On Librarians and RDM …

Discussions about libraries often elevate their subject to the status of an animate being, à la “libraries are expanding their range of research support services”, or “libraries must do a better job of demonstrating their value to the campus community.” Of course, such references are merely shorthand for the sum total of activities taking place …

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Case studies in RDM capacity acquisition: A new project

Managing research data is an important aspect of the scholarly process, and for many academic libraries, it’s what comes immediately to mind in regard to new roles and responsibilities they will potentially assume in fulfilling their traditional mission of collecting and sustaining the scholarly record. In response to the growing importance of research data management …

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Six Takeaways: Stewardship of the Evolving Scholarly Record

Over the past year, OCLC Research has been exploring the evolving scholarly record and its implications for libraries – see our June 2014 report The Evolving Scholarly Record, and the follow-on workshop series aimed at identifying new challenges in gathering, organizing, and curating the scholarly record. The evolution of the scholarly record calls for a …

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Bracket competition: And the winner is …

OCLC Research Collective Collections Tournament #oclctourney Thanks to everyone who entered the 2015 OCLC Research Collective Collections Tournament Bracket Competition! A quick re-cap of the rules: all entrants picked a conference. If no one chose the winning conference, then a random drawing would be held among all entrants to determine the winner of the prize. …

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Champion Revealed! Real-ly!

OCLC Research Collective Collections Tournament #oclctourney The 2015 OCLC Research Collective Collections Tournament Champion is … Our final round of competition tried to “keep it real” – realia, that is. Realia are “three-dimensional objects from real-life”, which can mean anything from valuable historical artifacts to … well, not-so-valuable yet interesting objects from all corners of …

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The Semi-Finals

OCLC Research Collective Collections Tournament #oclctourney Thirty-two conferences started this journey, and now only two remain. The OCLC Research Collective Collection tournament is just one step away from crowning a Champion. Throw your brackets away and buckle your seat belts, because the tournament semi-finals are over and the finals are next! How many languages does …

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Round of Eight: Peaches and Pumpkins

OCLC Research Collective Collections Tournament #oclctourney In December 1891, Dr. James Naismith rigged up an elevated peach basket in a Springfield, Massachusetts gymnasium – and the game of basketball was born. Now, nearly 125 years later, we celebrate Dr. Naismith’s innovation with the third round of the OCLC Research Collective Collections Tournament. We are down …

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Round of 16: The plot thickens … and so do the books

OCLC Research Collective Collections Tournament #oclctourney Our second round of competition is complete, and only eight conferences remain standing! And yes, our tournament Cinderella, Big South, is still with us! Details below, but here are the Round of 16 results: Competition in this round was on book length – which conference has the thickest books?* …

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