BC Research Libraries Group Lecture Series

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A partnership with SFU, UVic, UBC and UNBC to program a Speaker Series that supports scholarship, fosters learning and brings awareness to our respective communities on emerging issues in the information landscape.


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    Building better 'Galleries, Libraries, Archives and Museum Labs’
    (2019-03-07) Mahey, Mahendra
    The British Library is one of the largest national libraries in the world and is creating and storing millions of digital items every year. Mahendra Mahey, the British Library Labs Manager, gives an overview of digital collections and data being made available through BL Labs and examines how some of them have been re-used by making connections and collaborating with digital researchers, artists, entrepreneurs, educators, curators and librarians around the world through a range of innovative projects, research questions and engagement activities. He highlights the myths and assumptions many make about libraries and address the significant issues and challenges they face when working with digital collections and data. He reflects on lessons he has learned over nearly two decades of working in higher education, suggesting the types of digital research that could benefit the way libraries may work into the future. To conclude, Mahendra reports on an exciting international support network that he has started to build with colleagues around the world. This community is bringing national, state, university and public Galleries, Libraries, Archives and Museums together that are planning experimental digital ‘GLAM Labs’ which encourage their users to re-use their digital collections and data.
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    Surveying the Landscape: Research Data Management, Data Governance and Ethics
    (2018-02-16) Quinless, Jacqueline
    In 2015, the Canadian government via science.gc.ca released the Tri-Agency Statement of Principles on Digital Data Management. Canada has joined many other countries at the forefront of this movement, as shown in its support for the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development’s Declaration on Access to Research Data from Public Funding (2004); its commitment to the Open Government Declaration (2011); and its approval of the G8 Science Ministers Statement (2013). The history of the collection of data on Indigenous people across the globe has been a problematic because of the methods which have failed to capture important differences relating to differing Indigenous peoples and communities and also in the way the data is processed, analyzed and disseminated. The 94 recommendations of the 2015 Truth and Reconciliation Commission have generated responses at the federal government level as well as educational institutions regarding how to address the impacts of residential schools. Several post-secondary institutions, including UBC, UVic and Simon Fraser University, and others across the country are sharing their priorities with regards to their Indigenous plans and curriculum changes relating to the TRC recommendations. How is this linked to academic libraries, data curation, and research data management? This presentation will draw on a 2017-2018 campus wide research study at the University of Victoria Libraries and Office of the VP Research to discuss Research Data Management and challenges to open sharing. The conversation will explore topics related to data curation and data management, open access, and practices that are both ethically and culturally informed in the context of Indigenous protocols and data initiatives. Dr. Jacqueline Quinless is currently a CLIR Data Curation Fellow at UVic Libraries and works in Digital Scholarship and Strategy at the University of Victoria. She is also an Adjunct Professor in the Department of Sociology and an award winning sociologist recognized by the Canadian Sociological Association (CSA) and Angus-Reid Foundation for her community-based research to advancing Human Welfare in Canada. CLIR Data Curation Fellow at UVic Libraries
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    Subject Librarian 2.0: Preparing Liaison Librarians for 21st Century Academic Environments
    (2016-10-04) Williams, Karen
    Karen Williams will be speaking about how the University of Minnesota Libraries has begun the process of redefining liaison librarian roles to better prepare subject librarians for 21st century academic environments. She will outline emerging roles, discuss the skills needed to fulfill those roles, and showcase University of Minnesota’s approach to transitioning liaison roles that better reflects current research environments and anticipates future academic environments. Karen Williams is Associate University Librarian for Academic Programs at the University of Minnesota, a position she has held since late 2004. Prior to that, she spent 22 years at the University of Arizona Library in a variety of positions, including subject liaison to several departments. She led the development of new liaison position descriptions at Minnesota, which include roles in scholarly communication, information literacy integration, and digital tool development
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    Field Study Findings on Faculty & Researcher Use of New Models of Scholarly Publishing & Communication
    (2016-10-04) Hahn, Karla
    In the Spring of 2008, the Association of Research Libraries (ARL) engaged Ithaka, a not-for-profit organization promoting innovation in academia, to conduct an investigation into the range of new models of scholarly publishing and communication valued by scholars, with a particular focus on those works that are pushing beyond the boundaries of traditional formats and are considered innovative by the faculty who use them. A field team of 301 librarians at 46 institutions interviewed professors about the digital resources they use. Among the key findings and works Karla Hahn, Director of the Office of Scholarly Communication at ARL, will describe include: •Evidence that innovative digital resources can be found across the humanities, social sciences, and scientific/technical/medical subject areas. •Almost every resource cited by faculty operates under some form of peer review or editorial oversight. •Some the resources with greatest impact are those that have been around a long while. •Many digital publications are capable of running on relatively small budgets and are tailored to small, niche audiences. •Innovations relating to multimedia content and Web 2.0 functionality appear in some cases to blur the lines between resource types. •Projects of all sizes, especially open access sites and publications, employ a range of support strategies in the search for financial sustainability. The findings were published in November 2008 and titled: “Current Models of Digital Scholarly Communication - Results of an Investigation Conducted by Ithaka for the Association of Research Libraries:” http://www.arl.org/bm~doc/current-models-report.pdf
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