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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.

Olivia Madison to Receive the 2014 Ross Atkinson Lifetime Achievement Award

posted Feb 3, 2014, 8:49 AM by Lars Hagelin

Olivia Madison, Professor & Dean of the Library Administration at Iowa State University, has been named as the recipient of the 2014 Ross Atkinson Lifetime Achievement Award.

The Ross Atkinson Lifetime Achievement Award Jury is pleased to name Olivia Madison, Dean of the Library at Iowa State University as the recipient of the 2014 Ross Atkinson Lifetime Achievement award. The award, accompanied by a $3,000 check sponsored by EBSCO, will be presented at the ALCTS Annual Award Ceremony on Saturday, June 28, 2014 from 5:30-7:00 PM.

Olivia's leadership, scholarship and service to ALCTS exemplify the purpose and intent of this prestigious award. For more than 35 years, Olivia has provided leadership at many levels within ALCTS and ALA. Her roles have included Chair of CC:DA, Chair of the ALCTS Budget and Finance Committee, and most recently, Chair of the ALCTS Advocacy and Policy Committee. Olivia served as ALCTS President in 2003 and was elected to ALA Council as a Councilor-at-Large in 2013. She has written and presented extensively, editing three books, authoring more than 25 journal articles, and presenting papers at professional meetings. Her scholarship reflects engagement in the fields of cataloging, technical services, and librarianship as a whole. Olivia's research efforts have been collaborative, and of great impact. Her signal work is participation in the development of the bibliographic data model presented in IFLA's Functional Requirements for Bibliographic Records (FRBR). This in turn became the impetus for the Bibliographic Framework Transition Initiative, the development study to create a post-MARC environment for the communication of bibliographic data for libraries and other cultural institutions. Olivia's research is shaping how library data will be recorded, presented, and stored in the future. In 2010, she was honored by her colleagues for her contributions to the profession with one of ALCTS' most prestigious awards, the Margaret Mann Citation for outstanding achievement in cataloging or classification. She is an invited member of Phi Kappa Phi, the nation's oldest and largest honor society for all academic disciplines.

During her distinguished career Olivia Madison has addressed many of the major issues at the heart of ALCTS and indeed, the profession.

Congratulations to Olivia!!



[From post by Helen Reed on ALCTSLEADERS, on behalf of the Ross Atkinson Lifetime Achievement Award Jury]

Helen I. Reed, Dean of University Libraries and Chair, Ross Atkinson Lifetime Achievement Award Jury
University of Northern Colorado
Campus Box 48
Greeley, CO 80639
(970) 351-2601
helen.reed@unco.edu

GWLA and Springer Launch eBooks Interlibrary Loan Pilot with Occam’s Reader Project

posted Jan 31, 2014, 10:18 AM by Lars Hagelin   [ updated Jan 31, 2014, 10:22 AM ]

PRESS RELEASE
GWLA and Springer Launch eBooks Interlibrary Loan Pilot with Occam’s Reader Project


The Occam’s Reader Project is a partnership between Texas Tech University, the University of Hawai’i at Mānoa and GWLA

The Occam’s Reader Project – comprised of Texas Tech University, the University of Hawai’i at Mānoa, and the Greater Western Library Alliance (GWLA) – and Springer, are pleased to announce that they have entered into an agreement to run a pilot program with GWLA’s 33 members, focused on eBook interlibrary loans (ILL). This is the first major collaboration of its kind between academic libraries and a major publisher. The year-long project could revolutionize the way libraries share books in a digital world.

At the center of the project lies Occam’s Reader, new software developed by the Design & Development Team at Texas Tech University Libraries and the Web Interface Development Team at the University of Hawai’i at Mānoa Libraries, in collaboration with Greater Western Library Alliance (GWLA). Occam’s Reader creates a process for requesting, processing and delivering eBooks. ILL has always been possible under the terms of Springer eBook licenses, but previously there was no process for doing so. By integrating with the existing ILLiad framework, Occam’s Reader should make eBook ILL part of libraries’ everyday workflow.

The many features of Occam’s Reader make this a win-win situation for both GWLA members and Springer. Benefits include secure online access to borrowed books, compliance with copyright laws and licensing provisions, reporting of usage statistics and the ability to take advantage of existing Springer features, such as location- and device-agnostic access. Both eBook chapters and full eBooks from Springer are included in the pilot.

Joni Blake, Executive Director of GWLA stated, “This project is in keeping with GWLA's long tradition of being an innovation incubator, and advocating for cutting-edge technological solutions to problems facing academic libraries.”

Ryan Litsey, Texas Tech Document Delivery Librarian and Director of the Occam’s Reader Project said, “We could not be more proud of the headway that we are making with our new Occam’s Reader technology. Interlibrary loans of eBooks have long been a challenge posed to academic libraries, and we believe this new software could be the answer.”

Naomi Chow, Interlibrary Loan Librarian at University of Hawai’i at Mānoa added, “We are excited to be a development partner in this project that has the potential to change the way research libraries work with publishers. Our goal is to make Occam’s Reader the gold standard for electronic loans.”

“At Springer we are constantly trying to find new ways to add value to the content, products and services that we offer,” said Syed Hasan, President of Global Academic and Government Sales and Marketing. “It is part of our DNA to collaborate on promising initiatives like this pilot in order to help find solutions to our customers’ challenges, and we are excited for the opportunity to take part.”

Greater Western Library Alliance (www.gwla.org) 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.

Springer Science+Business Media (www.springer.com) is a leading global scientific, technical and medical publisher, providing researchers in academia, scientific institutions and corporate R&D departments with quality content via innovative information products and services.

Contact:

Joni Blake | Greater Western Library Alliance | joni@gwla.org | tel.: +1 913.370.4422
Ryan Litsey | Texas Tech University | ryan.litsey@ttu.edu | tel.: +1 806.742.2239
Naomi Chow | University of Hawai’i at Mānoa | nchow@hawaii.edu | tel.: +1 808.956.5951
Alexander Brown | Springer | alexander.brown@springer.com | tel.: +1 212.620.8063 

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Registration Open for “Fair Use Without Fear in the Academy” Copyright Webinar on February 18

posted Jan 20, 2014, 10:12 AM by Joni Blake

As pedagogy and scholarship grow and change with technology, more and more of what university professors do implicates copyright. More than any other, fair use is the legal doctrine that empowers members of the academy to do their jobs without having to ask or pay for permission. 

Fair use experts Peter Jaszi and Brandon Butler from American University's Washington College of Law will describe the growth of the fair use doctrine and the ways that communities, including scholars, are taking advantage of their fair use rights to get things done.

Our next event in our multi-consortium webinar series will be “Fair Use Without Fear in the Academy” at Noon (Eastern Time) on February 18, coordinated by our friends at the Washington Research Library Consortium (WRLC).    

More details and registration can be found at http://bit.ly/1m5AMIB . The webinar is free and open to all interested members.

2nd Annual Western Science Boot Camp for Librarians-- Save the Date!!

posted Jan 10, 2014, 5:59 AM by Lars Hagelin

July 9-11, 2014: Science Boot Camp for Librarians, University of Washington, Seattle Washington

Please save the date for the second annual Western Science Boot Camp for Librarians! Science Boot Camps for Librarians are immersive 2½ day events featuring educational presentations about science. This Science Boot Camp will explore key concepts and research in engineering, environmental sciences and health sciences, all focused on the science of disaster. 

Stay tuned for further announcements at http://guides.lib.washington.edu/ScienceBootCampWest2014

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