Preserving and Curating ETD Research Data and Complex Digital Objects, Guidance Briefs Available for Public Review and Use

Editor’s Note: This guest post comes courtesy of Educopia and the ETDplus Project.

The ETDplus Project invites Electronic Theses and Dissertations (ETD) program staff, librarians, faculty advisors, and graduate students to participate in a public review of the Guidance Briefs for Preserving & Curating ETD Research Data & Complex Digital Objects.

About the ETD Guidance Briefs

The Guidance Briefs are short (3-4 page) “how-to” oriented briefs designed to help ETD programs build and nurture supportive relationships with student researchers. These briefs will assist student researchers in understanding how their approaches to data and content management impact credibility, replicable research, and general long-term accessibility: knowledge and skills that will impact the health of their careers for years to come.

Review (and Use!) the Guidance Briefs

Interested ETD stakeholders can download copies of the Guidance Briefs at the following website, The Guidance Briefs cover the following topics:

  1. Copyright
  2. Data Structures
  3. File Formats
  4. Metadata
  5. Storage
  6. Version Control

We are releasing these Briefs–both during this initial public review phase and after they are refined–as openly editable documents. We want institutions to use and reuse these in whatever way works for their local audiences. Each Brief includes generally applicable information about its topic, and also includes a “Local Practices” section that an institution may use to call attention to what’s happening on its own campus.

We invite you to help us refine these documents by drawing our project team’s attention to any components that need to be edited, revised, broadened, or narrowed. Please send us an email with your suggestions and/or track your changes within the documents and email those back to us at the addresses below by or before June 30, 2016. We plan to integrate the community’s feedback before formally issuing these Briefs under a CC BY 4.0 license later this summer.

If you have any further questions about the Guidance Briefs or about the ETDplus project, don’t hesitate to reach out to us:

Katherine Skinner, Principal Investigator (

Sam Meister, Co-Principal Investigator (

Courtney Vukasinovic, Administrative Coordinator (

About the ETDplus Project

The ETDplus project is helping institutions ensure the longevity and availability of ETD research data and complex digital objects (e.g., software, multimedia files) that comprise an integral component of student theses and dissertations. The project is generously funded by the Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS) and led by the Educopia Institute, in collaboration with the NDLTD, HBCU Alliance, bepress, ProQuest, and the libraries of Carnegie Mellon, Indiana State, Morehouse, Oregon State, Penn State, Purdue, University of Louisville, University of Tennessee, the University of North Texas, and Virginia Tech.

Call for Peer Reviewers – ACRL/ Choice Core Subject Collections

RCL logoResources for College Libraries (RCL), a copublication of ACRL/Choice and ProQuest, invites academic librarians and faculty to participate as peer reviewers. RCL provides a list of core titles that are essential for undergraduate libraries and is available online. This is a great opportunity to share and refresh your disciplinary knowledge while contributing to the development of the core subject literature!

We are currently seeking knowledgeable and practicing selectors in the social sciences and science and technology subjects, including:

Agriculture  ::  Anthropology  ::  Astronomy  ::  Biology  ::  Business Administration  ::  Chemistry  ::  Computer Science  ::  Economics  ::  Education  ::  Environmental Sciences  ::  General Science  ::  Geography  ::  Geology  ::  Health Sciences and Medicine  ::  Journalism and Communication  ::  Law  ::  Mathematics  ::  Physics  ::  Political Science  ::  Psychology  ::  Sociology  ::  Sports and Recreation  ::  Technology and Engineering

Referees will be responsible for comprehensively evaluating the RCL subject’s bibliographic content, along with its taxonomic organization. . Please consider submitting your name to participate in this one-time professional service. To volunteer as a reviewer or learn more, contact Anne Doherty ( with a brief description of your qualifications, particularly any experience maintaining or assessing core collections in the subject, along with a CV/resume. The volunteer deadline is June 10, 2016. All referee work is scheduled for completion by August 15, 2016

RCL is a subscription database that identifies more than 85,000 titles across 61 subjects that are essential for research and instruction at the undergraduate level.

ACRL Collaborates with Springshare to Provide LibGuides Access to Member Units

ACRL is pleased to announce that Springshare is providing complimentary access to LibGuides and LibAnswers to ACRL membership units. Both tools will be used to create unit-related resources to advance the work of ACRL, and will be available for use by division-level committees, sections, interest groups, discussion groups, and task forces.

“ACRL is grateful to Springshare for making this resource available to our members to facilitate their work for the association,” said ACRL Executive Director Mary Ellen K. Davis. “We are very appreciative of Springshare’s generosity and ACRL members are already using the tools to further their unit’s work.”

Used by thousands of libraries worldwide, LibGuides is a content management system designed to curate knowledge and share information by creating online guides for a multitude of subjects and purposes. LibAnswers is an end-to-end online reference platform that addresses point-of-need service and knowledge bases. LibGuides and LibAnswers will allow ACRL units to collaborate more efficiently and effectively to complete association-related work.

Slaven Zivkovic, Founder and CEO of Springshare, added: “Many ACRL members already use our tools at their own institutions, so this is truly a win-win collaboration! Springshare gets to support the ACRL and all the wonderful work the organization does, and its members benefit from using already familiar tools to improve ACRL workflows and outreach in the same beneficial ways they use Springshare tools within their own institutions.”

Since 2007 Springshare has been helping libraries succeed by offering a suite of SaaS products created for and by librarians. Over 5,700 academic, public, school, and special libraries in 79 countries use Springshare tools. For more information please visit and follow Springshare on Twitter at @springshare and Facebook at

For more information on the project, please contact Megan Griffin, ACRL Program Officer, at or 312-280-2514; or Allison Payne, ACRL Program Officer, at or 312-280-2519.

ACRL Books Flash Sale – Using Qualitative Methods in Action Research!

QR_frontCatch up on your professional reading this month through our series of weekly flash sales! This week, Using Qualitative Methods in Action Research, edited by Frances C. Wilkinson, Linda K. Lewis, and Nancy K. Dennis, is 25% off until 11 p.m. CST on May 25th, using the code ACRL62 at checkout via phone, fax, email, or online! Get your copy of this theoretical overview, practical application, and examples of the process of qualitative and action research and assessment today!

Sign Up Now for an ACRL Buddy at the 2016 ALA Annual Conference

AC16_LOGO_RGB150x150Are you planning to attend your first ALA Annual Conference? First-time attendees are invited to sign up for a conference buddy who can guide you through selecting conference sessions, navigating conference venues, and answer any other questions you might have. This is a great way to learn about ACRL and expand your professional network!

The amount of time involved is up to you and your buddy. You may want to meet up at the ACRL 101 program from 8:30-10:00 a.m. on Saturday, June 25  in the Orange County Convention Center (a great start for newbies, and refresher for veterans) or at the Exhibits Opening Reception on Friday, June 24, from 5:30-7:00 p.m. You can meet at the ACRL Membership Booth (#1143) and get your membership ribbons, register for free crab cakes, and more.

Interested? Sign up now. The deadline is Monday, June 15.

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