Research Support Series Videos Available

Video and audio recordings of the Funding to Publication library instruction sessions are now available. This fall the series focused on the research needs of graduate students, though attendance was open to all UVM and FAHC employees and students. The recordings are available along with other session materials on the series web site at http://danaguides.uvm.edu/research2010. The recording features all slides and teacher instruction audio from the series.

A total of 44 graduate students, residents, nurses, faculty, and staff attended one or more of the six sessions. Topics included: advanced literature review skills; managing references with EndNote; poster publishing; scholarly publishing issues; and grant-finding resources.

Surveys conducted during and after the series showed that students valued the time spent working with the databases and software described during the sessions. Attendees noted that the series was arranged very well, and that they would recommend it to their colleagues.

The librarians running the series were especially appreciative of feedback received. They are also using the videos to assess the quality of the sessions. The Library plans to offer a similar series in the fall of 2011 and incorporate some of the suggested changes from participant feedback and video analysis. Please contact Donna O’Malley donna.omalley@uvm.edu if you are interested in attending.

Faculty Committees Tackle Scholarly Communications Issues

Your article has been accepted for publication in a journal and, like your colleagues, you want it to have the widest possible distribution and impact in the scholarly community.

You may want to include sections of your article in later works. You might want to give copies to your class or distribute it among colleagues. And you likely want to place it on your Web page or in an online repository if you have that choice. These are all ways to give your research wide exposure and fulfill your goals as a scholar, but they are inhibited by traditional copyright transfer agreements.

You would never knowingly keep your research from a readership that could benefit from it, but signing a restrictive publication agreement limits your scholarly universe and lessens your impact as an author. If you sign on the publisher’s “dotted line”, is there any way to retain these critical rights?

The answer is “YES!” It is possible to have a balanced approach to copyright management. (See SPARC.)

NIH-funded researchers are by now familiar with the open access policies mandated by the NIH, which requires universal access to all resulting publications within twelve months of their publication. But, there are evolving publishing models and initiatives that you may not be aware of.  For example, the faculty of dozens of universities and colleges have signed resolutions allowing (really, demanding!) the faculty’s published work be made more widely available within their institution and beyond.

A committee of University Libraries faculty has been working in concert with the UVM Faculty Senate Research, Scholarship, and Graduate Education Committee (RSGE) to bring these opportunities to the attention of all UVM faculty.

The Libraries Committee has also developed a white paper on scholarly communication. The RSGE has suggested that the Faculty Senate form an ad hoc committee to ensure that UVM faculty retain control of their scholarly work and can reuse it to further their scholarly, educational, and service missions. If you are interested in discussing scholarly communication issues, or in learning more about them, feel free to contact any of the membership group.

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