Member News & Announcements, March IO 2024

Grants & Funding

Libraries and Data Science Academy receive major consulting grant
North Carolina State University Libraries, L.S.A. Member, News Announcement, February 15, 2024

Data science is an increasingly important element in all business sectors and facets of life. How can higher education better prepare students to engage meaningfully with data? In a new project funded by the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation, the NC State University Libraries and the Data Science Academy (DSA) are answering that question.

The project, “Models in Data Science Consulting in Higher Education: Disseminating Current Practices and Knowledge,” will produce a practical manual on how to provide data science consulting that can be followed at other institutions, as well as a white paper on the collaborative authoring of the manual. The $174,994 grant also provides resources for the dissemination of this information through presentations at conferences and professional meetings on these consulting topics.

ORCID Announces Third Round of Global Participation Fund Recipients
ORCID, Inc. Voting Member, Blog Post, February 15, 2024

Increasing Global Participation is one of ORCID’s four priorities outlined in From Vision to Value: ORCID’s 2022–2025 Strategic Plan. We believe that ​​the more fully populated, sufficiently complete ORCID records and integrated systems there are, the more value that stakeholders can gain from participating in ORCID, and in everything we do, our goal is to create the conditions to allow this to happen. Our Global Participation Fund (GPF), which is one of the initiatives of our Global Participation Program (GPP), is an important program to drive these outcomes by improving understanding and encouraging uptake of ORCID in under-represented countries in the Global South.

We are proud to share that in less than two years since launching the GPF, ORCID has provided nine grants under two different programs—Community Development and Outreach and Technical Integration. Now ORCID has selected six more recipients. The GPF grants are awarded on a biannual basis in the amount of US$5,000–20,000, with a duration of 12 months

Educational Objectives

JSTOR is Now Available in 1,000 Prisons
ITHAKA/JSTOR/Portico, Voting Member, News Announcement, February 20, 2024

At the end of 2023, JSTOR—a vast digital library of secondary and primary sources to support teaching and learning—reached a once unimaginable goal: providing JSTOR access in 1,000 prisons. Spread across four continents, the JSTOR Access in Prison initiative now supports the education and growth of more than 550,000 incarcerated people.

Incarcerated learners have been left behind for decades. Limited access to the internet and scarce funding and support for higher education in prisons made access to digital libraries like JSTOR all but impossible. In October 2021, with funding from the Mellon Foundation, JSTOR set an ambitious goal to change that. The aspiration? For every incarcerated college student in the United States to have access to JSTOR, along with the research skills to use it and other digital resources.

Product Innovation

Unmasking Potential: Introducing New Beta Version Tool for Biomedical Dataset Discovery
National Library of Medicine (NLM), Voting Member, Blog Post, February 15, 2024

In a world of rapidly changing digital expectations, new formats to access and store information, and a dynamic biomedical landscape, users want to connect to data across an abundant, widely available, and growing ecosystem of biomedical research with one click. That is the future we are working to create by leveling up our dataset discovery technology to better understand user expectations and enhance the user experience.

To bring you closer to that one-click reality, NLM is excited to announce the launch of a beta version of a new online tool, the Dataset Catalog.

Research Initiatives

Clarivate Launches New Center for Intellectual Property and Innovation Research
Clarivate Analytics, Voting Member, Press Release, February 20, 2024

Clarivate Plc (NYSE: CLVT), a leading global provider of transformative intelligence, today launched the Clarivate Center for IP and Innovation Research™, a new expert unit which will guide corporations and research organizations in their mission to create innovative ideas, valuable technology and brand IP assets.

The Center will combine more than 60 years of intellectual property management and data-creation with analysis experience from Clarivate, pioneering high-performance benchmarks and practice.

OCLC researchers co-author new publication: Improving the Usability of Archaeological Data through Written Guidelines
Online Computer Library Center (OCLC), Voting Member, News Announcement, February 14, 2024

New publication out from Cambridge University Press & Assessment: Improving the Usability of Archaeological Data through Written Guidelines by Anne Austin (University of Missouri-St. Louis), Ixchel M. Faniel and Brittany Brannon (OCLC), and Sarah Whitcher Kansa (Open Context).

