Tagged: Scholarly Communication

Practical guidance for any librarian learning to deal with data

Facet Publishing have announced the release of The Data Librarian’s Handbook by Robin Rice and John Southall.9781783300471-frontcover.jpg.jpg

This new book, written by two data librarians with over 30 years’ experience, unpicks the everyday role of the data librarian and offers practical guidance on how to collect, curate and crunch data for economic, social and scientific purposes.

Interest in data has been growing in recent years. Support for this peculiar class of digital information – its use, preservation and curation, and how to support researchers’ production and consumption of it in ever greater volumes to create new knowledge, is needed more than ever. Many librarians and information professionals are finding their working life is pulling them toward data support or research data management but lack the skills required.

Covering everything from handling, managing and curating data; data literacy; research data management policies; data management plans; data repositories; confidential or sensitive data; open scholarship and open science, The Data Librarian’s Handbook is a must-read for all new entrants to the field, LIS students and working professionals.

The authors said, “Our aim is to offer an insider’s view of data librarianship as it is today, with plenty of practical examples and advice. At times we link this to wider academic and research agendas and scholarly communication trends, while grounding these thoughts back in theeveryday work of data librarians and other information professionals”.

Robin Rice is Data Librarian at EDINA and Data Library, an organisation providing data
services for research and education based in Information Services at the University of Edinburgh.

John Southall is Data Librarian for the Bodleian Libraries at the University of Oxford. He is based in the Social Science Library and is subject consultant for Economics, Sociology and Social Policy & Intervention.

 

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Meet the challenge of digital scholarship

Facet Publishing have announced the release of Developing Digital Scholarship: Emmackenzie-m_developing-digital_cover-01erging practices in academic libraries

This new book, edited by Alison Mackenzie and Lindsey Martin, provides strategic insights drawn from librarians who are meeting the challenge of digital scholarship, utilizing the latest technologies and creating new knowledge in partnership with researchers, scholars, colleagues and students.

The impact of digital on libraries has extended far beyond its transformation of content, to the development of services, the extension and enhancement of access to research and to teaching and learning systems. As a result, the fluidity of the digital environment can often be at odds with the more systematic approaches to development traditionally taken by academic libraries, which has also led to a new generation of roles and shifting responsibilities with staff training and development often playing ‘catch-up’. One of the key challenges to emerge is how best to demonstrate expertise in digital scholarship which draws on the specialist technical knowledge of the profession and maintains and grows its relevance for staff, students and researchers.

Developing Digital Scholarship spans a wide range of contrasting perspectives, contexts, insights and case studies, which explore the relationships between digital scholarship, contemporary academic libraries and professional practice.

The editors said,” Our book demonstrates that there are opportunities to be bold, remodel, trial new approaches and reposition the library as a key partner in the process of digital scholarship.”

Alison Mackenzie is the Dean of Learning Services at Edge Hill University. Alison has been an active contributor in the development of the profession having held roles on the SCONUL Board, and as Chair of the performance Measurement and Quality Strategy group. She is currently a member of the Northern Collaboration steering group and is co-editor of this book.

Lindsey Martin is the Assistant Head of learning Services and is responsible for the learning technologies managed and supported by Learning Services. She has responsibility for the virtual learning environment and its associated systems, media production, classroom AV, and development of staff digital capability. Lindsey has worked in academic libraries for the past 20+ years in a variety of roles. She has been active on the Heads of eLearning Forum Steering group (HeLF) for a number of years and is currently its Chair. She is co-editor of this book.

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Practical guidance on using altmetrics to measure, share, connect and communicate research

Facet Publishing have announced the release of Altmetrics: A practical guide for librarians, researchers and academics, edited by Andy Tattersall.9781783300105

This new book brings together experts in their fields to guide readers through the practical and technical aspects of altmetrics.

