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Collaboration Tools for Library Teams

Online Searcher  Jan/Feb 2014

“Tools Will Keep Us Together

Hum along with Barbie Keiser as she describes some favorite tools to streamline your ability to work with teams, keep you and your team on track, make sure your “to-do” lists are useful, and encourage productive time management.

By Barbie E. Keiser”

Scientific Publishing In The Era of Open Access

Synapse  April 3 post: “This series explores the impact of open access journals on the scientific publishing industry. In this installment, we examine the publishing industry’s response to the growing popularity of open access journals.”


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.

“ALA and the Reunification of LIbraries”

Library Journal excerpt “But while it may look like they’re growing apart, different types of librarians still have common ground. We must identify those commonalities to build a more unified ALA.

Whether we work in a school, university, or public branch, librarians share a few core values. We value unfettered access to quality information. We share a belief that order is a necessary precondition for access. Inherent in the idea of access is diversity: we do not discriminate in the provision of service or in the provision of materials. We respect intellectual freedom and protection of users’ privacy. We act on these values by being careful stewards of what has been entrusted to us: the collections, the facilities in which the collections are housed, the services provided by staff. Thus, we value preservation. Librarians act both to preserve the past for the present and preserve the present for the future. Libraries are physical—and now virtual—representations of a community of inquiry in which people ask questions of one another, of data, of texts, and of images.”

In the latest edition of Collaborative Librarianship

Leveraging Strategic Institutional Partnerships: Creating a Phased Learning Commons at the University of Idaho Library

Kristin J. Henrich


Following an energizing reorganization of the first floor, the University of Idaho Library sought additional strategies to support student learning and success. Building on previous successful collaborations with the Dean of Students Office, the Library and Tutoring Services created a model to offer peer-tutoring services in the library. Several philosophical and practical guidelines were considered, and implementation of the service, while challenging, was ultimately successful. Strategies for proposing, building, and maintaining similar partnerships with student services units are discussed, with best practices offered for other institutions seeking similar collaboration.

Library Consortium Tests Interlibrary Loans of e-Books

The Chronicle of Higher Education, February 17, 2014

Excerpt: “But lending e-books may soon get easier. This spring a pilot project called Occam’s Reader will test software custom-built to make it both easy and secure for libraries to share e-book files while keeping publishers happy—or so the software’s creators hope.”

Video – Building a digital library at Simmons College

This video came out at the end of May last year.

Sixteen Students, Fourteen Weeks: Building a Digital Library Through Collaborative Learning

Kathyryn Thornhill, Simmons College
Emily Powers, Simmons College
Chelsea Gunn, Simmons College
Christina Tanguay, Simmons College

As featured during the “Querying the Library: Digitization and Its Impact” conference hosted by the James P. Adams Library at Rhode Island College on May 31, 2013. This segment includes a presentation by Kathryn Thornhill (GSLIS ’13) with colleagues Emily Powers, Chelsea Gunn, Christina Tanguay, and Emily Toner from Simmons College. This panel will discuss the creation of a digital library highlighting alumni scrapbooks from the Simmons College Archives. Topics covered will be the history and outcome of the project and the methods of digital library training and development, including digital preservation, rights management, metadata standards, and interdisciplinary teamwork. Watch the General Discussion #2 Video for the accompanying Q&A session.


“Research universities are long-lived and mission-driven institutions that generate, make accessible, and preserve over time new knowledge and understanding. ARL, the Association of American Universities (AAU), and the Association of Public and Land-grant Universities (APLU) have proposed the SHared Access Research … Continue reading

Press Release Collaborative Librarianship

Collaborative Librarianship – Publication of Volume 5, Issue 4

February 6, 2014 – (Denver CO) – The open access journal, Collaborative Librarianship (eISSN: 1943-7528), completes five years of publication with the release of Vol. 5, no. 4. The editorial introduction by co-general editor, Ivan Gaetz, compares the growing readership of the journal with that of some other publications in the field of librarianship. Two scholarly articles address the collaborative development of a learning commons in an academic library, and librarian-faculty partnerships that advance information literacy. Two articles in “From the Field” cover library research assignments and the scope and nature of open access library journals. “Viewpoints” discuss how libraries can take advantage of non-traditional partnerships and describes how two library science students forge interesting collaborations. Three reviews of publications dealing with chemistry research, information literacy and archives and museums round out this issue.

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Insights into How Faculty View Open Access

Why I Don’t Care About Open Access to Research—and Why You Should  From the Pacific Standard