Title: A Conversation with Marilyn Billings
Speaker: Marilyn Billings, Scholarly Communications & Special Initiatives Librarian, University of Massachusetts Amherst
Where: Davis Library, Rm 214
When: Wednesday, April 11, 2012
Marilyn Billings is the Scholarly Communication & Special Initiatives Librarian at the University of Massachusetts Amherst, a position she has held since 2006. She provides campus and regional leadership and education in alternative scholarly communication strategies and gives presentations on author rights, new digital publishing models and the role of digital repositories in today’s research and scholarship endeavors. Marilyn is also actively involved in regional and national workshops on these topics, most recently the international SPARC (Scholarly Publishing and Resource Coalition) OA workshop held in Kansas City in March 2012. Current projects include her oversight of the UMass Amherst’s digital repository ScholarWorks and her recent role as the leader of the campus’ Open Education Initiative.
Ms. Billings’ recent presentations include “Documenting and Promoting Engagement Using ScholarWorks” with Dr. William Miller at the 2009 National Outreach Scholarship Conference at the University of Georgia; “Library as Publishing Agent: Exploring New Roles” at the New England Library Association meeting in October 2009; “The Changing Landscape of Scholarly Communication: The Role of the Library and an IR”, an invited speaker at SUNY Buffalo March 2010; “Author Rights, Or, The Rights of Copyright”, co-presented with Fred Zinn at a NERCOMP Workshop entitled “Copyright and IP for Image Use” in May 2010, and “Open Education Resources at UMass Amherst” at the Charleston Conference in November 2010.
For a more complete listing of presentations and publications, visit http://works.bepress.com/marilyn_billings/
Title: METRICS FOR OPENNESS
Speaker: David Nichols, Department of Computer Science at the University of Waikato, New Zealand.
Where: Davis Library Room 214
When: Wednesday, March 14 from noon to 1 p.m.
Abstract: Metrics in information science have been largely based around publications and citations. The altmetrics proposal has highlighted that citations alone are inadequate for a holistic description of the impact of scholarly communication. This talk will present some further metrics to characterize research publications – emphasizing open access and open science.
Biography: David Nichols is a senior lecturer in Department of Computer Science at the University of Waikato, New Zealand. His research interests include digital libraries, usability and open source software. He co-authored (with Ian Witten and David Bainbridge) the textbook How to Build a Digital Library (2010, Second Edition) and is a member of the research group that develops Greenstone, a suite of software for building and distributing digital library collections.
Thursday, January 26, 2012
3:00–4:00 p.m. EST
Code of Best Practices in Fair Use for Academic and Research Libraries
UNC Libraries and the Scholarly Communications Working Group are sponsoring a group viewing and discussion in Davis 214 of this free ARL Webcast to discuss the forthcoming ARL Code of Best Practices in Fair Use for Academic and Research Libraries. The Code facilitators—Patricia Aufderheide of the Center for Social Media at American University, Brandon Butler of ARL, and Peter Jaszi of the American University Law School—will deliver a brief presentation on the contents of the Code, followed by a question-and-answer session. The webcast will offer academic and research librarians a chance to learn about the Code’s substance on the day of its formal release and to ask questions and share ideas with the team of facilitators at the earliest stages of the public rollout. The webcast will be recorded and made freely available on ARL’s YouTube channel. If you cannot join the group viewing/discussion in Davis 214, you may register as an individual to participate live or view the recording at http://www.visualwebcaster.com/event.asp?id=84533.
We hope you can join us!
Creating an Open Scholarly Commons: New Technologies, Old Threats
Davis Library Rm 214, Wednesday, January 18th, 2012
Zeynep Tufekci, Assistant Professor, UNC-SILS
Zeynep Tufekci joined the faculty at UNC in Fall 2011. She is an assistant professor at the School of Information and Library Science with an affiliate appointment in the Department of Sociology. Previously she was an assistant professor of sociology at the University of Maryland, Baltimore County. Additionally she is a fellow at the Berkman Center for Internet and Society at Harvard University in 2011-2012. Her research interests include the social impacts of technology, collective action and social movements, privacy and surveillance, inequality, research methods and complex systems. She blogs at http://www.technosociology.org.
*Note that we’ll be back to meeting on Wednesdays this spring.
