Best Poster from a First Timer

The study reviewed the options available for preserving publications written by the teaching and research staff of the faculty taking into account copyright as well. It compared article citations, and were surprised to learn that the articles receiving most citations were the ones self-archived, i.e. published in repositories, social networks, and author websites.

The study also analysed students’ theses from the open access point of view, i.e. based on students’ copyright declarations. It is surprising that a generation brought up in a world of mobiles, tablets, laptops, and the internet does not take the decision concerning their own theses and their online accessibility seriously.

Veterinary Science and Open Access

Authors: Bea Winkler, Melissa Bándi
Veterinary Science Library, Budapest, Hungary

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Your library: a successful service center for a successful faculty

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How to implement research support

Yesterday there was disastrous storm in my hometown. Many cellars and garages were flooded including some ofthe library’s storerooms. But thankfully many people helped out of nowhere. There’s a saying in Germany: manyhands make light work and so the storm passed over quite easily. In a rapid changing environment you need to adaptand develop unexpected strengths and skills. That holds very much true for the library itself. The thunder storm inour book world is that there are no books left. That is good news for disasters but bad news for our profession. Justto change to digital media or gadgets will not work in all cases. Our principal financing comes from the faculty andthe scientists are both specifically demanding and library denying. So we had the idea to develop a strategy forresearch support in order to serve our scientists even better. We came up with the following ideas, measures and stepsto rebuild the library to a successful service center for a successful faculty. To accomplish our tasks we tried to thinkfrom a strict researcher perspective.

Challenges for research

At first we thought about what the real challenges for a researcher were. Of course, they are more interested in theircareers and publishing in Nature than in obtaining articles via interlibrary loan. The visibility of research output –local and international – is of crucial importance for the individualscientist as well as for the Dean. We discovered that at the moment,there was no portal for the scientific publications of the faculty, letalone a repository that highlighted the best papers and researchachievements of the faculty. We also found that the informationlandscape has become increasingly complex. There are sophisticateddatabases, research portals but access to information and researchpapers is complex and time consuming. Information literacy is valuedhighly and together with the usually strong fluctuation this equals forstrong training needs.There is also now a growing commitment by research funders (DFG, ERC and Horizon 2020) to publish in OpenAccess journals but there is a lack of knowledge among researchers for publication and funding opportunities. Thelibrary must support the publication of research results in high-ranking journals as much as possible. In addition thereare the progressive needs of students and teachers through new curricula (Science). Current e-learning styles andsystems (Flipped Classroom/Blended Learning) overwhelm teachers. Support for multimedia, mobile working,learning and teaching methods in the faculty is necessary.

Finally the library must promote the quality of doctoral work and the integrity and freedom from plagiarism of research and doctoral theses as there is a decrease in the number of doctorates awarded recently on account of insecurity and resignation of doctoral students.

Challenges for the Library

  1. The increasing use of library resources over the Internet has led to an alienation between the researcher and library. As a consequence identifying new developments in research and delivering appropriate services is becoming very difficult for the library. And even if there are services which match the needs of the researcher, they do not know about them.
  2. The newly to be developed services require specialized skills and competencies that must be acquired by the employees. Therefore, dedicated staff development is necessary.
  3. The centralization of traditional library tasks such as cataloging and media processing has led to a restructuring of the tasks in the library, resulting in staff cuts and reduce freedom to decide things on our own.

Worldwide trends in research support

  • Archiving and long term storage of primary research data;
  • Visibility of institutional research output by Current Research Information Systems, University bibliography and publication of scientific articles in professional and university repositories;
  • Integrity of research and PhD theses;
  • Simplifying and supporting access to quality information, 24/7, mobile and personalized services;
  • Support in publications, especially from Open Access;
  • Development of research and publication skills of PhD students and young researchers.

Proposals to implement

  1. The quantitative and qualitative study of the information needs of researchers;
  2. market analysis of “good practice” examples such as in other libraries;
  3. develop a strategy to support research in collaboration with the Dean’s Office, scientists and other stakeholders. This strategy involves the joint establishment of priorities and objectives, key achievements and outcomes, a structure for quality and risk management, and professional development;
  4. development of a product and service portfolio;
  5. a program of continuous staff development of library staff.

