Digital Scholarship @ The Libraries

Inspiring innovative digital scholarship at the OSU Libraries and beyond

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(More) advice from journal editors

OSU Journal Editors Offer Tips to Early Career Researchers | Research Commons Blog

On Tuesday, March 24th, I moderated a Research Commons panel discussion sponsored by the Libraries’ Publishing Program and the Ohio State Postdoctoral Association.  The panelists were current or former journal editors from a range of disciplines, and they gave some really fabulous advice to new researchers looking to understand the mysteries of publishing. If this sounds familiar, that’s because we held a similar panel a couple of years ago at the Research Expo. This one covers some of the same ground (and even has a couple of familiar faces), but it also gave some new perspectives on the subject. Josh has a great write-up of the discussion at the Research Commons blog. Enjoy!

Production Coordinator position in Digital Content Services

Digital Content Services (the University Libraries department responsible for the Knowledge Bank and the Publishing Program) is looking for a Production Coordinator. Apply online at by February 1st, 2015.

Detailed Job Description:

University Libraries’ Digital Content Services (DCS) engages with partners across the University to increase the amount, value, and impact of OSU-produced digital content including, but not limited, to working papers, technical reports, conference proceedings, journals, monographs, student scholarship, and faculty articles. DCS offers support by organizing, providing access, distributing, and preserving digital scholarship through the Knowledge Bank institutional repository program and the Libraries’ Open Access Publishing Program. The DCS Production Coordinator performs and coordinates production work for the department across both programs and multiple software platforms (e.g., DSpace and Open Journal Systems).  Production work includes submitting content, creating metadata, HTML layout editing, and providing technical support.  Production coordination includes designing and documenting workflows, scheduling and supervising production work, facilitating communications, and tracking projects to completion.  The person in this position works collaboratively with the Interim Co-Heads of the Department and other departmental staff. The position requires an in-depth understanding of the suite of digital content services provided by the department, attention to detail, sound judgment, and decision making. Current department staffing includes two librarians, two staff members, and student assistants.  There is a potential for supervisory responsibilities.

Minimum education requirement: B.A./B.S. or equivalent combination of education and experience.

Required qualifications:

  • excellent organizational skills and ability to work with detail;
  • excellent oral and written communication skills;
  • experience with project planning and development of workflows;
  • ability to prioritize, problem solve, delegate, and monitor project life cycles;
  • ability to track and manage multiple projects simultaneously;
  • demonstrated initiative with the ability to work independently, in a team environment, and closely with supervisor as appropriate;
  • ability to support software users with varying degrees of proficiency;
  • familiarity with HTML or XML.

Desired qualifications:

  • experience evaluating workflows and successfully designing or enhancing production-oriented work processes;
  • experience with HTML, CSS, PHP and other web technologies;
  • experience or familiarity with scholarly publishing environment, including concepts such as peer review;
  • familiarity with metadata standards;
  • experience creating metadata;
  • supervisory experience.

Please contact Erica Jonak with questions.

Digital Scholarship in Health Sciences Education

Over the past few years, I’ve had to opportunity to participate in a task force titled Evidence Based Inquiry and Research Thread Task Force (EBIR) in the OSU College of Medicine. This task force was charged with integrating principles of research, evidence based clinical practice, and epidemiology and biostatistics throughout the revised curriculum formally known as “Lead.Serve.Inspire.” One of the hallmarks of the LSI curriculum is the idea of providing self-directed learning as an option. To achieve such a goal, the creation of many electronic modules was undertaken by many medical faculty, including some of us on the EBIR task force.

While some of the electronic modules are simply narrated power point presentations, others are definitely works one might call digital scholarship. Some provide a glimpse of what the textbooks and journals of the future could be, with embedded videos to compare normal and abnormal states and other features to engage students in their learning. These pieces of digital scholarship can form the basis of flipped classroom designs, especially when used in conjunction with team based learning sessions, also integrated throughout LSI.

This was a huge undertaking for the College of Medicine and to some degree required a switch in both the ways faculty approach teaching as well as the way students approach learning. In the Academic Medicine article “Medical education reimagined: a call to action,” Prober and Khan discuss the idea of the flipped classroom and the idea of reaching students where they already are: in the digital world. Khan is most notably known for founding Khan Academy,  whose goal is “changing education for the better by providing a free world-class education for anyone anywhere.” Previously, this site was known for its role in K-12 education. Recently, the organization has entered the health sciences full force with the development of an MCAT review series and a current competition to recruit content creators for an NCLEX review series, providing chunks of information for nursing students to prep for this licensure exam, all freely on the web. The Khan Academy interface also allows for commenting, publicly calling out specific areas of controversy or asking for corrections – a public peer review system of sorts. Khan has expressed a recent interest in using open access materials from sources like the National Library of Medicine to enhance its health sciences efforts.

