Heather Rayl helping lead the ISU OER charge

Emerging Technologies librarian Heather Rayl has had a busy summer, helping a Communication Department team convert the Comm 101 textbook into an Open Education Resource text.

She also maintains a guide to OER information at  Open Educational Resources.

As more faculty become aware of the OER movement, workshops are being provided to spread the info.

The next workshop will be held Tuesday September 20, 2016 in the Faculty Center for Teaching Excellence, Library room 103, 3-4pm.

Promo: Are you frustrated with your textbook? Are you looking for ways to inject more custom materials into your class? Then Open Educational Resources might be the answer for you! Stop by the Faculty Center for Teaching Excellence for a workshop on what OERs are, how to find them, and maybe even earn some money on the side just for converting your class! Light refreshments will be served. 

For more information, contact Heather.Rayl@indstate.edu or call (812) 237-2150

TDplus Project – Guidance Briefs Public Review and Use

EducopiaLogoIndiana State University Library, represented by Data Curation Librarian Kayla Siddell, is a participant in the ETDplus project funded by the Institute of Museum and Library Services and led by the Educopia Institute. The focus of this study is the long term preservation of and sustained access to research data and complex digital objects that are part of electronic theses and dissertations. The Guidance Briefs that are a portion of the grant’s deliverables are now available for review, use, and/or comment. Please feel free to examine the briefs and share with your graduate students and others who may be interested in the topic.InstituteMuseumLibrarySvcsLogo

– Cinda May, Chair of Special Collections

Preserving and Curating ETD Research Data and Complex Digital Objects, Guidance Briefs Available for Public Review and Use – (May 3-June 30, 2016)

The ETDplus project (https://educopia.org/research/grants/etdplus) invites Electronic Theses and Dissertations (ETD) program staff, librarians, faculty advisors, and graduate students to participate in a public review of the Guidance Briefs for Preserving & Curating ETD Research Data & Complex Digital Objects.

About the ETD Guidance Briefs
The Guidance Briefs are short (3-4 pages) “how-to” oriented briefs designed to help ETD programs build and nurture supportive relationships with student researchers. These briefs will assist student researchers in understanding how their approaches to data and content management impact credibility, replicable research, and general long-term accessibility: knowledge and skills that will impact the health of their careers for years to come.

Review (and Use!) the Guidance Briefs
Interested ETD stakeholders can download copies of the Guidance Briefs at the following website,https://educopia.org/deliverables/etdplus-guidance-briefs. The Guidance Briefs cover the following topics:

1.    Copyright
2.    Data Structures
3.    File Formats
4.    Metadata
5.    Storage
6.    Version Control

We are releasing these Briefs–both during this initial public review phase and after they are refined–as openly editable documents. We want institutions to use and reuse these in whatever way works for their local audiences. Each Brief includes generally applicable information about its topic, and also includes a “Local Practices” section that an institution may use to call attention to what’s happening on its own campus.
We invite you to help us refine these documents by drawing our project team’s attention to any components that need to be edited, revised, broadened, or narrowed. Please send us an email with your suggestions and/or track your changes within the documents and email those back to us at the addresses below by or before June 30, 2016. We plan to integrate the community’s feedback before formally issuing these Briefs under a CC BY 4.0 license later this summer.

If you have any further questions about the Guidance Briefs or about the ETDplus project, don’t hesitate to reach out to:

About the ETDplus Project

The ETDplus project is helping institutions ensure the longevity and availability of ETD research data and complex digital objects (e.g., software, multimedia files) that comprise an integral component of student theses and dissertations. The project is generously funded by the Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS) and led by the Educopia Institute, in collaboration with the NDLTD, HBCU Alliance, bepress, ProQuest, and the libraries of Carnegie Mellon, Indiana State, Morehouse, Oregon State, Penn State, Purdue, University of Louisville, University of Tennessee, the University of North Texas, and Virginia Tech.

State of Indiana’s INSPIRE launches new version

While ISU people have access to the world of information thru a variety of databases, all Indiana taxpayers not associated with colleges and universities have access to some of the same or similar resources thru INSPIRE, Indiana’s Virtual Library. For a list of the databases, from the opening screen, click Help and scroll down or do a search and look thru the resulting facets.

A message from State Librarian Jacob Speer:

A new version of INSPIRE (Inspire.in.gov) has launched. The overall user experience has improved with better search results and new features. This is a ‘soft launch’ and ISL staff are testing the site and fixing a few issues. Within the next week a brief tutorial of the changes will be sent to the listservs. Please tryout the new INSPIRE and send any comments or questions to inspire@library.in.gov.

Users are not currently able to search some Gale resources, including TERC (Testing Education Resource Center), but the issue will be resolved shortly.

Note from ISU Library Blogger: the new image will look familiar to ISU people who use Ebscohost databases and/or the Discovery research approach via SycaMORE Research:

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INSPIRE has been around since 1998! Be sure to try it out if you haven’t already. During 2014 INSPIRE statistics were performed!

Database unwell: Science Direct

Science Direct problems: we reported problems this morning – people were getting messages that the account had been disabled – and not just at ISU. The problem continues – from Elsevier: “ScienceDirect is currently experiencing a downtime with user registration. Our product team has already identified the issue and is working on the fix. We were informed that it will be early next week before it gets fixed. You may check back from time to time.”

CLARIFICATION: SCIENCE DIRECT USERS WHO ARE ALREADY REGISTERED WILL BE ABLE TO SIGN IN AND USE ALL THE FEATURES OF THE DATABASE INCLUDING TRANSACTIONAL ACCESS.

Library Awarded IMLS Leadership Grant

Indiana State University Library through its membership in the MetaArchive Cooperative digital preservation network is a research partner for a newly awarded IMLS Leadership Grant: “Preservation & Curation of ETD Research Data & Complex Digital Objects.” Kayla Siddell in her capacity as data curation librarian will represent Cunningham Memorial Library in this important work.

From the grant narrative:

The Educopia Institute, in partnership with University of North Texas, and in concert with the Networked Digital Library of Theses and Dissertations (NDLTD), HBCU Alliance, bepress, ProQuest, and the libraries of Virginia Tech, University of Tennessee, Purdue, Carnegie Mellon, Oregon State, Penn State, Morehouse, University of Louisville, and Indiana State propose a two-year project to improve ETD policies and practices around research data and complex digital object management nationally. The project will answer the question: How will institutions ensure the longevity and availability of ETD research data and complex digital objects (e.g., software, multimedia files) that comprise an integral component of student theses and dissertations?

This project will coalesce, refine, and shift the knowledge accumulation out of its campus or regional contexts and build upon it to create more generalized yet adaptable guidance documentation, shared curation technologies, and corresponding training materials that can be adopted broadly by ETD/IR stakeholders. To document needs and practices across all tiers of higher education, including smaller, less-endowed institutions, the project will conduct descriptive studies (surveys, interviews, and focus groups) and technical analyses (environmental scan, inventory, gap analysis and functional requirements).

The project includes structural and strategic evaluation and outcome measurement activities. These include engaging an Evaluator to advise on data gathering methods and design implementation evaluations; input from the Project Steering Committee and Project Advisory Group; and Partner Site Evaluations followed by a four month Public Review period to gather qualitative and qualitative data on fit-to-purpose, effectiveness, and areas requiring improvement. Feedback will guide refinements in the deliverables.