This article was published at JEAHIL, Issue 3, 2014.

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Next issue of JEAHIL

Would you like to sum up your thoughts and experience from this summer´s EAHIL conference in beautiful Rome?

Next issue is all about what went on in Rome.

We would love to have an article from you!

Manuscripts should be submitted by the corresponding author electronically to the Chief Editor, Sally Wood-Lamont sallywoodlamont@gmail.com, accompanied by a presentation letter.

Articles presented for publication on JEAHIL must be original and will be submitted to qualified referees before publication. Authors of submitted papers must accept editing and reuse of published material by EAHIL including electronic publishing on the EAHIL website (www.eahil.eu/). Reproduction of articles or part of them should be previously authorised.  

Next issue´s deadline is the 5th of Augusti 2014.

Next issue´s deadline is the 5th of August 2014.

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Take a look!

Benoit Thirion, at CISMeF Project
Rouen University Hospital, Rouen, France has collected and picked up references from non-medical librarian journals, but interesting for medical librarians during February to May 2014.

  • Sohail M et al. Use of Web Resources by Medical Science Students of Aligarh Muslim University
  • Linda S et al. Evidence for Removal of a Reference Collection in an Academic Health Sciences Library
  • Wakimoto DK. Google Scholar Retrieves Twice as Many Relevant Citations as PubMed and Provides Greater Full-Text Access for Quick, Clinical Nephrology Searches
  • Haustein S et al. Tweeting biomedicine: An analysis of tweets and citations in the biomedical literature
  • Bhatti R et al. Experience of Internet Utilization by Post Graduate Students at Nishter Medical College,
    Multan, Pakistan

Read the abstracts and get more information!

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Letter from the President June 2014

Marshall DozierPresident Marshal Dozier find the themes chosen for this JEAHIL issue particularly interesting.

As librarians, many of us are seeing calls for development in knowledge and skills to better support research data management in students and researchers (see e.g this recent event hosted by OCLC Libraries and Research: Supporting Change/Changing Support) partly in response to calls by funding bodies to make data available and linked to related publications (see e.g, the UK’s Medical Research Council on data sharing).

But how many of us really understand the nature of the data handled by our research colleagues, the requirements for its management, and the appropriateness of the various storage options available (assuming they are available)?

One of our professional strengths is a deep understanding of metadata and cataloguing, which are of value in supporting researchers in making their data more likely to be re-usable.

Many of us also participate in systematic review teams. But, Marshall thinks that in order to truly support researchers, we should better understand the nature of research, and in order to
understand the nature of research, it is necessary to undertake it, even in small ways.

Marshall´s sense, though, is that many of us do not really engage with research-like activities – but is it true?

Maybe we should take a reflective and analytic approach to the data that we gather in relation to our everyday activities, and which we use to inform decisions – since that is also a form of research. I suggest it in case it could feel more like familiar territory and also more immediately relevant to daily activities for a greater proportion of colleagues.

She’d like to know what you think! Please comment!

In the area of supporting the communication of research she thinks there are significant and crucial roles that libraries
already play, and which we can expand:

  • Helping researchers find the right publisher in (whether by assessing quality of editorial engagement, impact, audience, open access policies)
  • Helping researchers retain copyright in their publications
  • Helping manage open access funds, and advising on open access publication options
  • Hosting institutional repositories for publications and datasets
  • Hosting systems such as the Open Journal System
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Elections for Council members

As you will see elsewhere in JEAHIL issue 2, 2014, we are now sending out a call for nominations for Council members for the term 2015-2018.

President Marshall Dozier encourage you to consider becoming a Councillor for your country: you can find a list of vacancies in the issue as well as a nomination form.

Vacancies

Nomination form

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Update your membership record

In order to vote in this year’s elections, you need to have an active membership record.

We also need to make sure that we have the correct email and postal addresses for you.

Please update your membership record by visiting
https://fd8.formdesk.com/EAHIL/membership

 

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