Category Archives: Higher Education

Two Iowa institutions will collaborate on humanities research

This is a nice article in Inside Higher Ed concerning a collaboration between a college and a University in Iowa.

Grinnell College and the University of Iowa are using the digital humanities to bridge the physical distance and institutional differences between their campuses.

Over the next four years, the two institutions will encourage students, faculty and staffers to form “new kinds of teams” to collaborate on humanities research and use digital resources in the classroom. Supported by a $1.6 million grant from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, the initiative, titled Digital Bridges for Humanistic Inquiry, is being billed by university officials as the first time the foundation has supported a direct partnership between a public research university and a private liberal arts college.

Article about university press and library collaboration in JLSC

Roh, C. (2014). Library-Press Collaborations: A Study Taken on Behalf of the University of Arizona. Journal of Librarianship and Scholarly Communication 2(4):eP1102. http://dx.doi.org/10.7710/2162-3309.1102

BACKGROUND The University of Arizona Press moved under the University of Arizona Library both physically and administratively a few years ago, echoing a trend amongst university presses: 20 AAUP members now are under the administration of university libraries. To understand the new evolving relationships in scholarly communication, a review of university press and library collaborations was undertaken by the University of Arizona Press and the University of Arizona Library through the Association of Research Libraries Career Enhancement Program (ARL CEP).

How well do LIS students collaborate when seeking out information?

This was presented at the most recent ASIS&T meeting.

PDF – Collaborative Information Seeking (CIS) Behavior of LIS Students and Undergraduate Students: An Exploratory Case Study

Within the text, it was noted that:

Participants enumerated several positive aspects of collaboration. Almost all of them agreed that having a second opinion was the most beneficial aspect of collaborative search. Participants mentioned that by collaborating on different tasks, they gained knowledge on new search strategies, features, filters, and limitations available on different databases and search engines and distinctive searching styles.

It takes collaboration to support university research and visualization

CURVE: Collaborative University Research & Visualization Environment by Bryan Sinclair, Georgia State University

Abstract

CURVE: Collaborative University Research & Visualization Environment is a new technology-rich discovery space supporting the research and digital scholarship of Georgia State University students, faculty, and staff. Located at the heart of the Georgia State campus within the University Library, CURVE’s mission is to enhance research and visualizations by providing technology and services that promote interdisciplinary engagement, collaborative investigation, and innovative inquiry. The centerpiece technology, the interactWall, is a touch enabled, 24-foot-wide video wall designed for collaborative visual and data-rich research projects. Seven additional collaborative workstations, including an advanced 4K workstation, feature high-powered PCs and Mac Pros that allow users to work with and manipulate large images and datasets. Each workstation is equipped with a large display that can accommodate up to six people, allowing multiple groups to work together on a research problem.

Collaboration Article in Archival Practice

Lori Birrell and Marcy Strong from the University of Rochester, River Campus Libraries have published an article in Archival Practice that details a collaborative effort between catalogers, reference subject specialists and special collections librarians to process manuscript collections.

The article discusses how their experience could form the foundation of a model for sustainable collaboration in the academic library. The full text can be found on the journal’s website.

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.

 

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.