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Saturday, June 9


The New Dimensions in Scholcomm: How a global scholarly community collaboration created the world’s largest linked research knowledge system
Digital Science and 100+ global research institutions have spent the better part of the last two years collaborating to solve three distinct challenges in the existing research landscape:

* Research evaluation focuses almost exclusively on publications and citations data
* Research evaluation tools are siloed in proprietary applications that rarely speak to each other
* The gaps amongst proprietary data sources made generating a complete picture of impact extremely difficult (and expensive)

The goal of this collaboration amongst publishers, funders, research administrators, libraries, and Digital Science was to transform the research landscape by attempting to solve the problems resulting from expensive, siloed data research evaluation data.

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Heidi Becker

Digital Solutions Specialist, Digital Science
Heidi came to Digital Science with an extensive background in non-profit and government organizations. Most recently, Heidi worked in the Planning and Evaluation department of a major science funder, spearheading the advancement of post-grant assessments as well as enhancing pre-award... Read More →
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Ralph O'Flinn

Enterprise Applications Engineer III, The University of Alabama at Birmingham
Technical Lead for UAB Profiles and Scholars@UABAt UAB since 2014Previously at EBSCO Industries, Inc. for 8 yearsDevelopment Partner with Digital ScienceVolunteer developer for @VIVOcollabAdvocate of linked and open data

Dr. Robert Scott

University of Georgia

Saturday June 9, 2018 10:45am - 11:45am
Grand Ballroom II/III


Navigating 21st-Century Digital Scholarship: Open educational resources (OERs), Creative Commons, copyright, and library vendor licenses
Digital scholarship issues are increasingly prevalent in today’s environment. We are faced with questions of how to protect our own works as well as others’ with responsible attribution and usage, sometimes involving a formal agreement.  These may come in the form of Creative Commons Licensing, provisions of US Copyright, or terms of use outlined by contractual agreements with library vendors.  Librarians at Eastern Carolina University and Kansas State University are among several university libraries now providing services to assist navigating these sometimes legalistic frameworks.  East Carolina University Libraries are taking initiatives to familiarize faculty, researchers, and students with Open Educational Resources.  Librarians identified a need to have pertinent understanding of the Creative Commons license and how it is used to protect created works that can be shared, modified and reused.  At Kansas State, librarians identified the overlap of their subject matters through their correspondence regarding users’ copyright and licensing questions; a partnership formed, and they implemented a proactive and public-facing approach to better meet user needs and liability concerns at a research university.

NASIG audience members will learn how to:

  • Find and identify Creative Commons licensed materials
  • Modify and cite Creative Commons works
  • Obtain a Creative Commons license
  • Provide copyright literacy education to their campus communities through outreach and online copyright learning resources
  • Present vendor license terms and best practices for the everyday user’s understanding  and search process

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Christina Geuther

Electronic Resources Librarian, Kansas State University
I manage electronic resource license records in Alma, negotiate license terms with vendors, and troubleshoot electronic resource access for K-State Libraries.
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Rachel A. Miles

Digital Scholarship Librarian, Kansas State University
Rachel Miles is a Digital Scholarship Librarian at the Center for the Advancement of Digital Scholarship (CADS) at Kansas State University. Her primary responsibilities include copyright consultations with students and faculty, open access outreach and initiatives, and assistance... Read More →
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Heather Seibert

Research and Scholarly Communications, East Carolina Universiry

Saturday June 9, 2018 1:15pm - 2:15pm
Sunday, June 10


Ethical Dilemmas in Collection Development of Open Access Electronic Resources
All across the nation, universities are being called into critical conversations about social justice. The ALA Code of Ethics calls on librarians to “uphold the principles of intellectual freedom” and “distinguish between our personal convictions and professional duties.” Our ethics shape our engagement in these critical conversations. In my presentation, I will address the ethical dilemmas raised in open access electronic resources from predatory journals, to article processing charges (APCs), to xenophobic collections. We will discuss how our professional ethics are applicable to and stretched by the goals of open access. Real examples of ethical dilemmas will be shared for open discussion.

