Abstract: “For the past several years, many libraries have been developing institutional repositories to house their open access publishing efforts to both showcase and preserve their faculty’s research. Some of those same libraries have been building sizable digital collections, often built from digitized versions of materials in their special collections. So what happens when you put these two groups together? The University of South Florida Tampa Library did exactly that by creating a new Digital Scholarship Services unit. The union of these two groups has created new synergies between staff in complementary areas of the library, as we combine unique skill sets from each group to offer new services to the faculty. This presentation will discuss why this change was made, examine some of the benefits and growing pains of this change, and showcase some of the unusual projects that have resulted. For example, a group of faculty from the College of Education has a multimodal project featuring new methodological approaches for analyzing various formats such as websites, images, and film. The library also has two research associates who are archaeologists creating three dimensional representations of artifacts for cultural heritage preservation that are now embedded with metadata in the repository. Creating such collections not only highlights the university’s work but provides materials professors can use to enhance their course curricula and use technology to engage students in new and innovative ways.”
“On March 31, Florida Gulf Coast University’s (FGCU) Faculty Senate passed an Open Access policy! The Open Access Archiving Policy ensures that future scholarly articles authored by FGCU faculty will be made freely available to the public by requiring faculty to deposit copies of their accepted manuscripts in the university’s repository, DigitalFGCU.”
“Elsevier is making major moves away from relying on content sales and toward a future based on selling services to the research community and others. The glaring need this potential service meets is the generally unsatisfactory performance of institutional repositories. Despite years of effort, key problems continue to plague institutional and funding agency repositories — significant effort and overhead for universities/funders, and poor researcher compliance resulting in a mostly empty storehouse. The Elsevier/Florida project, while not a complete solution, suggests how these problems could be solved.”
“Initial duties include promoting the University’s institutional repository; planning, implementing, and assessing FGCU’s [Florida Gulf Coast University’s] scholarly communications program; partnering with FGCU faculty and staff to collect, describe, and make accessible the university’s intellectual assets; providing outreach and consultations on depositing content, publishing options, author rights, copyright, and Open Access; developing tools, guides, web resources, and services; creating metadata for institutional repository and digital collections; engaging in service and scholarship; participating in assessment and continuous improvement of operations and services; and helping to shape department policy, goals, and procedures….”
“The Florida State University (FSU) Libraries seek a STEM Data and Research Librarian to join a team of science librarians who are transforming library support for the sciences at FSU. This position has a dual support role with abundant opportunities for collaboration and growth….Qualifications: MLS from an ALA-accredited program or an equivalent combination of relevant advanced degree and library experience. Knowledge of best practices in information literacy, library instruction, reference services, and resources in support of STEM research. Knowledge of data management plans and federal grant requirements, open access concepts and application, and scholarly communication principles….Preferred: xperience with e-science, data literacy, data management, open access, and scholarly communication….”
[O]ur faculty senate [at Florida State U] decided to call a vote on a proposed open access policy. Our fearless leader and ScholComm Librarian, Devin Soper was giving a presentation with several of our faculty champions, and the vote was supposed to be called at the next meeting in March. After the presentation, the faculty senate president decided that everyone had enough information and asked for a motion to adopt the policy. A resounding [and unanimous] chorus(SHARE?) of “Ayes” later, and five years of blood, sweat and tears culminates in Florida State entering the ScholComm century as the 1st public university in Florida to pass a Harvard-style, rights-retention, the big kahuna, OA Policy.
Since we weren’t planning on promoting it until March, we have no press release/announcement (yet), except my guffawed tweet, and the policy and FAQ in our github repo….”