outside of GWLA’s previous geographic footprint, eight of the schools are members of the Big XII Athletic Conference. Cawthorne said the WVU Libraries will gain peer partners for grants, professional development and special projects.

“I am delighted and humbled to join the 34 library leaders who make up Greater Western Library Alliance membership,” Dean of the WVU Libraries Jon Cawthorne said. “Their vote for membership acknowledges the importance of our collections and resources to the greater academic world, and foreshadows our WVU’s future as an innovative and great institution.”

The criteria for GWLA membership include land-grant university status, classification as a Research University (High Research Activity) by the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching, and unique collections that can contribute to the consortium.

In December 2014, a three-person GWLA team visited WVU for an on-site evaluation, similar to a college accreditation visit that analyzes collection size and scope, services and potential contributions to the alliance. The team was impressed with the West Virginia and Regional History Center (WVRHC), which preserves archives, manuscripts, maps, field recordings, artifacts, and other materials pertaining to the history of West Virginia, the central Appalachian region, and the Civil War. It is also now home to the John D. Rockefeller IV Senatorial Archives and the Pearl S. Buck Collection.

Under the leadership of President Gordon Gee and McConnell, WVU is laying the foundation to become a premier research institution. Over the past three years, faculty have conducted more than $500 million in sponsored contracts and research grants. In addition, during the ongoing $1-billion capital campaign, the WVU Foundation has raised almost $200 million earmarked for research initiatives.

WVU’s administration is committed to supporting the Libraries as a way to advance scholarship, creativity and interdisciplinary research. Over the last 10 years, WVU has invested $45 million in facility renovations.

The administration has also increased support to the library’s budget by 50 percent over the past decade. The WVU Libraries’ budget is $16 million for 2014-15.

The Greater Western Library Alliance (GWLA) is a consortium of research libraries located in the central and western United States. GWLA is a dynamic, effective, project-oriented consortium, nationally recognized as a leader in the transformation of scholarly communication, and a facilitator in the application of new information technologies. For additional information, visit the GWLA website or follow GWLA on Facebook.

University of Denver Libraries Now a Member of the Greater Western Library Alliance

posted Mar 16, 2015, 10:39 AM by Lars Hagelin



March 16, 2015 – The Greater Western Library Alliance (GWLA) today announced that the University of Denver Libraries have been granted membership. Membership was approved at the GWLA Spring Membership Meeting, Tuesday March 10, 2015.

“GWLA membership for the University of Denver will greatly enhance resource sharing, and document delivery services for the DU community, and I am confident that with our strong track record in collaborative effort, we will in turn be a strong partner within this leading-edge consortium,” said Nancy Allen, dean and director of University Libraries at the University of Denver. “We are thrilled to be able to contribute to the research library community in new ways.”

With GWLA membership, DU students and faculty will have faster access to research collections complementing DU’s own library collections. DU will be able to purchase some research databases at a lower cost, saving the university money through collective purchasing power. DU Libraries also now have peer partners for grants, professional development and special projects related to contemporary research library developments and challenges, Allen noted.

“We are thrilled to welcome the University of Denver as the newest member of the Greater Western Library Alliance. The DU Libraries offer outstanding experience in collaborative programming, an innovative and expert staff, and strong collections including special collections that complement primary resources in the region,” said GWLA Executive Director Joni Blake. “GWLA members genuinely look forward to working with the DU Libraries on a broad range of initiatives and projects.”

Dr. Rebecca Chopp, DU’s Chancellor, commented, “I am so pleased to hear that the University of Denver is now a GWLA member. It is truly exciting to imagine the combined power of so many research libraries working together in support of the purposes of higher education: transformative education, creation of new knowledge, and service through solutions needed by communities.”

Late last year, a three-person GWLA team visited DU for an on-site evaluation, similar to a college accreditation visit that analyzes collection size and scope, services and potential contributions to the alliance. Of particular note is the beautiful new library building, the Anderson Academic Commons, which is not only the home of the main library, but also demonstrates partnership with several other academic support units. Completed in 2013, students flock to the study, collection, and service locations, as well as events, and exhibits, breaking all attendance records.

