Presentations from WILU 2014


Evaluating and managing Libguides: how can we better reach our users?

Developing Online Learning Tools: Strategies for Creating a Set of Best Practices

Beyond the one-minute paper: Reflective exercises in library instruction

source: Information Literacy Weblog

Translating Research For Health Policy: Researchers’ Perceptions And Use Of Social Media

As the United States moves forward with health reform, the communication gap between researchers and policy makers will need to be narrowed to promote policies informed by evidence. Social media represent an expanding channel for communication. Academic journals, public health agencies, and health care organizations are increasingly using social media to communicate health information. For example, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention now regularly tweets to 290,000 followers. We conducted a survey of health policy researchers about using social media and two traditional channels (traditional media and direct outreach) to disseminate research findings to policy makers. Researchers rated the efficacy of the three dissemination methods similarly but rated social media lower than the other two in three domains: researchers’ confidence in their ability to use the method, peers’ respect for its use, and how it is perceived in academic promotion. Just 14 percent of our participants reported tweeting, and 21 percent reported blogging about their research or related health policy in the past year. Researchers described social media as being incompatible with research, of high risk professionally, of uncertain efficacy, and an unfamiliar technology that they did not know how to use. Researchers will need evidence-based strategies, training, and institutional resources to use social media to communicate evidence.

Source: INFODOcket

European Clinical Respiratory Journal

The overall purpose of the European Clinical Respiratory Journal is to be a forum for the presentation of clinical and experimental studies, case reports, expert opinions and reviews within the area of respiratory diseases in children, adults and the elderly.

According to a recent annual report of the World Health Organization (WHO), respiratory disease including lower respiratory infections, COPD and lung cancers accounted for the death of 7 million people worldwide. Presently, several hundreds of millions are suffering of chronic respiratory diseases imposing a large burden on both the society and healthcare.

Apart from genetic factors, the increasing number of patients with respiratory disorders is a direct result of exposure to pollutants and irritants, i.e., environmental factors, which present a major challenge for our immune defense system.  Research into the immunology and pathophysiology of the respiratory system will enable us to understand disease mechanisms and provide a broader understanding on how the body combats these diseases.

The following societies are affiliated with the European Clinical Respiratory

Journal: Swedish Society of Respiratory Medicine, Danish Society of Respiratory Medicine, Norwegian Respiratory Society and Finnish Respiratory Society.

Research Data Sharing: Developing a Stakeholder-Driven Model for Journal Policies

The conclusions of research articles generally depend on bodies of data that cannot be included in
the articles themselves. The sharing of this data is important for reasons of both transparency and
possible reuse. Science, Technology and Medicine journals have an obvious role in facilitating
sharing, but how they might do that is not yet clear. The Journal Research Data (JoRD) Project was a
JISC (Joint Information Systems Committee) funded feasibility study on the possible shape of a
central service on journal research data policies. The objectives of the study included, amongst other
considerations: to identify the current state of journal data sharing policies and to investigate the
views and practices of stakeholders to data sharing. The project confirmed that a large percentage of
journals do not have a policy on data sharing, and that there are inconsistencies between the
traceable journal data sharing policies. Such a state leaves authors unsure of whether they should
deposit data relating to articles and where and how to share that data. In the absence of a
consolidated infrastructure for the easy sharing of data, a journal data sharing model policy was
developed. The model policy was developed from comparing the quantitative information gathered
from analysing existing journal data policies with qualitative data collected from the stakeholders
concerned. This article summarises the information gathered, outlines the process by which the
model was developed and presents the model journal data sharing policy in full.

source: DigitalKoans

Partnership vol. 9. no.1 (2014)

contents include:

Developing a Research Data Management Service – a Case Study

Stories of Informal Mentorship: Recognizing the Voices of Mentees in Academic Libraries

Mapping Information Literacy Outcomes and Learning Experiences of Health Sciences Undergraduate Students

117 digitized public domain WWII films spanning the years 1940-1945.

In honor of the 70th anniversary of D-Day and the Battle of Normandy, the IU Libraries Moving Image Archive (IULMIA) presents this exhibit of 117 digitized public domain WWII films spanning the years 1940-1945.

Films are arranged based on subject, and may also be browsed by item.

source: INFODocket

Proceedings of the 2013 Charleston Conference


Off the shelf

Serials resource management

Librarians in the post digital information era


We’d like to announce the launch of our Digital Research Reports, a new quarterly series of publications about research data and analytical possibilities in a practical, applied context.

A massive volume and diversity of data is associated with research. Most people are familiar with analyses of publications and citations (bibliometrics), especially around research performance benchmarking. They are aware that such analyses have both limitations and flaws and are often misused. But performance is only one part of the publication story and bibliometrics are only one part of the data portfolio.

This series will report on what publication analysis can tell us about other aspects of researcher activity and behaviour, such as collaboration and interdisciplinarity. In the first report, we look at what researchers choose to submit for assessment compared to what they say best represents leading research in their field.

We will also report on other parts of the research ecosystem. For example, what can we learn about research activity from data about data, figures, graphs and tables? How will the system respond to mandates to make all publicly funded research data openly available? And we will also look at the other ways in which people mention and alert one another to new research papers via Twitter, Facebook and blogs. Can this be a source of valid information about the social and economic impact of research?

Overall, we aim to address the challenge of better information for people engaged in research as well as sounder and more relevant information for policy and evaluation purposes. Our reports are written for all kinds of people who deal with ‘research’, to inform, to stimulate discussion and sometimes to provoke debate. And our focus is on how to use the available numbers to deliver more, better research as well as tracking what research has already been done.

source: STM Publishing News

JAAM to partner on open access Nature Partner Journal, npj Aging and Mechanisms of Disease

Nature Publishing Group (NPG) and the Japanese Society of Anti-Aging Medicine (JAAM) today announce the 2015 launch of npj Aging and Mechanisms of Disease. The online open access journal will go live on in Q1 2015, and will begin accepting submissions in September 2014.

npj Aging and Mechanisms of Disease is the fourth journal to be announced in the Nature Partner Journal portfolio, and the first with a society partner in Japan. The Nature Partner Journals bring Nature’s reputation for impact and excellence to open access and publishing partnerships. The portfolio of journals are characterized by landmark partnerships with institutions, foundations and academic societies.

npj Aging and Mechanisms of Disease will consider original research reviews and articles from all relevant disciplines: mechanistic understanding of, and intervention to, the aging process in humans, age-associated diseases, epidemiology of age-associated pathophysiology, and longevity. The new journal will also have an emphasis on emerging age-related medicine—stem cells, circadian rhythyms and metabolism—with clinical and translational insights into applications to humans.

The editorial team will be led by Editor in Chief Kazuo Tsubota, Professor and Chairman, Department of Ophthalmology, Keio University School of Medicine in Tokyo.

source: KnowledgeSpeak

Journal of library innovation Vol 5, No 1 (2014)

contents include:

  1. Open Education Resources: The New Paradigm in Academic Libraries
  2. Supporting the Next-Generation ILS: The Changing Roles of Systems Librarians
  3. The Innovative Academic Library: Implementing a Marketing Orientation to Better Address User Needs and Improve Communication