Certainly Khan Academy is not the only player in the world of online medical education content. But, the look and feel of their content gets my attention and fuels my thoughts about what digital scholarship in the health sciences could be like. What might happen if MCAT prep tools such as Khan’s prepares a different type of learner for med school, one that maybe would not have gotten accepted before? What happens when we begin to engage the minds of students in the health sciences in new ways using digital scholarship? What new treatments and scientific advances could come from this engagement of their minds? We can only speculate at this point, but the possibilities are definitely exciting.

Free Webinar to Kick Off Open Access Week 2013

Editor’s Note: We will feature Open Access-related content on the blog all week to celebrate International Open Access Week. Keep an eye on the ‘OA Week‘ tag to see more.

For six years now the OSU Libraries has set aside time, first one day and now a full week, to recognize open access publishing issues and initiatives.   We’ve hosted some lively debates and thought-provoking workshops.  This year we will be highlighting a few national programs and discussions.

OAweekLogoOn Monday, October 21, SPARC (The Scholarly Publishing and Academic Resources Coalition) and the World Bank will kick start Open Access Week with a 60-minute panel discussion, Open Access: Redefining Impact.  Panelists will discuss changing methods for measuring scholarly output.

The session will be recorded so you can choose to join it live or view at your convenience.  The event is scheduled to begin at 3:00pm (Eastern).  A list of panelists and instructions for accessing the webcast are available on the event website.

By the way, if you are new to the concept of open access or need a quick overview to use when explaining it to others, Peter Suber’s Brief Introduction will probably do the trick.

— Lynda Hartel

New positions to support Digital Scholarship @ OSU Libraries

The Libraries at OSU are recruiting for a cohort of library faculty focused on digital scholarship as the Universities build on initiatives for interdisciplinary research. Among the cohort of six positions are the Digital Humanities Librarian, the Geospatial Information Library, and the Data Management Services Librarian. Each position carries unique responsibilities for addressing a particular facet of digital scholarship or data support in assisting scholars, but the collaborative possibilities among them and other experts in the Libraries focused on research services are rare opportunities to make a difference at a time of growing support for digital scholarship throughout the University.

The Digital Humanities Librarian will work with digital humanities scholars in a variety of disciplines to advance projects in the digital arts and humanities, through connecting scholars and encouraging interdisciplinary research, facilitating collaboration among subject librarians and special collections curators in the digital humanities, and enabling the effective use of digital methodologies and tools among faculty.

The Geospatial Information Librarian/Head of Geology Library is a forward-focused individual who will establish and grow the Libraries’ GIS services program. This is an area of expressed need across several disciplines to support research related to GIS and Geospatial Information. This position will interact with emerging areas on campus relating to visualization of data across disciplines and provide expertise with data visualization tools and techniques.

The Data Management Services Librarian will lead the Libraries in assisting researchers with managing the lifecycle of research data. The Libraries are exploring ways to support researchers in the management of and access to research data and providing guidance to emerging and evolving techniques related to data management services. Given recent granting mandates, data management services are of growing interest on many university campuses.

The excitement surrounding this cohort is that these individuals will be able to shape the programs related to emerging areas for research support. This group will also be providing services in a new space, a Research Commons, where the Libraries will partner with several key research support areas around campus including: the Office of Research, the Copyright Resources Center, the Undergraduate Research Office, the Digital Union- an arm of the Office of Distance Education and e-Learning, the Digital Humanities Working Group, and offices providing GIS support. This cohort will be building an evolving service model that will provide programming related to digital scholarship at Ohio State University.

Jobs in digital scholarship at OSUL

Research and Education Faculty Librarian Cohort Search

The OSU Libraries are hiring a cohort of six faculty librarians in the Research and Education Division, all with responsibilities for supporting digital scholarship. They are: Head, Fine Arts Library; Head, Knowlton School of Architecture Library; Business Librarian; Geospatial Information Librarian; Digital Humanities Librarian; and Data Management Services Librarian.

Two of these jobs (the DH and Data Management positions) are totally new. The other four are re-conceptions of existing jobs. Taken together, they present a really exciting opportunity for the Libraries to advance digital scholarship at OSU. Please share these postings with colleagues, graduating students, and others who might be interested in working with wonderful people in a world-class research library.

Open Scholarship (link)

450,000 Early Journal Articles made freely available

I wanted to call attention to a digital scholarship-related post by Terry Reese over on the IT blog. In it, he talks about the importance of open scholarship, and the roles played by libraries and organizations such as the Internet Archive.  At the risk of giving away the ending, here’s a brief snippet:

I personally think that this is a very exciting time to be part of the academic community, because you can feel the sea change…scholars are pushing for more open scholarship.  And in the library, we need to stand with our faculty, advocate for them, and celebrate our partners successes as we continue to champion for the widest possible access to academic scholarship and discoveries.