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ASAP Award Recipients Announced

word cloud including words like clinician, educator, researcherThe three award recipients of the Accelerating Science Award Program (ASAP)  were announced October 21 in Washington, DC, at the Open Access Week kick-off event hosted by SPARC and the World Bank. ASAP recognizes the use of scientific research, published through open access, that has led to innovations benefiting society. Major sponsors include the Wellcome Trust, Public Library of Science (PLOS), and Google; ARL and SPARC are also among the program sponsors.

 
 

Sloan Foundation Awards ARL Grant to Develop SHARE for Access to Publicly Funded Research

computer keyboard with a "SHARE" keyimage © Niklas Wikström

The Association of Research Libraries (ARL) has been awarded $50,000 from the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation to help develop the proposed SHared Access Research Ecosystem (SHARE). SHARE is a joint initiative of ARL, the Association of American Universities (AAU), and the Association of Public and Land-grant Universities (APLU) to collaboratively build a cross-institutional coordination framework for the long-term management and preservation of—and expansion of access to—the results of academic research. The initiative was made urgent by the February 22, 2013, memorandum from the US Office of Science and Technology Policy (OSTP) directing federal agencies to develop draft plans for the public deposit of research articles and data sets associated with federal funding.

 
   

PLOS Announces Finalists for Accelerating Science Award Program

PLOS, the Public Library of Science, today announced the six finalists for the Accelerating Science Award Program (ASAP). The program recognizes the use of scientific research, published through open access, that has led to innovations benefiting society. Major sponsors include the Wellcome Trust and Google; ARL and SPARC are also among the program sponsors. Three top awards of $30,000 each will be announced on October 21 in Washington, DC, at an Open Access Week kick-off event hosted by SPARC and the World Bank. As award finalists, these individuals and teams are being honored for addressing a real-world challenge either by reusing previously published open access research or by creating a new repository of freely available research data to assist current and future collaborative research projects.

 
 

Register Now for ARL Fall Forum: Mobilizing the Research Enterprise

image © University of DenverRegistration is open for the ARL Fall Forum 2013, “Mobilizing the Research Enterprise,” to be held in Arlington, Virginia, October 10–11. The program will explore the opportunities and collaborations in responding to the White House memorandum on “Increasing Access to the Results of Federally Funded Research.” The forum will open with a keynote address by Richard McCarty, provost and vice chancellor for academic affairs, Vanderbilt University.

 
 

Higher Ed Associations Form Joint Steering Group to Build Federated System for Publicly Funded Research

image © Niklas WikströmThe Association of Research Libraries (ARL), the Association of American Universities (AAU), and the Association of Public and Land-grant Universities (APLU) today announced the formation of a joint steering group to advance a proposed network of digital repositories at universities, libraries, and other research institutions across the US that will provide long-term public access to federally funded research articles and data.

 
 

Library and Repository Communities Join Together to Identify New Competencies for Academic Librarians

image © Tom SharlotThe Association of Research Libraries (ARL), the Canadian Association of Research Libraries (CARL), the Confederation of Open Access Repositories (COAR), and the Association of European Research Libraries (LIBER) are pleased to announce the launch of a Joint Task Force on Librarians’ Competencies in Support of E-Research and Scholarly Communication.

 
 

Open Access Empowers 16-Year-Old to Make Cancer Breakthrough

andraka-interview-screenshotimage © Right to Research CoalitionSPARC’s student initiative, the Right to Research Coalition, has released a video interview of Jack Andraka, a high school sophomore who won the 2012 Intel International Science and Engineering Fair with a breakthrough diagnostic for pancreatic cancer. Interviewed by Francis Collins, the director of the National Institutes of Health (NIH), Andraka discusses how open access articles and NIH’s PubMed Central played a key role in enabling his discovery.

 
 

SHared Access Research Ecosystem (SHARE) Proposal

The Association of American Universities (AAU), the Association of Public and Land-grant Universities (APLU), and ARL have drafted a proposal in response to the OSTP memo: The SHared Access Research Ecosystem (SHARE).

pdf share-proposal-07june13.pdf

The proposal begins:

Research universities are long-lived and are mission-driven to generate, make accessible, and preserve over time new knowledge and understanding. Research universities collectively have the assets needed for a national solution for enhanced public access to federally funded research output. As the principal producers of the resources that are to be made publicly available under the new White House Office of Science and Technology Policy (OSTP)[1] memorandum, and that are critical to the continuing success of higher education in the United States, universities have invested in the infrastructure, tools, and services necessary to provide effective and efficient access to their research and scholarship. The new White House directive provides a compelling reason to integrate higher education’s investments to date into a system of cross-institutional digital repositories that will be known as SHared Access Research Ecosystem (SHARE)...

Comments and questions about the draft SHARE proposal (PDF) are welcome—please send e-mail to This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .

 
 

Article-Level Metrics Primer Released by SPARC

altmetric-for-scopusThis spring SPARC published a community resource, Article-Level Metrics: A SPARC Primer (PDF), by Greg Tananbaum. Article-level metrics (ALMs) are rapidly emerging as important tools to quantify how individual articles are being discussed, shared, and used. This SPARC primer provides an overview of what ALMs are, why they matter, how they complement established utilities and metrics, and how they might be considered for use in the tenure and promotion process.  

 
 

ARL Releases RLI 282 on Library Budgets, Journal Bundles, Reference Staffing

rli282-coverARL has published Research Library Issues (RLI) no. 282, which features articles on ARL library budgets over the past two years, subscriptions to journal collections from large publishers, and the impact of the changing roles of librarians on reference staffing. A pre-publication version of the article about journal bundles was released earlier this year.