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Amanda Echterling

Acquisitions & Fiscal Management Librarian, Virginia Commonwealth University Libraries

Sunday June 10, 2018 10:45am - 11:45am
Highland Ballroom III


Using NASIG Core Competencies as a Framework to Develop Campus Support and Use of a New Institutional Repository
How do you get started when your campus first adopts an Institutional Repository?  What content and collections should you focus on first?  How do you prioritize your campus partnerships?  Who do you build rapport with first, faculty or students or administration?  These questions, along with questions of copyright management, data management, metrics, and technical support, can overwhelm a new Scholarly Communication librarian.  The combination of the relative newness and the lack of formal mentoring in our field can sometimes make it seem like you are fighting an uphill battle alone.

In August 2017, NASIG approved and adopted a set of core competencies that can serve as a roadmap for a new Scholarly Communications Librarian working to promote and build collections for a campus IR.  This talk will address how to utilize the specific competencies to help target what items you should work on and when – how to get up-to-speed on what you need to know quickly so that you can effectively communicate your IR goals to your campus community as well as how to set short- and long-term competency goals.  Using examples from her own ScholCom learning curve and campus IR set-up, this presenter will share her successes, lessons learned, and expectations for future IR growth on her campus.

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Jennifer L. Pate

Scholarly Communications and Instructional Services Librarian, University of North Alabama

Sunday June 10, 2018 3:15pm - 4:15pm
Highland Ballroom IV/V
Monday, June 11


The Scholarly Commons
The Scholarly Commons working group has been engaged in a synthesis activity over the past two years to survey the existing sets of charters, principles and best practices and tools to try to knit them together into a coherent vision and set of practices for scholarly communications.

Based on this work, we’ve concluded that the Future of Research Communications and e-Scholarship is, indeed a FAIR, Open, Research-object based, Citable Ecosystem that we call the scholarly commons. The principles of these scholarly commons (https://www.force11.org/scholarly-commons/principles) define ways to practice open, inclusive and reproducible science and scholarship. They can function as an agreement among researchers and other stakeholders in scholarly communication to make research open and participatory for anyone, anywhere.

Two questions arise: Do we have such an ecosystem already? If so, can we also provide concrete guidance on how to work within it?

At a workshop in Sept 2016, it was proposed to address these questions by creating a series of decision trees that would help in making research objects Open, FAIR and Citable. These decision trees are both forward and backwards looking. That is, they define a set of practices that makes research objects maximally commons compliant. But they also define practical paths for those who are interested in getting started today working with existing artifacts or with limited resources. In these cases, we want to guide people to make the best possible choices given certain contexts. Here we propose to present an introduction to the scholarly commons and present a few (3?) of the decision trees. In building those decision trees we encountered many problems related to trying to use the currently available infrastructure for scholarly communication (archives, journals, repositories, review and commenting systems, ID-systems, linking mechanisms and more) to provide guidance on working in a commons compliant way. We will discuss some of choices we made and would like to have an active debate on research practices and activities for which commons compliant options have yet to be developed.

The format we envision is either a presentation/demonstration (e.g. 25 minutes) with extensive discussion (also 25 minutes?) or a full session were we invite other speakers as well. The latter could be representatives from organisations that are identifying themselves as commons (e.g. OSF and Humanities Commons), but perhaps also a representative of underlying infrastructure (e.g. ORCID or Crossref) or a proponent of distributed solutions (using e.g. blockchain and the IPFS). Such a full session could take the format of 3-4 short presentations of 10 minutes on each representative's take on what the scholarly commons is, followed by discussion on ways forward to make scholarly communication more open, efficient and fair.

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Maryann Martone

University of California San Diego

Monday June 11, 2018 9:00am - 10:00am
Grand Ballroom II/III