Digital Libraries, Digital Archives, Digital Humanities, Digital Scholarship: What’s the Difference? Prioritizing, Strategizing, and Executing
Jenn Riley, Head, Carolina Digital Library & Archives
When: Tuesday, December 13th, noon
Where: Davis Library, Meeting Room 214
Various digital fields have evolved in the academic environment in the last 20 years, from new ways of doing research and creative work to new ways of expressing and collecting this work. Academic libraries in particular are a part of many of these efforts, yet missions, funding, and staffing have not necessarily evolved to match the new possibilities that have arisen. This session will explore issues related to the development of library services in these areas at UNC and elsewhere—balancing innovation and sustainability, taking risks while remaining accountable to our users and our funders, and working to define a new role for libraries in 21st century scholarly communication practices.
In addition to our regularly scheduled meeting, please join us for…
A Discussion of “Open Science”
When: Wednesday, Oct 5th, 12-1pm
Where: Room 3206A-B UNC Student Union
Some background on Michael:
Michael has been a pioneer in quantum computation but in recent years has devoted himself to championing ‘open science’ as a new paradigm for scholarship. His book about open science, Reinventing Discovery, will be published by Princeton University Press in 2011. Prior to his book, Michael was an internationally known scientist who helped pioneer the field of quantum computation. He co-authored the standard text in the field, and wrote more than 50 scientific papers, including invited contributions to Nature and Scientific American. His work on quantum teleportation was recognized in Science Magazine’s list of the Top Ten Breakthroughs of 1998. Michael was educated at the University of Queensland, and as a Fulbright Scholar at the University of New Mexico. He worked at Los Alamos National Laboratory, as the Richard Chace Tolman Prize Fellow at Caltech, was Foundation Professor of Quantum Information Science and a Federation Fellow at the University of Queensland, and a Se nior Faculty Member at the Perimeter Institute for Theoretical Physics. In 2008, he gave up his tenured position to work fulltime on open science.
Sample talk by him from TEDxWaterloo in March 2011http://michaelnielsen.org/blog/open-science-2/
The net is transforming many aspects of our society, from finance to friendship. And yet scientists, who helped create the net, are extremely conservative in how they use it. Although the net has great potential to transform science, most scientists remain stuck in a centuries-old system for the construction of knowledge.
The talk is in two parts. In the first part, I describe some striking leading-edge projects that show how online tools can radically change and improve science. And in the second part I discuss why these tools haven’t spread to all corners of science, and how we can change that.
In the first part, we’ll see how mass online collaboration is being used by some of the world’s top mathematicians to solve challenging mathematical problems. These collaborations use online tools to dramatically amplify a group’s collective intelligence, and so expand our capacity to solve problems at the limit of human problem-solving ability.
I’ll also describe how online citizen science projects are enabling amateurs to make scientific discoveries. There were early attempts to do this in the 1990s and 2000s, with projects such as SETI@Home and Clickworkers. But while intriguing, these projects produced limited scientific outcomes. I’ll describe a second wave of citizen science projects that live up to the early promise, and which are producing a stream of important scientific discoveries.
These examples illustrate some of the ways the net can change science.
In the second part of the talk I discuss the major cultural barriers that inhibit scientists from using or developing new tools. We’ll see that scientists have strong incentives to keep their best ideas and data secret, hoarding them against the possibility of future journal publication. I’ll describe how we can create a much more open scientific culture, one that will truly make the net work for science.
Academic Practice After Georgia State: E-Reserves, Online Instruction, and the Future of Fair Use
Will Cross, Director of Copyright and Digital Scholarship, NCSU
When: Tuesday, November 8, 2011, noon
Where: Davis Library, Meeting Room 214
Like sharing course readings in e-reserves? Interested in e-books? Worried about the library’s budget crunch? Curious about how online instruction will change in the coming years?
The recent Georgia State case provides students, instructors, librarians, and administrators with important new guidelines for practice in the digital environment. Although it focuses on electronic reserves, the case substantially updates academic fair use for all types of practice.
Will Cross, SILS alum and Director of the Copyright and Digital Scholarship Center from North Carolina State University, will lead a discussion about the issues involved, the case itself, and the consequences of the ruling. Join us for the latest on the case and a chance to talk with your colleagues about the future of academic expression in the digital environment.
Will Cross is the Director of the Copyright and Digital Scholarship Center in the NCSU Libraries. He is a graduate of Carolina Law and earned an MSLS from SILS in 2011. He has lectured at all three Triangle universities and speaks nationally on academic copyright, free expression, and digital scholarship.
We hope to see you there!
