Category Archives: collaboration research

Collaboration at ACRL 2015

The 2015 Association of College and Research Libraries (ACRL) Conference took place in Portland, OR from March 24-28, 2015. There were several panels, papers, and posters relating to collaboration in libraries.

A highlight of the collaboration related sessions with online materials:

Achieving Big City Dreams at Small Town Libraries: How Seven Regional College Libraries Used Collaboration and Adobe Captivate to Create an Online Information Literacy Tutorial Program
Speakers: Adrianna Lancaster, Sharon Morrison, Allison Embry, Chelsea Baker
Session Format: Panel Session, Assessment

Build Sustainable Collaboration: Developing and Assessing Metaliteracy Across Information Ecosystems
Speakers: Alex Hodges, Alison Thomas
Session Format: Contributed Paper, Teaching & Learning

Collective Strengths: Institutional Repositories & Communities of Practice
Speakers: Sarah Beaubien, Stephanie Davis-Kahl, Sarah Shreeves, Claire Stewart
Session Format: Panel Session, Scholarly Communication

Digital Humanities in Ten Pages or Less! Engaging Students with Digital Texts through Sustainable Collaboration
Speakers: Judith Arnold, Graham Hukill, Julie Thompson Klein
Session Format: Panel Session, Teaching & Learning

Keep it Green: Leading Sustainable and Successful Online Teams
Speakers: Carrie Moran, Heidi Steiner Burkhardt, Beth Filar-Williams, John Jackson
Session Format: Panel Session, Leadership & Management

Leveraging Library Ecology: Growing Beyond Boundaries to Cultivate a Sustainable Knowledge Community Through Team-Based Librarianship
Speakers: Ellen Urton, Meagan Duever, Casey Hoeve, Jenny Oleen, Livia Olsen, David Vail
Session Format: Contributed Paper, Sustainability

Leveraging OA, the IR, and Cross-department Collaboration for Sustainability: Ensuring Library Centrality in the Scholarly Communication Discourse on Campus
Speakers: Todd Bruns, Steve Brantley
Session Format: Contributed Paper, Scholarly Communication

Partners in Design: Consortial Collaboration for Digital Learning Object Creation
Speakers: Glynis Asu, Barbara Norelli, Peter Rogers, Beth Ruane
Session Format: Panel Session, Teaching & Learning

Teeming with Technology, Teaming with Technologists: Using Digital Tools to Enhance Primary Source Literacy
Speakers: Ben Murphy, Melissa Salrin, Kaitlin Justin
Session Format: Panel Session, Technology

You Can Succeed Here! Making Connections through Library Outreach from Grades 3 to 13
Speakers: Jamie Hazlitt, Christina Sheldon, Lettycia Terrones
Session Format: Panel Session, Teaching & Learning

The full schedule can be found here.


Scientific collaboration and team size since 1900–How much does that matter?

I got an alert from Wiley that this article, “Team size matters: Collaboration and scientific impact since 1900,” was published in JASIST.  I then found that the authors posted a previous version at the arXiv.

Team size matters: Collaboration and scientific impact since 1900 by Vincent Lariviere, Cassidy Sugimoto, Andrew Tsou, Yves Gingras

This paper provides the first historical analysis of the relationship between collaboration and scientific impact, using three indicators of collaboration (number of authors, number of addresses, and number of countries) and including articles published between 1900 and 2011. The results demonstrate that an increase in the number of authors leads to an increase in impact–from the beginning of the last century onwards–and that this is not simply due to self-citations. A similar trend is also observed for the number of addresses and number of countries represented in the byline of an article. However, the constant inflation of collaboration since 1900 has resulted in diminishing citation returns: larger and more diverse (in terms of institutional and country affiliation) teams are necessary to realize higher impact. The paper concludes with a discussion of the potential causes of the impact gain in citations of collaborative papers.

Nature article on Online Collaboration

Nature released the results of a survey of over 3,500 researchers on their use of social networks for collaboration.

The results are broken down by research area, and explore the frequency and depth of use by researchers. The full, open access article is available online.


Open and Collaborative Science in Development Network

The Open and Collaborative Science in Development Network (OCSDNet) was developed to explore whether, and under what conditions open and collaborative approaches in research could achieve development goals at multiple levels, from individuals through the global community.

The OCSDNet website is available for researchers and practitioners interested in collaboration in science, and the organization is currently seeking proposals for concept notes.

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.

Collaborative information seeking is getting more international interest

This paper, “Supporting Collaborative Information Seeking and Searching in Distributed Environments,” [PDF] is going to be presented at the LWA 2013 Conference in Bamberg, Germany this October.

“LWA stands for ‘Lernen, Wissen, Adaption’ (Learning, Knowledge, Adaptation). It is the joint forum of four special interest groups of the German Computer Science Society (GI).”

Information Handling in Collaborative Research

From LIBER Quarterly, an article by Ellen Collins and Michael Jubb.

UK public policy makers have a growing interest in collaborative research, where academics work with public, private or third sector partners on a joint project which supports the partner’s aims. This paper reports on the findings of five case studies, looking at how information is sourced, managed, used and shared within collaborative research projects. It finds that researchers within collaborative projects have similar information management issues as are known to exist within academia more broadly, but that the specific conditions which govern research collaborations mean that interventions to improve or support information management must be carefully tailored.

The U. of Florida and the U. of Miami libraries collaborate

“The University of Florida and the University of Miami have signed a Memorandum of Understanding to create the Collaborative Academic Library Collection, a shared collection that will be housed in Gainesville for long-term preservation and retention of low use or duplicate library materials.”

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What’s new in library literature

A few new articles published recently on library collaboration

Neal J. Advancing From Kumbaya to Radical Collaboration: Redefining the Future Research Library. Journal Of Library Administration [serial online]. January 2011;51(1):66-76.

Kaufman, P. (2012). Let’s Get Cozy: Evolving Collaborations in the 21st Century. Journal Of Library Administration, 52(1), 53-69. doi:10.1080/01930826.2011.629962

Bedard, M., Hendrickson, D., Lubas, R., & Reenen, J. (2012). Library Information Technology Collaborations at the University of New Mexico. Journal Of Library Administration, 52(2), 203-216.

Cooper, O. O., & Bray, M. (2011). School Library Media Specialist-Teacher Collaboration: Characteristics, Challenges, Opportunities. Techtrends: Linking Research & Practice To Improve Learning, 55(4), 48-55.

TUCCILLO, D. P., JONES, S., & SAPERSTONE, H. (2012). Lights, Camera Collaboration!. Voice Of Youth Advocates, 34(6), 554-556.

Collaboration, the Hive Mind and Women

In a recent Read/Write/Web article called The Hive Mind Needs More Women, the author discusses the state of collaboration over the Internet and how the lack of women in the conversation is hurting collaborative efforts (Wikipedia and eBay were two examples given in the article). The author’s point is backed up by a recent study by MIT’s Center for Collective Intelligence that found that collaboration can be immediately improved by adding more women’s voices to the mix.
As librarianship is a field dominated by women, this reads to me as a call for us (men and women both, really) to get involved with collaborative efforts both within and outside of libraries. Our voices are important and necessary for the new “hive mind” of the Internet!