Altmetrics focuses on research artefact level metrics that are not exclusive to traditional journal papers but also extend to book chapters, posters and data sets, among other items. It offers additional indicators of attention, review and impact that add highly responsive layers to the slower to accrue traditional research metrics.

Contributed to by leading atmetric innovators including Euan Adie, founder and CEO of Altmetric.com, William Gunn, Head of Academic Outreach at Mendeley and Ben Showers, author of the bestselling Library Analytics and Metrics, the book details  the methods that can be employed to reach different audiences, even with  only minimal resources.

The book explains the theory behind altmetrics and provides practical advice to using the  increasing number of tools available for librarians and researchers to measure, share, connect and communicate research including Academia.edu, Facebook, Mendeley, ResearchGate, Twitter, LinkedIn, YouTube, Figshare, Altmetric.com, SlideShare Kudos and many more.

Anyone wanting to understand altmetrics and encourage others to use it will find this book essential reading including library and information professionals working in higher education, researchers, academics and higher education leaders and strategi
sts.

The editor, Andy Tattersall, has also made a video to complement the book which provides a whistle-stop tour of altmetrics and associated tools. The video can be viewed here.

About the authors:
Andy Tattersall (editor) writes and gives talks about digital academia, learning technology, scholarly communications, open research, web tools, altmetrics and social media– in particular, their application for research, teaching, learning, knowledge management and collaboration. He is very interested in how we manage information and how information overload affects our professional and personal lives. His teaching interests lie in encouraging colleagues and students to use the many tools and technologies(quite often freely) available to aid them carry out research and collaboration within the academic and clinical setting. He is Secretary for the Chartered Institute of Library and Information Professionals – Multi Media and Information Technology Committee.

Euan Adie is founder and CEO of Altmetric.com, which supplies altmetrics data to funders, universities and publishers. Originally a computational biologist at the University of Edinburgh, in 2005 Euan developed postgenomic.com, which aggregated blog posts written by life scientists about published scholarly articles. This effort was supported by Nature Publishing Group, where he then worked in product management roles until starting Altmetric.com in 2011.

Claire Beecroft is a university teacher/information specialist at the School of Health and Related Research (ScHARR), the University of Sheffield. Claire currently teaches on a variety of courses within ScHARR and the wider university, including the Health Technology Assessment (HTA) MOOC (Massive Open Online Course) and the MScs in Health Informatics, Public Health and HTA. Claire’s key research interests are around e-learning, e-health, applications of Web 2.0 to healthcare, teaching of health informatics and information skills and support for NHS librarians and staff to develop key informatics skills. Her main teaching interests are around literature searching and evidence retrieval, critical appraisal, e-health, telemedicine, media portrayal of health research and health economics, and information study skills.

Dr Andrew Booth is Reader in Evidence Based Information Practice at the School of Health and Related Research (ScHARR), University of Sheffield. Between 2008 and 2014 he served as Director of Research Information (Outputs) for ScHARR, helping to prepare the school’s Research Excellence Framework submission. Prior to this he worked in a wide range of roles supporting research data management, information management and evidence-based practice and delivering writing workshops to researchers. With a background in information science, Andrew has a particular interest in bibliometrics and literature review. Andrew currently serves on the editorial boards of Systematic Reviews, Implementation Science and Health Information & Libraries Journal. Over his 33-year career to date in health information management and health services research he has authored four books and over 150 peer-reviewed journal articles.

Dr William Gunn is the Head of Academic Outreach for Mendeley. He attended Tulane University as a Louisiana Board of Regents Fellow, receiving his PhD in Biomedical Science from the Center for Gene Therapy at Tulane University. Frustrated with the inefficiencies of the modern research process, he left academia and established the biology programme at Genalyte, a novel diagnostics start-up, then joined Mendeley. Dr Gunn is an Open Access advocate, co-founder of the Reproducibility Initiative and serves on the National Information Standards Organisation (NISO) Altmetrics working group.

