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Pivoting to remote support for transforming higher education: what we have learnt

Source: The International Network for the Availability of Scientific Publications Posted: Wednesday, October 14, 2020 - 4:42am

Tabitha Buchner and Josie Dryden reflect on feedback and lessons learnt from an online course to support higher education transformation in East Africa – and look ahead to how these lessons are...


Guest Post — Creative Commons in Court

Source: The Scholarly Kitchen Posted: Wednesday, October 14, 2020 - 2:30am

Are US federal courts enforcing Creative Commons licenses? Yes, but not as copyright holders may hope. The post Guest Post — Creative Commons in Court appeared first on The Scholarly Kitchen.


On teaching anticolonial archives

Source: Impact of Social Sciences Posted: Tuesday, October 13, 2020 - 11:50pm

What does exploring decolonisation mean, look like and feel like In the classroom? And how does one think of this in relation to both the curriculum and pedagogy? Sara Salem takes up these questions...


Internet Archive Joins Project ReShare

Source: Internet Archive Blogs Posted: Tuesday, October 13, 2020 - 9:55am

The Internet Archive is the newest library to join Project ReShare, a group of organizations coming together to develop an open source resource sharing platform for libraries. “Internet...


Elsevier Has Deployed an End-user Tracking Tool for Security. Should Users Be Concerned About Their Privacy?

Source: The Scholarly Kitchen Posted: Tuesday, October 13, 2020 - 2:30am

Should library patrons be concerned about how Elsevier uses ThreatMetrix and how it tracks users? It's complicated. The post Elsevier Has Deployed an End-user Tracking Tool for Security. Should Users...


In the current climate, Rapid Ethnographic Assessments are the research method we need

Source: Impact of Social Sciences Posted: Monday, October 12, 2020 - 11:57pm

This is the third post in a six-week series: Rapid or Rushed? exploring rapid response publishing in covid times.   Rapid responses in the social sciences require rapid research methods. In this...


Library Leaders Forum: Strengthening the Community of Practice Around Controlled Digital Lending

Source: Internet Archive Blogs Posted: Monday, October 12, 2020 - 5:00am

This year’s virtual Library Leaders Forum focuses on empowering libraries and the communities they serve through digital lending. The first session sparked important discussions around the role...


What we know about the academic journal landscape reflects global inequalities

Source: Impact of Social Sciences Posted: Monday, October 12, 2020 - 12:12am

Over the past sixty years, there has been an exponential growth in the global scholarly publishing landscape. Mapping or capturing it, however, is a difficult task as dominant databases only cover a...


Book Review: Critical Affect: The Politics of Method by Ashley Barnwell

Source: Impact of Social Sciences Posted: Sunday, October 11, 2020 - 1:55am

This review originally appeared on LSE Review of Books. If you would like to contribute to the series, please contact the managing editor of LSE Review of Books, Dr Rosemary Deller, at ...


COVID-19 Researcher Stories: Adapting Under Adversity in Nigeria

Source: Impact of Social Sciences Posted: Friday, October 9, 2020 - 11:58pm

Lockdown has presented researchers across the world with a mix of opportunities- in the form of time and new forms of connection- and challenges. Working from home, the disruption to business as...


Raising Children at the (Literal) Top of an Academic Institution

Source: The Scholarly Kitchen Posted: Friday, October 9, 2020 - 2:30am

A look at some unexpected campus residents of UC Berkeley. The post Raising Children at the (Literal) Top of an Academic Institution appeared first on The Scholarly Kitchen.


The COVID-19 crisis has confirmed that a strong knowledge system is key to a just, peaceful and sustainable world

Source: Impact of Social Sciences Posted: Thursday, October 8, 2020 - 11:55pm

COVID-19 has highlighted the need to work with researchers all around the world at the same time that it has also exposed the inequalities in the global research and knowledge system. In this piece,...


