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Two more items concerning OCLC

OCLC and ProQuest work together to automate e-book collection management. “This new collaboration automates the process to keep e-book holdings from ebrary and EBL–Ebook Library up to date in WorldCat and library catalogs and offers current links to library users for easy access to those titles.”

This next link is about a webinar sponsored by OCLC and Library Journal, Wednesday, November 13th, 2013, 1:00–2:00 PM ET.

Implementing change: Realizing the results of collaborating in the cloud
“Libraries share many common challenges: scarce resources, increased user demand and ever more complex collections, systems and workflows. To help manage these challenges, today’s cloud-based library management services are offering workflows that save time and discovery solutions that meet users’ expectations.”

Three articles in the Journal of the Medical Library Association

There are three relevant articles in the new October issue of the Journal of the Medical Library Association.

Creating shared campus experiences: the library as culture club
J Med Libr Assoc. 2013 October; 101(4): 254–256. doi: 10.3163/1536-5050.101.4.005

Librarians identify strongly with users, understand institutional culture and politics, have a commitment to academic and intellectual values, and show a readiness to collaborate with people within and outside of the institution 1. Their neutral and apolitical interactions with faculty and academic leaders are a critical strength. These are strengths that position librarians to be effective arbiters of the intellectual and cultural needs of a campus. With no particular agenda and the ability to see the big picture, librarians can assume the role of trusted third party in discussions between and among differing interests for the good of the campus.

Expanding roles in a library-based bioinformatics service program: a case study
J Med Libr Assoc. 2013 October; 101(4): 303–309. doi: 10.3163/1536-5050.101.4.012

The bioinformatics service program was established at the Norris Medical Library in 2005. As part of program development, the library assessed users’ bioinformatics needs, acquired additional funds, established and expanded service offerings, and explored additional roles in promoting on-campus collaboration.

Library-based clinical and translational research support
J Med Libr Assoc. 2013 October; 101(4): 326–335. doi: 10.3163/1536-5050.101.4.017

There has been a shift in the workflow at academic biomedical research and clinical care centers to promote more efficient clinical and community implementation of bench discoveries. Strong financial support for this effort is provided by the Clinical and Translational Science Awards (CTSAs) from the National Center for Advancing Translational Sciences (NCATS), National Institutes of Health (NIH), awarded to about sixty biomedical research institutions constituting the CTSA Consortium 1. CTSAs offer an opportunity to speed the translation of bench discoveries to improved human health by transforming the research enterprise at the local, regional, and national levels. These efforts include large-scale infrastructure projects, institution-wide coordination and provision of services, incentives to facilitate collaboration and team-based science, and education programs designed to train the next generation of researchers.

Collaborative academic database purchasing in New Mexico

More than two dozen higher education libraries recently purchased access for two years to 10 online research databases and two e-book collections via EBSCO Publishing.

Libraries at New Mexico colleges and universities will save hundreds of thousands of dollars after the schools worked together to purchase access to databases and e-book collections for students.

Take a look at the new issue–Volume 5, Issue 3

The new issue is now published.

Vol 5, No.3 (2013)

Table of Contents


Whither Library Consortia? PDF

Valerie Horton


Scholarly Articles

Assessment of Library Instruction on Undergraduate Student Success in a Documents-Based Research Course: The Benefits of Librarian, Archivist, and Faculty Collaboration Abstract PDF

Paul Victor Jr., Justin Otto, Charles Mutschler

Library Faculty and Instructional Assessment: Creating a Culture of Assessment through the High Performance Programming Model of Organizational Transformation Abstract PDF

Meredith G. Farkas, Lisa J. Hinchliffe

Collaboration for a 21st Century Archives: Connecting University Archives with the Library’s Information Technology Professionals Abstract PDF

Erin Lawrimore

Scholar-Librarian Collaboration in the Publication of Scholarly Materials Abstract PDF

Craig Harkema, Brent Nelson


From the Field

Partnering with Public Library Services: A Town and Gown Affair Abstract PDF

Sarah Cisse

Implementing a Promotional Process for Academic Librarians Abstract PDF

Robert Behary, Leslie Lewis, Bridget Euliano


Viewpoints: Technology Matters

RFID, GPS, and 3G: Radio Wave Technologies and Privacy PDF

Lori Bowen Ayre


Viewpoints: Perspectives

Campus Collaboration from a Martial Arts Perspective PDF

Michael Perini



Review of Connect, Collaborate, and Communicate: A Report from the Value of Academic Libraries Summits PDF

Martha Hardy

Review of Managing Research Data PDF

Dorothea Salo


Collaboration needed to support communication across disciplines

Barbara Fister recently wrote “Bypassing the Sustainability Test” for Inside Higher Ed.  Within the article, she described the WAC Clearinghouse which is a collaborative project housed at Colorado State University.

