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Friday, November 4 • 3:35pm - 4:15pm
Shotgun Session: Digital Scholarship, Professional Development, and Scholarly Communication Threads

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These short “pecha kucha-like” sessions will feature 5 PowerPoint presentations of 6 minutes and 40 seconds each. We will have time at the end of the session intended for Q&A for all presenters. Come for a lively, rapid-fire group of talks.

1. Subject Selectors and Web Archiving at Cornell University Library (Suzanne Cohen)

This session will present the results of an exploration of Cornell University Library selectors' roles and perspectives on curating web resources.  While Cornell University Library has been preserving web content in a variety of collecting areas, including Cornell memory, subject-based content and special collections, since 2011, much of the curating has been led by archivists.  Cornell has over 50 subject selector librarians, divided into 4 disciplinary teams, and this infrastructure was used to engage selectors on the topic of web archiving over the past year.   Attendees will learn about the selector discussions, recommendations made to the Collection Development Executive Group and a pilot program to encourage selector involvement in web archiving. 
2. Evolving the Team, Expanding Skills for the Future: SMU Libraries' Skills Development for the Library Specialist. (Hwee Ming Lim)

SMU Libraries, like most libraries, is continuously evolving as the needs and expectations of library stakeholders (from users to administrators) change. To keep pace with the changes there is an emergent need to improve the skills and knowledge base of library para-professionals (Library Specialists) in order for them to continue to contribute productively to the strategic goals of the organization, especially as related to the Libraries' Continuous Assessment and Improvement Initiatiave.

The SMU Libraries' Future Skills program is a case study on how the Library Specialists and Team Leads worked together to build a talent management program that would foster stronger team dynamics, improve levels of efficiency and service sustainability in times of disruption and continuous change through functional cross-training, job redesign, and the creation of interdepartmental work arrangements. 

3. Towards Measuring Cost per Use of OA APCs Using Article Level Metrics (Crystal Hampson, Elizabeth Stregger) 

When libraries fund open access article processing charges (OA APCs), they often do so from their collections budget. With APCs at times costing $1,000, $2,000 or more per article, librarians sometimes express concern about the amount. Such statements imply a comparison of value for money between OA APCs and the traditional subscription model. Libraries commonly refer to cost per use, using COUNTER statistics, to measure value for money when evaluating traditional journal publishing purchases. These statistics measure institutional use for a given period, typically a year, and libraries calculate that use against the institution’s annual subscription cost. However, OA APCs pay for global, perpetual use, not annual, institutional use. How might libraries measure cost per use for OA APC payments? This session examines the possibility and limitations of one proposed method to measure cost per use of OA APCs using article level metrics and illustrates results with examples. Librarians, publishers and others are invited to comment, critique, and contribute ideas and experiences from their own institutions. Attendees will take away ideas for integrating article level metrics into collection management decisions and for demonstrating return on investment for OA APCs. 

4. Humanities Collaborations and Research Practices: Investigating New Modes of Collaborative Humanities Scholarship (Harriett Green, Angela Courtney) 

This lightning presentation will present preliminary findings from "Humanities Collaborations and Research Practices: Exploring Scholarship in the Global Midwest," (HCRP), a collaborative project led by librarians at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign and Indiana University that examines how collaborative and experimental research practices in the humanities affects scholarly practices, scholarly communication, and research outcomes.
The HCRP study examines a series of multi-institutional humanities research projects funded by the Humanities Without Walls (HWW) Global Midwest initiative, a Mellon Foundation-funded consortium of Midwest university humanities centers. We conducted 27 semi-structured interviews with scholars from diverse humanities disciplines who were HWW Global Midwest awardees. The interviews explore how scholars share data, build self-generated research environment infrastructures for supporting data sharing and communications, and frame their collaborations in the context of broader goals. The interview transcriptions were coded in ATLAS.ti and we are currently applying qualitative content analysis. In our preliminary analysis, the prominent themes emerging are:

  • Adaptive Research Practices: Scholars noted challenges in project management and organizing workflows between researchers with differing methodologies and disciplinary philosophies.
  • Diverse Modes of Scholarly Publication: Scholars employed diverse, frequently digital modes of dissemination and publication;  
  • Networks of Scholarship: The scholars frequently cited the networks of scholarship that they built through these collaborative projects, and how the research connected scholars to multiple academic and public communities.

Our presentation will offer new perspectives on scholarly communications and data curation in the humanities, as it will share valuable insights into how information professionals can engage with collaborative, experimental, and multi-modal research.

5. Building Collaborative Library/Faculty Digital Projects (Tim Bucknall)

A year ago, the University of North Carolina at Greensboro's Libraries began offering Digital Partners grants. UNCG faculty can apply for these grants through a competitive annual application process. The successful applicants receive up to $22,500 worth of Library IT resources and expertise to create their digital projects. Once built, the Libraries then commit to maintaining the digital scholarship and making it broadly available for the long term. This presentation will discuss the Digital Partners grant process, and the lessons learned during its first year of operation. 

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Rachel Fleming

Lead Librarian for Acquisitions/Budget Officer, Appalachian State University
Rachel Fleming is Lead Librarian for Acquisitions at Appalachian State University, where she manages the acquisition of all material types. She has previously served as Serials Librarian at Western Carolina University and Collection Development librarian at Central College in Pella... Read More →

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Tim Bucknall

Assistant Dean of Libraries, UNC Greensboro
Tim is founder and convener of the Carolina Consortium, and an inventor of Journal Finder, the first Open URL link resolver. He was recently named the 2014 ACRL Academic/Research Librarian of the Year.
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Suzanne Cohen

Collection Development Coordinator - Hospitality, Labor, and Management Library, Cornell University
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Angela Courtney

Head, Arts and Humanities Department, Indiana University
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Harriett Green

Associate University Librarian, Washington University in St. Louis
I am the Associate University Librarian for Digital Scholarship and Technology Services at Washington University in St. Louis.
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Crystal Hampson

Assistant Librarian, University of Saskatchewan
Crystal Hampson is Acquisitions Librarian at the University of Saskatchewan, where she has worked since 2011. Prior to arriving at the University of Saskatchewan, Crystal worked in public libraries, in technical services and managerial positions, and for a library consortium. Her... Read More →
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Hwee Ming Lim

Librarian, Singapore Management University

Friday November 4, 2016 3:35pm - 4:15pm EDT
Pinckney Room, Francis Marion Hotel 387 King Street, Charleston, SC 29403