Library Leaders Forum Kicks off with Policy Discussion: Ways to Better Serve the Public

Source: Internet Archive Blogs Posted: Thursday, October 8, 2020 - 11:21am

COVID-19 has made it clear that digital access to books and other library materials is more important than ever. Yet, the information ecosystem is not working as well as it should. These issues...


Preprints and Author Services: An Interview with Rachel Burley and Eugenie Regan

Source: The Scholarly Kitchen Posted: Thursday, October 8, 2020 - 2:30am

Springer Nature recently invested further in Research Square to become majority owner of this preprint and author services platform. Today, an interview with Rachel Burley and Eugenie Regan about...


School’s back: How the neoliberal “privatization of risk” explains the deadly decision to re-open campuses

Source: Impact of Social Sciences Posted: Wednesday, October 7, 2020 - 11:59pm

There have been at least 130,000 cases and at least 70 COVID related deaths at American colleges and universities since the pandemic begun. Yet, university campuses reopened in the Fall and continue...


On Bookstores, Libraries & Archives in the Digital Age

Source: Internet Archive Blogs Posted: Wednesday, October 7, 2020 - 9:47am

The following was a guest post by Brewster Kahle in Against The Grain (ATG). See the original article from September 28, 2020 on the ATG website here. Back in 2006,  I was honored...


Guest Post — Research Support is an Enterprise Activity

Source: The Scholarly Kitchen Posted: Wednesday, October 7, 2020 - 2:30am

Rebecca Bryant (OCLC) explains why cross-campus social interoperability is needed to adequately support today's researchers. The post Guest Post — Research Support is an Enterprise Activity appeared...


Researchers are expected to share their research beyond academia but they need support from universities to do so

Source: Impact of Social Sciences Posted: Wednesday, October 7, 2020 - 12:07am

Sharing research beyond academia is not only rewarding and enriching, but increasingly can help achieve funding. However, early career researchers lack the time, skills and media savvy to do so....


Controlled Digital Lending Visionary Michelle Wu to Receive Internet Archive Hero Award

Source: Internet Archive Blogs Posted: Tuesday, October 6, 2020 - 11:45am

At today’s Library Leaders Forum, Internet Archive founder and digital librarian Brewster Kahle announced that Michelle Wu will receive the 2020 Internet Archive Hero Award.  The annual...


Rare Oration by Frederick Douglass Now Available Online

Source: Internet Archive Blogs Posted: Tuesday, October 6, 2020 - 10:22am

On July 5, 1852, Frederick Douglass gave a speech in Rochester, New York, in which he called out the injustice in the Declaration of Independence for people of color. “This Fourth of July is for...


A Note On Blockchains

Source: DSHR's Blog Posted: Tuesday, October 6, 2020 - 8:00am

Blockchains have three components, a data structure, a set of replicas, and a consensus mechanism: The data structure is often said to provide immutability or to be tamper-proof, but this is wrong....


Collaboration on the road to better preclinical research

Source: Plos One Community Blog Posted: Tuesday, October 6, 2020 - 2:58am

In this blog post Adrian Smith from Norecopa discusses the role that the PREPARE Guidelines and Website play in improving the robustness and translatability of animal studies. Criticism of animal...


The Global Pandemic and Scholarly Societies

Source: The Scholarly Kitchen Posted: Tuesday, October 6, 2020 - 2:30am

Robert Harington asks how scholarly societies are coping as the global coronavirus pandemic continues to cast a shadow, certainly well into 2021 and very likely into 2022 and beyond? The post The...


Three lessons COVID-19 has taught us about Open Access publishing

Source: Impact of Social Sciences Posted: Monday, October 5, 2020 - 11:57pm

This post is part of a six-week series: Rapid or Rushed? exploring rapid response publishing in covid times. COVID-19 has seen an unprecedented focus on research and an acceleration in the...


What to Expect at the Library Leaders Forum

Source: Internet Archive Blogs Posted: Monday, October 5, 2020 - 5:00am

With library service impacted at global scale due to COVID-19, libraries have had to adjust their digital lending programs to meet the needs of the communities they serve. The crisis has proven...