Commenting on the membership decision, Dr. Gregg Kvistad, the University of Denver provost and executive vice chancellor, noted, “The University of Denver’s tagline is that we are a great private university dedicated to the public good. I am confident that through GWLA membership, our libraries will contribute to the greater good of higher education in the western region, leveraging collections as well as the knowledge base of our outstanding library professionals through collaborative programs.”

“The long-standing support from the University administration, friends, and donors for the University libraries’ collections, services, and facilities is deeply appreciated,” said Allen. “Our status as a research library is set in a new context of research library collaboration through GWLA, leveraging the collective effort of colleagues who, together, are dedicated to improving information services, supporting knowledge creation, and student learning outcomes.”



The Greater Western Library Alliance (GWLA) is a consortium of research libraries located in the central and western United States. GWLA is a dynamic, effective, project-oriented consortium, nationally recognized as a leader in the transformation of scholarly communication, and a facilitator in the application of new information technologies. For additional information, visit the GWLA website or follow GWLA on Facebook.

Founded in 1864, the University of Denver is committed to engaging with students in advancing scholarly inquiry, cultivating critical and creative thought, and generating knowledge. For additional information, visit the University’s Media Relations website, or follow the University on Facebook and Twitter.

The Greater Western Library Alliance makes an investment in support of BioOne’s Elementa: Science of the Anthropocene

posted Mar 13, 2015, 7:22 AM by Lars Hagelin   [ updated Mar 13, 2015, 7:26 AM ]




The Greater Western Library Alliance makes an investment in support of BioOne’s Elementa: Science of the Anthropocene
Friday, March 13, 2015

The Greater Western Library Alliance (GWLA), one of BioOne’s founding organizations, is investing $50,000 to help ensure the future of Elementa: Science of the Anthropocene; a nonprofit, open access journal, initially formed through a collaboration between BioOne and five US research universities.

With an understanding that open access aligns with the goals of science, and embracing the concept that basic knowledge can foster sustainable solutions for society, this nonprofit collaboration is driven by the desire to accelerate scientific discoveries, and for all content to be open in the interest of rapid and wide dissemination of research. Elementa is a multidisciplinary, rigorously peer-reviewed journal, with an outstanding editorial board focused on one of the Grand Challenges facing scientific endeavor.

GWLA recognized the benefit of collective action to promote sustainable communication 1999. Determined to be part of the solution, GWLA mobilized its then 23 large research libraries for both charter support and early subscriptions to BioOne. The consortium has remained actively involved in BioOne’s growth for the past 16 years. In Elementa, the GWLA member libraries are making a strategic investment in the future of Open Access publishing.

“BioOne is fortunate to be part of such a supportive community. By demonstrating its trust in BioOne, GWLA sets the pace for others to support the organization’s commitment to the transformative power of university libraries and nonprofit publishers working together to improve scholarly communications.”
-- Susan Skomal, President/CEO, BioOne

“As one of BioOne’s founding organizations, the Greater Western Library Alliance is enthusiastic about the potential for Elementa. Our support for this project demonstrates our commitment to investigating and creating viable open access publishing alternatives to traditional scholarly communication models.”
-- Faye Chadwell, Board Chair, GWLA, and University Librarian & OSU Press Director, Oregon State University

About GWLA

The Greater Western Library Alliance is a dynamic and project-oriented consortium of leading research libraries in the Central and Western United States. Our strategic member-driven initiatives are collaborative and innovative. They result in pragmatic outcomes that create user-focused services and programs that broadly support research, teaching and learning, outreach while influencing the scholarly communications framework.

About BioOne

Established in 1999, BioOne is the product of innovative collaboration among scientific societies, libraries, academe, and the private sector, united in the common goal of maximizing access to critical research. BioOne’s mission includes the exploration of economic models and strategic partnerships that balance the needs of all scholarly communications stakeholders. BioOne offers cost-effective access to critical scientific research through its content aggregation of 184 society, museum, and institutionally sponsored publications in the biological, ecological, and environmental sciences, at bioone.org.

More information about Elementa: Science of the Anthropocene can be found at elementascience.org, or by contacting Lars Hagelin, of GWLA: lars@gwla.org, or Clare Dean of Elementa: Science of the Anthropocene: cdean@elementascience.org.

