ACRL Releases Curating Research Data Two-Volume Set

Curating Research Data coverACRL announces the publication of the two-volume Curating Research Data, edited and authored by Lisa R. Johnston. These volumes present those tasked with long-term stewardship of digital research data a blueprint for how to curate those data for eventual reuse.

Data are becoming the proverbial coin of the digital realm: a research commodity that might purchase reputation credit in a disciplinary culture of data sharing, or buy transparency when faced with funding agency mandates or publisher scrutiny. Unlike most monetary systems, however, digital data can flow in all too great an abundance. This profusion of digital research data challenges library and information science professionals to harness the flow of information streaming from research discovery and scholarly pursuit and preserve the unique evidence for future use.

Volume One, Practical Strategies for Your Digital Repository, explores the concepts of research data and the types and drivers for establishing digital data repositories. Volume Two, A Handbook of Current Practice, looks across the data lifecycle and into the practical strategies and techniques for curating research data in a digital repository setting. Data curators, archivists, research data management specialists, subject librarians, institutional repository managers, and digital library staff will benefit from these current and practical approaches to data curation.

Digital data is ubiquitous and rapidly reshaping how scholarship progresses now and into the future. The information expertise of librarians can help ensure the resiliency of digital data, and the information it represents, by addressing how the meaning, integrity, and provenance of digital data generated by researchers today will be captured and conveyed to future researchers.

Curating Research Data is available for purchase in print through the ALA Online Store; in print for volume one and volume two through Amazon.com; and by telephone order at (866) 746-7252 in the U.S. or (770) 442-8633 for international customers.

Open Scholarship Early and Often: Register to Join Community Conversation on March 22 at ACRL 2017

Register before February 22, 2017, for the latest Association of Research Libraries (ARL)/Association of College & Research Libraries (ACRL) Institute on Scholarly Communication event, “Open Scholarship Early and Often,” to be held March 22, 2017, in conjunction with the ACRL 2017 Conference. Registration for the conference is separate and not required to attend this event.

Don’t miss this opportunity to help drive a lively discussion with your colleagues about ways in which open infrastructure and open workflow tools can support the creation, preservation, and dissemination of open content.

Facilitators

  • Amy Buckland, Head, Research & Scholarship, University of Guelph
  • Rachel Frick, Executive Director, OCLC Research Library Partnership
  • Tara Robertson, Accessibility Librarian, Centre for Accessible Post-secondary Education Resources–British Columbia (CAPER-BC) at Langara College
  • Jeffrey Spies, Co-founder and Chief Technology Officer, Center for Open Science; Assistant Professor, Department of Engineering and Society, University of Virginia
  • Ana Van Gulick, Librarian, Carnegie Mellon University

Format
A little more structured than an unconference but a little less formal than a workshop, participants will engage in dialogues around a series of pre-defined topics and our expert facilitators will ensure that the conversation remains on track and productive.

Takeaways
As a result of participating in this conversation, attendees will:

  • Understand the value and potential of a thoughtful approach to workflow in order to provide more effective access and integrate with other scholarship
  • Understand the strategic importance of investing time and energy into local institutional policies and be better prepared to convey this value to others
  • Be aware of key elements needed to plan and coordinate resources for sustainable implementation of open infrastructure
  • Be better prepared to negotiate the political and cultural atmosphere around open scholarship
  • Be inspired to ensure there is a diversity of voices and the entire community is included in conversations about open scholarship, which supports a sustainable open infrastructure
  • Identify opportunities for collaboration, partnerships, and coordinated effort
  • Develop recommendations for local use at home campuses (on tools to use, conversations to have, how to build trust)

Event Details and Registration
Date: Wednesday, March 22, 2017
Time: 8:30 a.m.–3:30 p.m.
Location: Baltimore (Maryland) Convention Center
Fee: $100. Registration fee includes morning refreshment and afternoon break. Lunch is on your own.

Registration: Register online by Wednesday, February 22, 2017. Registration for the ACRL 2017 Conference is separate from this event (and not required).

About the Association of Research Libraries
The Association of Research Libraries (ARL) is a nonprofit organization of 124 research libraries in the US and Canada. ARL’s mission is to influence the changing environment of scholarly communication and the public policies that affect research libraries and the diverse communities they serve. ARL pursues this mission by advancing the goals of its member research libraries, providing leadership in public and information policy to the scholarly and higher education communities, fostering the exchange of ideas and expertise, facilitating the emergence of new roles for research libraries, and shaping a future environment that leverages its interests with those of allied organizations. ARL is on the web at ARL.org, Facebook at facebook.com/association.of.research.libraries, and Twitter at @ARLnews.

About the Association of College & Research Libraries
The Association of College & Research Libraries (ACRL) is the higher education association for librarians. Representing nearly 11,000 academic and research librarians and interested individuals, ACRL (a division of the American Library Association) develops programs, products, and services to help academic and research librarians learn, innovate, and lead within the academic community. Founded in 1940, ACRL is committed to advancing learning and transforming scholarship. ACRL is on the web at acrl.org, Facebook at facebook.com/ala.acrl, and Twitter at @ala_acrl.

