Saturday, November 30, 2013

ESULA: Changing Perceptions of the Academic Library Through Student Activism.


Journal cover: Reference Services ReviewPurpose – The influences of electronic information access and social networking through Facebook and other communications have, in many respects, lessened the relative importance of going to the library building as a physical place and space. Changes in general college/university culture such as fewer residential students and more non-traditional students contribute in turn to a disconnect with library resources and services. The Emporia State University Libraries and Archives (ULA) have discovered an approach that not only helps in promoting services and resources, but also offers undergraduate and graduate students a training ground in leadership and mentoring of fellow students. This paper aims to focus on the issues.

Design/methodology/approach – Empowered Students for University Libraries and Archives (ESULA), is a recognized student organization whose purpose is to raise awareness of and serve as an advocate for the ULA services and collections. ESULA members also serve individually and collectively as on-campus peer resources/mentors to fellow students. The influence of campus student organizations on the development of leadership skills is discussed. The rationale for forming ESULA, long-term outcomes for the organization, and suggestions for creating a comparable organization at one's college or university are also examined.

Findings – ESULA offers members a thriving environment to develop leadership skills for lifelong learning.

Originality/value – The paper highlights that academic libraries seeking innovative ways of connecting with their undergraduate and graduate users beyond patron satisfaction surveys, library instruction, and subject/department liaisons for collection development might consider exploring similar organizational structures on their campuses.


Cynthia Akers, (2011) "ESULA: changing perceptions of the academic library through student activism", Reference Services Review, Vol. 39 Iss: 1, pp.123 - 131



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Student Interest Group for Open Access

Did you know universities and research institutions in the United States pay an average of $2,048,472 per year for journal subscriptions? Or that authors and contributors (potentially including yourselves and your professors!) of peer-reviewed articles are often not in control of their own published work?

These issues can be resolved through a new approach to publishing called Open Access. Open Access means free online access to scholarly research for anyone, anywhere. There are 2.5 million articles published yearly in 25,000 peer-reviewed research journals around the world, and it is the goal of Open Access to make these articles readily available to everyone.

The Open Access publishing model has the potential to advance research across all fields of study. Come learn more about the benefits of Open Access at Galvin Library at the inaugural meeting of the Student Interest Group for Open Access.

Find out more about Open Access and RSVP ...

Student Interest Group for Open Access meeting
Tuesday, April 3, 2012
5 – 6:15 pm
Galvin Library
Cherry Conference Room

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Nick Shockey > SPARC Director of Student Advocacy

Nick Shockey began working with SPARC in early 2007 as an undergraduate and student senator at Trinity University where he passed a resolution supporting the Federal Research Public Access Act through Trinity’s student government. He continued his efforts to support Open Access both nationally, aiding SPARC in its launch of the Right to Research student campaign, and locally, pushing for Open Access on Trinity’s campus.  Nick was named a SPARC Innovator for his work on student outreach and advocacy.

After graduating, Nick interned as SPARC’s student outreach fellow in the summer of 2009 where he facilitated the launch of The Student Statement on the Right to Research and organized the first Open Access Student Summit, bringing in student leaders from across the country to outline a strategy for increasing student awareness and engagement in Open Access.

In August 2009, Nick was hired full time as SPARC’s first director of student advocacy where he is responsible for growing SPARC’s relationship with the student community as well as managing the Right to Research Coalition, a group of local, national, and international student organizations that advocate for researchers, universities, and governments to adopt more open scholarly publishing practices.  Under Nick’s direction, the coalition has grown to represent just under 7 million students in approximately 100 countries around the world and has facilitated student lobbying in over two hundred Congressional offices.


Open Access Week 2011: K-State Student Advocacy #oaweek

Open Access Week: A global event, now in its 5th year, promoting Open Access as a new norm in scholarship and research.

Often during discussions about Open Access there is a group that is overlooked. Usually Open Access is declared a librarian thing. Maybe it'll even be considered a faculty thing. And while free and open access to information is a library thing and a faculty thing, we all tend to forget it isn't just those. Students do research, too. Open Access is and should be as important to students as it is to faculty and librarians.

Whether you're an Expos student working on an investigative report or a grad student researching your doctorate, you need information. You need access to the endless amounts of research that countless others before you have generated and published, whether it's the latest in biofuel research or archaeological find in the Flint Hills. And helping to connect you with the information you need is what Open Access Week is all about: free and unfettered access to the research and data you need for your own work.