The complete table of contents with links to the articles follows:

 
     

ARL Releases RLI 280 on OERs, E-Book Licensing, Research Library Trends

RLI 280 coverARL has published Research Library Issues (RLI) no. 280, which features articles on open educational resources (OERs) as an alternative to traditional textbooks, ARL's e-book licensing effort, and research library trends as shown by the ARL Statistics. A pre-publication version of the article about OERs was released earlier this year.

The complete table of contents with links to the articles follows:

 
 

ARL Sponsors Accelerating Science Award Program (ASAP)

asap-nominate-nowARL today joined major sponsors Public Library of Science (PLOS), Wellcome Trust, and Google to launch the Accelerating Science Award Program (ASAP), which recognizes the use of scientific research, published through open access, that has led to innovations in any field that benefits society.

 
 

Introduction to Opportunity Assessment Instrument

This introduction explains the Institute on Scholarly Communication Opportunity Assessment Instrument.

All participants accepted for the institute’s three-day program development event are encouraged to work with a selected department to complete an opportunity assessment prior to attending the institute.

pdf isc-workshop-apr2013-assessment-intro.pdf

 
 

Increasing the Effectiveness of Your Scholarly Communications Program Workshop Presentation Slides

Presentation slides used in the ARL/ACRL Institute on Scholarly Communications workshop, Increasing the Effectiveness of Your Scholarly Communications Program, held in Indianapolis, IN, on April 9-10, 2013. 

 

isc-workshop-apr2013-slides1.pdf

 
 

Increasing the Effectiveness of Your Scholarly Communications Program Workshop Handout 2

Second worksheet used in the ARL/ACRL Institute on Scholarly Communications workshop, Increasing the Effectiveness of Your Scholarly Communications Program, held in Indianapolis, IN, on April 9-10, 2013. 

isc-workshop-apr2013-handout2.pdf

 
 

Increasing the Effectiveness of Your Scholarly Communications Program Workshop Handout 1

Worksheet used in the ARL/ACRL Institute on Scholarly Communications workshop, Increasing the Effectiveness of Your Scholarly Communications Program, held in Indianapolis, IN, on April 9-10, 2013. 

isc-workshop-apr2013-handout1.pdf

 
 

Open Educational Resources as Learning Materials: ARL Releases Pre-Pub from RLI 280

bookstore in amsterdamimage © MorBCNARL has released a pre-publication version of an article on “Open Educational Resources as Learning Materials: Prospects and Strategies for University Libraries,” which will be featured in the forthcoming Research Library Issues (RLI) no. 280.

 
   

Deadline Approaching for Scholarly Communication Workshop on Strategic Skills

Offered by the ARL-ACRL Institute on Scholarly Communication (ISC), the workshop “Increasing the Effectiveness of Your Scholarly Communication Program: Strategic Skills for Success” helps librarians continue building and strengthening programs that resonate with their local institutions. This workshop is appropriate for librarians who have already established scholarly communication programs and are seeking to develop a deeper impact. Participants will think strategically about setting directions, plan appropriate next steps, and practice skills to influence campus partners.

 
 

A Rational System for Funding Scholarly Monographs: A White Paper Prepared for the AAU-ARL Task Force on Scholarly Communication

This white paper was commissioned by the Association of American Universities (AAU) and Association of Research Libraries (ARL) joint Task Force on Scholarly Communication to explore the inability of a market model to adequately support research publication based solely on scholarly merit and to identify projects through which AAU-ARL members might constructively intercede. The paper was prepared for the task force in November 2012 by Raym Crow of the Chain Bridge Group.

 pdfaau-arl-white-paper-rational-system-for-funding-scholarly-monographs-2012.pdf

 
 

SPEC Kit 332: Organization of Scholarly Communication Services (November 2012)

SPEC Kit 332 explores how research institutions are currently organizing staff to support scholarly communication services, and whether their organizational structures have changed since 2007, when member libraries were surveyed about their scholarly communication education initiative. It covers who leads scholarly communication efforts inside and outside the library, the scholarly communication related services that are offered to researchers, and which staff support those services. It also looks at how the library measures the success of its scholarly communication services, including demonstrable outcomes of these services. It includes position descriptions for library leaders of scholarly communication efforts, charges for SC committees, organization charts, descriptions of SC services, assessment tools, open access policies, and SC resolutions.

This publication is available for purchase in both online and print versions. Download the spec-kit-purchase-options-2013.pdf  for complete pricing and purchase options information.

Link to the online SPEC Kit 332 on the ARL Digital Publications website.

 
     

Hip Hop Scholarship: A Descriptive Analysis of Dissertations 1993-2011

Poster presented at the LCDP Luminary Class, June 2012. To better understand the growth and interdisciplinary nature of hip hop, this project investigates the scholarship related to this emerging area of research. Using the ProQuest Dissertations & Theses (PQDT) database as a tool, a sample of 103 out of a total 344 dissertations were examined with a focus on various aspects of the hip hop culture. A descriptive analysis is presented based on institution, geographic location, department, keywords, and year of publication.

pdf lcdp-2012-poster-gray-laverne.pdf

 
     

ARL and LYRASIS Sign Agreement for Licensing Initiative

On November 18, 2011, the Association of Research Libraries (ARL) and LYRASIS signed an agreement designating LYRASIS as an agent to negotiate licenses for online content on behalf of interested ARL member libraries. This is the culmination of an effort that began in 2010 to identify a strategy for ARL to influence the marketplace regarding licensing rights, technical specifications, and business terms to meet the needs of research libraries.

 
 
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