Forums were held on the following dates in 2012:
Date & Time: Friday 14th September 2012
1.00 for 1.15pm start
Venue: Gryphon Gallery
University of Melbourne
First floor of the Graduate Centre
1888 Building (Building #198)
Near the corner of Swanston and Grattan Streets
Location map: http://maps.unimelb.edu.au/parkville/building/198
Download the Program [PDF] 106KB
Welcome and Introduction from Chair of CRIG
Gary Pearce - RMIT University Library
An academic perspective on changes in publishing. (35 minutes)
In this session Gavin will consider how changes in publishing are affecting academics’ teaching, research and service. He argues that scholarship is faced with a classic dilemma of path dependence: will scholarly communication persist like the qwerty keyboard or be transformed like newspapers?
Presenter: Gavin Moodie - Governance and Planning - RMIT University [mp3] 30.4MB
Accessible openness: repositioning repositories for a changing landscape. (35 Minutes)
Academic librarians have been facilitating open access through repositories for some time now, but the open access landscape is growing more and more complex by the day. To provide effective library services for academics and advocate on their behalf, we need to be aware of the challenges as well as the benefits of what we're doing. Open access is not only in terms of repositories, but even what constitutes an open access journal is a grey area. The recent Finch report in the UK recommended changes to research funding and publishing models that sent shockwaves well beyond the UK, while back home in Australia the two major research funders are revealing conflicting attitudes towards openness. How does the changing landscape of academic publishing affect research impact and the messages we’re communicating to our academics? In this presentation, Rebecca Parker will examine some of the urban myths about open access, demonstrate why green and gold are not just our Olympic colours, and give concrete examples of how open content can facilitate the library’s engagement with academics.
Presenter: Rebecca Parker – Research Services Librarian - Swinburne University of Technology [mp3] 23.1MB
Open-access publishing: panacea or problem? (35 minutes)
There is a very large movement for open-access publishing around the world, arising primarily from groups of people arguing that knowledge, especially the publicly funded knowledge emanating from higher-education institutions, should be available for the public good, rather than owned by corporations and other organisations seeking to maximise, or at least make, profits. Often it is contended that digital technology itself is or should be a spur towards the removal of price restrictions; that conventional ‘laws’ of supply and demand no longer hold true, or as true as they did in the pre-digital age. Others argue, sometimes out of apparently narrow self-interest, but other times more thoughtfully, that a ‘free’ world for readers is not necessarily a better world, even for readers, and that more consideration needs to be given to the question of how those people currently performing essential tasks within the contemporary publishing environment are to receive proper recompense for their work, and thereby continue to perform it well. In this paper these competing views are examined and evaluated, with particular reference to the example of Monash University Publishing and its business model.
Presenter: Nathan Hollier - Director – Monash University Publishing [mp3] 20.3MB
The end of measurement. (35 minutes)
Is scholarly publishing as an indicator of 'marketability' as a researcher under threat? Recently Forbes Business magazine argued that the Curriculum Vitae will disappear within the next 5 years and be replaced with your 'digital footprint'. What does this mean for academics and researchers? We are all accustomed to evidence of publication in peer reviewed journals and conferences being an indicator of quality, but we are experiencing an academic job market under flux where publishing in conventional ways may no longer be enough.
Presenter: Inger Mewburn – Research Fellow – RMIT University’s School of Graduate Research (SGR) [mp3] 30.7MB
Finish and wrap up
Tour of the University of Melbourne Libraries
Gavin Moodie is principal policy adviser at RMIT and has previously worked at Deakin, Griffith, Monash, Melbourne and Victoria universities. His book From vocational to higher education: an international perspective is published by McGraw-Hill.
Rebecca Parker is the Research Services Librarian at Swinburne Library. She helps manage Swinburne Research Bank, an online collection of research produced at Swinburne designed to showcase and increase access to institutional research. She is also involved in Swinburne's online publishing activities. Rebecca is currently a member of the advisory group for the Australian Research Data Commons (ARDC) Party Infrastructure Project, a collaborative project between ANDS and the National Library of Australia.
Dr Nathan Hollier is Director of Monash University Publishing. He has worked in academia and academic publishing since the mid-1990s, including as editor of Overland magazine (2002–2007), is the founding President and a current board member of SPUNC Inc., the representative body for small and independent publishers in Australia, and a member of the Scholarly Publishing Expert Reference Group of the Federal Government’s Book Industry Collaborative Council.
