Research Information Literacy and Digital Scholarship final report, May 2013

Rapport “Research Information Literacy and Digital Scholarship (RILADS)” Avril 2013, de

Stéphane Goldstein et Charlie Inskip.

This document summarises the work to date (Oct 2012 – Apr 2013) on the RIN / SCONUL information literacy and digital scholarship project known as RILADS ( The aim of the project is to deliver a small number of key outputs contributing to a wider investigation into the support available to students, staff and researchers to enhance digital literacy. This report focuses on the first strand (RIN) looking at the identification and promotion of good practice in information training in UK HE. The promotion strategy, using social networks, print media and personal contact led to the gathering of a long list of 42 potential examples. Questionnaires, informed by the RIDLS criteria for describing and evaluating courses and resources, were sent to named people, predominantly from the area of Academic Library services, involved in delivering and developing these resources. 27 completed forms were returned.

The questions covered three main areas:

  • Who is the course or resource designed for, and why?
  • What knowledge, skills and competencies is the course or resource intended to provide?
  • How is the course or resource delivered?

Faculty information and research needs : A Qualitative Study of Lesley University and Episcopal Divinity School Faculty

Rapport publié le 3 juin 2013 sur le site Scholarship at Lesley, Lesley University Library repository. Faculty information and research needs : A Qualitative Study of Lesley University and Episcopal Divinity School Faculty.

In the summer of 2011, the Library Assessment Workgroup began an investigation into the Lesley University and Episcopal Divinity School faculties’ information needs for research and teaching. By exploring faculty members’ perceptions of the library, and behaviors as researchers and instructors, we hoped to discern how well the library addresses their needs. The resulting project is a qualitative analysis of Lesley University and Episcopal Divinity School faculty members’ use of the library in the research and instruction process. Through twenty-five interviews and 3 focus groups, we studied the information-seeking strategies of forty members of the faculties. The examination focused on three areas: faculty research habits, student research required by the faculty, and faculty perceptions of student research strategies and results.

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Open access / Peter Suber

Open access [Ressource électronique] / Peter Suber. – Cambridge, Mass. ; London : The MIT Press, cop. 2012.(MIT Press essential knowledge series). 

Ouvrage en libre-accès publié sur le site du MIT Press.

The Internet lets us share perfect copies of our work with a worldwide audience at virtually no cost. We take advantage of this revolutionary opportunity when we make our work “open access”: digital, online, free of charge, and free of most copyright and licensing restrictions. Open access is made possible by the Internet and copyright-holder consent, and many authors, musicians, filmmakers, and other creators who depend on royalties are understandably unwilling to give their consent. But for 350 years, scholars have written peer-reviewed journal articles for impact, not for money, and are free to consent to open access without losing revenue.

In this concise introduction, Peter Suber tells us what open access is and isn’t, how it benefits authors and readers of research, how we pay for it, how it avoids copyright problems, how it has moved from the periphery to the mainstream, and what its future may hold. Distilling a decade of Suber’s influential writing and thinking about open access, this is the indispensable book on the subject for researchers, librarians, administrators, funders, publishers, and policy makers.

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Danish Research Library Association E-book barometer 2012

Rapport publié par la Danish Research Library Association, le 21 mai 2013

Rapport téléchargeable ici :

“The e-book market is still growing – compared to both economy and usage statistics – and the growth is expected to continue, though it is hard to quantify. The growth depends on various pa-rameters, such as users’ demands, publishers’ supply and price policy, as well as a multitude of technical and license challenges.
There are more e-book publishers than ever, probably because more publishers now offer the possi-bility to buy single titles and not only book packages.
Several libraries experiment with Patron Driven Acquisition (PDA) in various individually adjusted solutions, and budgets assigned to this purpose have increased.
The attitude to e-book reader devices has not changed in the past year – they are purchased primar-ily for internal use only and not for loans.
In addition to the increased growth, the general view is that e-books will provide improved service, particularly at libraries which serve geographically scattered localities. The gradual change from printed books to e-books is expected to release more space and resources from process functions to communication. On the other hand, there is a risk that budgets will be hollowed out, particularly in connection with e-reolen and the reduced possibility for interlibrary loan (ILL).”

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Library and Information Services : The Future of the Profession : Themes and scenarios 2025

Document de l’Australian Library and Information Association (ALIA) : “Library and Information Services :  The Future of the Profession : Themes and scenarios 2025”, Discussion paper, 1 May 2013, signalé par DocuTicker le 21 mai 2013

“From Executive Summary:

Having looked at the historic and current situation relating to library and information services, and freely-available futurist thinking, we have developed scenarios for school, public, university and TAFE, and special libraries, and collecting institutions under three themes:

The golden age of information

Convergence is an efficiency model. Generally, it means fewer jobs but the positions that are available require people with significant skills.

Connection is good for libraries, it plays to our strengths. In this environment, libraries thrive, although library and information professionals have to step outside their comfort zone.

The golden age of information is coming, the question is whether or not today’s library and information professionals can make it their own. If we can, this era offers highly attractive opportunities for the profession and it opens up the possibility of many more of our members occupying senior positions in government, not-for-profit and commercial enterprises.”

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Economics of scholarly communication in transition

Article publié dans la revue First Monday. Morrison, Heather. 2013. « Economics of Scholarly Communication in Transition ». First Monday 18(6). Consulté juin 5, 2013.

Academic library budgets are the primary source of revenue for scholarly journal publishing. There is more than enough money in the budgets of academic libraries to fund a fully open access scholarly journal publishing system. Seeking efficiencies, such as a reasonable average cost per article, will be key to a successful transition. This paper presents macro–level economic data and analysis illustrating the key factors and potential for cost savings.

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UK Survey of Academics 2012

Publié sur DocuTicker, le 21 mai 2013 : Ithaka S+R | Jisc | RLUK: UK Survey of Academics 2012, May 16, 2013.
Scholarly communications is changing, and changing rapidly. Technological developments have expanded the potential range of dissemination of research and the delivery mechanisms, with researchers expecting any-time, anywhere access. Technology also allows for an expansion of the types of material that can be readily shared–not just articles and monographs, but datasets and software. Policy developments are increasingly focussing on issues surrounding openness, wider public engagement and impact. Funders worldwide are looking to maximise the investment they make in research and are expressing views on how research outputs are shared. The sociology of scholarly communication is also changing. While the importance of ‘formal’ communication through journal articles and monographs is undimmed, there is an increasing use of ‘informal’ channels with ever greater traffic through blogs, wikis, Twitter and even press releases.

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Les effets des big deals

Les effets des “big deals”. Billet publié sur le blog  “Marlene’s corner” le 09/05/2013 :

“The big deal and the damage done” : dans ce dernier ouvrage, Walt Crawford a étudié les dépenses budgétaires des BU américaines sur la période 2000-2010. Il montre de façon flagrante comment les “big deals”, censés au départ aider les bibliothèques à élargir leur offre documentaire électronique pour un surcoût limité, les contraignent désormais à restreindre le reste de leur offre. Quelle que soit la taille de l’établissement, les budgets dédiés aux documents imprimés connaissent une baisse continue, alors que ceux des revues électroniques ne cessent d’augmenter…

L’article “The big deal and the damage done” de Walt Crawford issu de la revue numérique “Cites & insights” Volume 13, Number 7 : July 2013, p.1-6  synthétise les résultats développés dans l’ouvrage du même nom : 

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