Archaeologists frequently use written guidelines during excavations to create usable data within and across projects, but previous research has demonstrated that the resulting datasets are often difficult to (re)use. This study examined how archaeological excavation teams used and implemented written guidelines. The authors offer recommended best practices to improve the quality and usability of archaeological data and a Written Guidelines Checklist to help project directors improve their written guidelines before, during, and after fieldwork as part of a collaborative process.

A milestone for Deep Blue Data
University of Michigan Library, L.S.A. Member, News Announcement, February 8, 2024

Since its launch by the U-M Library in 2016, Deep Blue Data has been providing access and preservation services for digital research data produced or used by the university's research community. Now, the team behind the repository is marking the curation and publication of its 1,000th dataset.

This milestone arrives alongside the January 1 initiation of the university's Research Data Stewardship Policy Standard Practice Guide, which "sets out expectations and guidance for the stewardship of Research Data, focusing on issues of ownership, sharing, and retention."

Industry Leadership

Trevor Owens Named as AIP’s First Chief Research Officer
AIP Publishing, LLC., Voting Member, Press Release, February 12, 2024

AIP is delighted to announce the appointment of Trevor Owens as its first Chief Research Officer. Starting Feb. 12, Owens will lead AIP Research, a core element of the Institute’s strategic transformation enabling AIP to leverage its work in statistical research, history, policy, culture, and its library and archives to bring thought leadership to the wider community.

“Trevor has extensive experience and background in history of science research, library and archives leadership and management, deploying digital research tools, as well as applied social science research,” said Michael Moloney, AIP CEO. “I am thrilled for him to join AIP to lead initiatives and spearhead research and analysis products to address important topics and effect positive change in the physical sciences enterprise.”

Gola Named Interim Dean
University of Houston Libraries, L.S.A. Consortia Member (Amigos), Blog Post, January 30, 2024

Christina H. Gola has been named University of Houston Libraries interim dean. Since 2021, Gola has served as associate dean for Organizational Development, Learning, and Talent (ODLT) with an integral role in strategic planning and fiscal management. She has been with UH Libraries for 15 years and was promoted to full librarian in 2021. She has served on UH Faculty Senate in leadership capacities, has partnered with Faculty Engagement and Development, and has collaborated with colleagues in the Provost’s Cabinet in their shared enterprise-wide roles. During the Libraries’ 2021 organizational restructure, Gola assumed leadership of facilities and information technology Libraries teams in addition to human resources and organizational development. She is also leading the “Reimagined Libraries” endeavor to enhance spaces and leverage campus partnerships for the benefit of our students and scholars. 

Gola is a recognized leader and mentor in the profession on a national scale, having served in numerous influential roles such as the competitive Association of Research Libraries (ARL) Leadership Fellows program and president of the Texas Library Association (TLA). She was named as a University of North Texas Department of Information Science Outstanding Alumni in 2021

Open Access, Open Science

KU Libraries host journals in open access space, making scholarship available worldwide
University of Kansas Libraries, L.S.A. Member, Featured Article, February 13, 2024

The world of academic journal publishing can be tenuous. Anything from an editor’s untimely death to a loss of funding to a professional society’s changing priorities can terminate even highly respected journals.

Journals from around the world have found new partnerships — sometimes an ocean away — with University of Kansas researchers and  KU Libraries, allowing them to continue producing high-quality scholarship and preserve archives.

Wiley and University of Macau Sign Agreement to Support Open Access Research
Wiley, Voting Member, Press Release, February 8, 2024

Wiley, one of the world’s largest publishers and a global leader in research and learning, today announced a new 3-year open access agreement with the University of Macau, beginning on January 1, 2024.

This represents the first open access agreement between a Macau institution and Wiley. It will provide University of Macau scholars with reading access to Wiley’s journal portfolio and enable researchers to publish open access in Wiley’s complete portfolio of nearly 2,000 hybrid and fully gold open access journals.