Applications for DataQ Editorial Team Due January 30th!

posted Jan 23, 2015, 8:33 AM by Lars Hagelin

Applications for the DataQ Editorial Team are due January 30, 2015. If you are interested in becoming a DataQ Editor, please fill out the application form here: http://bit.ly/DataQApp.


Information about the DataQ project: The University of Colorado Boulder Libraries, the Greater Western Library Alliance, and the Great Plains Network are excited to announce that we have received funding from the Institute of Museum and Library Services to develop an online resource called DataQ, which will function as a collaborative knowledge-base of research data questions and answers curated for and by the library community. Library staff from any institution may submit questions on research data topics to the DataQ website, where questions will then be both crowd-sourced and reviewed by an Editorial Team of experts. Answers to these questions, from both the community and the Editorial Team, will be posted to the DataQ website and will include links to resources and tools, best practices, and practical approaches to working with researchers to address specific research data issues.


DataQ Editor responsibilities: DataQ Editors will be responsible for helping to identify initial content, providing expert feedback on questions from DataQ users, and developing policies and procedures for answering questions. The Editorial Team will participate in regular virtual meetings and attend one in-person meeting in Kansas City, MO in late May. Each Editor will receive a $1000 stipend to help cover travel costs and time contributed to the project. The initial term for each Editor will last until October 31, 2015 when the grant period ends, but there may be opportunities to continue serving beyond the life of the grant based on the outcome of the project.


Additional opportunities to contribute to DataQ will be announced soon. For all of the latest information about DataQ, please follow @ResearchDataQ on Twitter. Please send any questions about DataQ to the project Co-PIs Andrew Johnson at andrew.m.johnson@colorado.edu and Megan Bresnahan at megan.bresnahan@tufts.edu.

DataQ Call for Editors

posted Dec 12, 2014, 5:04 AM by Lars Hagelin   [ updated Dec 12, 2014, 5:06 AM ]

Call for Editors for DataQ, a Cooperative Project of the University of Colorado Boulder Libraries, GWLA, and GPN
Thursday, December 11, 2014

The University of Colorado Boulder Libraries, the Greater Western Library Alliance (GWLA), and the Great Plains Network (GPN) are excited to announce that we have received funding from the Institute of Museum and Library Services to develop an online resource called DataQ, which will function as a collaborative knowledge-base of research data questions and answers curated for and by the library community. Library staff from any institution may submit questions on research data topics to the DataQ website, where questions will then be both crowd-sourced and reviewed by an Editorial Team of experts. Answers to these questions, from both the community and the Editorial Team, will be posted to the DataQ website and will include links to resources and tools, best practices, and practical approaches to working with researchers to address specific research data issues.

We are currently seeking applications for our Editorial Team. If you are interested in becoming a DataQ Editor, please fill out the application form here by January 30, 2015: http://bit.ly/DataQApp.
  
DataQ Editors will be responsible for helping to identify initial content, providing expert feedback on questions from DataQ users, and developing policies and procedures for answering questions. The Editorial Team will participate in regular virtual meetings and attend one in-person meeting in Kansas City, MO in late May. Each Editor will receive a $1000 stipend to help cover travel costs and time contributed to the project.

The initial term for each Editor will last until October 31, 2015 when the grant period ends, but there may be opportunities to continue serving beyond the life of the grant based on the outcome of the project.

Additional opportunities to contribute to DataQ will be announced soon. For all of the latest information about DataQ, please follow @ResearchDataQ on Twitter. Please send any questions about DataQ to the project Co-PIs: 
  • Andrew Johnson, Research Data Librarian, andrew.m.johnson@colorado.edu
  • Megan Bresnahan, Head, Gemmill Library of Engineering, Mathematics, and Physics, megan.bresnahan@colorado.edu

The University of Colorado at Boulder Libraries [http://ucblibraries.colorado.edu/] mission is to enrich and advance learning and discovery in the University, community, state, and nation by providing access to a broad array of resources for education, research, scholarship, and creative work to ensure the rich interchange of ideas in the pursuit of truth and learning.  We join the University to serve Colorado and engage in the world.