She “had the good fortune this week to have a conversation with Mike Palmquist, who has had a lot to do with the Colorado State University-based WAC Clearinghouse, which has been publishing open access books and journals and other things for 16 years. He doesn’t say it’s his project, and the only title I could find to label his role is ‘founding editor.’ He does have a quite a few additional titles – Associate Vice Provost for Learning and Teaching, Professor of English, University Distinguished Teaching Scholar at Colorado State University, and director of CSU’s Institute for Learning and Teaching – so maybe he feels he has enough. But I doubt that’s it. When we talked about the Clearinghouse, he made it clear that it was a shared effort of a lot of people – currently over 100. All of them are committed to making it work the way disciplinary knowledge traditionally works, through the efforts of a loose collective of individuals who have a common curiosity and commitment to contributing to what we know about the world.”

The interview can be found at Library Journal.

Leadership and collaboration within complementary and alternative medical programs

This article was recently published in Library Leadership & Management.

Collaboration in White Spaces: Librarians as Leaders in Evidence-Based Practice at CAM Institutions by Janet Tapper, Richard J. Severson, Noelle Stello, and Della Shupe.


White Spaces were first described by organizational change expert Gary Rummler in the 1960’s to describe zones where meaningful action takes place outside of the normal chains of command dictated by organizational charts. This paper identifies key concepts for leadership in the white spaces as relationality, unanticipated organizational intention, intention to change and mutual purpose. Librarians serving nine Complementary and Alternative Medicine programs found themselves using white space leadership tactics to promote information literacy and evidence-based practice skills in the wake of receiving R25 grants from the National Institutes of Health. Their training as librarians paralleled the unique skills required for white space leadership and allowed them to create new opportunities for library integration into the curricula and programs of their institutions. Three case studies highlight the challenges of curriculum and cultural change at these schools and the synchronous opportunity for library involvement in those shifts.

Collaboration helps to meet the information needs of South African youth

This article was published in a recent issue of the South African Journal of Libraries and Information Science.

From borders and landscape to ecosystem: reconfiguring library services to meet the needs of South African youth, by Genevieve Hart and Mary Nassimbeni.


In this article we consider the configuration of the South African library and information services (LIS) sector, and analyse the extent to which its structuring facilitates or hinders optimum service to the children and youth of South Africa. The background to our investigation is the crisis in public schooling and the plight of South African youth who suffer disproportionate rates of poverty and unemployment. In our investigation we examine the planning and practice in two new libraries – one a community library, and one a joint-use library for learners and local residents – in an effort to establish the extent to which libraries may partner with schools to take advantage of new thinking that recommends a whole system approach, encapsulated in the metaphor of LIS as an ecosystem. We conclude that this new approach might generate models of service delivery that transcend boundaries that traditionally delineate and confine sub-sectors in the LIS sector.

Keywords: South Africa; library as ecosystem; public libraries; school libraries; collaboration

The SHared Access Research Ecosystem (SHARE) will be a collaborative effort

The following text is from this Forbes magazine article.

Open Access To Research: An Ideal Complicated By Reality

As researchers around the world gain faster and more complete access to the work of their colleagues, the pace of scientific progress will increase and so will the benefits to society in areas like the economy, healthcare, and energy. It’s also clear to us that taxpayers, scientists or not, deserve access to the information their support has generated.

Research universities applaud the new policy and are actively involved in devising ways to comply. A group of academic organizations (the Association of American Universities, the Association of Public and Land-Grant Universities, and the Association of Research Libraries) has proposed a system in which “universities will collaborate with the federal government and others to host cross-institutional digital repositories” of research publications.

More information about the Shared Access Research Ecosystem can be found in this PDF document.

Library IT departments, communications, and collaboration

The article noted below was just published in the most recent issue of the  Code4Lib Journal.

Out From Behind the Firewall: Towards Better Library IT Communications” by Lisa Gayhart.

Within the the paper, she notes:

Have a Vision

The first step in any great plan is to decide on a goal. Why are we attempting to improve communications? Once articulated, distill your vision down to a single statement and use this statement to inform all of your communications planning and actions. For example, “Move from image of IT as a ‘gatekeeper’ and towards image of a partner, with a continued focus on user-first service” is a defined goal that can frame a communications planning process.

When brainstorming around goals and plans, take the time to talk with other communications resources within your library or organization. Aligning departmental communications with the brand and messages of the central institution is critical to success. Collaboration strengthens your communications process, integrates technology departments into a larger communications network, and provides consistency for your intended audience.

By Lisa Gayhart

Video data-sharing library developmental science established

In the largest open-source video-data sharing project of its kind, behavioral researchers, digital library scientists and computer scientists are undertaking the creation of Databrary, a web-based video-data library sponsored by the National Science Foundation and the National Institutes of Health.