Surveying the E-Reader Landscape
Chad Haefele, Reference Librarian for Emerging Technologies, UNC Davis Library
When: Tuesday, September 13th, 2011, 12pm
Where: Davis Library, Rm 214
It’s been almost four years since the Kindle was introduced, and at least seven years since the first eInk reader device was released. Ownership of the devices is trending sharply upward. We’ll take a look at some of the implications of eReader adoption and how people use them, and also an update on the newest hardware.
Please feel free to bring your own e-reading device to the discussion.
Connecting scholars with information-and unlocking it!
Jan Reichelt, Co-founder and president of Mendeley
When: 12:00 noon – 1:00 pm, Friday May 6th, 2011
Where: Pleasants Family Room, Wilson Library
- Reception: Immediately following the talk there will be a free lunch reception in the lobby of the Wilson Library (beginning at 1pm).
- Workshop: From 2-3:30pm, in Manning Hall room 307, there will be a hands on workshop (beginners and experts welcome) to learn more about how to best use Mendeley. (Manning Hall is a two-minute walk from Wilson Library).
The “social web” has become the nexus of collaboration and discovery, but how supportive are the existing tools at building bridges that lead to scientific discovery? Mendeley co-founder, Jan Reichelt, will demonstrate how Mendeley is connecting scholars, helping them discover new scholarly works and unlocking knowledge.
While recommendation system research is studied in disciplines like cinematography, it often lacks the rigorous, scientific data sets that Mendeley has amassed. Mendeley’s communities of users have populated its database with information that is of great interest and utility as it supports researcher’s efforts to work more efficiently. One key area in which researchers are helped is by providing them with recommendations for research articles that they have not yet encountered but would be interested in. Mendeley has undertaken the DataTEL challenge in order to provide recommendation system researchers with valuable data on users and their relationship with scientific literature. This is particularly helpful to bring otherwise inaccessible expertise to researchers who are from first world non-elite institutions and developing countries. It should be noted that all of Mendeley’s data sets are made anonymous to protect user privacy and can only be used for non- commercial scientific purposes. Mendeley is the world’s largest research collaboration platform, with more than 850,000 researchers and academics and more than 80 million research papers indexed in Mendeley’s public web catalog.
Biographical Note: Jan is the Co-Founder and President of Mendeley, the world’s largest research collaboration platform.
Jan is currently pursuing a Ph.D. in Information Management at the University of Cologne, where he also was a lecturer in Electronic Business and Information Management, and spent some time as a visiting researcher at the Indian Institute of Management in Bangalore. Jan also graduated with an MBA with a focus on Electronic Business, Accounting, and Entrepreneurship, having studied at the WHU, the LUISS Rome, and the University of Bath’s School of Management. For several years throughout his Ph.D. studies he served as an advisor to a member of SAP’s supervisory board.
The Morphing Author
Blaise Cronin, Rudy Professor of Information Science – School of Information and Library Science – Indiana University – Bloomington; Honorary Visiting Professor, City University, London; Napier University, Edinburgh; University of Brighton
When: 12:00 noon – 1:00 pm, Wednesday April 13rd, 2011
Where: Davis Library, Room 214
Research and writing have been de-coupled; it is no longer necessary to craft a chapter, page, paragraph or even a sentence to earn one’s authorial spurs. In some fields, the author is no longer an individual but a corporation, ensemble or collective; the Romanticized notion of the isolated ego, the individual genius, has been rendered passé. In postmodern science ‘authorship’ has been re-framed as ‘contributorship,’ with specialized inputs of different kinds, ranging from conceptualization through experimental design and data analysis to drafting, potentially warranting a byline. For those who don’t achieve author status, there is always the acknowledgement, an often overlooked but potentially illuminating source of insight into the contributions of the numerous peers, trusted assessors, colleagues and friends whose effectively invisible contributions help keep the wheels of science spinning. In this talk the speaker will: (a) outline new modes of publishing, (b) consider what it means be an author in an age of hyperauthorship, and (c) show how the journal article’s paratext reveals the importance of articulation work.
Blaise Cronin, Ph.D, DSSc., DLitt (h.c.)
Blaise Cronin is the Rudy Professor of Information Science at Indiana University Bloomington, where he was dean for 19 years. He is concurrently an Honorary Visiting Professor at City University London and also Edinburgh Napier University. His research focuses on collaboration in science, scholarly communication, citation analysis, and the academic reward system. His books include The Citation Process (1984), The Scholar’s Courtesy (1995) and The Hand of Science (2005). He has also published on topics such as information warfare, strategic intelligence, and digital pornography. Professor Cronin is Editor-in-Chief of the Journal of the American Society for Information Science and Technology and for 10 years was Editor of the Annual Review of Information Science and Technology.