Digital Scholarship @ CUA: Open Access – Questions and Conversations

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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.

Open Access is an issue at research universities. From the 2008 Harvard Open Access mandate to the 2013 OSTP Open Access policy and the University of California Open Access policy – open access to scholarly research is evolving. What is the current state of Open Access? Continue reading “Digital Scholarship @ CUA: Open Access – Questions and Conversations”

Digital Scholarship @ CUA: October and #openaccesscua

Please join us for a series of programs marking

International Open Access Week


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

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These events are open to the public. No R.S.V.P. required. Please contact Kim Hoffman at 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.


Digital Scholarship @ CUA: Open Library of the Humanities Launches

Open – it is a trend! Just announced this week, the Open Library of the Humanities is launched. This is a platform currently hosting seven journal titles. See the titles here.

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.”

Follow on Twitter: OpenLibHums @openlibhums

Digital Scholarship @ CUA: Digital tools they are a changin’

Have you noticed enhancements to some of the platforms from publishers?measure-629659_640

Article level metrics are now incorporated in Science Direct (Elsevier), Wiley and Sage publications.

Altmetric is now on board for all Wiley journals

From Elsevier: Article level metrics: a valuable way to gauge an article’s real-time impact

From Sage: Article Metrics & Usage Statistics Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)

The value of this to a researcher may mean finding new collaborators or communicating research results to a wider audience.


twitter-292988_640For example, take a look at the article from a CUA researcher and collaborators Performance pay or redistribution? Cultural differences in just-world beliefs and preferences for wage inequality by Douglas H. Frank, Klaus Wertenbroch and William W. Maddux. This article was published in September 2015 and has been tweeted 3 times.

Digital Scholarship @ CUA: Fall 2015 Mindset

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!

We might add to the list:

Faculty and librarians should know the lingo of the class of 2019, hopefully NOT TL;DR  or ROFLOL!


Digital Scholarship @ CUA: On the Road to Research with Don Quixote and Sancho

Don Quixote and Sancho Panza 3 .Madrid. Detail of Monumento a Miguel de Cervantes by Kullo-Valera (1876 - 1932) by Vitold Muratov
Don Quixote and Sancho Panza 3 .Madrid. Detail of Monumento a Miguel de Cervantes by Kullo-Valera (1876 – 1932) Picture by Vitold Muratov

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.

Blank pages mean something entirely different to the librarians collaborating with researchers. Librarians abhor blank pages – whether they be print or digital. We want those pages filled with the essential research you need. For your research quest – your essential research needs –  reach out to your liaison librarian, not so much squires, as subject experts, all! Continue reading “Digital Scholarship @ CUA: On the Road to Research with Don Quixote and Sancho”

Digital Scholarship @ CUA: Public Good

Vannevar Bush AwardAt 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”

Digital Scholarship @ CUA: Impact Summer

IMPACTResearch metrics in the news!

In June 2015 Thomson Reuters Breaks New Ground in Journal Evaluation with Release of 40th Annual Journal Citation Reports.

In July 2015 JISC published a report The Metric Tide: Report of the Independent Review of the Role of Metrics in Research Assessment and Management with key details reported in Data infrastructure key to the quality and impact of UK research.

This led to a review of the report with accompanying video here: Independent review of the role of metrics in research assessment.

This report has garnered a high level of interest and commentary, including this quote from Metrics: how to handle them responsibly:

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.

How do you really measure impact?

And researchers this email seems to be making the rounds again this summer – Beware of Spam Email With Offers to Promote Your Research.



Digital Scholarship @ CUA: Summertime Learning

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.

Professional organizations  and universities

The State of E-Learning in Higher Education: An Eye Toward Growth and Increased Access

 Webinars in Higher Education

Coursera Courses 

Why not take advantage of the online learning video library at 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 page to get started! Check out their Playlist Center, or view all subjects.

Digital Scholarship @ CUA: Learning Digitally

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.

This podcast by David Weinberger, based on his paper The Rise, Fall, and Possible Rise of Open News Platforms: The Twisty Path towards a Net Ecosystem That Makes News More Discoverable, Reusable, and Relevant explores the news industry and the use of digital tools, API’s.

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.