Inger Mewburn is a Research Fellow at RMIT University's School of Graduate Research (SGR). She co-ordinates the 'On Track' generic skills workshop program; edits and writes for the Thesis Whisperer blog; authors and moderates online courses for HDR students; coordinates the RMIT Three minute thesis competition and conducts research in the field of doctoral education.
By public transport
Take a tram from Swanston Street:
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The Parkville Campus is conveniently located and we recommend using public transport, cycling or walking to encourage a sustainable form of transport.
The research agenda has been part of university life for some years now and libraries continue to position themselves to provide support in this area. This forum will examine attempts to survey research needs as well as examine practical projects and experiences in providing this kind of support.
Date & Time: Friday 1st June 2012
1.00 for 1.15pm start
Victoria University – Footscray Park Campus
Campus map: http://www.vu.edu.au/sites/default/files/facilities/pdfs/footscray%20park.pdf
Download the Program [PDF] 115KB
1.00pm – Coffee/Arrival
1.15pm Introduction –Gary Pearce
Gary Pearce, RMIT University Library and Chair of CRIG
1.20pm What Researchers Need.
Victoria University’s recent data management survey and its implications for eResearch training... some early thoughts (15 minutes)
Presenter Dr Lyle Winton – Associate Director eResearch – Victoria University [pptx] 810KB
Getting Researchers to Speak: the effectiveness of a “broad, blunt instrument” (15 minutes)
This presentation provides an overview of the considerations made in selecting the methodology for surveying UTAS researchers and an assessment of the effectiveness of the chosen instrument
Presenter Chris Evans – Science Librarian & Research Librarian - University of Tasmania [pptx] 133KB
Discussion (10 minutes)
2.00 pm Research Support
Research Ambassadors at Victoria Univeristy (15 minutes)
The Research Ambassador program at Victoria University provides peer-to-peer research support to both research students and staff in a range of areas including quantitative and qualitative research design and data analysis, document formatting, EndNote, NVivo, data and file management, library research databases and other areas. This presentation outlines the start-up of the pilot program, the evaluation of the pilot and implementation of a sustainable ongoing program.
Jenny Cameron : Research Librarian – Victoria University [pdf] 378KB
Library Research Support Officers; aligning research support and services to meet researchers’ needs. (15 minutes)
In 2010, Deakin University Library implemented a new program of enhanced and targeted research support, delivered by current Deakin Higher Degree Research students working part time as Research Support Officers (RSOs). RSOs work across campuses creating an effective team of knowledgeable and skilled staff with strong faculty and research centre connections. Bernie will outline the role and achievements of the RSOs.
Bernie Lingham : Manager of Science & Technology Library Services – Deakin University Library [pptx] 714KB
LibReST (Library Research Support trial) (15 minutes)
During semester 1 2012 the Library explored the feasibility of advanced research support by the faculty librarian group in Learning and Research Services. The background and purpose of the trial will be discussed and how potential outcomes will be used to inform the use of a standard framework for reporting literature searches (STARLITE) to both develop a systematic, efficient and sustainable service model and to identify potential opportunities for future research support services.
Jenny Mitchell and Kendra Watson, La Trobe University [ppsx] 11.2MB
Discussion (10 minutes)
3.30pm ANDS Project
Monash University - Research Data Collections Project (15 minutes)
In 2010-2011, Monash University Library was funded by the Australian National Data Service to make data collections from selected publicly funded research projects more discoverable by contributing information about collections to Research Data Australia.
In undertaking this project, the Library also had the aim of providing opportunities for professional development of library staff and building a sustainable research data management capability for future programs of work.
This presentation describes how the Library successfully structured its Research Data Collections Project (RDCP) in ways that have enabled the participation of 30+ librarians. This should ensure that the skills and knowledge built on the project can be retained and enhanced as the Library continues to build partnerships with researchers to improve the way research data is stored, managed and disseminated.
Paula Todd and Jackie Waylen : Subject Librarians – Monash University [pdf] 562KB
“Seeding the commons”/ANDS Project (15 minutes)
The project began at Deakin University in the early 2011 with the development of the Deakin Research Online repository to enable data collection storage and harvesting. By August the gathering of datasets and collections from one strategically important research area was extended to include all faculties and other research centres: this became a challenge to meet contract milestones and measures of success. Barry will discuss the key elements in overcoming the “data collection gathering obstacles” which assisted with the success of the project.
