The questions and conversations about open access (OA) have been happening for over a decade. Open Access was first codified in the Budapest Open Access Initiative in 2002. Open Access now exists as a “mix of fully open access publishers, hybrid publishers who offer some open access titles, and publishers who provide open access articles alongside subscription-only articles in the same journal.” Read the update Open Access Publishing: What it is and how to sustain it by Marcus Banks (September 8, 2015) here.
KEYNOTE ADDRESS: How Open Access Benefits Faculty + Research
Tuesday, October 13 • 11:00 AM • Great Room A, Edward J. Pryzbyla University Center
Learn about the experiences at universities that have adopted an open access policy.
Dr. Steven Lerman, Provost and Executive Vice President for Academic Affairs, George Washington University
Geneva Henry, University Librarian and Vice Provost for Libraries, George Washington University
PRESENTATION: Institutional Repositories
Tuesday, October 20 • 4:00 PM • May Gallery, Mullen Library
Consider the impacts of institutional repositories and how they affect faculty and student contributors.
Terry Owen, Digital Scholarship Librarian, Digital Repository at the University of Maryland (DRUM)
PANEL DISCUSSION: Scholarly Publishing and the Open Access Ecosystem
Wednesday, October 28 • 6:30 PM • Pearl Bailey Room, Busboys & Poets (Brookland)
What do scholarly authors and researchers need to know?
Dr. Rikk Mulligan, ACLS Public Fellow and Program Officer for Scholarly Publishing, Association of Research Libraries
Dr. Trevor Lipscombe, Director, The Catholic University of America Press
Dr. James Greene, Vice Provost and Dean of Graduate Studies, The Catholic University of America
Dr. Jennifer Paxton, Assistant Clinical Professor, Department of History, and Assistant Director, Honors Program, The Catholic University of America
These events are open to the public. No R.S.V.P. required. Please contact Kim Hoffman at firstname.lastname@example.org at least one week prior to the event to request disability accommodations. In all situations, a good faith effort (up until the time of the event) will be made to provide accommodations.
Dr. Martin Eve and Dr. Caroline Edwards acknowledge that starting a new journal or (in this case) a new journal platform is even more dicey in 2015 than it was in previous decades of economic turmoil. They also speak to the concern of “open” in the humanities, that the economic models of APC’s (article processing charges) do not work in the humanities. Their hope for this new platform is for it to be “the seed of a scalable model for journal transition to open access in the humanities that does not rely on payment from authors or readers.”
While the Beloit Mindset List has been around as long as today’s first year students, it had never caused such a kerfuffle as it has this year. This list seeks to inform university professors and librarians as to the “mindset” of the new students they will encounter this year. All of a sudden, this year, the list seems to be widening the divide. Stay calm! It doesn’t prove that faulty are old. It doesn’t prove that first year students are mindless. Learn from it!
Some may decry that the class of 2019 has never licked a postage stamp (#3); yet, we all should applaud that they have avidly joined Harry Potter, Ron, and Hermione as they built their reading skills through all seven volumes(#4).
The Class of 2019 has always had Google; email is formal communication, while texts and Facebook messaging are the quick communication option; and universities are paying attention to what it means to say yes and no
When talking with all students this year, remind them to visit their library – in person and digitally! The Pew Research Center published the surprising statistics that 59% of younger people 16-17 have visited the library in the last twelve months. While the Beloit Mindset list documents that the Class of 2019 has always had Google, remind them that their library webpage can connect them to a world of resources and tools!
2015 is the four hundredth anniversary of the novel Don Quixote of La Mancha by Miguel Cervantes. This article by Arturo Conde (NBC News) Cervantes Don Quixote Has become a Handbook for Life likens Don Quixote to a superhero – “a man who created a new identity, made his own armored costume, and fought to change the world into a better place.”
Readers treat the novel like an “open book with blank pages” because depending on where they are in life, they can see themselves reflected in many ways.
Blank pages is an apt metaphor for the beginning of an academic year; a new life on a college campus for First Year students and new challenges for all undergraduates; a deeper dive into research and teaching for graduate students; and new students, conversations and opportunities for faculty.
At universities around the country, Fall 2015 is mere weeks away. At The Catholic University of America (CUA) Resident Assistants are moving in this week. Teaching Assistants will have a syllabus writing workshop this week. Next week, new faculty, graduate students and, best of all, the Class of 2019 will move onto to campus! The CUA Liaison Librarians are gearing up to collaborate with learning communities – from First Year Experience students; to Graduate Students; to Distance Learners; and new and experienced Faculty facing new teaching opportunities.
Remembering my first graduate class in Library and Information Science, one of our first seminars included reading Dr. Vannevar Bush’s classic essay As We May Think. In 1945 Dr. Bush comments “The world has arrived at an age of cheap complex devices of great reliability; and something is bound to come of it.” Something did come of it, the Internet (originally envisioned as “memex” by Dr. Bush.) With the rise of the Internet, research universities have been instrumental collaborators in connecting and preserving knowledge. Continue reading “Digital Scholarship @ CUA: Public Good”→
According to the report, responsible metric use involves being transparent about the use of a range of robust metrics that are inclusive of all fields, while bearing in mind the potential wider effects of their use and “updating them in response”. Curry admits that this notion of responsibility is not a new one: it has already been pushed in recent declarations against the misuse of metrics, such as 2013’s San Francisco Declaration on Research Assessment and 2015’s Leiden Manifesto for Research Metrics.
Where do you find your learning opportunities this summer? Online learning in the form of webinars, university courses, educational platforms or subscription services provide a myriad of ways to learn new skills and keep up with advances in software and digital tools.
Why not take advantage of the online learning video library at lynda.com during the summer break? Hit the ground running in the fall with courses on graphic design, time management, presentation skills, and so much more. Visit our lynda.com page to get started! Check out their Playlist Center, or view all subjects.
Next week we will share some ways we collaborate and learn digitally. Learning now happens at the desktop – even mobile – level with the use of webinars, MOOC’s and video tutorials.
This week, we suggest you try a podcast. This American Life and Chicago Public Media debuted the podcast in Serial with 12 episodes in the Fall of 2014 and reached a global audience. A podcast can breathe life into a subject as a passionate researcher explains and clarifies and tells a good story.
If you are interested in more on podcasts and higher education you might read: Lonn, S., & Teasley, S. D. (2009). Podcasting in higher education: what are the implications for teaching and learning?. The Internet and Higher Education, 12(2), 88-92.