Ben Showers is a Digital Delivery Manager at the Cabinet Office, using digital technologies to transform government services and systems for the better.Previously,he worked at JISC where he was Head of Scholarly and Library Futures, working on projects that included a shared library analytics service, as well as projects exploring the future of library systems, digital libraries, usability and digitization. He is the author ofLibrary Analytics and Metrics: using data to drive decisions and services (Facet Publishing, 2015).

Library support for the research lifecycle

Starr Hoffman has made two videos to support her new book Dynamic Research Support for Academic Libraries, published this month by Facet. The first video describes how academic libraries can support the research lifecycle for faculty and students and the second introduces the book and defines ‘research support’.

Creative ideas & practical guidance for librarians supporting research & scholarly communication

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Facet are pleased to announce the release of two new books, Practical Tips for Facilitating Research and Dynamic Research Support for Academic Libraries.

Higher education is in a period of rapid evolution and academic libraries must continually evaluate and adjust their services to meet new needs. Librarian roles are changing and new specialisms, such as data librarians are emerging.  Activities are being driven by researcher requirements such as the demand for wider dissemination and the impact of research.

Two new books from Facet Publishing, Practical Tips for Facilitating Research and Dynamic Research Support for Academic Libraries, will provide inspiration and practical guidance to enable LIS staff developing their role in the research environment to evaluate their current provision and develop services to meet the evolving needs of the research community.

Practical Tips for Facilitating Research offers innovative tips and reliable best practice to assist academic liaison librarians, research support librarians and all library and information professionals who work with research staff and students.

Author Moira Bent said, “my book bridges the gap between theory and practice, grounding the very practical ideas garnered from library and information staff around the world in current research in the library and information science discipline.”

Dynamic Research Support for Academic Libraries provides inspiration through illustrative examples of emerging models of research support and is contributed to by library practitioners from across the world.

Editor Starr Hoffman said, “Dynamic Research Support for Academic Libraries is designed to inspire librarians and administrators to think of ‘research support’ not merely as Reference 2.0, but as an innovative, holistic activity that should be distributed throughout the organization.”

A preview chapter for each book is available on the Facet website, along with information about how to order.

Preview Practical Tips for Facilitating Research

Preview Dynamic Research Support for Academic Libraries

The Future of Scholarly Communication

The slideshow below takes you chapter-by-chapter through the new Facet title edited by Deborah Shorley and Michael Jubb, The Future of Scholarly Communication.

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Changing ways of sharing research in chemistry

Chemistry is widely considered to stand at the crossroads of many disciplines, with signposts to molecular, life, materials, polymer, environmental and computer sciences, as well as to physics and mathematics, and even art and design. To collaborate and share research data and ideas across these areas, research scientists must strive (and do not always succeed) to find common languages to express their intended concepts.

(Rzepa, Henry S. (2013). Changing ways of sharing research in chemistry. In: Shorley, Deborah and Jubb, Michael. The Future of Scholarly Communication. London: Facet Publishing. 3).

Changing ways of sharing research in chemistry

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The following is an abstract of the Henry S. Rzepa’s chapter ‘Changing ways of sharing research in chemistry’ in The Future of Scholarly Communication.  A PDF of the full chapter is available for free on the Facet Publishing website.

The challenges of sharing research in chemistry are introduced via the molecule and how its essential information features might be formalized. The review then covers a period of around 33 years, describing how scientists used to share information about the molecule, and how that sharing has evolved during a period that has seen the widespread introduction of several disruptive technologies. These include e-mail and its now ubiquitous attachment, the world wide web and its modern expression via blogs and wikis. The review describes how digital documents have similarly evolved during this period, acquiring in some cases digital rights management, metadata and most recently an existence in the cloud. The review also describes how the dissemination of digital research data has also changed dramatically, the most recent innovation being data repositories, and speculates what the future of sharing research via the latest disruptive technology, tablets, might be.

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Browse the table of contents, full contributor list and abstracts of all the other chapters.