That's also what the Right to Research Coalition is all about. They're an international student group with a mission: they believe that "No student should be denied access to the research they need". Check out their Student Statement on the Right to Research for more information or take a look at their Advocacy and Education tools.

While there currently isn't a student association at K-State affiliated with R2RC don't despair! You can still be an Open Access advocate here at K-State. If you are writing a paper to publish, check out OA journals in your field to publish in. Talk with your professors to see if they're publishing their research in OA journals and advocate they do so. Deposit your scholarly work in K-REx and suggest your classmates and faculty do so as well. Use articles from OA journals in your research. Or check out the R2RC webinar that we will be showing on Wednesday at 11am in Hale 30


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Medical Student Association Backs Open Access

The International Federation of Medical Students' Associations is the latest group to join the Right to Research Coalition. Nick Shockey looks at how this coalition is gathering momentum

In June of 2009, students made their first organised foray into the open access movement with the Student Statement on the Right to Research – a short petition signed by a handful of North American student organisations calling on students, researchers, universities, and governments to open up access to research. From that seed, the student voice calling for free, immediate, unrestricted access to the results of research has grown into something that was almost unimaginable in the beginning.

Only 18 months after its launch, the Student Statement has transformed into the Right to Research Coalition, an international alliance of over 30 student organisations which actively work to advocate for and educate students about a more open system of scholarly publishing. This month marks a significant milestone in the expansion of our coalition and of the student voice as a credible and growing force for opening scholarly communication. We’re pleased to announce that the International Federation of Medical Students’ Associations (IFMSA) will join our coalition as our 31st member.

IFMSA is the world’s largest medical student organisation, representing over 1.2 million medical students in 97 countries, and serves medical students all over the world. In explaining why IFMSA has chosen to make open access a priority, IFMSA’s president, Chijioke Kaduru, said: ‘Open access to research will positively benefit all aspects of health care…[and] will also improve and democratise medical education by expanding access to research articles so crucial to students’ training.’


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The Digital Natives are Getting Restless: The Student Voice of the Open Access Movement

Wednesday, November 27, 2013

Distance Education and Virtual Reference: Implementing a Marketing Plan at Texas A&M University


Texas A&M University Libraries has been testing virtual reference services since February 2004, but during the fall semester 2005, the Libraries began implementing and actively promoting the services to various target groups. Distance education students were identified as a primary target group for virtual reference services, and as of the fall semester 2005, approximately 1,600 students were enrolled in 190 distance education classes. This paper presents the Libraries plan for promoting virtual reference services to distance education students and faculty and for evaluating the plan.



The Texas A&M University Libraries experience provides evidence that the implementation of an organized, cohesive marketing strategy can have a positive effect on the promotion of library services. But it also demonstrates the need for more systematic and quantitative analysis of the impact of marketing strategies. In particular, this study poses questions for further research: When should a marketing blitz take place? Should faculty, graduate students, and undergraduates be targeted at the same time or at staggered times throughout the academic year? Should a marketing campaign be repeated? How often? Long-term evaluation of user statistics is certain to offer more insight into the process of marketing library services.


Distance Education and Virtual Reference / Karen I. MacDonald, Wyoma Vanduinkerken
Journal of Library & Information Services in Distance Learning / Vol. 2, Iss. 4, 2006

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Sunday, November 10, 2013

Victoria University > Library > Research Ambassador Program



Research Ambassadors not only offer their extensive research skills for peer-to-peer training, but are also available for a chat about anything to do with your research or student experience. They can be used as a sounding board for ideas and questions you may have in relation to your candidature.

They are also a great contact if you have a question but do not know who to direct it to. If they don't know the answer to your question, the Ambassador will find out and get back to you.

Advice for building research skills is available in the following areas:
  • candidature preparation
  • data analysis software - NVivo, SPSS
  • data and file management
  • document formatting
  • EndNote
  • ethics applications
  • IT troubleshooting
  • Library research databases
  • mathematical modelling
  • Microsoft Office - Excel, Word
  • research design and methodology
  • referencing and citation styles
  • Turnitin
  • writing support for literature review, research proposal and thesis chapters

Ambassadors also provide support for cultural, academic and campus transition, including:
  • cultural transition: adapting to living in Australia
  • academic transition: adapting to life as a research student and its associated challenges and;
  • campus transition: finding services and staff for appropriate support (referral service

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Thanks to Cindy Mohammad, Client Communication Coordinator, Victoria University Library !