About the Institute on Scholarly Communication
The Association of Research Libraries (ARL) and the Association of College and Research Libraries (ACRL) jointly sponsor the Institute on Scholarly Communication (ISC) to promote the development of library-led outreach on scholarly communication issues. The institute has hundreds of alumni from numerous events forming a community that provides peer support and professional sharing of information relating to campus outreach.

ACRL Receives Delmas Foundation Grant for RBMS Conference Scholarships

2017 RBMS Conference logoThe ACRL Rare Books and Manuscripts Section (RBMS) has received an $8,000 grant from the Gladys Krieble Delmas Foundation to provide scholarships for first-time attendees to the 2017 RBMS Conference. The funding will provide a combination of full and partial scholarships for 12 individuals to attend the conference, to be held June 20-23, 2017, in Iowa City, Iowa.

“Helping new members get their start in the profession is one of the most important things we do as a section,” said RBMS Chair John Overholt of Harvard University. “I’m so grateful to the Delmas Foundation for their generosity in supporting scholarships for first-time attendees to our 2017 RBMS Conference.”

Themed “The Stories We Tell,” the 2017 RBMS Conference focuses on storytelling as practice and metaphor in the mission and daily work of special collections. From writing traditional scholarly monographs to encoding digital humanities landscapes, from building deep and inclusive collections to designing new curriculum, the ability to craft a compelling narrative is at the heart of cultural heritage work. In discourse about the role of the humanities in education and policy, librarians and archivists speak for the significance and relevance of the past in shaping the present and future. At the 2017 conference, RBMS looks forward to sharing the community’s stories, while imagining future narratives for special collections in a rapidly evolving cultural and technological landscape.

“We are delighted to have the support of the Delmas Foundation in providing scholarships for the upcoming RBMS Conference,” said ACRL Executive Director Mary Ellen Davis. “The additional funding will help us expand access to this wonderful learning experience.”

RBMS Conference scholarships were first established in 2000 to expand the opportunities for conference attendance to those not able to fund their own participation—students, qualified paraprofessionals, early career librarians, and librarians with limited professional development support. Special attention is given to applicants from professionally underrepresented ethnic and racial groups in order to support the goal of encouraging interest in the special collections profession from diverse populations.

RBMS will fund a total of 20 scholarships with the funding for additional scholarships coming from individual donations to the conference scholarship fund.

Second Draft of ACRL Action-Oriented Research Agenda Released; Feedback due by Feb. 17

val-1The team from OCLC Research which is developing a new action-oriented agenda on library contributions to student learning and success has released a second draft (PDF). Team members seek your input and reactions via the feedback form by February 17, 2017.

Learn about the team’s continued progress and next steps during ACRL’s Update on the Value of Academic Libraries Initiative at ALA Midwinter meeting on Sunday, January 22, 2017, 1:00 PM – 2:30 pm. In this session, join ACRL’s Value of Academic Libraries committee chair to hear the context for this work along with OCLC Research’s project director and project team members. Ask questions and give your feedback on the second draft.

Find out more about the scope of the agenda and background on the project website or by watching the recording of a November ACRL online forum.

ACRL to Host Mellon / ACLS Public Fellow

Mellon ACLS Public Fellows Program logoACRL is pleased to announce its selection as a host organization for the American Council of Learned Societies (ACLS) Mellon/ACLS Public Fellows Program, a career-building fellowship initiative designed to expand the reach of doctoral education in the humanities. In 2017, the Public Fellows program will place up to 22 recent PhDs from the humanities and humanistic social sciences in two-year staff positions at partnering organizations in government and the nonprofit sector. Fellows will participate in the substantive work of these organizations and will receive professional mentoring, an annual stipend, and health insurance.

The Public Fellow placed at ACRL will advance one of the association’s highest priorities by contributing to efforts to improve research around library contributions to student learning and success, which ties directly to our strategic goal that academic libraries demonstrate alignment with and impact on institutional outcomes.

“We are delighted to be selected by ACLS to participate in this important program,” said ACRL Executive Director Mary Ellen Davis. “The work of ACRL’s fellow will expand our capacity to focus on student success and the value of academic libraries.”

Working with an engaged community of academic librarians and library researchers, the Mellon/ACLS Public Fellow placed at ACRL will advance research focused on student learning and success and promote findings from our forthcoming action-oriented research agenda to resonate across the network of higher education stakeholders. Additionally, the fellow will contribute to the work of ALA’s Center for the Future of Libraries to help academic library professionals more fully embrace the future of information and libraries in higher education.

The deadline to apply for the ACRL fellow position is March 22, 2017. ACLS seeks applications from recent PhDs in the humanities who aspire to careers in administration, management, and public service by choice rather than circumstance. For more information on the program and the position description (pdf), please visit the ACLS website.

Mellon/ACLS Public Fellows is a fellowship program offered by the American Council of Learned Societies with generous funding from The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation. Please direct all inquiries about the fellowship program to ACLS.

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