Category Archives: Higher Education

Qualitative Study on Research Collaboration

LIBER Quarterly published an article on research collaboration in UK academic libraries  in its recent issue. The article discusess the results of a qualitative study undertaken by Sheila Corrall from the University of Pittsburgh to explore how libraries are organizing resources and services to support research endeavors.

Full Citation:
Corrall, S. (2014). Designing libraries for research collaboration in the network world: An exploratory study. LIBER Quarterly, 24 (1). ISSN 2213-056X

The full text of the article is available here.

A collaboration of researchers, librarians, library students, and ants

Dorothy Barr recently wrote “The Ants Go Marching: Interns’ and Librarians’ Roles in a Global Collaboration” for the Spring 2014 issue of Issues in Science and Technology Librarianship. From the abstract:

This paper describes how five Simmons College Graduate School of Library & Information Science (GSLIS) students worked on GAP and AntWiki, finding and collecting PDFs of articles; posting online those that are out of copyright; searching for and uploading portraits of taxonomists; and creating a page on Antwiki on Human Culture and Ants. The project thus became a collaboration of researchers, librarians and library students to further the world’s knowledge of ants, the “little creatures that run the world” in E.O. Wilson’s words (Upton 1995).

Cross-Institutional Collaboration in Ireland

Maria Rogers and Keith Brittle presented “The Benefits of Cross-Institutional Collaboration” at the DBS Annual Library Seminar on June 13, 2014. They even gave a plug for the journal on page 7 (PDF). Thanks!

Abstract:

This presentation discusses inter-institutional collaboration in the Higher Education sector in Ireland with a particular focus on academic library collaborative initiatives and networks. It begins by asking ‘what is collaboration’? and where collaboration sits within a continuum of partnership. It highlights that true collaboration requires invested parties to relinquish a certain degree of autonomy in order to achieve a common goal. Key collaborative networks and initiatives within the sector are listed with a particular focus on the history of collaboration between academic libraries. Collaboration between private higher education institutions is discussed with particular emphasis on perceived barriers and changes that are bringing about increased collaboration. Cooperative and collaborative exchanges between DBS and NCI are also discussed as well as opportunities for future collaborative projects.

Developing a library-press collaboration? Here are some good tips from JLSC

Complementary Skills, Resources, and Missions: Best Practices in Developing Library-Press Collaborations

In 2012, the Association of American University Presses (AAUP) surveyed library directors, deans, university librarians, and university press directors with the objective of mapping similarities and differences in operational and financial structures as well as practical differences. 42 library leaders and 41 university press directors responded to a set of 32 questions that could be answered by either audience. In 2013, follow-up interviews were conducted with 22% of the respondents, focusing on the “why” of library publishing services, and requesting detail on certain aspects of library-press relationships.

Breaking rules sometimes needs collaboration

This is an interesting presentation – Breaking all the Rules: Lock-in at the Sciences Library, by Brett Cloyd and Sara Scheib

Abstract

Imagine forty first-year students at the library after hours, yelling and racing through the stacks, pulling books off the shelf before sprinting to another section. It might sound like a librarian’s worst nightmare, but it was all according to plan. In an effort to help overcome library anxiety and give our students a fun introduction to academic libraries, we broke all the rules to develop a Library Lock-In event. This collaborative effort supported by the Library, Residence Life, and the Honors Program turned out to be very successful and was one of the most well-attended programs offered to the LLCs. In this session, you will learn more about LLC program, how we worked with Residence Life and the Honors Program to plan and publicize the event, what activities worked well, what didn’t and what we’ve learned from our mistakes.

NITLE to focus on collaboration and liberal arts colleges

From Inside Higher Ed – Cultivating Collaboration

The National Institute for Technology in Liberal Education, in an effort to broaden its scope and address the challenges facing liberal arts colleges, will this fall launch a do-it-yourself toolkit for institutions that want to work together.

The organization, also known as NITLE, aims to use the Collaboration Consulting Program to expand its role as a consultant for liberal arts colleges.

Hipstas Project Aims to Make Sound Recordings More Accessible

The Hipstas (High Performance Sound Technologies for Access and Scholarship) Project from the University of Texas Austin in collaboration with the Illinois Informatics Institute at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign uses an algorithm to visualize and classify sound.

This tool was originally used to identify bird calls, and is now being used to analyze archival sound recordings and make them more usable. Check out The Chronicle of Higher Education article for more information.

ARL needs a SHARE Technical Project Manager

The Association of Research Libraries (ARL) is looking for someone to manage an 18-month project to build the SHared Access Research Ecosystem (SHARE) Notification Service. SHARE is a collaborative initiative between the ARL, the Association of American Universities, and the Association of Public and Land-grant Universities.  This PDF has more information about the open position.

Collaboration through the Long Night

In the current issue of College & Research Libraries News, New York University Abu Dhabi (NYUAD) details their implementation of a program called “Long Night Against Procrastination”. This program was modeled after a successful German event of the same name.

The NYUAD Library partnered with their Writing Center to provide writing & research consultations, refreshments and activities during extended hours. NYUAD reports on their successes and lessons from this event.

Academic librarians should participate in departmental faculty candidate interviews

This is a great article in the new C&RL News.

The first sparks of collaboration: Participating in job interviews for faculty candidates” by Brett Spencer.

As shown by many inspiring articles in C&RL News over the past few years, academic librarians are energetically seeking ways to spark collaborations with teaching faculty and build partnerships that enrich the learning experiences of our students. Librarians often have their first opportunity to meet a new faculty member when the prospective professor comes to campus for an interview. Perhaps you’re a liaison to an academic department, and the department brings faculty candidates over to the library so that you can give them a quick tour and highlight the array of information resources they could access if they accepted positions on your campus. I think these library visits are great opportunities to kindle relationships with new faculty. This article offers some questions to consider when preparing for faculty interviews, based on tips and advice that I’ve received from outstanding teaching faculty and seasoned library colleagues over the years.