Barry Tucker : Project Officer – Deakin University Library [pptx] 579KB
Discussion (10 minutes)
4.10pm Tour of the Footscray Park Campus library.
Lyle Winton is the Associate Director for eResearch at Victoria University working with the Office for Research, IT Services and Library to develop e-research capability across VU. Lyle was formerly an analyst with the Victorian eResearch Strategic Initiative, a senior research support officer with the eScholarship Research Centre supporting the research community and eResearch initiatives at the University of Melbourne, and also a consultant to the DEEWR/JISC led international e-Framework for Education and Research. His research background is in experimental high energy physics and distributed computing, involving large-scale international collaborations. Lyle’s professional background is in the IT areas of infrastructure development, software design, development and project management.
Jenny Cameron is the Research Librarian at Victoria University, which involves university-wide coordination of library training and support for researchers, including co-ordination of the Research Ambassador program. Jenny also works as a consultant trainer delivering EndNote train-the-trainer programs Australia-wide, as well as tailored programs for researchers in scientific organisations, corporations and government departments.
Chris Evans has been the Science Librarian at UTAS since 2004, having worked in public libraries, special libraries and higher education libraries over the previous ten years of her career. Currently, as well as being a Branch Librarian and Liaison Librarian, Chris has a library-wide role in leading support for researchers at UTAS.
Bernie Lingham is a manager at Deakin University Library with responsibilities that span services to the Faculty of Science and Technology, Library operations at the Waterfront campus and support for researchers. She has many years of experience in public and academic libraries, and in a variety of roles that have centred on delivering client-focussed services. Bernie works closely with a leadership team of two specialist Research Librarians, in turn working with a cross-campus team of liaison librarians and research support officers in providing advocacy and educative programs to support researchers, and in developing, delivering and evaluating targeted Library research services.
Kendra Watson has been Faculty Librarian for Engineering and Mathematical Sciences, and Psychological Sciences at La Trobe University for the past two years. Following the completion of her Master’s degree in Library and Information Management at Manchester Metropolitan University in 2008 Kendra supported UK academics through Mimas, a Centre of Excellence based at The University of Manchester.
Jennifer Mitchell has worked at La Trobe University Library since February 2010 as a Faculty Librarian for Health Sciences, liaising with staff, students, and researchers from a range of health disciplines and Public Health Research Centres. Her areas of responsibility include Art Therapy, Counselling, Dietetics and Nutrition, Gerontology, Health Information Management, and Public Health. Prior to working in an academic library Jennifer worked for five years in the public library sector with Eastern Regional Libraries. She completed her Graduate Diploma of Applied Science (Library & Information Management) at Charles Sturt University in 2007.
Jackie Waylen has been a Subject Librarian for Music, Theatre and Film Studies at Monash University for four years. She became interested in research data management initiatives when, in August 2008, some librarians began working with researchers who were willing to become early adopters of a draft Research Data Management Plan. From May 2010 to November 2011, a secondment position as a Research Data Librarian in the Monash University Library, on the Research Data Collections Project, enabled Jackie to work with the other project team members who were interviewing researchers, so as to identify, locate and describe their data collections. It also provided an opportunity to become involved in the associated outreach activities that were intended to build capability, and to share what project team members learnt during the project.
Paula Todd is Subject Librarian for Medicine, Nursing and Health Sciences at Monash University, Peninsula campus. For the period August 2010 she was seconded part time to the Research Data Collections Project, part of the ANDS funded “Seeding the Commons” initiative. The project has involved collaborating with project team members and other librarians to interview researchers regarding their data collections and assisting to build library staff capabilities in research data management.
Barry Tucker is a liaison librarian at Deakin University with more than twenty years of liaison experience . During this period he has liaised with a variety faculties, schools and research areas; in the past decade with the Faculty of Science and Technology and research areas within the Geelong Technology Precinct at Geelong Waurn Ponds campus; and most recently as a project officer with the “Seeding the Commons” project.
By public transport
Located within walking distance from Footscray train station; it is a ten minute train trip from the city.
Public parking is available for $2 in the carpark on Ballarat Road. Enter via Tiernan Street.