The Greater Western Library Alliance (GWLA) [http://www.gwla.org] is a consortium of 33 research libraries located in the central and western United States. GWLA is a dynamic, effective, project-oriented consortium, nationally recognized as a leader in the transformation of scholarly communication, and a facilitator in the application of new information technologies. 

The Great Plains Network (GPN) [http://www.greatplains.net/] is a consortium of universities in the Midwest, partnering to connect members to the National Research & Education infrastructure, including Internet2, and to facilitate the use of advanced cyberinfrastructure across the network.

CU-Boulder, GWLA, and GPN awarded funding from IMLS to develop DataQ, a collaborative platform for sharing knowledge to support research data in libraries

posted Nov 4, 2014, 1:03 PM by Joni Blake

The University of Colorado Boulder (CU-Boulder) Libraries, the Greater Western Library Alliance (GWLA), and the Great Plains Network (GPN) are excited to announce that we have received funding from the Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS) to develop an online resource called DataQ, which will function as a collaborative knowledge-base of research data questions and answers curated for and by the library community. Library staff from any institution may submit questions on research data topics, with or without answers, to the DataQ website, where questions will then be both crowd-sourced and reviewed by an editorial team of experts. Answers to these questions, from both the community and the editorial team, will be posted to the DataQ website and will include links to resources and tools, best practices, and practical approaches to working with researchers to address specific research data issues.

A number of GWLA and GPN libraries provided letters of support for the IMLS proposal, and dozens of other institutions across the country have already expressed interest in contributing to the DataQ effort. In his letter of support for the project, James F. Williams, II, Dean of the CU-Boulder Libraries noted that “with its community-driven approach to collecting and answering questions related to research data, DataQ will allow libraries to better understand faculty and student needs, share knowledge across institutions, and utilize existing staff and skills to support new areas of librarianship.”

A call for content submissions and nominations for the editorial team will be announced soon. Please send any questions about the project to Andrew Johnson (Project Director) at andrew.m.johnson@colorado.edu, and follow @ResearchDataQ on Twitter for the latest announcements and information about DataQ.

This project was made possible in part by the IMLS Sparks! Ignition Grant for Libraries SP-02-14-0020-14. Sparks! Ignition Grants for Libraries and Museums are small grants that encourage libraries and museums to test and evaluate innovations in the ways they operate and the services they provide. Sparks! grantees demonstrate innovation and broad potential impact, often turning small investments of funds into nationally significant projects.

The Institute of Museum and Library Services is the primary source of federal support for the nation’s 123,000 libraries and 35,000 museums. Our mission is to inspire libraries and museums to advance innovation, lifelong learning, and cultural and civic engagement. Our grant making, policy development, and research help libraries and museums deliver valuable services that make it possible for communities and individuals to thrive. To learn more, visit http://www.imls.gov and follow IMLS on Facebook and Twitter.

A Proclamation of Thanks to Tom Sanville Upon his Retirement

posted Oct 22, 2014, 12:27 PM by Joni Blake

Our friend and colleague, Tom Sanville, a legend in the consortium world will retire at the end of the year.  We cooked up this proclamation for him.



WHEREAS Tom Sanville has announced his intention to retire as Senior Director of Licensing and Strategic Partnerships for Lyrasis; and


WHEREAS Tom Sanville has served libraries and higher education with distinction not only in this role, but also as the Executive Director of OhioLINK and the Vice President of Marketing for OCLC; and


WHEREAS Tom Sanville has provided unfailing, vigorous, and creative leadership in promoting access to information; and


WHEREAS Tom Sanville has served diligently and effectively as a leader in many collaborative ventures, including the International Coalition of Library Consortia (ICOLC) and the Sponsoring Consortium for Open Access Publishing in Particle Physics (SCOAP3); now therefore


BE IT HEREBY RESOLVED that the members of the International Coalition of Library Consortia, and on behalf of the communities of scholars and students they serve, expresses deep gratitude and appreciation to Tom Sanville for his outstanding contributions to the public good arising from decades of untiring work to

promote the efforts of libraries and librarians in the work of preserving and expanding access to information; and


BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED that this resolution be communicated to Tom Sanville, to the membership of the International Coalition of Library Consortia, and to the library community at large, to convey GWLA’s deep gratitude for his leadership and collegiality.


BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED that Tom take the long-suffering Mrs. Sanville to dinner at RED LOBSTER on us!

Science Boot Camp For Librarians 2014

posted May 8, 2014, 9:14 AM by Lars Hagelin

Science Boot Camp 2014 Seattle
Get ready to register for the Science Boot Camp for Librarians 2014! The event will be held at the University of Washington, Seattle, July 9-11.

This Science Boot Camp will explore key concepts and research in geology/geophysics, marine science and health sciences - all focused on the science of disaster. Cost of registration is $350 (which includes cost of the conference, lodging and meals) and will open next week!

The schedule and speaker lineup is available now: http://guides.lib.washington.edu/ScienceBootCampWest2014

Registration still open: "Talking to Authors in a World of Elsevier Takedowns and Open Access Mandates"

posted Mar 6, 2014, 11:41 AM by Lars Hagelin

There are only two weeks until the "Talking to Authors in a World of Elsevier Takedowns and Open Access Mandates," a webinar led by Laura Quilter of U-Mass Amherst!

WEBINAR: "Talking to Authors in a World of Elsevier Takedowns and Open Access Mandates"
DATE / TIME: March 19, 2014 -- 3pm ET
REGISTER: http://bit.ly/1oHE7Sz

WEBINAR DESCRIPTION: Academic authors face tough challenges in deciding where and how to publish. Publishers are increasingly aggressive about enforcing copyrights -- as evidenced by Elsevier's flurry of copyright "takedown" notices in December, and the ongoing "ereserves" litigation against Georgia State University. Funders and employers (universities) are moving ahead with efforts to ensure widespread open access to work they fund and support. Professional societies are at a loss of how best to advise their members, and the junior faculty and graduate students. Into this stew of confusion, throw in a few dashes of "altmetrics", "MOOCs", critiques of peer review, and the usual travails of funding and competition for scarce jobs, and it's no wonder that we librarians have a tough time getting faculty to focus on negotiating their author agreements.

So where is all this going? And how can librarians talk to our campus authors -- our faculty, grad students, and other authors -- about their best interests, both short-term and long-term? Who are the collaborators on campus that we could be working with to help scholarship make this transition? What kinds of interventions can we make that will be helpful? Laura Quilter, copyright attorney and librarian, will discuss the legal import of Elsevier's takedowns and the GSU case, as well as strategies and approaches for librarians consulting with faculty and their campuses.

This is the fourth in a series of webinars focusing on open access, copyright, and fair use that are co-sponsored by ASERL, Boston Library Consortium, Greater Western Library Alliance, Triangle Research Libraries Network, and Washington Research Library Consortium. 

Registration Now Open for "Talking to Authors in a World of Elsevier Takedowns and Open Access Mandates"

posted Feb 20, 2014, 9:55 AM by Lars Hagelin

The next installment in the on-going copyright and fair use series, Talking to Authors in a World of Elsevier Takedowns and Open Access Mandates, will be held Wednesday, March 19, 2014, 3:00 p.m. Eastern Daylight Time.

Program Description:

Academic authors face tough challenges in deciding where and how to publish. Publishers are increasingly aggressive about enforcing copyrights -- as evidenced by Elsevier's flurry of copyright "takedown" notices in December, and the ongoing "ereserves" litigation against Georgia State University. Funders and employers (universities) are moving ahead with efforts to ensure widespread open access to work they fund and support. Professional societies are at a loss of how best to advise their members, and the junior faculty and graduate students. Into this stew of confusion, throw in a few dashes of "altmetrics", "MOOCs", critiques of peer review, and the usual travails of funding and competition for scarce jobs, and it's no wonder that we librarians have a tough time getting faculty to focus on negotiating their author agreements.

So where is all this going? And how can librarians talk to our campus authors -- our faculty, grad students, and other authors -- about their best interests, both short-term and long-term? Who are the collaborators on campus that we could be working with to help scholarship make this transition? What kinds of interventions can we make that will be helpful?

Laura Quilter, copyright attorney and librarian, will discuss the legal import of Elsevier's takedowns and the GSU case, as well as strategies and approaches for librarians consulting with faculty and their campuses.

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