Institutional researchers and librarians unite!

Institutional research information management requires the engagement and partnership of numerous stakeholders within the university or research institution. A critical stakeholder group on any campus are institutional researchers, and I encourage greater collaboration between university libraries and institutional research professionals to support research information management. Last week I had the opportunity to present a poster at the annual meeting of …

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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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A View from Google I/O

Last week I attended Google’s annual 3-day developer conference, Google I/O, held in Mountain View, California.  This event has frequently been a showcase for new Google products and ventures, some of which persist and grow (Android, the Chrome web browser, Google Photos) and others that fade (Nexus Q, Google Wave, Google Glass). This year’s event …

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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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The Top 20 Assigned College Texts

The Open Syllabus Project aggregates college syllabi and analyzes the data to provide a variety of ways to explore the data held within. Their stated goal is to provide “a platform for curricular exploration and research.” Through their Open Syllabus Explorer you can search and browse to discover which books appear in these syllabuses.  They …

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The Books Shackleton Took to Antarctica

As was recently reported, the Royal Geographic Society in London digitized a photograph that was taken in 1915 of Sir Ernest Shackelton’s Antarctic library by Frank Hurley. They were then able to discern the book titles, which I have linked to WorldCat and any open copy I could find. Just imagine, you can read a book …

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